Operation Catnip and similar high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter programs for TNR cannot thrive without the support of dedicated community veterinarians who donate their time to help save the lives of free-roaming cats.
Managing the Community Cat Population in Alachua County
With the goal of relieving their suffering, and reducing the population of free-roaming community cats, Operation Catnip of Gainesville has operated no-cost spay-neuter clinics in Alachua County, FL since 1998. During that time, more than 45,000 free-roaming and feral community cats have been sterilized, making ours one of the largest trap-neuter-return clinic models in the country.
How Our Clinic Operates
Instead of sterilizing one cat at a time, Operation Catnip uses an efficient high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter clinic model for Trap-Neuter-Return. Cats are trapped by their caregivers and brought to our Spay Day Clinics at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. From there, each cat passes through a series of stations where a team of up to 75 dedicated volunteers, including veterinarians, students, technicians, and cat lovers, operate MASH-style until all of the cats receive their complete medical care, including examination, surgery, vaccinations, treatment for fleas and parasites, and ear tipping for identification as a graduate of the program.
Veterinarians from around the world, many whom are continuing their education at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine have participated in our clinics. Founded by local veterinarians with a long-standing stake in the community, Operation Catnip applauds our volunteer veterinarians for their many contributions.