Operation Catnip is committed to saving and improving the lives of community cats, and making it possible for all cats to live in harmony with their neighbors. We champion co-operative and comprehensive community cat management, and mentor others who share our vision of managing the population of free-roaming cats through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), a non-lethal approach that humanely and effectively stops the breeding cycle.
Our Clinic Model is for Educators and Students
Veterinary educators are responsible for creating curriculum, and for training and turning out future veterinarians for private and agency practice. Operation Catnip’s TNR clinic model provides an unmatched opportunity for higher education institutions to provide hands-on training for veterinary students in a real-world environment.
- Opportunity to learn how to set up and manage a high-quality high-volume, spay-neuter clinic for TNR
- Graduates veterinary students with desirable real world experience and marketable skills
- Positive public relations that attracts grant money for veterinary schools and programs
Veterinary students are the next generation of veterinary professionals, and they relish the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and expertise. Graduates may go into private practice, public positions, or veterinary tech positions, and they often care genuinely for the plight of community cats on and off campus and wish to offer a solution. Their training may or may not expose them to TNR, but most likely it will expose them to “euthanasia” as a way to manage the population of unowned cats and other animals, even when they are healthy. Influencing this audience is highly desirable and can result in the spread of Targeted TNR as a solution..
- Hands-on experience in surgical procedures and with medical protocols
- Exposure to externship opportunities and earned Continuing Education units through clinic participation
- Practical learning in the administration of a community cat management program
If you are a veterinary educator or student, we encourage you to explore the possibility of bringing Operation Catnip’s high-quality high-volume spay-neuter clinic for TNR to your institution. Please contact us for consultation.
Operation Catnip is for Professionals
Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians
Veterinarians and veterinary technicians in private practice are highly educated and skilled professionals who are regularly exposed to the results of unchecked breeding by community cats. Most are intimately aware of feral and stray cat statistics. Many already promote TNR, and are motivated to support Operation Catnip’s mission of saving community cats.
- Reduced exposure to disease associated with community cats that threatens the well-being of their privately owned patients that venture outside
- Structure that promotes safe and sane surgical procedures and medical protocols for working with feral cats
- Reduced health risk to people from exposure to rabies via community cats
- Increased availability of high-quality veterinarian candidates with clinical experience for hire
Animal Welfare Professionals
Animal welfare professionals are employed by public agencies such as humane societies, public animal control agencies, and shelters. They are close to the problem professionally, intimately aware of community cat statistics, and they understand the impact of unchecked cat populations on their communities. Many are animal lovers who prefer humane solutions, and champion TNR as an effective alternative for addressing community cat population problems. They are also responsible for hiring veterinary professionals to work within their agencies.
- Humane and cost effective alternative for managing community cat populations
- Positive public relations campaign for wildlife advocates, skeptics and opponents of TNR
- Increased availability of high-quality clinically experienced veterinarian candidates
- Structure that promotes the safe and sane surgical procedures and medical protocols for working with feral cats
Municipal Policy Makers
Municipal policy makers are public officials who are responsible for the policies that direct the animal welfare efforts in communities.They may be searching for, or are being asked to identify alternatives for dealing with the problem of community cats. Public opinion, the success of other communities, and economic considerations all play an important role in deciding how their communities will address the population of un-owned and free-roaming cats.
- Fewer nuisance complaints from behaviors associated with intact/unaltered/unsterilized stray and feral community cats
- Reduced future costs to the community due to the implementation of a high-quality, high-volume, spay-neuter TNR program
- Proactive and humane alternative that community animal lovers support