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A feral cat is a domestic cat that has developed a natural fear of humans. Most ferals are the result of abandonment and failure to spay/neuter. Most feral cats are acclimated to their outdoor lifestyle and would not adjust well to an indoor home. Along with other unowned, free-roaming cats, these are collectively known as community cats.
How you can help:
Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) is the process of trapping feral cats, having them neutered and vaccinated, Ear-tipped and returning them to their home location. Through TNVR we can greatly reduce the numbers of unwanted feral and stray cats which lowers the intake and euthanasia rates at animal shelters. This saves tax dollars and leaves more space at animal shelters for adoptable cats. TNVR also addresses the public health concern about rabies and reduces annoying behaviors such as cats fighting and spraying.
Operation Catnip receives no government funding and relies solely on donations to keep our no-fee program running. Please visit our Donate page to help.
We are proud that our Administrative and Fundraising costs average 0.07% of our income. Your donations directly help with the cost of running a clinic each month.
Operation Catnip Services
Operation Catnip is a nonprofit organization that operates a high-volume, no-charge clinic (funded through grants and donations) where feral and free-roaming unowned cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies and distemper. The clinics are run entirely by volunteers (veterinarians, vet technicians, and trained lay people) and are capable of sterilizing dozens of cats in a matter of hours. All cats have the tip of their left ear cropped which identifies them as sterilized. Click to learn more.
*Note: No-charge does not mean" free."
In addition, Operation Catnip operates a voucher program where feral and free-roaming unowned cats are sterilized at participating local veterinary clinics. Vouchers are $50 per cat and include sterilization, rabies and distemper vaccines, ear crop and pain medication. There is also a way to donate vouchers for those that are unable to afford them, such as those on a fixed income. Click to learn more .
What We Do & Don't Do:
• Sterilize feral and stray cats;
• Give routine vaccines at the time of sterilization;
• Permanently crop the left ear to identify the cat as sterilized;
• Lend traps for humane trapping and transport to our clinic.
• Sterilize owned pets or strays which are adopted by the finder;
• Accept cats or kittens for adoption;
• Relocate cats;
• Participate in trapping for the purpose of killing or release to animal shelters;
• Trap and transport cats for you.
Board of Directors (2020)
President: Angela Riedel
Treasurer: Diane Decker
Secretary: Rena Pappas
Medical Director: Colleen Wallace, DVM
Clinic Director: Linda Chadwick, RVT
Director of Logistics: Dwight Briggs
Director of Outreach & Education/Volunteers/Vouchers: April Norment