Please be aware that our clinic currently has an active wait list. Once you have requested clinic space, you are automatically put on the list in the order your request was received & you will be contacted regarding trapping once your turn has arrived. You do not need to resubmit a clinic request form if you are on the wait list. When you are emailed regarding trapping, YOU MUST RESPOND TO THAT EMAIL TO CONFIRM YOU CAN TRAP THAT WEEKEND.
Please make sure you are checking your email frequently so you don't miss your chance at
You can request clinic space
Downloadable Pre-Op Instructions
Downloadable Discharge Instructions
Information regarding revaccination of colony cats can be found
You can request revaccination at any clinic by filling out this
When filling out the Request Clinic Space form, be sure to use a computer. A smartphone or tablet does not always correctly fill out the form. Be sure to enter your email correctly and check your email for more information. Don’t forget to check your spam/junk folder.
Request clinic space through the website. The clinic request form can be found here.
- In the event a caretaker does not have access to the internet to request clinic space, the caretaker should call the main number at (919) 793-6632 and choose Option 1. A volunteer will contact you regarding clinic space. A caretaker without internet access may also ask a friend or family member to request space for them. When filling out the request form for someone else, please fill it out as the person you are requesting the space for. Additionally, you may ask for a PDF version form to be emailed to you.
- Once you have requested space, you will be placed on the wait list. You will remain on the wait list until your name comes up. You will then be emailed by the scheduler who will contact you to arrange for space and to confirm you have traps. While you wait, read up on trapping instructions , pre-operative instructions, and discharge instructions, so you understand what to expect.
You will need to request space for each colony you care for
(if you care for more than one). Please give as accurate an estimate as you can of how many cats are in each colony. We will reduce your original number in our spreadsheet as you bring cats to clinic. Unless you tell us otherwise, once we have your colony down to zero cats, you are automatically removed from the list at that time. We understand that sometimes cats are dropped off, adding to your colony, or they sometimes leave on their own.
- Once you are placed on the clinic caretaker roster to come to clinic, get your traps and prepare to trap the cats for clinic.
- Do not come to a clinic without a confirmed registration. Our volume for each clinic is dependent on how many volunteers we have available. Our volunteers do vary from month to month.
- Remember, if you'd like to skip the waiting list, we have
$50.00 per cat vouchers
which can be redeemed at our participating veterinarians at an appointment of your convenience.
If you trap no cats, let the scheduler know as soon as you can.
You will be placed on the wait list of a future clinic unless you tell us you no longer need the space.
- If you trap fewer cats than you are registered for, bring what you’ve got. Do not fill in your empty slots by contacting others to use them. We overbook, knowing the overall success rate will be less than 100%.
- If you are given slots & then realize you are unable to trap/transport, email to let us know you can’t use the slots. We’ll give them to the next caretaker in line on the waiting list.
- If you do not email us when you are unable to trap/transport, you risk being removed from the list. In an effort to keep our waitlist manageable, 2 no call/no shows will result in your removal from the active list. You are welcome to reapply when you have the time/resources to try again.
- If two cats inadvertently get caught in one trap, bring an empty trap with you to the clinic. The cats will be separated after they are sedated. Even with multiple cats per trap, you may still only bring the registered number of cats to any one clinic.
Important Points to Keep in Mind:
- You may not give your spaces to others unless you are part of an organization such as Franklin County SPCA, Safe Haven or other such organization. The clinic scheduler MUST be notified if an organization's spaces have been split in this manner. The name and phone number of the person bringing cats to the clinic under an organization will be provided to the clinic scheduler along with how many spaces that caretaker has been granted.
- Individuals giving out their spaces does not allow for us to keep accurate records. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, it is important that our records remain current and accurate as to maintain trust with our donors.
- AT NO TIME WILL CLINIC SPACES EVER BE "SOLD" TO A CARETAKER. Clinic spaces are granted on a first come, first serve basis revolving around established caretakers, new caretakers and volunteers. Funding for our clinic comes through grants and donations made by caretakers and others that support our mission.
- No food or water after midnight the night before surgery. If a cat may have eaten the morning of surgery, you must let us know since complications could be fatal.
- Cats must be at least 3 months old & 3 lbs. If you are not sure, bring the cat so our vets can tell if it is old enough.
- Females that have recently had kittens should not be brought in if the kittens are nursing and are too young to be on their own for any length of time. If the kittens are already eating solid or canned food, they should be fine on their own for a day. Be sure to provide them with food during the time that you’ve got Mom in her trap. If the kittens are nursing only and can be caught/trapped and brought with their Mom, then she can be brought in.
- Do not put food bowls in the cages, they will not be returned.
- Lightly cover the traps to keep the cats calm in holding, but do not block airflow.
- Do not transport the cats in pickup trucks or cargo vans or trailers without proper temperature control and protection from the elements.
- If you are found to be in violation of these instructions, you risk losing access to future clinics.
The left ear of each cat will be cropped as a permanent mark to indicate an altered, vaccinated feral cat.
- Please keep the cats in their traps until at least the morning following the clinic. Even if they appear to be friendly and alert, they need to sleep. This provides protection and security for both the cats and for the people that work with them.
- Monitor for 24 hours: At the clinic, cats are given a long-acting injection of anesthetic for surgery, and many cats will not be fully recovered at the time of discharge, even if they appear to be. Full recovery may take up to 24 hours. You should monitor the cats for a full day following surgery in order to provide the best care possible.
- Do not reach into the trap: Many cats will be groggy and need to sleep overnight. If disturbed, cats may react by biting! If you are bitten or scratched by a cat, you should receive immediate medical attention. Do not release the cat that caused the injury until authorized by your animal control agency.
- Restrict food and water for adult cats: Do not give adult cats food or water in the trap. They will spill the water and may vomit if fed the same day as surgery. You can give them food and water the next morning when they are fully awake.
- Young kittens may be offered a small amount of canned food the night of surgery, if they are fully recovered from anesthesia, to keep their blood sugar normal.
- Keep cats warm: Keep the cats in their traps in a warm, draft-free area like a bathroom or garage until the next morning. Never leave cats outside after surgery. They cannot regulate their body temperature while recovering from anesthesia and are susceptible to heat or cold exposure.
- Monitor post-surgical behavior: Normal behaviors during recovery include deep sleep, head bobbing, wobbly movements, rapid breathing, shivering, agitation and hypersensitivity to light and sound. Bleeding from the ear tip may occur but should stop by the next day. No cat should be released if it still has these signs after the 24-hour post-operative period.
Abnormal behaviors during recovery include continued bleeding from the surgery area, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and inability to awaken from anesthesia.
- Emergency: If you have any concerns about the recovery of a cat from the time of discharge Sunday to release on Monday only, please call Operation Catnip at (919) 228-8579. A volunteer veterinarian or technician will be available to assist you. This is an emergency service provided for Operation Catnip caretakers who have concerns about the medical conditions of cats in the immediate post-operative period. Under no circumstance should you contact the facility where you picked up the cat(s). This clinic kindly loaned their surgical space to us; they are not part of Operation Catnip and cannot assist you.
- If a cat has a situation that you feel cannot wait for assistance from Operation Catnip, please call your veterinarian or your local pet emergency clinic. Payment of fees for care at another veterinary clinic is the responsibility of the caretakers, not Operation Catnip.
- Releasing the cats: The day after surgery, if the cats are fully awake, and do not exhibit any abnormal behaviors, they may be offered food and water, and returned to the area where they were captured. Stitches are absorbable and do not need to be removed.
- Vaccine Boosters: Vaccine boosters are free for “graduates” of Operation Catnip. Bring this cat back (in a trap) in one year for boosters, and then every 3 years after that to protect the cat and the community from rabies and other infections. If this was a kitten less than 4 months old, the rabies vaccination may not be effective due to an immature immune system. The kitten should be brought back in 2 months for an official rabies vaccination and certificate.