Welcome to Operation Catnip!

Founded in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1997, Operation Catnip is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to reducing feral and free-roaming unowned cat populations through sterilization.
What are feral cats?  

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. More importantly, there are not enough homes available due to the over-population from a lack of sterilization. 

How do you help feral cats?  

Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) is the process of  trapping feral cats, having them neutered and vaccinated, ear-tipped  and returning them to their outdoor 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.

How can Operation Catnip help?

Monthly Clinic:

Operation Catnip is a nonprofit organization that operates one high-volume, no-charge* clinic per month (funded through donations) where feral and free-roaming unowned cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated with rabies and distemper. The clinics are staffed entirely by volunteers (veterinarians, vet technicians and trained lay people) and are capable of sterilizing over 100 cats in a matter of hours.  Our capacity will vary based on factors such as the size of the clinic location we are able to borrow, number of cats admitted and number of available surgeons. All cats have the tip of their left ear cropped which identifies them as sterilized.

*Note: No-charge does not mean" free."  Operation Catnip receives no government funding whatsoever and relies solely on donations and grants (if available) to fund our program. Each monthly clinic costs Operation Catnip over $2,000 to run. If we do not receive enough donations, we will be unable to continue offering this very unique and vital community service.

Voucher Program:

In addition, Operation Catnip operates a voucher program where feral and free-roaming unowned cats are sterilized at participating local veterinary clinics. Vouchers are $50.00 per cat and include sterilization, rabies and distemper vaccines, ear crop and pain medication.

What we do and don't do

We do:      

 Sterilize feral and stray cats

 Give routine vaccines at the time of sterilization

 Permanently crop the left ear to identify cat as sterilized

 Lend traps for humane trapping and transport to our clinic

We don't:    

 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