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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.
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-Return(TNR) is the process of trapping feral cats, having them neutered and vaccinated, Ear-tipped and returning them to their home location. Through TNR 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. TNR also addresses the public health concern about rabies, and reduces annoying behaviors such as cats fighting and spraying.
How can Operation Catnip help?
Operation Catnip is a nonprofit organization that operates a high-volume, no-charge clinic (funded through donations) where feral and free-roaming unowned cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated with rabies and distemper. The clinics is run entirely by volunteers (veterinarians, vet technicians and trained lay people) and are capable of sterilizing over 100 cats in a matter of hours. All cats have the tip of their left ear cropped which identifies them as sterilized.
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
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
Sterilize owned pets or strays which are adopted by the finder
Accept cats or kittens for adoption
Participate in trapping for the purpose of killing or release to animal shelters