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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Operation Catnip is a program to spay and neuter as many unowned stray and feral cats as possible.

Target demographics: feral and stray cats

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,259 feral or stray cats

Geographic areas served: Alachua County

Programs: free spay and neuter clinics and education for students and the general public regarding shelter medicine and feral cat populations.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lee_61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The director is rude , unprofessional and refuses to listen .The program is great but they need a professional director who cares about others beside herself.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I care deeply about community cats, and I have volunteered several times at Operation Catnip. I'm always totally impressed by the wonderful, loving care they give each cat. Operation Catnip spay/neuter clinics run like clockwork, with expert medical care and kindness provided to each and every cat.

In my job in animal welfare I provide volunteer opportunities, and always strive to make them well run and organized. It is so dispiriting when you try and volunteer and the operation is disjointed, confused, or not well-focused. It is such a treat to step into another organization's operation and see it well-planned, organized, and effective at every step.

Operation Catnip is a model for spay/neuter clinics across the country, and they take this mission literally--putting their protocols online, acting as a resource for other groups working to help community cats, and training vet students to understand how to humanely help community cats.

Beth Gammie

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are getting our TNR operation off the ground in Lake City Florida. We had attended the Cat Symposium and the tour of operation Catnip that was just astounding. To top that off, we were invited to participate in the training week. We were able to spay/neuter 57 cats that had never had veterinary care and in all probability never would. Some of these cats had medical issues and needed extra attention and help. Thanks to Operation Catnip they got the care they needed. Every single of the staff and volunteers we met goes the extra mile.

Review from Guidestar

2 CancerGirl K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just want to thank Operation Catnip of Gainesville for their amazing work!! I had some kittens and an adult cat that had been dropped at my house and while we didnt mind feeding them, we definately didnt want them to have kittens and we called Operation Catnip and they spayed and neutered them and took such amazing care fo them!! The male was a older Tom cat that had been fighting with other cats and had cuts and scratches on him and they fixed him up nice and he is such a beautiful cat now that he doesnt feel the need to fight anymore. Thank you again for your amazing work!!!!

3 Sam_29

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Catnip was instrumental in reducing the feral cat population at the apartment complex where I live. We only have one cat left out of the dozen or so that once resided on the property. She is being cared for by the office staff. Many of the other cats were adopted after they went through the TNR process. I was lucky enough to take in one of those cats. He has been with me for over eight years.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I moved into a new house only to find a feral momma cat and three babies living under one of the out buildings. I found operation catnip online and they were super helpful on the phone. They gave me helpful hints on how to trap the kitties. I picked up 4 beautiful brand new humane traps and followed the instructions. I was very nervous but followed the directions I was given and it was super easy. The staff on the day of the program were very courteous and helpful and the whole event was super organized and easy. The kitties are back safe and sound and I cannot thank everyone involved enough. I am on a fixed income and would not have been able to do this by myself. THANK YOU!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Catnip is by far the most professional, efficient and effective nonprofit groups I have ever encountered. They make a huge impact on the feral cat population and I am so grateful for their service. I recently bought 7 acres and soon found myself surrounded by stray cats! I contacted the organization to set up 5 cats to be spayed/ neutered, and will take 3 more when they are old enough. The staff was very friendly, prompt responding to my email request and helpful coming up with hints to help trap and keep the cats as calm as possible through the process. They were so organized for the drop off and pick up of the cats. I cannot thank them enough for all their hard work!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great resource for feral cats! I was so glad to get to bring 3 of the strays I care for to get snipped, and vaccinated. Without this valuable and free service we would surely have many many kittens and cats by now. We are very lucky in Alachua County to have this opportunity to get one step closer to a kill free community and doubly blessed for all the great volunteers and workers of this amazing organization. Thank you Catnip!

3 Kristin50

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing & dedicated organization. My daughter and I first got involved when we saw a volunteer come and place traps in the spaces under our apartment building in Gainesville, FL in 2006. We volunteered to call in when a kitty was trapped and to provide water if necessary. From there we've personally helped trap at least 50 cats from multiple colonies to be fixed, ear tipped, vaccinated, and released back into their home colonies. I have had nothing but support, advice, caring and assistance any time I've contacted this agency. Our cat colony provides a valuable service as barn kitties and we live in a high dump off area. We are extremely fortunate to have Operation Catnip to keep the high number of feral cats in the Alachua County area down. We have volunteered during surgical events, trap cleaning, trapping cats directly and community outreach whenever we can as a family.

2 Shai H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Consistently professional, polite, helpful, and wonderful. The care shows. The service is a HUGE benefit to the citizens of this county, and I can't say enough good about all the work and thought that goes into this project. From the beginning to the end, we have had NO bad experiences and have been involved in the TNR of many cats. We hope this operation will continue to be funded for years to come, as this problem is nowhere near being solved, but thanks to the outstanding efforts of this organization, progress is being made.