Animal related

Operation Catnip Of Gainesville Inc

Saving Community Cats

aka Operation Catnip

Gainesville, FL

Mission

Our mission is to improve the lives of cats and the communities in which they live by spaying, neutering, and vaccinating free-roaming cats, preventing the births of kittens, mentoring other programs around the country, and training veterinarians to save America’s community cats.

Ruling Year

1999

President

Ms Amanda M Burks-Kraft

Medical Director

Dr Julie K Levy DVM

Main Address

PO Box 141023

Gainesville, FL 32614 USA

Keywords

cat, kitten, feral, stray, neuter, spay, sterilize, sterilization, animal, aspca, spca, tnr, t-n-r, pet, pets, trap, return, no-kill, veterinary, vet school, community cat, humane, animal welfare

EIN

59-3522372

 Number

6032012787

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Single Organization Support (D11)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Many veterinary students graduate from their respective colleges having performed only 2 or 3 spays and neuters during their studies and therefore begin their careers sadly lacking this very important experience. Operation Catnip’s unique partnership with the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine provides our student volunteers with the opportunity to perform dozens of high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter surgeries and hundreds of clinical procedures prior to graduation. In 1999, the first full year of Operation Catnip’s programs, our local animal shelter run by Alachua County Animal Services took in 5166 cats and euthanized 3978 of them for a save rate of less than 23%.

Our programs

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Operation Catnip of Gainesville

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Operation Catnip's goals are to contribute to a no-kill community in which no cats or dogs are euthanized for population control. We strive to train veterinary students in the not just the topics of pet overpopulation, humane community cat management, and the unique role veterinarians can play in improving animal welfare, but in the practical aspects as well. Our volunteers are tomorrow's humane veterinary leaders.

We rely on broad community engagement to partner with us to provide humane care for community cats that are thriving in the environment. Community cat caregivers are empowered to bring cats to our free clinic for spay/neuter, vaccines, and parasite control. We work with residents to mitigate nuisance and harm attributed to cats and to create a harmonious environment for all of our community's human and animal residents. Veterinary students and program managers from across the county come to our clinics for immersion training in large-scale TNR clinics. We have launched a comprehensive website that enables other communities to access our database and implement large-scale clinics of their own.

High-quality high-volume spay/neuter
Surgical training for veterinarians and vet students
Veterinary care at the time of surgery
Conflict resolution
Community engagement
Disaster response
Caregiver trapping and colony management training
Assisting with large-scale cruelty response and forensic investigation

Through our various programs, Operation Catnip has delivered quantifiable impacts to the community cat population in our base of Alachua County. Programs that support spay-neuter including pet cats in low-income families, in collaboration with partner organizations; spay-neuter of cats for local shelters and rescue groups; transfer of healthy, treatable, and adoptable cats to adoption-guarantee organizations; and our programs to spay-neuter community cats for local caregivers at no cost. In 2017 no cats were euthanized in Alachua County due to a lack of our community’s capacity for care, including neonatal orphaned kittens.

As a result of the sheer volume in the number of cats that are sterilized at our monthly clinics plus other programs that Operation Catnip provides, we have delivered quantifiable impacts to the community cat population in our base of Alachua County. Operation Catnip has provided a variety of programs that support spay-neuter including pet cats in low-income families, in collaboration with partner organizations; spay-neuter of cats for local shelters and rescue groups; transfer of healthy, treatable, and adoptable cats to adoption-guarantee organizations; and our programs to spay-neuter community cats for local caregivers at no cost. The result of these collaborative efforts is a decrease in the number of cats entering ACAS, only 2033 cats, and a live release rate of 94%.

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Operation Catnip Of Gainesville Inc

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

Organizational Demographics

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