WELCOME TO OPERATION C.A.T.!
Operation C.A.T. aims to reduce shelter death through targeted sterilization of Fort Wayne and Allen County’s free-roaming cat population. Operated collaboratively by H.O.P.E. for Animals, the Allen County SPCA, and Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, Operation C.A.T. utilizes a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) model and strives to humanely catch, sterilize, rabies vaccinate, microchip and ear-tip free-roaming and stray cats. This proven method is the only way to save lives and improve our community’s free-roaming felines’ health and reduce overpopulation at the same time.
Community cats are free-roaming cats or kittens that have no identifiable owners. It is estimated that there are thousands of felines living in our region that have to fend for themselves. These cats are reproducing at an alarming rate, adding to the already heavy burden of pet overpopulation.
Community cats are typically not adoptable. They have a home—outdoors. These cats live and thrive in every landscape, from the inner city to rural farmland. When they enter shelters they drain the already limited resources and take up space. This is very stressful for the cat and costly for the community. By spaying or neutering a free roaming cat, and returning it to the area that it is from, we can begin to sterilize that area and reduce the number of cats entering shelters. TNR – Trap Neuter Return is a proven plan that is effective in reducing the number of free-roaming cats in our community.