Operation CAT aims to reduce shelter death through targeted sterilization of Fort Wayne and Allen County's free-roaming cat population. Operation CAT's 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.
Who We Are
Operation CAT is operated collaboratively by Fort Wayne's Animal Welfare Coalition, made up of the Allen County SPCA, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and H.O.P.E for Animals. Each organization lends its skills and strengths to carry out a unique component of the Operation CAT program. Our efforts in 2017 and 2018 are made possible thanks to a generous grant and program support from Best Friends Animal Society and Maddie’s Fund.
How You Can Help
The animal overpopulation problem in our city can only be solved with an engaged community working together to save lives.
From assisting with TNR efforts in your neighborhood to caring for feline colonies to donating supplies, there's a way to get involved and help save lives right in your own backyard.
WHAT IS OPERATION C.A.T.?
Operation C.A.T. is a collaborative effort of Fort Wayne's Animal Welfare Coalition Partners to reduce feline overpopulation and shelter death through targeted Trap-Neuter-Return efforts. Read More...
WHAT IS TNR?
Trap-neuter-return (TNR) entails trapping, neutering, vaccinating, and returning community cats to their original outdoor locations. It is the most humane and effective method of preventing cats from entering the shelter system. Read More...
WON'T CATS SUFFER OUTDOORS?
Cats have lived outdoors for thousands of years - outdoor cats are part of our natural landscape. Under this program, free-roaming cats that are thriving are returned to their environment. Read more...
HOW CAN I GET HELP?
Whether or not you live in one of our targeted zip codes, we can help. Read more...
HOW DOES TNR SAVE LIVES?
Roughly 50% of cats entering Fort Wayne shelters are killed - a figure that rises even more for feral cats, who aren't adoptable. TNR helps to reduce feline overpopulation, limits the spread of disease, and reduces overall shelter intake. Read More...
HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?
From canvassing to trapping in your neighborhood to post-surgical transport, there's a way to get involved and help save lives. Read more...