Nearly half of cats who enter Fort Wayne's shelters each year don't make it out alive.

Operation CAT aims to change that.

Community Cats

Community cats are free roaming cats or kittens that have no identifiable owners. It is estimated that there are 16,000 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. 

Our Mission

Operation CAT aims to reduce shelter death through targeted sterilization of Fort Wayne and Allen County's free-roaming cat population. Operation CAT 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.

Who We Are

Operation CAT is a collaborative effort of Fort Wayne's Animal Welfare Coalition, consisting of the Allen County SPCA, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control and H.O.P.E for Animals. Each organization has committed to saving lives by lending their services to the life-saving efforts of Operation CAT. 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.

About TNR

When free-roaming cats enter shelters, they drain already limited resources. This is very stressful for the cat and costly for the community. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) entails trapping, neutering, vaccinating, and returning community cats to their original outdoor locations. It is not only the most humane method of preventing cats from entering the shelter system, it’s the most effective. 

How It Works

Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats. It is successfully practiced in hundreds of communities around the country and the world. Grounded in science, TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. TNR humanely stabilizes feline population, improves cats’ lives, saves taxpayer dollars, addresses neighbors’ concerns, and helps the community reach an outcome that benefits everyone.

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