Target: Dr. Julie Levy, Founder, Operation Catnip
Goal: Motivate a cat charity to carry on with their commendable work.
Operation Catnip is establishing a group of people who will dedicate themselves to improving the lives of feral cats. Since 1998, Operation Catnip has been providing free monthly spray-neuter clinics. Dr. Julie Levy founded the organization when she realized the need for managing community cats that were too numerous to be managed by most rescue groups.
Dr. Julie Levy developed an interest in cats when she was still a student at the University of California. She noticed that the campus was filled with several homeless cats that roamed everywhere. These cats ate out of the dumpsters and residence halls. Dr. Levy felt that if these cats remained unsupervised, there was going to be an overpopulation problem, which would mean that the campus would have to take drastic action to control the population. That is when Dr. Levy took on the task of neutering these cats and returning them where they lived. Dr. Levy and her fellow students did not have much information to go from and operated through trial and error.
Today, Operation Catnip has expanded into a monthly clinic that requires the services of almost 100 people, including veterinarians, cat lovers, caregivers and veterinary students. Operation Catnip is now able to take care of at least 100 cats every month, making sure that they’re sprayed and neutered. The program is unique not only because it provides high-quality care in terms of vaccinations and surgeries, but because it also trains future veterinarians to handle these cats.
The future veterinarians are learning the skills that they will require to help be part of the solution. These veterinarians will be expected to apply whatever they learn to their future practices across the country. Apart from the training efforts, Operation Catnip received a grant from PetsMart Charities, and this has enabled them create a website containing all of the necessary procedures. The website serves as a good reference point for other organizations that wish to take up such action.
Dr. Julie Levy has created a good platform for similar organizations to come up and care for animals. New organizations do not have to reinvent the wheel, they only need to take the protocols from Operation Catnip and adapt them in their situation. If you would like to thank Dr. Julie Levy and her team, please sign this petition.
Dear Dr. Julie Levy,
You, along with other Operation Catnip members, are doing remarkable work in taking care of feral cats. There are many cats that are homeless and roaming with no food or proper medical care. Operation Catnip has gone a long way in ensuring that these cats are trapped, neutered and returned.
Your organization will form the best platform for other organizations that are willing to take up similar actions, and this will help in ensuring this humane work is spread globally. Thank you for your efforts, and keep up the good work.
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Photo Credit: Arne Heggestad