Operation PAW mobilizes its volunteers to support Trap-Neuter-Return (“TNR”) and sterilize 1,000+ cats on a yearly basis. TNR is a lifesaving management technique in which homeless, free-roaming (community) cats are humanely trapped, evaluated and sterilized by a licensed veterinarian, vaccinated against rabies, and then returned to their original territory.
Our TNR program allows us to help people feeding cats in neighborhoods such as Overtown, Little Havana, Liberty City, Little Haiti and North Miami. We target these areas to stabilize the cat population and ultimately reduce the number of cats killed in shelters.
We get cats many different ways - TNR, shelters, calls/emails, etc. - and we need homes for those too young, needing medical attention, or socialization. We can never have enough foster homes!
Our transport program arose from the approximately 20-30% of adoptable cats found during TNR that could not be returned to their territory. Miami-Dade Animal Services and the Humane Society are often overcrowded and cannot take the sick, injured, neonate or friendly cats we find. We’ve been forced to find humane alternatives for these adoptable cats.
Transport has been a successful solution. We’ve saved over 300 cats and kittens so far. Unlike other cities in the U.S., Miami has a year round “kitten season” and we can transport adoptable kittens and friendly cats through our partner organizations to locations such as New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire where there is more demand for cats. This results in less homeless cats in Miami and actually decreases the shelter cat population.
Operation PAW has partnered with two larger animal rescue organizations in order to best facilitate transport of cats from Miami to their network in northern states:
•Darbster Foundation - Manchester, NH
•North Shore Animal League America - Port Washington, NY
Locally, we partner with these organizations to get the cats healthy, certified and ready for transport:
• Miami-Dade Animal Services
• Humane Society of Greater Miami
• South Miami Animal Clinic
• Miami Veterinary Foundation
• Saving Sage