Dr. Howard Johnson, DVM, right, spays a female ‘community’ cat during Ocracats’ 2018 spay-neuter clinic. Assisting him are Joanna Burkett, left, and Kara Johnson. Photo: C. Leinbach

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Ocracats Inc. will hold a spay-neuter clinic for island feral cats and pet cats Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department.

Ocracats trappers will trap feral cats all over the island the evenings of Sept. 28, 29 and 30, and Ocracats asks islanders to keep their cats in on these nights.

The Oct. 1 date will be for appointments for pet cats needing to be spayed-neutered or requiring rabies vaccinations. Ear notches are optional for pets.

A sign-up sheet for surgeries and volunteer help and with clinic details is posted in the post office.

Ocracats wants to locate areas where there are feral cats that need to be spayed/neutered. If you have noticed feral cats near your home, please note this on the sign-up sheet or email Ocracats ocracats@gmail.com. 

You do not have to be involved with the clinic by putting your name on the list, but Ocracats does need your permission to place a trap on your property.

Dr. Howard Johnson, DVM, of Boone, his team and numerous volunteers will conduct the clinic.

Ocracats need volunteer help for all phases of the clinic, specifically with trapping/releasing the feral cats, clinic help to record information for rabies certificates, documentation for keeping track of the surgeries and clean-up. Face coverings will be required for all.

Please check the bulletin board at the post office for clinic details and to sign up your pet cats for surgeries, or email ocracats@gmail.com with your information and questions.

These Ocracat clinics are held with support from the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Dept., and visitors who volunteer with the clinics, make cash donations or feed the colonies.

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