Howard Johnson, DVM, and his daughter, Kate, work on a sedated cat at the 2020 Ocracats spay-neuter clinic. Photo by Kary Riley

Ocracats Inc. will hold a spay-neuter clinic for island community and pet cats Monday (Oct. 4) to Wednesday (Oct. 6) in the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department.

Trappers will trap community cats all over the island Oct. 3 to 6, and Ocracats asks islanders to keep their pets in on these days and nights.

The morning of Oct. 6 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 community cats that need to be spayed/neutered. If you have noticed community cats near your homes, please note this on the sign-up sheet or email us.

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 of Boone, his team and numerous volunteers will conduct the clinic in the mornings on the above dates.

Ocracats needs volunteer help for all phases of the clinic: helping with trapping, recording information for rabies certificates, monitoring recovery, documentation for keeping track of the surgeries and clean-up.

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

Ocracats is an all-volunteer nonprofit that relies solely on donations to care for and control the community cats on Ocracoke.

Clinics are held with support from the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Dept. and visitors who volunteer with the clinics and make donations.

Even though the group is not animal control nor a county animal-rescue department, the group responds as best they can when appropriate.

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