Howard Johnson, DVD, left, and his daughter, Kara, right, work on a sedated cat at the 2021 OcraCats spay-neuter clinic. Dr. Johnson and his family have conducted these spay-neuter clinics for about 10 years. Dr. Laura Trent is at rear. Photo: C. Leinbach/Ocracoke Observer

Ocracats Inc. will hold a spay-neuter clinic for island community cats this week from Monday to Wednesday (Oct. 3 to 5) in the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department.

Trappers will trap community cats all over the island from Oct. 2 to late morning Oct. 5, and Ocracats asks islanders to keep their pets in on these days and nights.

The morning of Oct. 5 will be for appointments for islanders’ pet cats needing to be spayed-neutered or requiring rabies vaccinations. Ear notches are optional.

A sign-up sheet for surgeries and volunteer help and with clinic details is posted in the post office, or email with your information and questions.

Ocracats wants to locate areas where there are community cats that need to be spayed/neutered but Ocracats needs your permission to place a trap on your property.

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

Ocracats needs volunteer help for all phases of the clinic: trapping, recording information for rabies certificates, monitoring recovery, documentation and clean-up. If you can help, email

Ocracats is an all-volunteer nonprofit that relies solely on donations to care for and control the community cats on Ocracoke. It is not an animal control nor a county animal-rescue department.

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

An adopted Ocracat named Sister. Turns out she is a big fan of the classical rock band Renaissance. Photo: P. Vankevich
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