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Operation CatSnip of Kentucky Inc. (OCKI) located in Shelbyville, KY was founded with the goal to effectively and safely decrease the population of feral, stray and barn cats through a humane, convenient, self-sustaining Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNRM) program. OCKI was incorporated on January 30, 2009, and was granted 501(c)(3) status on June 24. A volunteer-run organization, OCKI relies on donations and grants to fulfill its mission.
To help reduce the cat overpopulation, OCKI's ongoing project is to conduct spay-neuter clinics for feral, stray and barn cats by Trap-Return Neuter-Manage (TNRM). By reducing the reproductive rate of these un-owned cats through TNRM, OCKI is working to:
- reduce feline surrender rates to our local shelters by stabilizing the population at manageable levels (some cities have realized a 40%-45% drop with TNRM programs);
- reduce the budget stresses on the local government shelter as well as private shelters;
- reduce the feline euthanasia rate;
- eliminate annoying behaviors in neighborhoods associated with mating; and
- give the cats a chance for healthier lives.