Through a vast network of volunteers Operation Cat humanely reduces the growing number and needless suffering of homeless, feral and stray cats by using an effective trap/neuter/return strategy (TNR).  Volunteer caretakers provide food, water and shelter for over 1,000 cat colonies, ranging in size from two to thirty cats. They trap the cats, bring them to the Adoption Center where they are altered and vaccinated, and then release them back to their colony. One of the cat’s ears is notched to identify it as an altered cat so it is not mistakenly trapped again. Since the program’s inception in 1997, over 25,000 feral cats from Speonk to Montauk and most recently Brookhaven township have been altered.

ARF offers FREE spay & neuters for feral cats by appointment only. Upcoming dates are listed under “Van” Mobile Spay/Neuter.

Call Rita at 631 537-0400 ext.210 to make an appointment and for more information.

URGENTLY NEEDED! Cat food donations for feral cats. Donations can be dropped off at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott. Volunteers are also needed in Hampton Bays and Southampton to help trap, feed and bottle feed community cats!


Feral Cat Cycle Diagram

Instructions: How to Trap and Transport Feral Cats Humanely

ARF is a member of the Long Island Cat Project (LICP), a network of feral cat rescuers, care givers and individual citizens dedicated to resolving the feral cat problem on Long Island humanely through TNR. ARF is an official LICP hub and serves as the feral cat resource for the East End of Long Island. ARF also works with the Humane Society of the United States on humanely reducing the feral cat population on a national level.


If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for Operation Cat, please contact
Rita Del Rey at rita@arfhamptons.org.