**Eartipping is required for Operation Catsnip and Purr Project spay/neuter programs. Eartipping is an effective and universally accepted method to identify a spayed or neutered and vaccinated community cat. Eartipping is the removal of the top quarter of one of the cat’s ears. This procedure is performed under sterile conditions while the cat is already anesthetized for the spay/neuter surgery. There is little or no bleeding, it is relatively painless to the cat, and the eartip does not significantly alter the appearance or beauty of the cat. Eartipping protocol from Alley Cat Allies: https://www.alleycat.org/resources/feral-cat-protocol-eartipping/.