Cat Network, Inc.

Rating: 4.92 stars   109 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 347228 Miami FL 33234 USA

Mission: The Cat Network is a grass-roots organization with over 2500 volunteer and donor members. Its members have trapped,sterilized and vaccinated against rabies over 51,000 stray and abandoned cats since its inception in December, 1995. It is our mission to make everyone aware of this huge community problem and to be proactive in fighting it by spaying and neutering pets and strays, alike. We encourage the public to adopt stray and abandoned cats as indoor-only pets and practice responsible ownership. We also mediate with planned communities and multi-family developments to enact TNR (trap/neuter/release) efforts rather than extermination of stray cats on their properties. Through combined efforts with other local animal agencies we are working to make South Florida a No-Kill community. We also cooperate with and assist other local governmental agencies in animal hoarder situations.
Results: Our members have trapped and sterilized over 51,000 stray and abandoned cats and have adopted out over 7,000 cats since our inception in December of 1995.
Target demographics: Stray and feral cats.
Geographic areas served: South Florida
Programs: The Cat Network maintains several programs to provide a better life for stray and abandoned cats. Our Spay/Neuter Program is supported by over 40 local area veterinary clinics, and provides low cost sterilization and vaccination. Our Adoption Referral Program provides a much needed outlet for adopting stray and abandoned cats. Our Special Needs Program financially assists members seeking medical attention for injured and ill cats that they have rescued.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Approx. 13 years ago I encountered a group of cats that were in very bad condition. Approx. 30. At the time I was not in good financial situation and lived in a tiny studio apt. so I couldn't possibly take them in. I started looking for help and found The Cat Network. A lady came out to assess the situation and told me what to do and how. She loaned me traps, went out there with me to show me how. She would even help me recoup the cats after surgery. She got me involved in the adoption program where I could find some of these kitties homes and so I started helping the cats. Before I knew it, I had sterilized all the kitties and found homes for most. It is a wonderful organization that enables you so you can help the stray cats in your area. Each sterilization is $25. Can't get cheaper than that!! I have remained a member since and volunteer in whatever capacity I can at any given time. It is a truly worthwhile organization that has made a huge difference for the kitties in our area.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I originally joined Cat Network in 1998 when a stray mom cat came into my yard and had her kittens. By joining Cat Network, I was able to sterilize the mom and kittens and find homes for the kittens through the CN adoption program. It was great to find them good homes and I enjoyed meeting and talking to potential adopters and all the other foster parents. I volunteered to help with a TNR project at the local college where over 300 cats were living and reproducing. Now, I sterilize 100+ cats per year and find homes for about 60 of them. Cat Network is making a huge difference in Miami-Dade County. They offer many solutions to otherwise desperate homeowners with cats and kittens in their neighborhoods by providing low-cost spay/neuter, loaning traps & carriers, providing adoption venues and most importantly educating the public on TNR.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Cat Network has assisted me in finding good homes for many orphaned & abandoned cats and kittens. They have great resources such as an informative website, social media groups and partnerships with PetsMarts and Pet Supermarkets in the Miami area. They also assist elderly and disabled citizens in Miami when they need a cat trapped and transported to the vet and they provide low-cost spay and neuter certificates for everyone. Cat Network has done a wonderful job in controlling an out-of-control problem throughout Miami-Dade County.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Because of Cat Network, I have found homes for many abandoned cats. I've also been able to spay and neuter all the cats in my neighborhood.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Cat Network does great things for the homeless cats in Miami.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

TheCat Network is very helpful in helping cats and kittens in need. I have been a member for over 10 years and have found their resouces - low cost spay neuter, networking, low cost vaccines, advice, etc - to be very helpful. I would and do recommend the Cat Network all the time!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many capacities. I use the low cost spay/neuter programs and encourage other to do the same. I have fostered and adolpted cats and worked with other members on trap neuter and release programs to help cats in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

maybe have more resources available in my neighborhood, like meetings in Homestead intead of Miami.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Cat Network is the lead grassroots organization in all of Miami for spay & neuter initiatives on stray and feral cats. As a veterinarian in the field, I greatly support Cat Network's role in preventing cat overpopulation and providing better lives for cats in urban Miami. They are a role model group with a lot of members and volunteers that really shine!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the results of spay/neuter efforts keep feral cat colonies in check.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase fundraising and membership drives

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Rating: 5 stars  

Spay Panama, affiliated with Spay USA, has spayed and neutered nearly 35,000 animals. It is strictly an NGO, with no funding or other assistance from the Government of Panama, and has a dedicated team of physicians who are highly skilled in spaying and neutering dogs and cats. I have volunteered at Spay Panama, and have adopted 4 kittens from spay clinics I have volunteered at. Spay Panama plays an important role in improving the skills of local veterinarians and in public education on humane animal care and the need for spay and neuter.
Please visit Spay Panama's website at:
http://www.spaypanama.org/SpayPanama.com.html

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally seen the number of stray, neglected and abused dogs and cats reduced in Panama

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

win the lottery and give them a whole bunch of money!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Cat Network is devoted to the welfare of cats by trapping, spay/neuter, and release feral cats. I have known them for the last 15 years when visiting pet stores where they try to get kitties adopted. Their project of spaying/neuter 5,000 cats in the area of Miami Beach is worth a lot of merit. It is quite sad to see how cats are abandoned by their owners to fend by themselves without water or food. Kitties born to feral cats sometimes die of hunger or under a car. I just wish people were more conscious and responsible pet owners.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Friends of mine have used the Cat Network and have seen results. The feral cats were spayed/neutered and some were adopted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it compulsory in Miami-Dade residents to have spayed/neutered cats and to provide water, food, and shelter for feral cats.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I adopted a kitten from a Petsmart in Maryland back in 2006. Little did I realize her story at the time. I just found out this year (2011). The Cat Network, in conjunction with a rescue charity in Maryland, had just started that year to move large numbers of kittens out of the very high-kill shelters in Miami FL to the area up here, where they are more easily adopted out. They continue these marathon runs every spring, rescuing literally hundreds of kittens from certain death. They drive all night to minimize the time the kittens spend on the road. I am so honored to have one of the kittens from the first year's run that they ever did, and have been thrilled to watch the rescue efforts unfold this year- even recognizing some of the cats when they appeared in the adoption center by me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My Sumatra is the love of my life. I have The Cat Network to thank for her.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to expand their reach.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I encountered them and their activities on Facebook this year. I did not realize that they had touched my life years earlier through their actions hundreds of miles away.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

They have shown me new ways to make an impact on a large number of animals, with low resource input.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Great organization the works tireless to promote spay and neuter programs. I've had many stray cats spayed or neutered through the Cat Networks cat mobile or discount certificate program. Its a great way for citizens to get involved with reducing animal overpopulation but without all the financial burden falling on them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the reduction of the animal population of my neighborhood from trap and release efforts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it more money so it can do more work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a member (volunteer)) for 15 years. This group helped me when I encountered a group of 30 stray and very sickly thin abandoned cats. If it hadn't been for their assistance in teaching me how to trap and helping with low cost resources, I would have never been able to do anything to help those animals. Cat network is incredibly focused on reducing the cat stray population. With very little funds, they have accomplished wonders by involving local vets! They now have a spay/neuter mobile to provide low cost services in various areas. There are no similar services around. They educate and assist the community, enabling them to help spay the stray cats. This service is so very necessary, we are now joining efforts with other animal welfare organizations and are starting to make a bigger impact. Please help them in their very worthwhile efforts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

TNR (Trap neuter release) projects in various areas where people were overwhelmed with kitties. After the Cat Network intervention there has been a noticeable decrease in populations and results have been amazing. Cats continue to live in these colonies, controlled by the feeders and everyone is much happier

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them grants so they can expand their work. There is a great need for a 2nd spay/neuter truck and ideally a shelter for adoptable animals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Encourage more volunteer participation by having a volunteer coordinator.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Definitely taught me to overcome my shyness and approach people to get involvement in such amazing worthwhile goal. Finding homes for these very needy suffering sick and starving stray animals has completely changed my life.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Nothing in my life has been so worthwhile as seeing a raggedy sick and starving, weak cat become transformed in only a matter of a week! To realize that these poor animals can be helped with so little, and to feel their love and gratitude after they realize you are trying to help... this has been the most amazing experience of my life!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about the Cat Network from a friend when I found a young kitten in my back yard. I contacted the Network, became a member, and was able to spay the young kitten. The kitten ended up living inside my house and I have since worked with the Cat Network to spay and neuter other "feral" cats in my neighborhood. Thanks to the assistance from the Cat Network and their dedicated volunteers and staff members, the "feral" cats in Miami are living much happier and healtheir lives. Thanks for all their efforts!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

finding a low-cost mobile spay/neuter/shots/etc. from reputable vets from dedicated volunteers and employees.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide the Cat Network with the resources to expand the organization.

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