Cat Network, Inc.

Rating: 4.92 stars   110 reviews

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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  

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  

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  

When a friend discovered a colonyof feral cats down the street I didn't even know what a feral cat was. The Cat Network is the resource that made it possible to get all of he cats spayed/neutered, vaccinated and some adopted. I could not have done it without their low cost services. They provide low cost resources that make it possible for the community to help the felines in our community. They have saved countless kitty lives.

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

Helping me help the feral cats in my community

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

give them an unlimited budget and resorces.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered in the past for the Cat Network and I am in awe of their work. Miami has a huge stray cat problem and a very high-kill shelter,so their work spaying and neutering cats,though wildly successful, is still only a drop in a big bucket but a very necessary one if we are ever to achieve cuts in the population of stray cats in this area.They are tireless,operating on as many as 100 cats per event!

They also operated on my cat,who had had two previous unsuccessful surgeries in Honduras to neuter him but was a double crypt-orchid (where both testicles are undescended, a very rare case) and not only did they manage to neuter him successfully (finally!),but the incision was tiny and they gave him a 24-hour pain shot,very unlike what he had had to go through previously.So, they take care of the problem of overpopulation and they do it in the most pain-free and humane way for these poor homeless animals.They need all the help they can get and I look forward to volunteering with them again very soon.

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

The way they treated my cat was wonderful.After the neutering operation,he recovered quickly and no longer marks my whole house filling it with the stench of urine.Thank you to the excellent Dr. Marc Kramer,one of the best veterinary surgeons EVER!

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

There is one person that works here who is not nice at all.She treats volunteers very rudely.This puts a damper on volunteering there.I would open it up to be able to spay/neuter not only Miami Beach stray cats but cats from anywhere at every event. I had a Miami momma cat that urgently needed spaying .they put up all sorts of problems for me to have her done at the Miami beach event. And I offered to pay for it too in spite of being a volunteer!But all in all,a great organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

When I first started helping my cousin, I didn't know how involved I would be. His charity really helped me realized that helping his little feline friends would be a worth while cause. They are cared for and I mean really cared for. They get medical attention, Love care and even adopted. It's not many places you can go to and find cats being loved and Happy! The Cat Network, Inc. does all of this and I am so happy to be a volunteer and a supporter for them.

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

Pet Mobile, Facebook

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

No changes. The love of the volunteers, administration and clients have made the Cat Network a worthwhile place to adopt a friendly pet.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The friendliest cats, volunteers and administrators ever.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Organized, very sympathetic towards clients and those cute little feline friends, overall exceptional medical attention.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spay and Neuter more felines. They can purchase food, medical supplies, get more Cat Mobiles on the road and then expand their services to other communities and counties.

Ways to make it better...

I would have joined the Cat Network earlier.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Spreading the word. If more funds were given or donated to the Cat Network, Inc., I am sure that we would have no problem marketing this organization who does so much for their community and more.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Once you join the Cat Network, Inc, you are hooked.

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: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am an active member of the Cat Network, i joined about 2 years ago and I have found strong support to be able to do rescue, foster and adoption placements. My latest rescues are 5 kittens, 2 blacks, 1 grey tabby, 1 orange tabby and 1 russian blue type. They all have been tested negative for Felv and Fiv. For now they are being fostered in my house until I find them a good home. The last adoptions were made from a nice young couple from Puerto Rico who adopted Sammy a beautiful Turkish-Angora type male which was taken to a vet to put down for no reason he is in a happy home now. Then other young couple from Mexico who adopted Mia a sweet grey tabby type female, 3 years old, now loved by them, and Luna a 2 years old brown tabby adopted by a Colombian couple,, she is now safe and love by her adoptive parents too. Its been rewarding to have saved these creatures and placed in good homes, and gives you fuel to keep going. But without all the support from the Cat Network would not have been a happy ending.

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

Yes, as I have explained before the Cat Network gave me the tools and the support to make it possible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide help to many other cats in need on the streets and contribute to educate the community on spay/neutered information.

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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