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August 20, 2011

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August 20, 2011

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

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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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

August 18, 2011
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August 18, 2011
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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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

Give it more money so it can do more work!

August 18, 2011
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August 18, 2011
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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.

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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

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

August 17, 2011

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August 17, 2011

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.

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

Helping me help the feral cats in my community

Ways to make it better...

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

give them an unlimited budget and resorces.

August 17, 2011

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August 17, 2011

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.

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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!

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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!

July 30, 2010

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July 30, 2010

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.

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

Pet Mobile, Facebook

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

July 30, 2010

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July 30, 2010

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.

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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.

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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

July 29, 2010

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July 29, 2010

The Cat Network assist individuals in spaying and neutering feral cats that they feed. Through a certificate program they employ, they are able to offer spay/neuter services for feral cats to it's member for $25.00 through a network of vets throughout the county. Without The Cat Network's good work, the feral cat population in Miami-Dade County would be much worse than it is.

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

helping fix the colony of cats in my neighborhood.

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

making a difference in the lives of feral cats.

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

sterilize 300,000 feral cats.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 25, 2010
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July 25, 2010
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Upon moving to a new neighborhood in north downtown Miami along the Miami River, I noticed a number of stray cats. This was not usual on the south side but alarmingly so on the northside. When walking my dog around the block I noticed a kitten about to cross a busy road and likely get killed. Instincts kicked in and I ushered the kitten back to his mother and siblings. Immediately I called the Cat Network and a volunteer drove over to my condo and showed me how to capture the kittens, clean them, deworm them, and deflea them. The overal idea is to get kittens tested, vaccinated and into loving homes so they don't grow up in the streets. In that moment I learned about the plight of homeless cats and how they multiply like rabbits if they are not spayed/neutered. Sadly I learned it starts with one irresponsible pet owner not spaying/neutering their outdoor cat. One turns into 100 and many cats suffer in the streets. They are plagued with so many illnesses, diseases, and injuries growing up in the streets with no care. As a true animal lover, I could not ignore the situation. Overnight I was educated and went into action in my neighborhood. All 17 cats on my condo complex are spayed/neutered, received rabies vaccination and are happy and healthy. Thanks to Cat Network, they are a true network of strictly volunteers. There are NO paid staff, no high-paying executives, and NO facility to house the rescued cats and kittens. Each volunteer opens up their hearts, homes and wallets to care for these cats. And they are willing to teach and help others. Never have I worked with a group of nonpaying volunteers who give so much of themselves for the good of a community and receive absolutely nothing in return. I am so honored to know and work with these quiet, brave soldiers.

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

my own neighborhood! All 17 strays are sterilized and happy and healthy. In addition, through the "Dear Tabby" email, volunteers of Cat Network offer helpful tips and suggestion for anyone faced with an unknown or difficult situation. It's a true network!

Ways to make it better...

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

Add Marketing campaign to recruit more volunteers! The Cat Network is in desperate need of different types of volunteers. Those for fostering, or bottle feeding, working at the adoption centers, for fundraising, writing marketing copy...

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

Their sincerity in fulfilling their mission of helping each and every individual that calls for help with a cat situation.

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

Dedicated, selfless and passionate. I've met not one, not two but MANY volunteers who give beyond the average volunteer.Many volunteers have foregone their vacations and used their vacation money to pay for the veterinary bills of sick cats.

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

End homelessness of street cats! We need a NATIONAL awareness campaign equivalent to campaigns about recycling and global warming.

Ways to make it better...

I could stop crying at all the horror stories I learn about neglectful pet owners dumping their indoor cats into street or leaving kittens abandoned in a box. Sadly it's true. We need more volunteers, funding and a national campaign.

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

Not enough volunteers and lack of funding. While all the donations go directly to the operations of the cat mobile, most of the money to capture, pay for sterilization, and any medicines is all paid by volunteers.

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

I'd like to see a way for these volunteers to get reimbursed for the medical costs of the cats in their care. I believe Cat Network could attract more volunteers if there was a system in place to reimburse volunteers as vet bills also are highly expensive

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 16, 2010
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July 16, 2010
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The CATNETWORK has worked to reduce the feral cat population with TNR. they have rescued and found homes for thousand of the abandon cats left at our Animal Services (the pound), shopping centers, empty lots etc. I love the idea of the MEOW MOBILE. It is a specially outfitted van that is a clinic. This enables them to go into many different neighborhoods to provide the low cost spay/neuter services, where vet service may not be in existance. Additonally, the weekend shows which they bring cats to be adopted helped me to adopt my current black cat.Both the Animal Shelter and Our local no kill shelter are both in the north end of our county only.We are in pet food stores on Miami Beach, and the western and southern areas or our large county.

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

by adopting a cat from one of their shows.

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

meeting other caring cat lovers.

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

knowledgeable about cat matters such as health, behavior and working within our local laws.

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

buy another Meow Mobile and purchase air time on radio shows or newspaper ads geared to the local neighborhoods.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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