I was a member and volunteer of the Cat Network for 3 years until I relocated to another city. The Cat Network assisted me with several friendly and feral community cats and kittens I found, providing me with a variety of flexible, low-cost spay neuter options for all of them, and adoption resources for the friendly ones. They have worked hard to build relationships with individual people, businesses, and the city and county.
I now serve on the Board of Directors for a similar community cat organization in Honolulu, HI, and have tapped the Cat Network Board of Directors and members for advice on issues that have arisen in our community.
The Cat Network is an amazing organization of committed volunteers who have dedicated their lives to improving life for the cats of South Florida.
For many years, the Cat Network has been a reputable, dependable, caring and well established organization. As an animal lover, I am extremely grateful for having the Cat Network in my area. Cats are beautiful, loving and smart creatures. Yet, too many of these wonderful and precious animals are rejected by society, they live as rodents, roaming the streets, suffering from diseases, hunger, thirst, and eventually dying a miserable slow death or getting run over by vehicles. Thanks to the Cat Network, the number of cats living such miserable lives has diminished greatly, and cat lovers no longer feel alone in their battle to end the suffering. As such, the Cat Network not only supports the well-being of cats, but also of humans, the cat lovers who need a place to turn to in their desperation to help.
Shortly after The Cat Network, Inc., was founded, two of the founders, Herta and Barbara, attended the May 11, 1996 celebration of the life of my famous performing cat Princess Kitty. They were recruiting new members, and one of the members they found that day is now the group's president. Later on I joined the group, and with their help I've placed scores of cats in good homes and TNR'd scores more, including one project where there were 90 cats on a single large property. The Cat Network has promoted the welfare of cats and the people who love them in every possible way. It is an outstanding group of unpaid volunteers who are truly deserving of community support.
I have volunteered with Cat Network (CN) for several years, because I believe it to be a very worthy organization that makes a significant difference for the betterment, in all our communities for the safety, well being & control of the feline population. The members are always willing to help out, in various situations where kitties can be in danger, so they go a step further than just sterilizing, trapping & return of cats. In addition their low cost spay/neuter clinic makes it affordable for the everyday person to give their cats the basic care they need. Strongly recommend Cat Network to others.
Cat Network (CN) has been extremely instrumental in defending the lives of innocent cats in my community of the Hammocks, in Miami Florida. In August 2011, the association had approved a motion to remove 200 cats from our 1,100 acre community, which meant that they were going to be sent to Animal Control, where 97% of them get killed. CN got involved, first by providing expert speakers & members explaining the advantages of using the more humane alternative of TNR - "trap-neuter-vaccinate-return" for the cats instead of the cruel "removal" option (which does not fix problem, because of the "Vacuum effect" - where other animals move into the same habitat area again). With resident participation and CN members, we were able to make a difference & get the "removal" motion dismissed & open to the idea of TNR. In addition, several of the CN members / volunteers have provided their resources & time in neutering numerous cats in our community.
I have been a member of Cat Network since 1996. Before that, I started my own TNR efforts in 1989 because I had seen the horrific numbers of dogs and cats killed at our county shelter, and felt that I had to do something to fight that. I was so grateful when I discovered Cat Network, thanks to my friend and fellow rescuer, Kate. Through this amazing organization, more than 90,000 cats and kittens have been sterilized, and thousands more adopted into loving homes. I have never met such dedicated people. I have served on the Board for more than 20 years, and I hope to have many younger vibrant volunteers follow in my footsteps to make this great organization even greater. Cat Network has a cooperative partnership with our county shelter, Miami-Dade Animal Services, and the Humane Society, of Greater Miami, initiated by the ASPCA. Together we have successfully worked toward making Miami a no-Kill city. We now hover around 90% No Kill. My dreams have come true!
Thank you, Cat Network for all that you do!
I volunteered for The Cat Network for many years. They are a great group of volunteers who work to educate the community on the importance of spay/neuter. They volunteer their time doing TNR and finding homes for adoptable cats and kittens.
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.
I was feeding a 2 stray females. One was from my elderly neighbor who had passed. They demolished his house and she moved to mine when she saw me feeding the first stray. I cannot stand to say NO to a hungry cat. The first stray had kittens and of course when it was time to wean them Puffy brought them to me. I was able to borrow a drop trap from CG at the Catnetwork and carrying cages. She gave me instructions and I managed to trap 8 cats in about a 4 days and get them spayed and neutered. (Puffy, her 3 kittens, the neighbor cat, 2 odd males that were hanging around, and another female who was very skinny and saw me feeding them at the back steps.) Now I don't have to worry about an abundance of kittens in or around my yard or block, thanks to the Catnetwork. I had considered putting the kittens up for adoption thru this network (they offer advice and venues) but the kittens were so cute I kept them all. I have my own backyard colony. I have previously had volunteered at some of their events, and have adopted thru them but I didn't realize I would need their help one day. My cats have forever homes.
First, my own cat, MaddieCat was adopted from this organization. She was one of 3 black feral kittens that a member rescued and fostered till they all had homes.
Second, because they have (pressured and) partnered with Miami Dade Animal Services, they were able to convince the county commissioners to change it to a no kill shelter and which now offers FREE spaying and neutering of stray feral cats. They now support TNR efforts.
I used this service myself this January 2015. I trapped and fixed 6 neighborhood cats that I sometimes feed. I borrowed a drop trap and regular trap from the CatNetwork to take them to Animal Services. Thank Goodness for this organization for helping cats.
I first learned about the Cat Network in late 2011 when we were looking to adopt another cat after we lost our beloved Kitty.
We ended up adopting Yuri from Cindy Hewitt, who was his foster mom through the Cat Network. We learned that Yuri came from an extreme hoarding situation. Despite the horrendous conditions he had to endure, Yuri has been an amazing cat, loves to fetch and be wherever we are at all times.
About 9 months later, while at PetSmart instantly fell in love with a black cat named Joey (Who now goes by Doodle Bug) that was up for adoption through a Cat Network foster mom. He was found in a parking lot as a small kitten and had to be trapped. He is a total love bug and loves to cuddle and eat wheat grass!
A year or so later, a feral cat had been coming to our back door for food. I noticed she was nursing. So, I did what I could to find her her kittens. I found them when they were about 3 weeks old. I was able to get them and the mama to a safe, secure location and Cindy helped me get them all checked out medically, vaccinated, wormed, treated for fleas, etc. I was able to get Mama spayed with the help of a Cat Network certificate at a participating vet's office. We ended up keeping two of the kittens from that litter, Harley an adorable tuxedo and Sammy, who is a solid black massive moose of a cat. We also found a nice forever home for Mama.
Then about a year or so later, as luck would have it, a tiny little kitten was eating bird seed off the ground under our feeders in pouring rain. The poor thing was scared of every little movement and starving to death. I started putting food and water out and contacted Cindy. She loaned me a trap and showed me how to operate it. I was successful in trapping the kitten and took her to Cindy where we got her all checked out. The little gal had us from the first day she was eating bird seed off the ground in the pouring rain, so we took her into our home as well.
We have since moved 3,500 miles from South Florida to Northern California with all of our fur babies, but I will always stay connected with Cindy and follow and contribute to Cat Network because they played such an important role in the lives of all of our cats.
If it wasn't for the Cat Network and Cindy, I don't know where these cats would have ended up. As it stands, all five of them have a wonderful life, are being extremely spoiled and I really can't imagine my life without all five of them. Through my experience with Cindy H. through the Cat Network I learned a lot about kittens, cats and TNR. Because of their work and Cindy's mentoring, my daughter and I are starting our own cat rescue/sanctuary and will be TNR advocates in our area!
Thank you Cat Network and thank you, Cindy!
The attached pictures are Zoe, on the day I trapped her and about 5 months later; Yuri, and Harley with her brother Sammy.
As the organizer of an annual pet rescue festival in Southwest Florida I have depended on the Cat Network the past three years to help get the word out about our event. They have been more than generous when we have asked them to advertise our event free on their Facebook page, helping us to find homes for hundreds of homeless animals. They are just as responsible for those adoptions as we are. They are more than willing to help other groups when it comes to homeless animals. Thank you Cat Network.
South Florida is a tough place to live if you're an animal lover. The combination of warm weather, immigration from countries that don't promote animal welfare, politicians that are all about cutting taxes and the poverty that exists here despite the area's reputation as a playground of the rich and famous, creates a perfect storm in which stray animals have a tough life and one-time pets are often treated as disposable things that can be dumped once a kid is no longer interested or the family has to move. There are strays everywhere needing help. The Cat Network has for many years now been at the forefront of helping these animals by helping the people who feed them and try to provide medical care for them and try to find homes for those that are adoptable. The Cat Network board, the volunteers and the members of this wonderful organization are THE most dedicated people I have ever known. Many of them are out there on the streets of South Florida every day and night - often in the middle of the night - feeding strays and trapping them so they can be fixed. Every month they take hundreds of cats to local vets and shelters, taking advantage of certificates the Cat Network makes available, so the animals can be spayed/neuter at discounted prices. Members and volunteers and the board members in particular advocate tirelessly for homeless animals, going to meetings of local city and county governments and local home associations to promote TNR (trap-neuter-return). They do presentations to encourage businesses and communities where there are lots of homeless cats to start and maintain TNR programs. They partner with stores like Petsmart to show adoptable felines there and have volunteers go on a daily basis to clean the cages where the cats are kept and give them some play time. Members foster hundreds if not thousands of cats and kittens in their homes, getting them fixed and vaccinated and dewormed and then showing them at local venues to try to get them forever homes. The Cat Network has helped to improve the lives of SO many animals in South Florida and has helped and empowered the people who try to help these animals. It is one of the finest non-profit organizations I know, completely devoted to its mission.
i love everything about this group...they have alot of information bout cats and interesting articles....they do good for animals and if it wasnt for them who knows how many animals would have suffered...keep up the good and keeping people informed....
I appreciate your work and my twolegged servant does as well. Felise von Handewitt. - a Norwegian Fortestcat
My heart aches when i see animals in pain. I love the job you do. I badly wish i can be a part of any such organizations. Keep on saving them. Keep on giving them love and home . hopefully i will also be a part of such team sometime.. i just love your job.
Any non-profit organisation that saves the lives of animals is indeed a hero in their own right. I love the articles/posts that they share.
I love the work you all do! Maybe one day I can join you and help out! Bless you all.
Did not have any experience but I admire tou a lot. What a beautiful job you do
I love seeing all the stories on their facebook page and seeing all they do to help animals. They can't help themselves so they need people to help and these people are great at doing just that :-)
I LOVE THIS FB PAGE. THEY ARE WONDERFUL, CARING PEOPLE WHO TAKES CARE OF HUNDREDS OF CATS. IF NOT FOR THEM, HUNDREDS OF CATS WOULD BE DEAD.
Very caring and strong cat advocates.