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Cat Network, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals, Cats

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.

Community Stories

142 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Chillycat

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board member of the Cat Network since 1998. It isn't a job; it is a passion; a passion for making a better world for these forgotten, neglected and abandoned felines in Miami-Dade County. The Cat Network has always been a willing partner with other rescue groups, shelters, municipalities and businesses to bring TNR programs and adoption events to benefit the cats and reduce their population on the streets in the most humane manner.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that does SO much for the strays of South Florida and the people working to help them. They have spayed/neutered thousands of cats, have adopted out thousands, have helped countless more by advocating for them in the community, representing them in county board meetings, lending traps, educating people and promoting animal welfare in any way. The Cat Network board members and volunteers are some of the most dedicated and hardworking people I know. They are a treasure to the South Florida area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cat Network has been a godsend to me and others who want to make a difference in our community.
During the 10 years I resided in Miami Beach they were instrumental in assisting us to TNR an enormous colony in Miami Beach. With their help we were to spay and neuter over 60 community cats.
Now that we reside in the Little Havana area, they continue to be an invaluable resource with the local cats. Since we’ve been here we have TNRed several local cats for neighbors as well as street cats. There’s no doubt that without them and their incredible volunteers this community would be hard pressed to make life better for local people as well as felines.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cat Network is the BEST organization I have ever had the pleasure to Associate with! They brought me My biggest adoption blessings, SAFFRON my beautiful Flame Point Siamese is my love ❤️. He is so smart recognizes hand commands as well of verbal commands. You ask him for LOVE

1 Amruta Pandit R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was very happy to rescue 3 cats from the Cat Network. The fosters make all the difference. These people are so dedicated and involved in the cat’s wellbeing. They genuinely care about these cats. It’s a pleasure being associated with such a stellar organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I believe in their integrity and am always astounded at the dedication and love that is the foundation of this wonderful organization. Run by all volunteers...rock stars.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are the best!!! I have a stray cat who suddenly came to my house backyard pregnant so I start feeding her and she stay. She went on labor on Friday and unfortunately one of the kittens got stuck and she was in very bad shape, luckily the cat mobile was the next day on my neighborhood so I went to ask them if they could help her, she was in a very bad shape we thought we were going to loose her, they took her in an did a c section saving her live, they stay with her till night (extra hours) saddly kittens didn't survive. But the mom is safe thanks to them. I call them angels, helping all the cats. They act from love!! Never gone stop thanking them for what they did.

1 southofyou

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cat Network continues to help residents spay and neuter their Community Cats. Their Meow Mobile is awesome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have contacted the Cat Network on several occasions for help with the community cats in my neighborhood. They have always helped me. They have trained me in how to properly trap, neuter & release my community cats. With their guidance & assistance, we have spayed/neutered about 15 cats in the last few months. The Cat Network provides an invaluable service to our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that has helped me sterilize over 80 cats over 13 years. I could not have done that by myself. I have also volunteered at adoption events and they are very organized. I will continue to be a member and support them as they have helped me.

DesertShrew

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Carol271

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

maddielaprincessa

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Todd48

Donor

Rating: 5

Cat network is the best..They really care about the kitties!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Wendy

The attached pictures are Zoe, on the day I trapped her and about 5 months later; Yuri, and Harley with her brother Sammy.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.