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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

165 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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.

2 Grace41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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....

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate your work and my twolegged servant does as well. Felise von Handewitt. - a Norwegian Fortestcat

3 Sreepriya S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the work you all do! Maybe one day I can join you and help out! Bless you all.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Did not have any experience but I admire tou a lot. What a beautiful job you do

2 Malori M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 :-)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very caring and strong cat advocates.
Great organization.

2 Kaylene B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love these people and this site! Thank you for all that you do for our fur babies.

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Donor

Rating: 5

These wonderful people do all they can to help cats. The amount of work done daily is amazing. Without donations and dedicated people many precious kitties would never know love and care.

1 CJ Fortuna V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support this wonderful Organization on social media. Organizations like this need to be supported! I appreciate the free tips, the beautiful pictures of animals and a great and caring Team.

2 Michael327

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member for four years now and have benefited greatly from Cat Network, inc. From deals on cat supplies to helpful hints dealing with all aspects of cat care, they have always been most helpful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome service ! I've had as many as 20 cats and abandoned kittens spayed or neutered using the Meow Mobile or the low cost certificates. This is an absolute Godsend ! I will continue to use and recommend to everyone , I can't thank them enough for their help

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With a Bengal and six rescue cats at home, I appreciate the practical advice and posts of the Cat Network.

2 Sander K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

your easy to read/ understand tips are always very useful, thank you guys !!

2 Darlene24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Very helpful for me and my fur baby Isabelle. Gives us helpful tips for a happy kitty and a happy life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't have enough words to thank the cat Network for everything they do. You guys are great, God bless your heart!

2 Chakiris C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Continue with the good work that you have placed in the hearts of so many innocent animals. Saving lives and finding homes for them in the same light are a blessings on their own.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One day I noticed a couple kittens near my work. I followed them and found out there were many strays living behind the buildings. Each week I trapped a few and took them to get spayed and neutered. As a Cat Network member I was able to use the mobile unit or a participating vet with the certificate. Without this organization there is no way I could have spayed/neutered the number of I did. Thank You Cat Network...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Without The Cat Network, Miami Dade County residents would not have the opportunity to help stray and feral cats like they do due to this organization. This organization helps residents with low cost spay and neuter. Without them, I could never have afforded to help as many innocent lives as I have done. THANK YOU Cat Network.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great group of people who do so much for feral and stray cat's in the Miami area. They work to catch, neuter and release feral cats in addition to assisting with the adoption process of hundreds of cats per year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most caring people out there saving cats every single day. The best

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cat Network is a very good org. I have none Nancy for many years as I too have a rescue org. and not once have they ever avoided me and have always beeb helpful to anyone that i referred to them in that area that neeed help. We have networked over the years and have always chose them as my first choice to include in the large food drives we used to do every year and shared pallets of catfood with them They are top notch and very professionsl no matter what the issue. I will always praisenthem for what the do and thank them for all their help.

Brenda Beck
Pets and Animals in Distress
www.petsandanimals.org

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Cat Network works tirelessly to be the advocate of cats, especially strays or ferals. Without their devotion and determination to educate the public, people would continue to ignore or worse harm these innocent animals that are homeless through no fault of their own. Regardless of what people may think about TNR, the Cat Network is trying to be a positive force to reduce cat overpopulation & homelessness. They foster and adopt out as many cats as they can to loving, responsible, permanent homes.

virginialefay

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Because of the Cat Network, I learned about trapping feral & stray kitties. South Florida is notorious for the over population of strays & the lack of empathy from our politicians towards animals. The Cat Network & the Meow Mobile have filled a huge gap in bonding these poor animals with an animal-loving community through the humane practice of T-N-R & their vast resource of fosters.

Laura187

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first adopted my baby after my first was gone. I had a second kitty and he was actually depressed at the loss of his buddy. My Vet encouraged me to adopt a kitten. I did. From the cat network. He was rescued from a golf course and was bottle fed. I fell in love with him and that was that. I adopted two more from the cat network since. I love them all.

kristynrubertus

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was through the Cat Network that I got into fostering kittens. Now I have been fostering for a couple years now and absolutely love it. The Cat Network also set up the transport of the kittens up to Maryland when they go through their "kitten shortage" up to a no-kill non profit to help them find loving homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cat Network does everything they can to help out the cats and kittens of Miami. I helped out as a foster mom when they worked out in conjunction with another organization to watch kittens before they went on a transport up to their new homes. They deserve all the support they can get, because they are truly looking out for the cats!

Don Kevin J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

without this great organization in the miami-dade South Florida area are homeless cats on the streets would go untreated for many of the feline diseases that are out there the cat Network has provided so many resources to help all these wonderful cats that live around the neighborhood and not even the homeless cats but to masticate it catches well that are home pets a cat Network reaches out to everybody the help prevent overpopulation they help stop the spread of certain diseasesthe cat network make sure that every single area that has a big population of cats are fed every day such as malls heart and other locations without the kat Network these cats would not be able to survive and I am thankful to say that they are a big impact to this county and may need as much help as possible. Thank you again. From Kevin Matthew Sorge

Susan305

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cat Network, Inc., is an amazing organization. When I found my first kitty-baby, I did not know what to do. I had never had a cat before. I did not have much money and I could not find anybody to adopt the kitty. A friend told me about the Cat Network and how she was very happy with the services provided to her when she found her cat. I was also able to use their services and keep the kitty. A few years later I used their service again. I now can't image my life without them. Organizations like this one, are very important to communities. Especially for people who can't afford expensive vet services. The Cat Network makes and incredible impact in our community.