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Nonprofit Overview

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

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

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

southofyou

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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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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 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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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!

Sara97

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cat Network has been a great resource for the community in many facets, from the Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) efforts to assisting individuals with pet adoptions. I first found them when I need assistance with some outdoor cats at my warehouse and they were very informative an pointed me in the right direction. They are a fantastic organization.