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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

Cat Network is run by an all volunteer board who make many sacrifices in order to help the animals. The majority of the monetary donations go DIRECTLY to subsidizing spay and neutering at local vet offices. Spay and Neuter or PREVENTING unwanted cats/kittens from entering the shelters in the first place is their primary goal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I HAVE BEEN A VOLUNTEER FOR CAT NETWORK FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS AND THIS IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT REALLY LOVES AND CARES ABOUT OUR FURRY ANGELS : THE FELINES. I CANNOT EVEN DESCRIBE THE SACRIFICES AND THE EFFORTS OF EACH MEMBER TO IMPROVE THE LAWS AND ANIMAL SYSTEM TO PROTECT THE ANIMAL KINGDOM. THIS EXPERIENCE HAS CHANGED ME IN SO MANY WAYS AND I HOPE MORE PEOPLE WILL JOIN SUCH A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION LIKE CAT NETWORK INC. IN MIAMI, FLORIDA. MANY BLESSINGS TO ALL.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was referred to Cat Network to save Cats and I always donated money every time I went to Pet Supermarket. One day I spoke to the Supervisor Agnetta Ericksson and she enrolled me as a volunteer. Since that day, I am extremely happy to participate in the noble job all these people are providing to the MIami community and the Feline world. As a Cat owner, I adore these furry angels. I have rescued some cats and the guidance and help from Pat and Agnetta have been able to save the precious lives of these kittens. Also, the low cost of esterelization by Dr. Bravo. Cat Network deserves the NObel Prize of the Animal KIngdom of Felines. I look forward to keep serving my angels with the support and guidance from these terrific people I have met. Many blessings and keep the great work we all are doing

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cat Network is a relatively small organization that does some pretty big deeds to greatly improve the lives of feral and free roaming cats in and around Miami. Last year alone its members sterilized 6100 cats at participating low cost vets and also took their mobile surgical unit to areas where there were high populations of homeless cats. CN volunteers made hundreds of successful adoptions as well as transporting hundreds of kittens from high kill shelters to northern states where they were wanted and could more easily find loving homes during the winter months. Network is their name and that's exactly what they do, we all try and help each other in any way we can to help the cats.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Approx. 13 years ago I encountered a group of cats that were in very bad condition. Approx. 30. At the time I was not in good financial situation and lived in a tiny studio apt. so I couldn't possibly take them in. I started looking for help and found The Cat Network. A lady came out to assess the situation and told me what to do and how. She loaned me traps, went out there with me to show me how. She would even help me recoup the cats after surgery. She got me involved in the adoption program where I could find some of these kitties homes and so I started helping the cats. Before I knew it, I had sterilized all the kitties and found homes for most. It is a wonderful organization that enables you so you can help the stray cats in your area. Each sterilization is $25. Can't get cheaper than that!! I have remained a member since and volunteer in whatever capacity I can at any given time. It is a truly worthwhile organization that has made a huge difference for the kitties in our area.

Charelle B.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Cat Network does great things for the homeless cats in Miami.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

TheCat Network is very helpful in helping cats and kittens in need. I have been a member for over 10 years and have found their resouces - low cost spay neuter, networking, low cost vaccines, advice, etc - to be very helpful. I would and do recommend the Cat Network all the time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cat Network provides services for people that want to help homeless and feral cats. They work with vets to provide low cost spay/neuter and help with low cost food, vaccines, etc. They help those that want to help and have made a difference in the the lives of thousands of homeless cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity helps the public spay and neuter feral and stray cats. In fiftween years they have helped the public sterilize over 51,000 cats and have adopted over 7000 cats to the public They operate mainly fromm money raised from the public.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is a severe cat over-population problem in Miami. Due to lack of government funding there are very few opportunities for residents to get free roaming cats fixed at low cost. However, The Cat Network, an all volunteer organization, does provide access to low cost spay/neuter through it's certificate program, mobile spay/neuter clinic and partnerships with other local organizations for free spay days. During one such event in May, almost 200 free roaming cats were fixed. Many Cat Network members volunteered the whole day to make this event a success as well as providing the mobile clinic to perform surgeries. Events like this would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of Cat Network members/volunteers.

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jill8 07/11/2010

Thank you for the wonderful review. I love the picture. Now we need 8 more by the end of July

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cat Network, Inc. (CN) is a 501(c)3, Florida not-for-profit corporation dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and strays; providing access to low-cost spay/neuter services for stray, homeless and abandoned cats; helping members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocating non-lethal population control and humane public policy We have helped the public spay and neuter over 55,000 cats and kittens in 15 years and have adopted over 7000 cats and kittens to the public