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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

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

1 elliecat910

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cat Network is a great organization helping cats by educating people on TNR, low cost spaying and neutering, etc.
My Dad has neutered and spayed many cats that are constantly dumped at his home by people. He is retired and a low income elderly man so Cat Network has been a blessing for him and the many cats he helps.

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a member of The Cat Network and have read and witnessed the great that this group does for the cats in the community. They work tirelessly to TNR the cats in the greater Miami-Dade area and to educate the public on the benefits of TNR not to mention the fostering and adoption program that they continue to work on. I see all of the volunteering and work they put into the adoption weekends at my local Petsmart and the difference they make for our feline friends looking for a permanent home.

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.

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.

Patricia63

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've taken my own pets to be spayed, including my pet rabbit. I have also taken stray cats that I have trapped to be spayed/neutered. You will find no other service in Miami like this one . The staff is always very nice and they made me feel lucky to have my kitty because all the nurses told me they were in love with my sweet little princess. They liked her so much that her pic is up here on the Great Nonprofits site :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank God for the Cat Network. I have fixed many cats in my neighborhood with their low cost spay neuter certificates; I would not have afforded it without these. I have helped others get certificates and fix cats in their neighborhoods as well. Many people want to help but can only afford a limited amount, and CN makes even a small amount viable for helping the kitties.
Whenever I see one of these "fixed" kitties now, I feel good: he or she will have a better, healthier life, and there will be fewer starving, ill kitties out there. CN has helped me contribute something to help make the world a better place, and that is a wonderful feeling.

Rosy H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

These wonderful people go out of their way to help homeless cats find forever homes. They foster the cats in their own homes and give them love, attention and a 2nd chance at life. They also help in other plights, such as finding lost cats and providing advice. I, myself, have been helped by this organization more than once. Kudos to The Cat Network!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tha Cat Network does awesome work to save cats in South Florida. A great team of volunteers make this happing. The meow mobile is a great way to help reduce the stray cat population in areas were people can't afford to go to a vet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been trying desperately to rescue a cat from Miami Dade Animal Services in Florida, but being that I live in New Jersey, this was proving to be extremely difficult. A friend told me to contact Cat Network, Inc. so I sent an e-mail and within the hour I had heard back from one of their volunteers. After a few exchanges, she agreed to pull the cat for me and foster him until I could make travel arrangements to get him to me here in Jersey. Her name was Megan and she was so kind. She rescued the cat and took him under her wing until I was able to arrange a flight for him. She took him to the veterinarian for a health certificate and purchased everything he needed to fly out to me. If it weren't for her, this little furball sleeping on my lap right now would not be here today. I can't imagine my life without him. I'm so grateful to Megan for fostering him and trusting me to follow through, and I think Cat Network Inc. is a wonderful organization!

1 Cheryl T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a kitten from a Petsmart in Maryland back in 2006. Little did I realize her story at the time. I just found out this year (2011). The Cat Network, in conjunction with a rescue charity in Maryland, had just started that year to move large numbers of kittens out of the very high-kill shelters in Miami FL to the area up here, where they are more easily adopted out. They continue these marathon runs every spring, rescuing literally hundreds of kittens from certain death. They drive all night to minimize the time the kittens spend on the road. I am so honored to have one of the kittens from the first year's run that they ever did, and have been thrilled to watch the rescue efforts unfold this year- even recognizing some of the cats when they appeared in the adoption center by me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about the Cat Network from a friend when I found a young kitten in my back yard. I contacted the Network, became a member, and was able to spay the young kitten. The kitten ended up living inside my house and I have since worked with the Cat Network to spay and neuter other "feral" cats in my neighborhood. Thanks to the assistance from the Cat Network and their dedicated volunteers and staff members, the "feral" cats in Miami are living much happier and healtheir lives. Thanks for all their efforts!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cat Network..can't say enough good stuff. They are the ones that help cats, no one else does. Everyone complains about the problem, but Cat Network does something about it, ot offers solutions!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The first time I came across a homeless kitty I wasn't quite sure how to find it a home. I came across The Cat Network volunteers in a local PetSmart. They walked me through the process of becoming a member and joining the adoption referral program. Because of this program, I was able to place 6 kitties.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to the Cat Network certificate program, I was able to fix three stray cats in my backyward. I would not have otherwise been able to afford it

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We arrived at the park promptly at 8:30 and received a friendly greeting from a Cat Network volunteer. She helped us get our paperwork ready and answered all our questions with a smile. After checking our kitties in, they were sent to air conditioned rooms (which put me at ease considering i was nervous about leaving them in a new environment) where they were prepped for surgery. Overall, the event was very well-organized and the volunteers were very friendly. Two days later, I'm happy to report that my kitties are doing great and their recovery has been smooth. Thank you to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Miami-Dade Animal Services Department, Humane Society of Broward County and The Cat Network for organizing this event.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the Cat Network. Not only did I get my first cat there, but I also had my 2nd (stray adoption) spayed through the Meow Mobile. They provide an incredible service to the community both in terms of convenience to 'clients' (both 2-legged and 4-legged ones), but they work so hard to reduce the unnecessary killing of thousands of cats every year, by providing spay/neuter services. BEST OF LUCK TO THE CAT NETWORK! And God Bless you for all you do!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cat Network is an invaluable resource for those of us with large numbers of cats. Having rescued many dozens of cats in my lifetime, I have found it a struggle financially to care for all these unwanted felines. The Cat Network members have been an incredible resource of everything from anecdotal veterinary knowledge to the provision of humane traps. They are also an agent for change as regards legislation concerning the humane treatment of animals in general. I applaud the efforts of this organization and its many caring members.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my cat from a foster parent from the Cat Network. The nicest and cutest tuxedo cat named Tolken. My life was changed on December 2, 2009. I adopted not just a cat but a best friend, a companion, love, a reason to wake up every day. He's the best ever and I couldn't imagine life without him!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cat Network helped me with a feral kitten I adopted get his shots and physical information concerning his health (he has FIV) and put him on-line for adoption. To my relief, because of his disease, there were no hits, and he is now the light of my life. They were kind and knowledgeable regarding every- thing I needed to keep him healthy and happy.