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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

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!!

7

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.

4

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.

1

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!

1

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.