Many people are not aware of the issue of "community cats", their plight, their suffering and how their existence affects us. The Cat Network in Miami has constructively addressed problems for 18 years through the tremendous dedication of members and volunteers. By humanely addressing overpopulation with sterilization, helping find homes for adoptable cats and educating people how to help solve problems this organization has made great inroads in Miami-Dade County toward progress on this issue.
The Cat Network has helped the public sterilize over 8000 cats and kittens this year and has adopted almost 900 cats to the public. To date, they have helped the public sterilize almost 70,000 cats and adopted over 9000 cats to the public since their inception in 1995. The Cat Network is a major resource in Miami Dade County for providing low cost services for sterilization of stray and feral cats. They are trying to stem the huge feline overpopulation problem in Miami-Dade County. They achieve the imnpossible with dedicated volunteers who help man spay/neuter events, adoption events and educational outreach events.
The Cat Network is making a huge difference in the lives of homeless cats in Miami from free and low cost spay days, to pulling kittens from a high kill shelter and transporting them to a no kill shelter up north to the adoption referral program. The Cat Network has saved the lives of countless cats in South Florida and prevented the birth of many many more.
The Cat Network is a grass-roots organization with over 2,500 volunteer and donor members. 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. 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.
I have been an active member for 11 years and a Board member for the last 8 years. I have seen this organization grow as more and more people become involved with the plight of homeless cats. My first trap, neuter, return (TNR) project orginated in my parent's backyard. A feral cat had shown up and we started feeding it. I had heard about the Cat Network and was very eager to get this cat fixed. Through the low-cost sterilization certificates, I was able to sterilze another 19 cats in the neighborhood over the next few years. As result, it has been over 9 years since we've had a kitten in that colony, proof that TNR works!
The Cat Network has made a difference in the lives of many stray cats and the people who live with them. Often, people don't want to harm the cats but they don't know what to do about all the litters being born on the street. Cat Network helps them through education and assistance in trap/neuter/return (TNR)and adoption referrals. The lives of the cats are improved and the unwanted behaviors and litters disappear. Since 1995, over 52,000 cats have been sterilized through the Cat Network.