As we come to the end of another stellar year, we need to really take note of our volunteers’ accomplishments.
The Miami Beach project is one such example. Where else in the country do you get such dedicated volunteers? In approximately seven months, over 800 kitties will find themselves sterilized. This is the kind of gift that will continue giving for many years. Not only that, Miami Beach will have less complaints of nuisance cats and tourism will not suffer. It’s a win-win situation. Mary Thingelstad and her merry group of trappers have been phenomenal. We are on target to sterilize 1,000 kitties by early next year. Once we hit that milestone, PetSmart Charities should be able to release the funding for the next year so another 1,000 kitties can be sterilized on Miami Beach.
Just next door, the Town of Surfside has also qualified for a PetSmart Charities grant. Suely Carmelo has headed up this project. As a force of nature, Suely has actively been trapping there for many years as funds allow. This grant will allow 250 cats to be sterilized in a one year period.
Sunny Isles is also moving toward a TNR program as well. Wouldn’t it be great if we had all the municipalities along the beaches embrace TNR? Of course, Miami-DadeCounty voters spoke and the Pets’ Trust passed at an almost 2:1 margin. CN members actively took to the polls to educate the public. From some of the feedback we received, voters were very concerned about whether or not CN would be involved with the implementation of the spay/neuter aspect of the program.
The ASPCA partnership is also entering its third year. Along with Miami-Dade County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Greater Miami, we are trending toward a 60.1% live release rate for the animals of Miami-Dade. The final numbers aren’t in yet, but our live release rate may have increased by 8%. Given the number of animals in our community and their prolific lifestyle, a 1-2% increase is noteworthy, an 8% increase is outstanding.
CN is also extremely grateful to our fabulous donors, who gifted us with a cargo van. Even though we aren’t doing as many transports, the vehicle is being used for the large scale trapping projects we seem to be participating in with increased frequency.
CN Foster Parents adopted almost 900 cats and kittens to the public this year. We are always looking for off site locations to showcase our adoptables and welcome your suggestions for new venues.
Finally, as we move toward increasing our spay/neuter events, the Meow Mobile will be getting out in the community more often. This year, we facilitated over 7950 surgeries through our participating veterinarians and the Meow Mobile- over 3000 on the Meow Mobile alone. As part of our commitment to the ASPCA and the community, we need to do an additional 1400 surgeries.
As always, The Cat Network, Inc. is dependent on our volunteers. We are extremely grateful for their donations of time, resources or money. In 2013, we can always use more volunteers at the adoption centers, trappers who are willing to travel out into the community to help with special projects or a financial contribution.
Please help us with an end of year holiday donation: www.causes.com/thecatnetwork. Thank you and best wishes for a festive holiday season and a bright new year,
The CN Board
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