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Miami Beach Free Roaming Felines Spay Day Sponsored by Cattorneys at Paw

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Many thanks to Cattorneys at Paw, a group that has a big heart, generously helping children and animals.

Miami Meow Mobile Event
Sponsored by Cattorneys At Paw


A reservation is required in advance to bring cats to the Meow Mobile.

Walk ups welcomed based on availability.

8128 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141-1600

To make an appointment, please send an e-mail to or call (305) 233-9958 (E-mail for faster response time).

Check in: 8:00 am to 9:00 am

GIVE MIAMI DAY is November 17, 2016

Help us be part of something big!

Help us be part of something big!

Be a part of something big on Thursday, November 17th! Support The Cat Network on GiveMiami Day. Donations will be maximized by a percentage match!

What is Give Miami Day?

Give Miami Day is a unique, 24-hour online giving event where individuals can make a charitable gift to a local nonprofit. Every donation between $25 and $10,000 received on Give Miami Day will have a percentage of it matched by The Miami Foundation.

Why support The Cat Network?

We are so fortunate, that you, our volunteers, supporters and members have helped us in the past by donating during GIVE MIAMI DAY. We were able to buy the new generator for our MEOW MOBILE and then last year, we were able to get the MEOW MOBILE its new wrap so that it looks like new.

This year, we would like to bring the MEOW MOBILE to some of the low income areas where transportation to area spay/neuter facilities is a hardship for many of the residents. We are hoping to receive enough donations to fund at least 5 or 6 free spay days in the Little Havana area. We would be able to hopefully sterilize up to 200 cats.

We also need to purchase new surgical instruments for our vets and vet techs to use on the MEOW MOBILE. Without their skilled expertise, we would not be able to achieve sterilizing approximately 4000 cats and kittens on the MEOW MOBILE each year.

In order for us to achieve our goal, we need to raise $15,000.00. Will you help us help you help homeless cats and kittens?


We are asking for your support on this endeavor.

You can make the donation below or direct on the Give Miami Day web site starting 12:01 AM EST on Thursday, November 17, 2016.


Macy’s Shop For A Cause to Help Community Cats & Kittens is Fri, Aug 26 to Sun, Aug 28


Macy's Shop For A CauseShop For A Cause gives you the opportunity to help homeless cats & kittens and get a great shopping discount at Macy’s. Purchase a $5 Shopping Pass for exclusive savings (up to 25% off) in every Macy’s store on Friday, August 26th to Sunday, August 28th, and The Cat Network keeps 100% of the proceeds to help homeless cats & kittens. Plus, you can enter to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card.

Saving include:

  • Save 25% on regular, sale & clearance items, including home — you’ll even save on most brands usually excluded!
  • Save 10% on electrics/electronics, watches, furniture, mattresses, and rugs/floor coverings.
  • Enter for a chance to win a $500 Macy’s gift card.

Since 2006, Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event has partnered with non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $50 million for their ongoing charitable efforts. This is your chance to be part of this monumental weekend long event.

Find the magic of giving back, as Macy’s celebrates a national weekend of support for our community.

Purchase Your Shopping Pass Now

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Cat Network’s Official Response to ZooMiami’s Statement

Photo Courtesy Alley Cat Allies

Photo Courtesy Alley Cat Allies

Cat Network’s response to ZooMiami’s statements about free-roaming cats:

The recent decision to remove free-roaming cats from ZooMiami and the surrounding areas, including Larry & Penny Thompson Park, has sparked much controversy.  We strongly feel that the Zoo must and should protect their exotic populations; however, the approach that was chosen will not meet this objective and the communication justifying this action is inaccurate, misleading and nothing short of fear mongering.

ZooMiami’s “Statement regarding trap, neuter and re-homing (TNR)” starts out with the misuse of the term TNR, which stands for trap, neuter, RETURN.  While this may seem insignificant, it is not.  The expectation that these (and other) free-roaming cats can simply be rehomed is unrealistic, and misleads people into believing that is a reasonable solution to addressing populations of free-roaming cats. Cats that are friendly and used to interacting with humans may be good candidates for rehoming, but cats that are truly feral are unlikely to adjust to a new location, and require an extended period (2-4 weeks or longer) of confinement to allow them to acclimate to their new home.

The single most effective method of protecting the zoo’s animal population would be to create barriers to entrance for all other land species.  Surely if the zoo can create barriers to contain large cats, elephants, kangaroos, monkeys and their other species, they could create a barrier to prevent other animals from entering the exhibits.  We believe there was a concrete moat that surrounded Zoo Miami when it was built; brush could be cleared and cat fencing could be installed where needed to prevent animals from entering the property.

ZooMiami noted there is an “exploding population of feral/free-roaming cats” which begs the question what has caused this dramatic population increase.  Community cat caretakers had been humanely managing the population of cats in the park until they were prohibited from doing so by the Parks Department.  This change occurred because the Parks adopted a zero tolerance policy regarding cats in the park, yet they did not effectively prevent abandonment of new animals or prevent the population from growing. Thirteen of the seventeen cats that were trapped and transferred to Miami Dade Animal Services were unsterilized.  It certainly appears that this zero tolerance policy and feeding ban has not worked.

Stating “feral/free-roaming cats may transmit rabies, toxoplasmosis and other parasitic diseases to both humans and wildlife” implies cats are the only risk factors when bats, raccoons and other species can transmit rabies & parasitic diseases. Cats that have been sterilized through TNR efforts are vaccinated against rabies.  While cats are the only species that sheds toxoplasmosis oocysts in their feces, according to the CDC toxoplasmosis can also be transmitted via raw or undercooked meat as well as improperly washed fruits and vegetables.

The Zoo’s assertion that “these cats can carry Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia…is a serious threat to pet cats being responsibly kept by their owners” was absolutely inaccurate and nothing short of fear mongering. FIV is transmitted through deep bite wounds and Feline Leukemia (FeLV) is primarily transmitted through maternal transmission to kittens, and possibly transmitted through prolonged direct contact exposure. This assertion makes it sound as though people visiting the park or other areas with free-roaming cats could bring the viruses home on their bodies or clothing and infect their pet cats; this is not true. Neither FIV nor FeLV are casually transmitted.

Most disturbing to us is the Zoo’s use of junk science, stating “feral/free-roaming cats are extremely detrimental to native wildlife and are believed to kill on average a million birds a day in the United States and billions of native mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians on an annual basis.” While cats do hunt, their actual take has not been scientifically determined (scientific reliability would require random samples, not selective self-reporting) and these numbers are wildly speculative and inaccurate.  In addition, cats are not the greatest threat to these species, HUMANS are.  We have destroyed and dramatically reduced habitat, impacted reproductive capacity by our use of pesticides, created dangerous obstacles for birds such as communications towers and high rise buildings, not to mention the potential impact of climate change. Pointing to the need to protect critically endangered Pine Rockland habitat is a key case in point: much of that habitat has already been degraded and more is slated for development due to the sale of the land.

Please refrain from misleading the public, and encourage ZooMiami and the Parks Department to take action that will truly protect their valuable animal population.  Continuing to use the cats as scapegoats while ignoring the scientific evidence is beneath them.

Karen Rundquist, President and Cat Network Board of Directors

P.O. Box 347228

Miami, FL 33234-7228

A Holiday Message From The Cat Network

A Holiday Message From The Cat Network

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: Thank you and best wishes for a festive holiday season and a bright new year,

The CN Board

December 2012



Give Miami Day 12/12/12 is Here!

Help Us Help Homeless Cats

Help Us Help Homeless Cats

Today (12.12.12) is #GiveMiamiDay. Join us for a unique 24-online giving day sponsored by The Miami Foundation. From midnight December 12 to midnight December 13, we’re asking for your support to donate to The Cat Network.

By investing in The Cat Network on Give Miami Day, you will become a part of the solution for the feline overpopulation problem in South Florida. We will be able to continue offering low cost Spay/Neuter Certificates and events to help you help the community cats. This year we have been able to help the public sterilize over 7900 cats and kittens and have adopted over 800 felines to loving homes.

Please donate now at Donations through midnight tonight and will be percentage matched by the Knight Foundation.
Thank you!

Marlins Adoption Event a Success!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make Saturday’s adoption event a huge success; the Marlins Ayudan group, Miami-Dade Animal Services, the Humane Society of Greater Miami and of course our Cat Network volunteers; Jill Steinberg, Nancy Mayes, Paul Johnson and Christine Michaels.

Over 70 dogs found new homes for the holidays and approximately 6 ASD kitties also found new homes.

Everyone who showed their CN foster kitties got an adoption.

Twenty-six animals were also sterilized and low cost vaccines and Microchipping were also offered.

Thanks for another successful joint-adoption event!


Pet Photos with Santa at Select PetSmart® Miami Location Will Help Save the Lives of Homeless Cats

Yes, Fido, There Is a Santa Claws® Photo Event Near You

Santa announced that he will visit all 1,269 PetSmart® stores this December including locations in South Florida, taking photos with pets both naughty and nice. For each photo purchased at select Miami locations, PetSmart will donate $5 to The Cat Network to save the lives of homeless pets in our community.

The photo package includes a 4″x6″ photo with a collectible holiday frame for $9.95 with a PetPerks® membership or $10.95 without. Santa Claws® Photo Events will take place the first three Saturdays and Sundays in December at the following Miami PetSmart stores:

  • Coral Gables: 3301 Southwest 22nd Street, Coral Gables, Florida 33145 (305) 448-4403
  • Palmetto Bay: 13621 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, Florida 33176 (305) 253-5943
  • Kendall Lakes: 14025 SW 88th St, Miami, Florida 33186 (305) 382-9911
  • Midtown: 3101 N Miami Ave, Suite 110, Miami, Florida 33127 (305) 573-8026

Times are as follows:

  • Dec. 1 and Dec. 2: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 and Dec. 9: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 15 and Dec. 16: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call your local store to verify event times. This will be PetSmart’s 25th year hosting the annual Santa Claws® Photo Events. Last year the event raised $864,165 for more than 2,700 animal-welfare groups.

Santa Claws® Photo Event


PetSmart is hosting three weekends of Santa Claws® photo events at all stores. This annual event gives Pet Parents the opportunity to commemorate the season by having a digital photo of their pet taken with Santa and placed in a collectible holiday frame for $9.95 with a PetPerks® card. PetSmart adoption partners play Santa, and $5 from every photo package will be donated to these participating partners to help save the lives of homeless pets.


Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


All pets and their Pet Parents

The Meow Mobile is Coming to Your South Florida Neighborhood This December!

A reservation is required in advance to bring cats to the Meow Mobile. To make an appointment, please send us an e-mail or call (305) 233-9958 (E-mail for faster response time).

FREE Events (Targeted for free-roaming cats from specific areas) are denoted in *GREEN TEXT* below.

November 2012

  • *Nov 17 (Sat.): MIAMI BEACH – North Shore O.S. Park, 7900 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (EVENT FULL)
  • Nov 19 (Mon.): SOUTH MIAMI – PETCO, 6200 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami (EVENT FULL)
  • Nov 26 (Mon.): KENDALL – Sunset Feed & Supply, 7650 SW 117th Ave, Miami (EVENT FULL)
  • Nov 28 (Wed.): HOMESTEAD – PETCO, plaza at SW 157th Ave. & SW 312 St., Homestead

December 2012

  • *Dec 1 (Sat.): MIAMI BEACH – North Shore O.S. Park, 7900 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (EVENT FULL)
  • Dec 3 (Mon.): MIAMI SPRINGS – Miami Springs Golf Course, 650 Curtiss Pkwy., Miami ( We will be parked at the north end of the parking lot that lies in the median of Curtiss Pkwy)
  • **Dec 5 (Wed.): LITTLE HAVANA – St. Lazaro Church, 1778 NW 3rd St., Miami
  • ***Dec 8 (Sat.): SURFSIDE – Surfside Town Hall, 9293 Harding Ave., Surfside
  • Dec 10 (Mon.): SOUTH MIAMI – PETCO, 6200 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami
  • Dec 12 (Wed.): HOMESTEAD – PETCO, plaza at SW 157th Ave. & SW 312 St., Homestead
  • *Dec 15 (Sat.): MIAMI BEACH – North Shore O.S. Park, 7900 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
  • Dec 17 (Mon.): KENDALL – Sunset Feed & Supply, 7650 SW 117th Ave, Miami

*Miami Beach events are FREE for free-roaming cats of Miami Beach. These events are targeted for cats from Miami Beach only.

**Little Havana events are FREE for free-roaming cats of Little Havana. These events are targeted for cats from Little Havana only, and an ear-tip will be mandatory to receive free surgery.

***Surfside events are FREE for free-roaming cats of Surfside. These events are targeted for cats from Surfside only.

For more information, please visit:

Marlins Holiday Adopt-O-Mania

The Miami Marlins and Miami-Dade County Animal Services have teamed up to bring “Holiday Adopt-O-Mania” to the Community of Little Havana!

On Saturday, December 1st, the Miami Marlins Ayudan Team, Miami-Dade County Animal Services, along with the Humane Society of Greater Miami and The Cat Network will be on-site oering pet adoptions, vaccinations and spay/neuter for dogs under 50 lbs. Over 200 pets will be on-site and available for adoption!

Come out to Marlins Park for food, fun, festivities and more! Enjoy live entertainment, the first 100 guests who adopt a cat or dog will receive 2 free tickets to a 2013 Marlins game. Pet adoptions, microchipping and vaccinations from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Spay/Neuter services for dogs by appointment only by calling 311.

What: Miami Marlins Holiday Adopt-O-Mania event
Who: Miami Marlins Ayudan Team: The Voice and Miami-Dade Animal Services, Humane Society of Greater Miami and The Cat Network
When: Saturday, December 1st, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: West Plaza @ Marlins Park (on NW 16th Ave. between NW 4th & NW 6th Streets)
Why: Raising animal awareness in the local community by providing pet adoptions, free dog spay/neuter surgeries and dog & cat vaccinations

Free parking will be available in the Home Plate Garage. (Corner of NW 7th Street and NW 15th Avenue)