GIVE MIAMI DAY for the Cats is November 16, 2017

Help us be part of something big for the cats!

Help us be part of something big!

Be a part of something big for the cats on Thursday, November 16th! Support The Cat Network on GiveMiami Day 2017. 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.  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 16, 2017.

#GiveMiamiDay

The Cat Network “MUST LOVE CATS” Silent Auction and Fundraiser

The Cat Network “MUST LOVE CATS” Silent Auction and Fundraiser

We are proud to announce that we will have a Fundraiser on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 6:00 to 10:00pm, to be held at the elegant Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center, at the University of Miami, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146. We invite you to enjoy a purrfect evening of wine, hor d’oeuvres, cuisine, music and a silent auction/raffle.

The event’s silent auction will feature art, travel, and various other items, including unique cat collectibles. The event will be catered by Fare to Remember Our special guest for this event will be John Fulton, star of Animal Planet’s “Must Love Cats”. Tickets are $75.00 and be purchased at the door, online (below), or by sending a check to our P.O. Box: The Cat Network, P.O.Box 347228, Miami, Fl 33234.





 

Date: November 11, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 10:pm
Place: University of Miami Newman Alumni Center
Special Guest: John Fulton, host of Animal Planet’s “Must Love Cats

For more information, please call 305-255-3482 or email info@thecatnetwork.org

If you would like to donate a product, service or be a sponsor, please email info@thecatnetwork.org

About John Fulton

Must Love Cats is a celebration of fascinating felines and the fascinating people who love them. From cats that saved their owners’ lives to swanky cat-only hotels, the series spans the realm of all things “cat.” It offers a potpourri of amazing feline stories, jam-packed with interesting factoids and trivia bits.

The show is hosted by musician John Fulton, who combines his love for ditties with kitties. He is on a mission to prove to himself and the world that America is filled — north to south, east to west — with cat lovers, and is in fact a Cat-nation.

John Fulton brought us KLEPTO KITTY.


The Cat Network, Inc. is a 501(c)3, Florida not-for-profit corporation dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and strays; providing access to low-cost spay/neuter services for stay, homeless and abandoned cats; helping members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocating non-lethal population control and humane public policy.

Our grassroots efforts over the past twenty-two years have resulted in the spaying and neutering of over 100,000 of South Florida’s community cats and the adoption of over 12,000 cats and kittens.

POP Cats Pop-Culture Convention is Coming to the Miami Airport Convention Center

POP Cats

POP Cats, the first cat and pop-culture convention in the US East Coast.
October, 28th, 2017 at the Miami Airport Convention Center.

POP Cats, the celebration of cats meet pop-culture, will make its electrifying debut in Miami, Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at the Miami Airport Convention Center. The curated show will feature a ridiculously adorable cat lounge, visual artists, inspiring speakers, art installations, and the makers of the most innovative products of the cat universe.

POP Cats’ core mission is to raise awareness about cat welfare efforts by crafting an experience that mixes entertainment with advocacy. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Cat Network, a cat-centric not-for-profit organization with over 20 years of service in South Florida.

The convention will welcome an invasion of cat lovers, curious spectators and pop-culture fans to a scene flooded with music and immersive art installations specially designed to ignite shareable memories. The exhibition floor will also grant visitors the unique opportunity to meet national and international talent that have grasped the fascination of the Internet community.

Highlights among the speakers are fervent rescuer Tumblr’s “Meme Librarian”, Amanda Brennan; “Lorenzo The Cat” photographer Joann Biondi; and Shark Tank presenter and Apollo Peak founder, Brandon Zavala.

A giant Bubble Cat Lounge will also be a can’t-miss feature at POP Cats, where attendees will be able to interact freely with an irresistible herd of adoptable cats brought by the Cat Network.

The cat and pop-culture celebration will draw fans from all over the country for the one-day only event at the Miami Airport Convention Center from 11 am to 7 pm. Early-bird tickets are currently available for sale on Eventbrite.  A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit The Cat Network. The Cat Network, Inc. (CN) is a 501(c)3, Florida not-for-profit corporation with over 20 years of operation, dedicated to providing and facilitating access to cat welfare services.

Purchase Tickets

POP Cats Miami 2017:
Date: Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Location: Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126
Hours: 11AM – 7PM
URL: www.POPCatsShow.com

Facebook: Event Page

Eventbrite Event Page: Tickets

Contact for more information:
Edgar Alexander
edgar@popcatsshow.com
305-988-7113

Spay Day at Canine Film Festival!

Do you live in Miami Lakes? Do you need to get your cat fixed. Our Meow Mobile will be at Hotel Indigo 8 AM on Sunday, July 16th.

Hotel Indigo, 7601 Miami Lakes Drive, Miami Lakes

To schedule a surgery, call voice mail at 305-233-9958 or email us a meowmobile@thecatnetwork.org.

Hotel Indigo Spay Day 2017

A Cat-Proofed Home is a Cat-Safe Home

Cat Proofed HomeA cat-proofed home is a cat-safe home whether your new pet is a newborn kitten or a fully- grown cat. Before that first front paw crosses your threshold for the first time, your home must be a health zone, not a hazard zone. Be especially attentive to the sensibilities of former “outside” cats, who may never have walked on wooden floors, carpets or tiles, or been exposed to so many unfamiliar sights before.

Begin the process of cat-proofing by walking through your home, room by room, searching for things a kitten or cat might climb, knock over or pull down, and either secure, remove or store them. Keep all trashcans behind closed and latched doors and wastebaskets (covered if possible) out of sight. Ensure that all heating/air vents have covers. Snap specially designed plastic caps over electrical outlets. Tie electrical cords together and tuck them out of reach.

Install childproof latches to keep inquisitive paws from prying open cabinet doors in kitchens and bathrooms, and ALWAYS keep toilet lids down. In bedrooms, keep all medications, lotions and cosmetics off accessible surfaces such as bedside tables. Store collections – from buttons and coins to marbles and potpourri – on high shelves, and keep breakables on low surfaces to a minimum.

Most chemicals are hazardous to kittens and cats and should be replaced if possible with non-toxic products. A partial list includes: antifreeze, bleach, drain cleaner, household cleaners and detergents, glue, nail polish and polish remover, paint, varnish and sealants, pesticides and rat poison.

Many indoor plants, however pretty, can prove poisonous to kittens and cats that are, by nature, explorers, climbers and lickers. A partial list of these plants includes: amaryllis, azaleas and rhododendrons, chrysanthemum, cyclamen, kalanchoe, lilies, oleander, peace lily, pothos, Sago palm, tulip and narcissus bulbs, and yew.

Seemingly harmless “people” food can often be lethal for kittens and cats. These include alcoholic beverages, bones from fish or poultry, canned “people” tuna, chocolate, grapes and raisins, liver (in large amounts), macadamia nuts, milk, mushrooms, onions and garlic, potato, rhubarb and tomato leaves and stems, raw eggs and fish, and yeast dough.

Although prevention is the key to your new pet’s wellbeing, accidents can and do happen. The truly protective pet parents are prepared pet parents and know to keep a list of vital numbers handy:

  • Veterinarian
  • 24-hour veterinary emergency clinic
  • ASPCA Poison Control: 888-426-4435
  • Pet Poison Help Line: 800-213-6680

Hopefully, these are numbers you’ll never use. And as long as you remain vigilant, both you and your new, best furry friend can rest, assured.

Article written by Nomi Berger. Nomi is the best selling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry and hundreds of articles. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her adopted Maltese, Mini, and now devotes all of her time volunteering her writing skills to animal rescue organizations throughout Canada and the USA.

#cats #kittens #catsafety #poisoncontrol #veterinaryemergency

Why Foster a Cat?

Why Foster a Cat“Fostering a cat is not a lifetime commitment, it is a commitment to saving a life.”

This is the watchword of cat rescues everywhere.

To foster a cat is, quite simply, to save that cat’s life. A foster home provides this same cat with a safe, temporary place of refuge until he/she is ultimately placed in a permanent, adoptive home.

Most rescues rely solely on a network of dedicated, volunteer foster homes, and could not survive without them. And rescues NEVER have enough foster homes.
Why? Because there are more cats in need than there are foster homes available to meet that need.

There are many benefits to fostering, many pleasant surprises and many unexpected rewards. Foster parents, past and present, describe it as one of the most memorable and gratifying experiences of their lives.

Fostering is both a way of enriching the lives of the cats and people involved, and a constructive way for people to give back to their communities. Fostered cats can provide endless hours of entertainment and love for their humans, and provide invaluable life lessons for adults and children alike.

By taking a deserving cat into their home, fosters increase that cat’s chances of being adopted. Foster families have the time and the ability to transform their foster cat — through one-on-one contact, exercise, feeding and training — into a happy and well mannered companion pet any person or family would be proud to call their own.

Fostering provides a needy cat with a stable environment, coupled with love, attention and affection. While the foster family provides the food, the rescue usually provides everything else, including payment of all medical costs to ensure the cat’s ongoing health and wellbeing.

Fosters are the essential eyes and ears of rescue. By spending every day with their foster cat, fosters will learn all they can about his/her particular personality. They will be able to identify any behavioral issues that need to be addressed, then work on addressing them.

If fosters already have a cat – either their own or another foster — in residence, all the better. The more animals their foster cat meets, the more socialized he/she will become, the more easily he/she will handle stress, and the more relaxed he/she will be around strangers.

For those who have never owned a cat, fostering provides them with the unique opportunity of seeing whether they themselves are suited for permanent “pet parenthood.”

But fostering a cat is NOT a form of trial adoption for that particular cat. There is even a term for it: foster failure. The most successful fosters are those who, despite being emotionally invested, know that they are essentially a stepping stone towards their foster cat’s future. And that as one successfully fostered cat leaves their home, another needy and deserving cat is waiting to enter it.

Ultimately, then, fostering a cat saves not just one life, but two.

Article written by Nomi Berger. Nomi is the best selling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry and hundreds of articles. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her adopted Maltese, Mini, and now devotes all of her time volunteering her writing skills to animal rescue organizations throughout Canada and the USA.

#pets #cats #kittens #foster #animalcaretaker

Why Spay and Neuter Your Cat

Photo Courtesy Alley Cat Allies

Photo Courtesy Alley Cat Allies

The problem of cat overpopulation is a global one and requires a solution on a global scale. But like every journey that begins with a single step, this particular journey must begin with every cat owner in every community, town and city in the country. Those conscientious owners who act responsibly by spaying and neutering their cherished family pets.

Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is the surgical removal of a female cat’s ovaries and uterus, while neutering (castration) is the removal of a male cat’s testicles. To minimize discomfort and pain, both procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Most cats are back to their “normal” selves within a few days, the surgery site usually heals within two weeks, and any skin stitches removed by your vet at a follow up appointment.

Did you know that in seven years, an unspayed female and unneutered male cat (and their offspring, if none are spayed or neutered) can result in the births of a staggering 781,250 kittens?

And the inevitable outcome? Hundreds of thousands of cats being euthanized each year through no fault of their own. Why? Because they are the tragic, but avoidable, results of over breeding and overpopulation. Why? Because there are too few shelters to house them and too few homes to either foster or adopt them. Why? Because there are still too many cat owners unwilling to spay and neuter their family pets.

Both intact male and female cats may try to escape their homes in order to roam outside. Neutering your male will eliminate roaming, urine spraying, and fighting with neighborhood cats. Spaying your female will eliminate the estrus or “heat” behavior of yowling that attracts and invites mounting by roaming males.

Despite some owners’ fears, spaying and neutering will not alter their cat’s basic personality – except many males will be less aggressive and more docile. Their playfulness, general activity levels, excitement, and vocalization will remain the same. Although neutered males and spayed females may gain weight due to decreased roaming and other sexual behavior outdoors, keeping them active indoors and managing their weight through diet will keep this potential problem under control.

Spaying and neutering cats before the age of six months is growing in popularity and the benefits to their health and well being are well documented. Spayed females are less likely to develop breast cancer and won’t be at risk for either ovarian or uterine cancer. Neutered males won’t develop testicular cancer, and without the need to roam, their risk of being injured or infected by other cats is drastically reduced. And males neutered prior to puberty (six months) won’t develop the large head and thick skin of intact males. Early spaying and neutering may also prevent problem behaviors before they occur and may either eliminate or reduce certain behaviors in older cats.

Imagine if every conscientious cat owner in every community, town and city in the country took responsibility for spaying and neutering their family pets. Imagine what we, as part of the global community, could accomplish then.

The Cat Network offers low cost spay neuter services for both community cats and pets. Click here for more information.

Article written by Nomi Berger. Nomi is the best selling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry and hundreds of articles. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her adopted Maltese, Mini, and now devotes all of her time volunteering her writing skills to animal rescue organizations throughout Canada and the USA.

#spayneuter #spay #neuter #pets

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

FREE-ROAMING MIAMI BEACH CATS ONLY

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 meowmobile@thecatnetwork.org 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.

#GiveMiamiDay

The Meow Mobile is Coming to Your South Florida Neighborhood this November

 

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The Miami Meow Mobile low cost spay and neuter van is coming to YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD. The Miami Meow Mobile provides low cost spay & neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and basic wellness care to cats and kittens in Miami-Dade county. It is a fully equipped surgery center on wheels, ready to provide the safest possible sterilization procedures for our feline friends. The clinic is owned and operated by The Cat Network, Inc., a 501(c)3 Florida not-for-profit corporation dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and strays; providing access to low-cost spay & neuter services for cats; helping members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocating non-lethal population control and humane public policy. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to cat spay & neuter, appointments, trapping, and much more, visit our FAQ’s section. A reservation is required in advance to bring cats to the Meow Mobile. To make an appointment, view the schedule, and send us an e-mail or call (305) 233-9958. (E-mail for faster response).

The #MeowMobile is Coming to Your South Florida Neighborhood. #SpayNeuter #cats

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Click here for more information about the Meow Mobile: http://meowmobile.com