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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Doing What We Love: The Cost of Caring with Ms Alison Kennedy-Benson, MS

Photo Courtesy Alley Cat Allies

Photo Courtesy Alley Cat Allies

THE CAT NETWORK, INC., A FLORIDA NON PROFIT CORPORATION INVITES YOU TO:

Our next monthly meeting, on Saturday April 2nd, will be an event full of surprises. Besides electing new members to our Board of Directors, we are proud to announce a special guest speaker, Ms. Alison Kennedy-Benson, M.S., coming from Gainesville, Florida, and who will provide us great tools and information on the following subject:

DOING WHAT WE LOVE: THE COST OF CARING

We want to make the occasion special for all animal rescuers who share the same concerns about the feline community in South Florida and anywhere else.

We will be raffling 5 Spay/Neuter certificates (tickets for the raffle are FREE!). We will ALL go home with a case of 24 portions of FREE Wellness moist cat food and we will have some goodies and soft drinks for all attendees to enjoy.

Please mark your calendar and do not miss this special and unique celebration, have fun, learn more about rescuing from our guest speaker, eat, drink, see and meet friends, take home a case of cat food and, if you are lucky, you will be the winner of a free spay/neuter certificate with a value of $30.00. Who could ask for more????

DO NOT FORGET AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! APRIL 2ND AT 10:00 AM

WHERE: Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134

We look forward to seeing you there celebrating together this great event!!

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.

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GIVE MIAMI DAY is November 19, 2015

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Help us be part of something big!

Help us be part of something big!

Be a part of something big on November 19th! 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?

The Cat Network provides:

  • Access to low cost spay neuter services to the public, for feral and stray cats by bringing our Meow Mobile directly to targeted areas and by our network of participating veterinarians in our spay/neuter program . The Cat Network has facilitated over 90,000 spay/neuter surgeries in 20 years.
  • Adopting cats and kittens to the public through special events and our participating Petco and Petsmart venues.  Since 1995, we have found loving homes for more than 12,000 cats!
  • Advocating for the community cats in Miami Dade County

In order to keep these program running, we are asking for your support on Give Miami Day. We would also like to offer several free Spay/Neuter days.

We are asking for your support on this endeavor.

You can make the donation below or direct on the Give Miami Day web site.

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ASPCA Mega Match-a-Thon

Mega Match-A-Thon pet adoption event

Find your perfect pet match at the ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon, which starts Friday, Oct. 9 at 11:59 p.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10.

This 24-hour pet adoption event will have:

  • live entertainment
  • delicious food truck options
  • excellent vendors
  • free parking and admission
  • non-stop low adoption fees on hundreds of available dogs and cats waiting to come home to you.

The ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon takes place at Tropical Park (7900 SW 40th St., Miami, FL 33155).

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Paws and Reflect: Celebrating 20 Years of The Cat Network

“PAWS AND REFLECT” CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE CAT NETWORK, INC.

Jackson GalaxyThe Cat Network, Inc. invites you to enjoy a purrfect evening of cocktails, gourmet vegetarian hors d’oeuvres and cuisine, music and a silent auction on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the elegant Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center, at the University of Miami, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146. Our featured guest for this gala event will be Jackson Galaxy, Cat Daddy, and star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” and best-selling author of “Catification” and “Cat Daddy.” The event’s silent auction will feature art, travel, and various other items, including unique cat collectibles.

Our 20th Anniversary gala celebration will be a fun filled event that helps raise money and awareness to further Cat Network’s efforts to reduce cat over population by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and community cats. Approximately 400 people are expected to attend.

Bonnie Berman, Co-Host/Producer of Topical Currents on 91.3 WLRN Public Radio, will serve as the event’s Mistress of Ceremonies. Organizers are currently accepting silent auction donation items and contacting potential sponsors. Various levels of sponsorship are available. Admission to the event will be $125.00. To make a reservation(s), please click the button below.




 

The Cat Network, Inc. (CN) 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 stray, 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 grass roots efforts 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 into loving homes since our inception in 1995.

Please join members and friends for this evening of fun and entertainment and meet Jackson Galaxy!

 

 

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

The Miami Meow Mobile low cost spay and neuter van is coming to YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD this April. 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 this April. #SpayNeuter #cats

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