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The Meow Mobile Low Cost Spay/Neuter is Coming to Kendall (Melting Pot)



Miami Meow Mobile Event

A reservation is required in advance to bring cats to the Meow Mobile. Walk ups welcomed based on availability.

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



The Meow Mobile Low Cost Spay/Neuter is Coming to Little Havana



Miami Meow Mobile Event

A reservation is required in advance to bring cats to the Meow Mobile. Walk ups welcomed based on availability.

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



The Meow Mobile Low Cost Spay/Neuter is Coming to Coral Gables/Office Max

The Meow Mobile Low Cost Spay/Neuter is Coming to Coral Gables/Office Max

Miami Meow Mobile Event

A reservation is required in advance to bring cats to the Meow Mobile. Walk ups welcomed based on availability.

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

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

5 Ways to Fundraise for Felines

When it comes to advocating for cats at The Cat Network, we think the more creative, the better! We’ve listed five pet-friendly ways to raise money for the felines we care for. 

  1. Pet Photo Day: Become a photographer for the day, and set up a “studio” at your location of choice! Bring in some props for the photos–yarn, toys (the options are endless!) and charge per photo. Charge for photos, but consider offering printed merchandise as well! Who wouldn’t want a t-shirt or coffee mug with their cat’s face on it?
  2. Pet Bake Sale: Not only do we love sweet treats, but our feline friends do too! Research online homemade cat treats and bake away! Host a local “pet bakery” and donate the proceeds.
  3. Pet Walkathon: Walkathons have become an extremely popular fundraiser style for charitable organizations. Make yours animal-friendly by encouraging people to bring their leashed cats (dogs too!) along for the fun. Set up water stations along the way to keep our four-legged companions hydrated.
  4. Pet Friendly Dinner Party: Organize a dinner party– and invite your pets! Sell tickets to the event for guests and their pets, utilizing ticket funds for donations. Set up a kitty-approved menu of courses that your guests and pets will love, even the after-dinner treat!
  5. Pet Yoga: With the rising popularity in goat yoga, why not get our cats involved? Find a yoga instructor in your area to host the event, and sell tickets. Your attendees will be ecstatic to “Namaste” with their furry friend!

Ready to host your own fundraiser for The Cat Network? Create your event through this online nonprofit registration tool– it’s a great way to plan your event, grow awareness and manage donations!

GIVE MIAMI DAY for the Cats is November 15, 2018

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 15th! Support The Cat Network on GiveMiami Day 2018. 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 225 free surgeries..

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 $12,000.00. 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 15, 2018.

#GiveMiamiDay

PETITION: Prosecute Cheryn Smilen for Starving to Death 27 Cats

Cheryn Rochelle Smilen, of Smilen Cats, was arrested on February 16, 2018 for starving 18 cats to death. However, due to her cruelty the death toll has now unfortunately risen to 27. She abandoned the cats in an efficiency apartment, neglecting them inside small cages and depriving them of food and water for weeks. Out of sheer desperation the few surviving cats managed to stay alive by feeding off the corpses of the dead ones. The neighbors who resided in the vicinity smelled the odor of decomposition emanating from the efficiency and finally contacted the police. Three of the cats that were removed from this house of horrors were unfortunately euthanized due to their irreversible condition. Cheryn was arrested and charged with 18 counts of felony animal cruelty, but 3 days later was freed on $18,000 bond. Her first hearing date is scheduled for March 19, 2018. Her Miami Dade Court Case number is: F-18-003300

In the event that you believe that justice must be sought for these poor animals, we encourage you to please sign this petition. The petition will be sent to the State Attorney of Miami-Dade County, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, asking her to prosecute Cheryn Smilen to the fullest extent of the law for this atrocity.

Click here to sign petition

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

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

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