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400 Cats Sterilized on the Meow Mobile in the Month of March

We are excited to announce that 400 cats were sterilized on board the Meow Mobile in the month of March. Way to go MMM!  Need to spay/neuter a cat? All surgeries are $15 for a limited time thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA. Make your reservations now: http://thecatnetwork.org/help-a-cat/spayneuter/meow-mobile/

NEUTER NEWS: 194 kitties fixed in honor of National Feral Cat Day!

 

In honor of Alley Cat Allies National Feral Cat Day 2011, 201 cats & kitties were brought for sterilization at Sunday’s spayathon. 194 were actually fixed at the event, 7 had been previously sterilized. Thank you to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Lynda Bell who sponsored the event, and to Miami Dade Animal Services who organized the spayathon.

“Pets bring tremendous joy into our lives and ensuring that they are properly spayed or neutered guarantees that the stray animal population is controlled. It’s the responsible thing to do for our little friends and our community,” said Commissioner Bell. “Spaying and neutering, and responsible pet ownership are essential in the effort to reduce populations of free-roaming and community cats. Working together we can help homeless pets find a home,” said Alex Muñoz, Director, Miami-Dade Animal Services Department.

Thank you also to The Cat Network, Inc. volunteers who helped at the event, and thank you also to The Humane Society of Greater Miami who hosted the spayathon at their facility.

To all those who participated by spreading the word about the event, volunteering, or who brought a cat for sterilization- excellent job! Each cat fixed brings us one paw closer to reducing the number of homeless cats in our community.

Announcing $15 Sterilization Surgeries For All Cats

Thanks to our ASPCA community partnership and grant money allocated by the ASPCA, we are happy to announce that starting today, August 15th, $15 spay/neuter surgeries (CASH ONLY) will be available at the following vet clinics:

  • Miami Meow Mobile
  • A.S.I.S. Animal Clinic
  • Bravo Animal Health Center
  • Old Cutler Animal Clinic
  • South Kendall Animal Clinic
  • Tropical Park Animal Hospital

All cats will receive a mandatory stomach tattoo (a small green line to show the cat has been sterilized), a rabies vaccine (if old enough), and all ferals receive an ear tip. If the animal is an owned pet, and the animal goes outside, the ear tip is highly recommended.

This $15 surgery rate is available to the entire community, Cat Network members and non-members.

The only acceptable form of payment is CASH. Please bring exact change and pay at the vet clinic. Some vets may require advance appointments and only participate on certain days of the week. Please observe the existing vet requirements posted here.  Meow Mobile requirements are here. For example, if surgeries are only done on Fridays, please do not ask for a special appointment on Saturday.

We have 1540 surgeries to be done in a short time frame so get out there and start trapping!

52 Cat Sterilized in Latest Meow Mobile Stop

52 cats were sterilized on the Meow Mobile yesterday 5/22/11 on the University of Miami Coral Gable campus! We would like to thank & recognize the devotion and hard work of the volunteers especially Shannon W. and her volunteers, Megan C., and Sandi S.. We also thank Sue J. for washing all the laundry. Special thanks to Dr. Eileen Osti, who usually works in Broward but graciously agreed to work on this spay day.

Increased Donor Subsidized Spay/Neuter Surgeries at Animal Services

Monday & Tuesday for Dogs and Thursday & Friday for Cats

Miami-Dade Citizens Urged to Spay or Neuter Their Pets

(MIAMI, March 21, 2011) Animal Services is excited to announce additional donor-subsidized surgery days for Miami-Dade County residents. In an effort to help control the pet overpopulation problem, Miami-Dade Animal Services will offer donor-subsidized ($25 owner co-pay) spay/neuter services every Monday and Tuesday for dogs and ($15 owner co-pay) spay/neuter surgeries for cats every Thursday and Friday at the Animal Services shelter located at 7401 NW 74th Street, Miami, FL 33166.

“There are simply too many stray and abandoned dogs and cats and not enough homes to save every pet surrendered to Animal Services. Spaying or neutering your pet helps reduce the number of unwanted litters and protects them from health issues that may develop later in life”, said Dr. Pizano, Animal Services Director.

WHAT: Spay & neuter surgery for dogs and cats, limited space, first come first served.

COST: $25 Co-payment for dogs and $15 co-pay for cats.

WHO: Miami-Dade Animal Services Department.

WHEN: Monday and Tuesday, dog surgeries. Thursday and Friday, cat surgeries. Check in at 7:30 a.m., starting Monday, April 4th, 2011

WHERE: Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter – 7401 NW 74 ST – Miami, FL 33166.

Requirements: Proof of current rabies vaccination for dogs over 4 months of age. Rabies vaccine can be obtained the day of surgery for $10 (or $3 if qualified low-income). Microchipping available for $10. Up to 4 pets per household; 3 months and older. No food or water after 12 midnight the night before. No appointment necessary. Veterinarian may decline surgery due to health reasons.

Pet overpopulation is something we can control, but we need the community to make a difference. Be part of the solution, spay or neuter your pet.

Miami-Dade Animal Services is responsible for enforcing Chapter 5 of the Miami-Dade County Code, as well as Florida Statute 828, which deals primarily with animal cruelty issues. Unlike private shelters that have limitations on the number of pets they accept, Animal Services accepts all dogs and cats. Each year, the shelter impounds more than 36,000 pets. The goal at Animal Services is to reunite lost pets with their families or find life-long homes for as many animals as possible. Related links: www.miamidade.gov/animals or call 311.

Today is National Spay Day 2011

According to The Humane Society of the United States, nearly four million cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters each year. That means, during a 40-hour work week, one homeless pet is euthanized every two seconds. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets, even purebreds. Maybe someone’s cat or dog got out just one time or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good, permanent homes failed.

The most important thing to know about spaying and neutering is that it saves lives. In every community in every U.S. state, there are animals sitting in animal shelters waiting for homes. Only about half of those dogs and cats will ever get one. Making the decision to spay or neuter your pet means fewer pets—pets as sweet, loving, healthy, and deserving of companionship as your own—will be euthanized for lack of a home.

Take the opportunity on Spay Day 2011 to share this information with friends and family and let them know how important it is to spay/neuter.

You can also take this opportunity to help us spay/neuter homeless cats. We are looking to raise $2,000 during the month of February to fund the sterilization of 50 homeless cats in honor of Spay Day 2011. Please help us reach our goal and donate today. Donate now.

Thank you for all you do for the cats,
The Cat Network

Free Cat Spay/Neuter for Feral & Free Roaming Cats

FREE CAT SPAY/NEUTER FOR FERAL & FREE ROAMING CATS SPONSORED BY COUNTY COMMISSIONER CARLOS GIMENEZ

(MIAMI, February 14th, 2011) – Thanks to the generosity of County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, Animal Services and The Cat Network will offer free spay/neuter surgeries for free roaming and feral cats only on Sunday, February 27th, 2011 at the Mobley Building located at 5825 SW 68 Street, South Miami 33143.

“There are simply too many… stray and abandoned cats and not enough homes to save every pet. Spaying or neutering your pet helps reduce the number of unwanted litters and protects them from health issues that may develop later in life”, said Dr. Pizano, Animal Services Director.

What: Free spay/neuter for feral and free roaming cats for Miami-Dade residents. For appointments, please call 305-805-1603. Four (4) cats per person. Walk-ins welcome. All cats will be vaccinated against rabies, sterilized, dewormed and ear tipped. Veterinarian may decline surgery due to health reasons.

When: Sunday, February 27th, 2011. Check-in 7:00 am.

Where: The Mobley Building located at 5825 SW 68 Street, South Miami 33143.

Free Cat Spay/Neuter for Feral & Free Roaming Cats in Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH RESIDENTS URGED TO SPAY OR NEUTER THEIR CATS

Thanks to generous donation to the Animal Services Trust Fund, Animal Services, The Cat Network and the Humane Society of Broward County with the support of the City of Miami-Beach will offer free spay/neuter surgeries for cats only on January 16th 2011 at the Parking Lot located at 5300 Collins Avenue, Miami …Beach, FL 33140 behind Fire Station Number 3.

“There are simply too many stray and abandoned cats and not enough homes to save every pet. Spaying or neutering your pet helps reduce the number of unwanted litters and protects them from health issues that may develop later in life”, said Dr. Pizano, Animal Services Director.

What: Free spay/neuter for feral and free roaming cats of Miami-Dade County Residents. For appointments, please call 305-805-1603. Four (4) cats per person. Walk-ins welcome. All cats will be vaccinated against rabies, sterilized, dewormed and ear tipped. Veterinarian may decline surgery due to health reasons.

When: Sunday, January 16th, 2011. Check-in 7:00 am.

Where: 5300 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141 Parking Lot behind the Fire Station 3.

The pet overpopulation crisis needs the entire community to work together in order to reduce the number of animals abandoned and ultimately euthanized at Animal Services. For more information call 311.

Please spay/neuter your pets!

Help Homeless Animals With Just A Few Clicks

The Cat Network is once again in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge for the month of December and we are trying to to win $50,000 to help homeless cats & kittens. Our goal is to “Work towards zero euthanasia by sterilizing 3,000 homeless/stray cats” but we need your help and daily vote!

This time we are working with 8 other great animal rescue organizations to help cats, dogs and other wildlife. You can vote for us and our partner organizations all from one page: http://j.mp/cnshare.

You can also vote for us a second time per day by texting 103893 to 73774 from your cell phone.

Please vote and help spread the word. Blog, post, tweet to ask others to vote as well and most of all vote daily through December 31st!  We can’t do it without you!

If you have any questions please contact us at info@thecatnetwork.org.

Thank you so much!

October 16 is National Feral Cat Day

OCTOBER 16 IS NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY – THE CAT NETWORK JOINS CALL FOR HUMANE TREATMENT OF FERAL CATS

The Cat Network will honor National Feral Cat Day, October 16, to remind people that Trap‐Neuter‐Return and other humane programs for feral cats are in the best interest of the cats and the community.

Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but they cannot be adopted into homes. They live outdoors in family groups called colonies. Trap‐Neuter‐Return is the best course of action for feral cats, because it ends the breeding cycle and stops behaviors associated with mating.

National Feral Cat Day was launched in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for feral and stray cats and a recognized authority on Trap‐Neuter‐Return—a program in which cats who live outdoors are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Cats that have undergone the procedure are eartipped—while under anesthesia, a small portion of the left ear is painlessly removed for identification. Friendly cats and kittens are put up for adoption.

“We applaud The Cat Network for its work to educate their neighbors about the benefits of programs that rely on Trap‐Neuter‐Return and the use of humane deterrents to ensure that people and outdoor cats get along peacefully,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies.

Robinson noted that scientific evidence as well as decades of hands‐on experience show that Trap‐Neuter‐Return is more humane than programs that rely on catch and kill. It is also more effective, because it stops intact cats who evade capture from breeding and starting the cycle all over again, a phenomenon known as the vacuum effect.

“The cost of catch and kill is too high, and not only in terms of dollars,” said Robinson. “Being killed in an animal pound or shelter is the leading documented cause of death for cats in the United States.”

The Cat Network is celebrating National Feral Cat Day events with Miami Beach 3000, the race to fix 3,000 feral beach cats. For more information: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140895935951557

We are also seeking donations to assist with the Miami Beach 3000 effort. You can donate online at http://j.mp/cnmb3000.