Dear Cat Network Friends,

The last few years have been a trying not only for people, but for our feline friends as well. Shelters across the country experienced an unprecedented increase in pet surrenders. Economic woes forced owners who could no longer afford pet care costs, or who were forced out of their homes due to foreclosure, to reluctantly give up their beloved animals.  Euthanasia rates increased as adoption rates dropped significantly.  The Cat Network, Inc. has made every effort to persevere during these difficult times.  Our mobile surgical unit, the Miami Meow Mobile, ventured on a summer excursion aptly titled, “Beat the Heat Tour,” just in time for the peak of mating season.

Veterinarian Dr. Mark Kramer, and his veterinary technician, Eliana Ardila, traveled on the Miami Meow Mobile all throughout Miami-Dade County sterilizing cats in locations as far south as Homestead and as far north as Aventura.  Scores of people turned out at each of the events prompting more and more dates and locations to be added.  This unexpected success, and increasing demand for more spayathons, led to tour being extended all year round.  In 2009, there were 1,600 sterilizations held on the Miami Meow Mobile.  This year we are pleased to announce that 2,255 spays/neuters were done on the MMM at 72 different events.

In an effort to bring more attention to our worthy cause, The Cat Network, Inc. has formed partnerships with the City of Sunny Isles, City of Miami Beach, and City of Miami.  In July 2009, The Cat Network, Inc.  received a commendation from the City of Miami in recognition of our hard work and dedication. City officials are working closely with us to help advertise spayathons scheduled in their respective cities.  The City of Hialeah has recently joined the effort and will be welcoming the Miami Meow Mobile shortly.   The Cat Network, Inc. will continue reaching out to other cities to address the specific needs of individual communities.  One such example is the Miami Beach 3000 initiative which is a targeted spay/neuter program to sterilize 3,000 cats within a year.

The Cat Network, Inc. also held its annual Wild Cat Round Up in honor of National Feral Cat Day. Thanks to sponsorship by generous donors, certificate prices sold at a reduced cost.   Alfie’s Angel Fund also continues to assist those who need financial help sterilizing cats in their care, partially funded through generous donations.  Thanks to Vincent Crupi and Jill Steinberg we received a $20,000 grant through on-line voting and texting.  We also received $25,000 through the Florida Animal Fund grant which will allow The Cat Network, Inc., the ability to get into the community and provide low-cost surgeries to those in need.  We also reached out to Last Chance Rescue and 449 kittens were transferred into loving homes in the northeast.  Le Chat Noir, the pet project of Christine Michaels, helped bring awareness of the plight of the black cat into the media realm.

Perhaps the greatest achievement of the last two years, is the recently formed partnership with the ASPCA, Miami-Dade County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Greater Miami, Adopt-A-Pet.  Theses amazing accomplishments would not be possible without the volunteer efforts of our members who dedicate their free time and resources to sterilizing stray and feral cats.  We certainly hope it is evident to all our supporters that The Cat Network, Inc. and its volunteers are more committed than ever to ending the cat overpopulation problem. On behalf of The Cat Network, Inc. Board of Directors, and the volunteer membership, we thank all those who so generously give to our important cause so we can continue helping the cats in our community.

If you would like to make a donation to help homeless cats, please click here.  Remember, donations are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.

Thank you and Happy New Year,

The Cat Network