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GIVE MIAMI DAY for the Cats is November 16 to 19, 2020

Be a part of something big for the cats from Monday, November 16 to Thursday, November 19th! Support The Cat Network on GiveMiami Day 2020. Donations will be maximized by a percentage match!

What is Give Miami Day?

Give Miami Day is a unique, online giving event where individuals can make a charitable gift to a local nonprofit. Every donation between $25 and $10,000 will be eligible for a bonus match from The Miami Foundation. For gifts greater than $10,000, the first $10,000 will be considered for a bonus match.

Why support The Cat Network?

When the pandemic hit South Florida in March 2020, many clinics, humane societies, shelters and rescues shut down which allowed the community cat population to explode. Without trap/neuter/return surgeries being performed, many litters of kittens were being born. The Miami Meow Mobile, the mobile surgical clinic run by The Cat Network, was unable to be used because of its small operating space that would not allow safe social distancing.

The Meow Mobile team of veterinary technicians and lead veterinarian came up with a plan to safely perform surgeries while still maintaining COVID 19 safety protocols. The Meow Mobile is housed in a large warehouse space so the team designed a clinic that would use the van only for surgeries and recovery, while using the rest of the warehouse space to set up prep stations. Feline patient check-in and check-out would be done outside in the parking lot with guidelines and signage to keep clients 6 or more feet apart while humans would be required to wear masks according to COVID 19 requirements. On May 17 the Meow Mobile resumed spay/neuter surgeries and through the end of July, 556 cats and kittens have been sterilized and vaccinated.

Now, we need your help to continue our work. We have set a Give Miami Day fundraising goal of $20,000 which will help us sterilize almost 350 cats.

This yeah Give Miami Day is a four day event. Early Giving will take place from November 16 at 12 a.m. through November 18 at 11:59 p.m., until the start of Give Miami Day on November 19.

Please help us help the cats. 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 Monday, November 16, 2020.

Thank you from the bottom of our paws.

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!

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

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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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

A Holiday Message From The Cat Network

A Holiday Message From The Cat Network

As we come to the end of another stellar year, we need to really take note of our volunteers’ accomplishments.

The Miami Beach project is one such example. Where else in the country do you get such dedicated volunteers? In approximately seven months, over 800 kitties will find themselves sterilized. This is the kind of gift that will continue giving for many years. Not only that, Miami Beach will have less complaints of nuisance cats and tourism will not suffer. It’s a win-win situation. Mary Thingelstad and her merry group of trappers have been phenomenal. We are on target to sterilize 1,000 kitties by early next year. Once we hit that milestone, PetSmart Charities should be able to release the funding for the next year so another 1,000 kitties can be sterilized on Miami Beach.

Just next door, the Town of Surfside has also qualified for a PetSmart Charities grant. Suely Carmelo has headed up this project. As a force of nature, Suely has actively been trapping there for many years as funds allow. This grant will allow 250 cats to be sterilized in a one year period.

Sunny Isles is also moving toward a TNR program as well. Wouldn’t it be great if we had all the municipalities along the beaches embrace TNR? Of course, Miami-DadeCounty voters spoke and the Pets’ Trust passed at an almost 2:1 margin. CN members actively took to the polls to educate the public. From some of the feedback we received, voters were very concerned about whether or not CN would be involved with the implementation of the spay/neuter aspect of the program.

The ASPCA partnership is also entering its third year. Along with Miami-Dade County Animal Services and the Humane Society of Greater Miami, we are trending toward a 60.1% live release rate for the animals of Miami-Dade. The final numbers aren’t in yet, but our live release rate may have increased by 8%. Given the number of animals in our community and their prolific lifestyle, a 1-2% increase is noteworthy, an 8% increase is outstanding.

CN is also extremely grateful to our fabulous donors, who gifted us with a cargo van.  Even though we aren’t doing as many transports, the vehicle is being used for the large scale trapping projects we seem to be participating in with increased frequency.

CN Foster Parents adopted almost 900 cats and kittens to the public this year.  We are always looking for off site locations to showcase our adoptables and welcome your suggestions for new venues.

Finally, as we move toward increasing our spay/neuter events, the Meow Mobile will be getting out in the community more often. This year, we facilitated over 7950 surgeries through our participating veterinarians and the Meow Mobile- over 3000 on the Meow Mobile alone. As part of our commitment to the ASPCA and the community, we need to do an additional 1400 surgeries.

As always, The Cat Network, Inc. is dependent on our volunteers. We are extremely grateful for their donations of time, resources or money. In 2013, we can always use more volunteers at the adoption centers, trappers who are willing to travel out into the community to help with special projects or a financial contribution.

Please help us with an end of year holiday donation: www.causes.com/thecatnetwork. Thank you and best wishes for a festive holiday season and a bright new year,

The CN Board

December 2012

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Marlins Adoption Event a Success!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make Saturday’s adoption event a huge success; the Marlins Ayudan group, Miami-Dade Animal Services, the Humane Society of Greater Miami and of course our Cat Network volunteers; Jill Steinberg, Nancy Mayes, Paul Johnson and Christine Michaels.

Over 70 dogs found new homes for the holidays and approximately 6 ASD kitties also found new homes.

Everyone who showed their CN foster kitties got an adoption.

Twenty-six animals were also sterilized and low cost vaccines and Microchipping were also offered.

Thanks for another successful joint-adoption event!

 

Pet Photos with Santa at Select PetSmart® Miami Location Will Help Save the Lives of Homeless Cats

Yes, Fido, There Is a Santa Claws® Photo Event Near You

Santa announced that he will visit all 1,269 PetSmart® stores this December including locations in South Florida, taking photos with pets both naughty and nice. For each photo purchased at select Miami locations, PetSmart will donate $5 to The Cat Network to save the lives of homeless pets in our community.

The photo package includes a 4″x6″ photo with a collectible holiday frame for $9.95 with a PetPerks® membership or $10.95 without. Santa Claws® Photo Events will take place the first three Saturdays and Sundays in December at the following Miami PetSmart stores:

  • Coral Gables: 3301 Southwest 22nd Street, Coral Gables, Florida 33145 (305) 448-4403
  • Palmetto Bay: 13621 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, Florida 33176 (305) 253-5943
  • Kendall Lakes: 14025 SW 88th St, Miami, Florida 33186 (305) 382-9911
  • Midtown: 3101 N Miami Ave, Suite 110, Miami, Florida 33127 (305) 573-8026

Times are as follows:

  • Dec. 1 and Dec. 2: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 and Dec. 9: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 15 and Dec. 16: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call your local store to verify event times. This will be PetSmart’s 25th year hosting the annual Santa Claws® Photo Events. Last year the event raised $864,165 for more than 2,700 animal-welfare groups.

Santa Claws® Photo Event

What:

PetSmart is hosting three weekends of Santa Claws® photo events at all stores. This annual event gives Pet Parents the opportunity to commemorate the season by having a digital photo of their pet taken with Santa and placed in a collectible holiday frame for $9.95 with a PetPerks® card. PetSmart adoption partners play Santa, and $5 from every photo package will be donated to these participating partners to help save the lives of homeless pets.

When:

Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Who:

All pets and their Pet Parents

The Meow Mobile is Coming to Your South Florida Neighborhood This December!

A reservation is required in advance to bring cats to the Meow Mobile. To make an appointment, please send us an e-mail or call (305) 233-9958 (E-mail for faster response time).

FREE Events (Targeted for free-roaming cats from specific areas) are denoted in *GREEN TEXT* below.

November 2012

  • *Nov 17 (Sat.): MIAMI BEACH – North Shore O.S. Park, 7900 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (EVENT FULL)
  • Nov 19 (Mon.): SOUTH MIAMI – PETCO, 6200 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami (EVENT FULL)
  • Nov 26 (Mon.): KENDALL – Sunset Feed & Supply, 7650 SW 117th Ave, Miami (EVENT FULL)
  • Nov 28 (Wed.): HOMESTEAD – PETCO, plaza at SW 157th Ave. & SW 312 St., Homestead

December 2012

  • *Dec 1 (Sat.): MIAMI BEACH – North Shore O.S. Park, 7900 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (EVENT FULL)
  • Dec 3 (Mon.): MIAMI SPRINGS – Miami Springs Golf Course, 650 Curtiss Pkwy., Miami ( We will be parked at the north end of the parking lot that lies in the median of Curtiss Pkwy)
  • **Dec 5 (Wed.): LITTLE HAVANA – St. Lazaro Church, 1778 NW 3rd St., Miami
  • ***Dec 8 (Sat.): SURFSIDE – Surfside Town Hall, 9293 Harding Ave., Surfside
  • Dec 10 (Mon.): SOUTH MIAMI – PETCO, 6200 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami
  • Dec 12 (Wed.): HOMESTEAD – PETCO, plaza at SW 157th Ave. & SW 312 St., Homestead
  • *Dec 15 (Sat.): MIAMI BEACH – North Shore O.S. Park, 7900 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
  • Dec 17 (Mon.): KENDALL – Sunset Feed & Supply, 7650 SW 117th Ave, Miami

*Miami Beach events are FREE for free-roaming cats of Miami Beach. These events are targeted for cats from Miami Beach only.

**Little Havana events are FREE for free-roaming cats of Little Havana. These events are targeted for cats from Little Havana only, and an ear-tip will be mandatory to receive free surgery.

***Surfside events are FREE for free-roaming cats of Surfside. These events are targeted for cats from Surfside only.

For more information, please visit: www.meowmobile.com

Marlins Holiday Adopt-O-Mania

The Miami Marlins and Miami-Dade County Animal Services have teamed up to bring “Holiday Adopt-O-Mania” to the Community of Little Havana!

On Saturday, December 1st, the Miami Marlins Ayudan Team, Miami-Dade County Animal Services, along with the Humane Society of Greater Miami and The Cat Network will be on-site oering pet adoptions, vaccinations and spay/neuter for dogs under 50 lbs. Over 200 pets will be on-site and available for adoption!

Come out to Marlins Park for food, fun, festivities and more! Enjoy live entertainment, the first 100 guests who adopt a cat or dog will receive 2 free tickets to a 2013 Marlins game. Pet adoptions, microchipping and vaccinations from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Spay/Neuter services for dogs by appointment only by calling 311.

What: Miami Marlins Holiday Adopt-O-Mania event
Who: Miami Marlins Ayudan Team: The Voice and Miami-Dade Animal Services, Humane Society of Greater Miami and The Cat Network
When: Saturday, December 1st, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: West Plaza @ Marlins Park (on NW 16th Ave. between NW 4th & NW 6th Streets)
Why: Raising animal awareness in the local community by providing pet adoptions, free dog spay/neuter surgeries and dog & cat vaccinations

Free parking will be available in the Home Plate Garage. (Corner of NW 7th Street and NW 15th Avenue)