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Low Cost Spay/Neuter Schedule for August 2021

Below please find the August 2021 Spay/Neuter and Wellness Days
schedule of events:

Sunday, August 8 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176 EVENT FULL- PLEASE REQUEST ANOTHER SPAY DAY

Thursday, August 12 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

Saturday, August 14 – WELLNESS DAY – A non-surgical day for vaccines
(no rabies), testing and nail trim (no micro-chip).

Sunday, August 15 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

Thursday, August 19 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

Saturday, August 21 – WELLNESS DAY – A non-surgical day for vaccines
(no rabies), testing and nail trim (no micro-chip).

Sunday, August 22 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

Thursday, August 26 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

Saturday, August 28 – WELLNESS DAY – A non-surgical day for vaccines
(no rabies), testing and nail trim (no micro-chip).

Sunday, August 29 – THE CAT NETWORK • 12125 SW 114 Place, Miami, 33176

If you have an emergency, and need an appointment for a TNR trapped
cat, please email me and I will try my best to fit you in.

Also, please keep the following options in mind:

  • You can purchase and use Cat Network certificates and go to one of
    our participating vets.
  • Please call up one of the participating vets with the vet
    foundation to get an appointment (Bravo, Old Cutler, The Falls) . For
    those of you who live South, you may want to reach out to Dr. Baquero
    at The Falls Animal Clinic.
  • You can go to Miami-Dade Animal Services/Doral or to Miami-Dade
    Animal Services clinic in Homestead for free spay/neutering.

Check in for all of the above-mentioned spay days events begin at 8:00
a.m. All feral cats must be brought in traps to be spayed or
neutered. Events are subject to change due to circumstances beyond
our control. Appointments are also required for all services such as
vaccine, nail trim, and microchip. Please note: KITTENS MUST BE
EIGHT WEEKS OR OLDER TO BE TESTED.

We reserve the right to refuse service for cats that are deemed
unhealthy or unfit for surgery for any reason.

The Cat Network’s mission to compassionately address community cats
extends also to its community of pet owners and volunteers.
Therefore, please read the COVID19 instructions for check in and check
out procedures which will be sent to you once you request a confirmed
reservation.

Keep in mind that you can check with our participating vets and use
our certificates to spay/neuter. Please check our web page to see a
list of participating vets who accept our certificates.

Thank you for all that you do for the stray and homeless cats in our community,
The Cat Network
Miami Meow Mobile Team

Meow Mobile Price Change

As of August 1, 2021, the price to spay/neuter a pet cat under the present ALEXANDER FAMILY FOUNDATION GRANT will be $40.00 for Cat Network members and non-members. This grant includes the rabies vaccine and the FVRCP vaccine.

Prices have gone up on many of the supplies we use to give the best possible care your beloved cats. We do not want to lower our standards, so we must raise our prices.

When the grant ends (don’t know exactly when…), we will return to the normal price of $65 for pet (no vaccines included) and $95 for the pet package (vaccines, ear cleaning, nail trim included)

It is still a GREAT deal!

Thank you for your understanding,

The Miami Meow Mobile Team  

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!

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

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.

Special Pricing Available on the Meow Mobile

Wonderful news.. We have been the beneficiary of donations from some of our donors which will afford us the opportunity to be able to fund surgeries on the Meow Mobile at a discounted price.

SPECIAL PRICING ONLY AVAILABLE ON MEOW MOBILE and only while funds are available.

Make sure to get your reservations in early as spaces fill up quickly…

Click here for more information about the Meow Mobile, view the schedule and make your reservation.

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

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

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.

Purchase Your Shopping Pass Now


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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