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Cat Network is the Cat's Meow

When we think of Miami, we envision sandy white beaches lined with palm trees, and people from all different cultures and backgrounds. But  behind the scenes of the glamour and beauty lies the sad reality of the extreme cat overpopulation that exists in South Florida.

For cat-savvy residents and visitors, you don't have to look very far to find a feline: there are an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 free roaming cats in Miami-Dade County alone. Stray cats exist in almost every community and climate, but Miami's year round warm weather allows not only a greater survival rate but essentially a year long mating season.

Amazingly, cats can become sexually active as young as four months and females can give birth to 2-4 litters per year, depending upon conditions. Litters average 3-5 kittens, although the mortality rate for kittens born outside is high; around 50% of these kittens die before they reach 8 weeks of age. To prevent this cycle, it is critical to sterilize both male and female free-roaming kittens by the age of 4 months.

Sadly, many people do not understand the issue of pet overpopulation, and they allow their pets and strays to breed, creating an endless stream of new animals in need of care and homes. Many animals are abandoned, and these strays continue to reproduce, creating generations of "feral" cats (offspring of formerly domesticated animals who have had no human contact or socialization). Consequently, the number of animals needlessly euthanized in shelters is shocking. Tragically, it continues to increase despite the solution being so simple- sterilization.

Fortunately, there are many caring people who work tirelessly to help these animals. In 1995 a group of concerned animal lovers wanted to find a way to help free-roaming cats in Miami-Dade County, so they formed The Cat Network, Inc. (CN). Today, CN is comprised of over 1,500 volunteer members who dedicate their free time to sterilizing cats. CN is a 501(c)3, Florida not-for-profit corporation that relies solely on donations to maintain its efforts. We are dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by providing access to low-cost spay/neuter services for stray, homeless and abandoned cats; helping members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocating non-lethal population control and humane public policy. Their motto is "Helping You Help Homeless Cats." To date, the group’s volunteers have helped sterilize approximately 50,000 cats and place over 6000 cats and kittens in loving homes.

Everyone is welcomed to join CN and use its low-cost sterilization program ($25 per cat) for stray, feral and abandoned cats, as well as participate in their adoption referral program. Pet cats are not eligible for services through CN and we do not take in or remove cats.

To find out more about Cat Network, Inc. or to make a donation, please visit their website at or call their voicemail, 305-255-3482. Donations can also be sent to The Cat Network P.O. Box 347228, Miami, FL 33234-7228.

To learn more about cat groups that are in other areas, go to
Help Make a Difference

Cat Network
P.O. Box 347228
Miami, Florida 33234-7228
United States

Contact: Jill Steinberg
Tel: 305-255-3482
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