Cat Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for
the homeless cats who live on Stanford University property. It is
comprised of Stanford staff, students, faculty and community volunteers.
with the University, the Stanford Cat Network is responsible for
the care of all free-roaming cats on campus. A registry of the Stanford
cats and established feeding
stations and schedules enable caregivers to monitor the health
and well-being of the cats and identify hungry newcomers, before
they are assimilated into the Campus population and reproduce.
cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and released
back into their Campus territory, where they are fed and monitored
daily by Network volunteers. Every effort is made to find the owners
of stray tame cats. Unclaimed tame strays and any kittens are boarded
or fostered, until adoptive homes are found. No cats are euthanized,
except as warranted by a veterinarian to relieve suffering.
proven that trap-spay/neuter-vaccinate-release is the single most
successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat
colonies with the least possible cost to local governments and residents,
while providing the best life for the animals themselves.
for Choosing this Program:
the population at manageable levels. The presence of the neutered/spayed
and vaccinated Stanford cats helps to stabilize the Campus population.
Cats are territorial, and they may not welcome newcomers.
to the animals and fosters compassion in the neighborhoods.
more effective 
and less costly than repeated attempts at extermination. The costs
for repeatedly trapping and killing feral colonies are far higher
than promoting stable, non-breeding colonies in the same location.
Vacated areas are soon filled by other cats who start the breeding
process over again
the population for health, and vaccinating cats prevents the spread
of infectious diseases. All the cats are observed on a daily basis
by volunteers familiar with the individuals, and unusual behavior
or appearances are reported. Sick cats can be trapped and transported
of this program and its diligent upkeep have resulted in a healthy
cat population, which is not reproducing and is steadily declining
through natural attrition (death of aged cats) and adoption into
homes. Since the implementation of the comprehensive program, the
number of homless cats on campus has delined from an estimated 1500
at the program inception in 1989to approximately 200 cats currently
living on campus. This successful program has been recognized nationally
as a model for the care and management of homeless cats.