Cat Network was formed not only to care for the homeless cats, but
to raise awareness of pet overpopulation problems and educate the
public on humane issues. The homeless cats on campus, like those
in any other area, are a result of pet
owners' abandonment or failure to spay and neuter their animals.
Due to the
transitory nature of University life, pets are frequently left behind
as their owners move away and do not make arrangements for the animal
they took responsibility for. Many
people assume their animals will survive when they move away and
leave them behind. Often they believe that their cat will be able
to hunt and support herself, or that someone else will find her
and care for her.
popular belief, domestic animals do not automatically return to
their "natural" instincts and cannot fend for themselves. Humans
have bred domestic companion animals and they have become dependent
upon us for survival. Furthermore, abandoned cats are usually unaltered,
and a female will quickly become pregnant so that she has not only
herself to feed and protect, but also a litter of kittens. Many
abandoned cats die from starvation, disease, abuse, or as food to
NOT ABANDON YOUR PET.
If you have a pet you can no longer care for, please call the Network
help line at (650) 566-8287.
the Stanford community and public on issues and concerns of animal
welfare is of principal importance to the Network. Counseling and
care by example are provided by Network volunteers. The
Network endeavors to discourage students from adopting cats because
often a student' s lifestyle and future is unstable and they may
not be able to care for a pet long-term. Instead, students are encouraged
to participate by volunteering for our program. Anyone interested
in helping out should contact us.
Outreach also is done through newsletters, flyers, a brochure and
this Website. Please see our Resources
section for links and articles.