Cat Network History
was founded in 1989, in response to concern for the health and welfare
of the University's growing homeless cat population. The population
of homeless cats on campus had reached an estimated 1,500. The initial
solution proposed by the University was to trap all the cats and
convey all animals lacking a collar to the Santa Clara County Humane
Society where they would be killed. Cats deemed adoptable would
be held depending on space.
A group of
volunteers, with the assistance of the Palo Alto Humane Society,
developed a plan offering a humane alternative to proposed eradication.
Most of the volunteers had already been acting to trap, spay/neuter,
and vaccinate the cats on their own. But by forming an organization,
these people developed a plan for a long term solution to the problem
of abandoned pets.
members of the Stanford Cat Network presented information and research
on the management of homeless cat populations to University representatives.
Together, the Network volunteers and the University came to the
decision that the best long term solution was to implement a trap,
spay/neuter and release program. In 1989, this strategy had already
begun to gain support as the most effective and humane method of
controlling homeless cat populations. The Stanford Cat Network was
one of the first
organizations to promote this strategy, which has since become
a national model.