is an elderly cat who has been living on campus for many years.
She has been lovingly cared for by a series of graduate students
in the chemistry and physics buildings where her territory lies.
Photon does not see as well as she once did, and arthritis inhibits
In April, a
tragic event befell this friendly and loveable cat. While crossing
a quiet street on campus, she was hit by a car. Luckily she was
not injured mortally. Bleeding from scrapes, she ran to the nearest
help she could find 2 men walking nearby. Much to the horror
of bystanders, one of these men kicked this poor cat who had just
been hit by a car!
One of the
bystanders was a graduate student who was appalled by these events.
She ran over, collected poor Photon, and rushed her to the vet where
she received treatment.
student brought Photon home after the cat was released from the
vet, and cared for her there. Photon slept for several days, recuperating
from her traumatic experience. After this time had passed, the student
and the cat had become very attached to one another, and now Photon
Echo is being adopted by her rescuer. Photon is enjoying a blissful
retirement gazing out windows and napping in sunbeams.
the New Web Site!
Cat Network website has just undergone a major transformation, as
you may have noticed! Among the changes are:
Addition of an adoption gallery
with photos and profiles of the cats.
A photo gallery of the Stanford
Cats in their campus territories.
Lost and Found listings
Resources including articles and
links for humane education.
A new design.
Valley Cats go Hi-Tech
Valley, it seems that everything we encounter is equipped with a
microchip, from toasters to palm pilots. However, gadgetry craze
is not the reason that the Stanford Cat Network is interested in
microchips. Many pet caregivers are already aware of the increasingly
popular method of permanently identifying pets with a tiny microchip.
But the potential benefits of this system for the campus cats are
perhaps even more dramatic.
the past, most free-roaming cat management programs have relied
on visual identification and ear-notching to keep track of cats
who have been trapped and altered. Collars and tags are simply not
an option for free-roaming homeless cats, because of the low tolerance
these cats have for wearing such items. Tattoos are of little use
because the cats would have to be sedated to read the number, and
tattoo numbers often become difficult to read in time.
With an implanted
microchip, the cat is permanently identified when trapped and altered.
The microchip identification number is read by a scanner which can
be used through a cage or by a person able to approach the cat,
enabling immediate identification of the individual. The microchip
identification number can be used to keep accurate medical records
and histories for the cats. It also allows the accurate tracking
of cats who are adopted into homes.
Cat Network recently decided to begin using the microchip identification
for campus cats. The first recipients of the chips, Bella Donna
and Leo, are living happily in their campus territory. All tame
cats who are adopted through the Network will also receive a microchip.Letters
will be sent to all area veterinarians and shelters, advising them
of the need to check all unidentified cats for microchips.
Cat Network Merchandise
To show our
appreciation for your financial assistance, we offer Stanford Cat
Network merchandise to people who contribute a minimum donation.
The Stanford Cat Network is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization.
The majority of your donation is tax-deductible and goes towards
the support of homeless cats on campus, and those awaiting adoption.
wearing our T-shirts and using our mugs, you also help to raise
awareness of the plight of homeless cats.
offered for donations of $18 or more. They come in Cardinal Red,
French Lavender, Gray, White, Forest Green, and Peacock Blue. Sizes
are M, L, XL for all colors. Forest Green, Gray, and Cardinal Red
are also available in XXL.
Mugs are offered
for donations of $15 or more, and feature the colorful "Three
No Evils" serigraph
design by Michael Leu.
here for photos and more information.
Felines on the Farm
Cat Network has been in existence since 1989, and the great success
of the program is indicated by the relatively low number of new
feline faces on campus. Many of the cats currently cared for by
Network members have been living here since the early years of the
program. Now, these original cats are over 10 years old, well into
their senior years.
the wisdom of age come some problems, such as loss of teeth, hearing,
and decline in agility. Big Boy and Mama Cat are two such senior
citizens a photo of the pair was featured in the January
5, 1994 issue of the Stanford Report, in a story about the Stanford
Cat Network. These two cats have been eating daily meals in the
center of campus for many years. Recently, an alert Network caregiver
noticed that Mama Cat seemed not herself. She was taken to the vet,
along with Big Boy.
it turned out that Mama Cat had an infection and was prescribed
antibiotics, while Big Boy happened to be in kidney failure. He
had shown no signs of poor health on campus, but often these problems
can remain hidden for some time. Big Boy's treatment includes daily
administration of fluids, and he could not be released again on
campus. The two cats are very attached to each other, so a home
was sought for both. A veterinary student at Davis adopted both
cats, and now they live happily at her home.
Boy watches over Mama Cat as she eats.
at another feeding station, Mooch and Zsa Zsa were observed with
signs of an upper respiratory infection runny eyes and nose,
and sneezing. Immediate attempts to trap the cats were unsuccessful,
as these wily seniors were very suspicious. Even smelly sardines
failed to lure them into the humane trap.
the cats were off their food and it was feared they would decline
rapidly in health. To help the cats battle their illness, antibiotics
were dispensed by a veterinarian that works closely with the Network.
The 250mg Amoxilillin capsules were opened and the powder mixed
with canned cat food to produce a "medicated meatball".
Tuna juice was poured over the mixture to mask the smell of medication.
Each ball contained
the daily dose for one cat, so the feeder could ensure a complete
and accurate dosage. For 16 days, the cats received the antibiotics
although they showed improvement after only a few days, it
is important to continue antibiotics for a longer period to prevent
the development of resistant bacteria. Mooch and Zsa Zsa now appear
to be back to their old selves!
With the campus
feline population aging, the Network caregivers will need to be
especially vigilant about monitoring the cats' health. Life on campus
can become difficult and dangerous for these elderly cats.
these seniors need to be retired into adoptive homes, where they
can live out their lives in security in a loving environment. If
you can provide a retirement home for a senior campus cat, or if
you would like to contribute funds towards health care for elderly
cats, please contact the Network!
Tails Adoptions This Spring
The year 2000
was a busy year for cat rescues, and by the end of the year the
Network had many cats awaiting homes. This spring, the introduction
of the online adoption gallery and internet listings helped find
wonderful homes for these cats.
and Misu were renamed from Fara and Smudge
by their new family. Kim and Guy came to us looking for a young,
energetic cat that would get along well with their dog. They
went home with not one, but two energetic young cats! Tira and
Misu are sisters and have been waiting for the perfect home
together for some time. Both kitties have always liked dogs
and other cats, and they certainly qualify as energetic, so
right away we recognized that these were the perfect pair for
Kim and Guy. Apparently, they have been whooping it up in their
new home, playing with all their new toys and curious about
the dog. We wish the new family the best!
was first named Pushke by the family who found her. Or
rather, the family that was found by her one day she
showed up at a faculty residence on campus. Half-starved and
miserable, she pushed her way into their house and demanded
food. The family thought she was charming, but due to severe
allergies they could not keep her. It did not take long for
this little cat to capture the hearts of several visitors to
the website adoption gallery. Several people wanted to take
her home with them, and she ended up going home with Alison
of Mountain View, who named her Polly. Alison reports that Polly
adjusted to her new home in 5 minutes, and began sleeping in
bed with her right away!
was once known as Charity, one of 4 sisters found on
campus. The other sisters were very happy to be petted, but
Charity was the least sociable of the four and we were beginning
to wonder if she would be happier living on campus. With her
long, luxurious coat and beautiful features, she was a gorgeous
cat, but she didn't want to be someone's pet. However, when
Sirpa saw Charity, it was love at first sight. She took Charity
home and re-named her Sacha. With the help and advice of a friend
who is experienced in socializing cats, Sirpa is working on
building Sacha's confidence and a trusting relationship.
formerly known as Faith, was very shy. But Jan fell in
love with her delicate silver tabby features and quiet demeanor.
She wanted a friend for her other cat, who also started out
very shy. Chelsea, who really loves to meet other cats and talks
to them in a quiet squeaky voice, will surely get along well
with her new family.
went home with Network member Marjorie. Musie is a quirky calico
matriarch. She was found in emaciated condition near the Rodin
Museum with 4 kittens. After a few months of good eating, she
became a beautiful cat, resembling a British Shorthair. When
she was first discovered, she barely looked like a cat at all!
Her kittens all found good homes right away.
and Chu have found a home with Brian and Sarah. These
two sisters were found as kittens in 1999 and then were adopted
into a home. However, their new caregiver was forced to move
due to an exorbitant increase in his rent, and his new apartment
did not allow pets. Mem and Chu returned to boarding to await
a new family, and were waiting for a long time. No one wanted
to adopt 2 adult black cats - until Brian and Sarah decided
to add to their family of 3 black cats. Finally Mem and Chu
have found the perfect home, bringing the total to 5 black cats!
was adopted by Jo Anne and Robert, as a friend for their kitty
Andromeda. At first, Andromeda was not impressed with her
new "little sister", but now Hope follows her around
everywhere - when she is not following Jo Anne or Robert.
They report that Hope plays "just like a kitten"
and loves all the toys they have bought for her. They sent
in this photo of Hope playing with her toy mouse.
You Can Help Homeless Cats
You don't need
to live or work at Stanford to help homeless cats. You can help
the homeless cats in your neighborhood or at your workplace. They
are homeless either because they were abandoned by their human caregiver,
or they are the offspring of pets that were not spayed or neutered.
They deserve a decent life, free of hunger, disease, and persecution.
Start a trap,
spay/neuter, and feeding program in your neighborhood. Don't wait
for someone else to take action, do it yourself! For help on how
to get started, check the ever-expanding Resources
section of our website, or give us a call or email.
For traps and
help, contact your local Humane Society or call the Stanford Cat
Network for advice. There are free and low-cost spay-neuter programs
all across the USA for listings call 1-800-248-SPAY or check
in your community by advocating spay and neutering of pets. If there
is no "spay/neuter voucher" program in your area, lobby
your city to start one! Preventing overpopulation is the way to
avoid the problem of homeless pets.
Foster a compassionate
attitude towards animals in your neighborhood, speak up on issues
of animal welfare in your local paper, town council meeting, or
anywhere else. The animals need more people on their side!
Cat Network needs your help. You can become a Network Associate
and help with;
sleeps warm and dry in her cat house
campus cats once a week or daily
Donating cat food
Foster care program
Raising awareness in the community through the
Policy negotiations, advocacy, and University relations
Building cat shelters and feeding stations
Give us a
call or email
with your ideas!
Cat Network has adorable cats are available for adoption. Visit
our adoption gallery
at to see color photos and read their stories. The adoption gallery
is updated daily, so if you are searching for a feline companion,
be sure to check it regularly for new faces!
All cats have
been vaccinated, spayed/neutered, FIV and FeLv tested, and have
microchip identification. If you are interested in adopting one
of these cats, you can complete the adoption questionnaire on the
web site or contact us.
House every Saturday 9am to noon at Stanford Pet Clinic 4111 El
Camino Real, Palo Alto
our 12th Anniversary This Year!
Cat Network was founded in 1989, in response to concern for the
health and welfare of the University's growing homeless cat population.The
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
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.