In the harsh winter weather, shelter can be even more important than food for feral cats. Even though feral cats develop a thick coat in the fall to keep them warm, they can die from exposure unless some protection from the elements is made available. With a little ingenuity, caretakers can provide the added warmth that these cats need by constructing a homemade shelter.
Our volunteers hold shelter building workshops throughout the fall and winter to teach the public how to build inexpensive, warm shelters for homeless cats. Shelters built during the workshops are then made available to caretakers and colonies in need. The workshops are also a great venue for caretakers to network with others in the community that are performing TNR.
Since we started in 2010 we've had over 26 shelter building workshops and our
volunteers have built more than 1000 over wintering shelters for homeless cats!
BUILDING FERAL CAT SHELTERS
How to build a shelter with
tough plastic storage bin:
Design 1: click here
Design 2: click here
Design 3: click here
Design 4: click here
Design 5: click here
For other excellent shelter
ideas visit the following:
NEED A FERAL CAT SHELTER?
Click here for information how to request one.
**NOTE: we will be asking that all shelters
be picked up at any of our shelter building sessions
(see schedule on left side of this page)
To the following organizations who have donated shelter building materials and/or provided us incredible discounts on supplies we've purchased from them.
WANT TO BUILD YOUR OWN SHELTER?
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Although we ALWAYS need volunteers to help build the shelters, there are many other tasks that have to be done to make the building possible - and we need your help to tackle them (see the list below)
If you're interested in helping, or just want more information, please contact us at email@example.com
- Manage Requests for Shelters
- Seek Donations from Manufacturers
- Devise a Fund-Raising Strategy
- Write Grant Proposals
- Seek out Student Volunteers
- Find Sources for Styrofoam Boxes
- Examine our Methods and Materials
- Seek out Sponsors from the Business
- Look for Solar Swimming Pool
Just some of the shelters we built last season.
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Cats we've fixed
since Sept 2010:
Toronto Street Cats has made our very own step by step DIY video demonstrating the very simple design we use to build our winter shelters (used to keep street cats warm throughout Toronto!)
OUR SHELTERS IN ACTION IN A TORONTO COLONY
WHAT ABOUT A BOWL WARMER?
Here's a simple design:
After a very successful season of building shelters we're taking a break until fall. We'll be sure to advise you as soon as we start scheduling our workshops again.
Even though we are done for the season, we still have dozens of shelters available. If you need one, please click here and fill out the request form.
We want to thank each and every individual who gave of their time, in any capacity, that allowed us to build so many shelters to help keep street cats warm and dry. THANK YOU!