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Architects for Animals' creative cat shelters

Jan. 13, 2012, 9:08 a.m.
Long-haired cat in a yellow shelter made from a salvaged drum

Photo: Dana Edelson

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Purr-fect pads

More than 10,000 stray cats roam New York City's streets, and the harsh winter months are particularly difficult for these homeless felines. Luckily, these cats have Leslie Farrell. When Farrell moved to a part of the city that was home to a colony of feral cats, she did what she could to help them, including building a small shelter. “As I was building it, I thought to myself, ‘I work in the architectural industry. I should ask architects to build shelters’,” Farrell says.

Thus was born Architects for Animals, a fundraising initiative that culminates in a one-night event known as Giving Shelter that benefits the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Architects design and build creative outdoor winter shelters for the city’s strays, which are displayed at the event and then donated to caregivers with NYC Feral Cat Initiative to be put to use. Take a look at these inventive shelter designs, and check out the video below to learn more about Architects for Animals. (Text: Laura Moss)