Saturday 9 February 2019

Cat Shelter Building Workshop, Toronto Street Cats, Toronto, ON

I was at a cat shelter building workshop today organized by Toronto Street Cats.  The workshops were held every two weeks throughout the fall and winter season in the garage of the Toronto Humane Society ... today was the last one of the season.  I've been going since November ... it's so nice helping the kitties in Toronto keep warm and dry during the cold winter. 

Our mission: improve the lives of Toronto’s homeless cats by offering spay/neuter services, free for feral cats, and building overwintering shelters. We are also working to increase public awareness about Toronto’s homeless cat population and the importance of spay/neuter and trap/neuter/return (TNR). 

We are part of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition, working together to implement strategic TNR programs to sterilize Toronto’s feral cats, decrease shelter intake and reduce euthanasia rates.

Since the January 9th workshop, Toronto Street Cats was able to sell over 160 shelters (yay!) and were down to 50 in stock.

My friend, Darlene, is a team lead and had her comfy shoes on ...

Here were the bins which would soon be made into the cat shelters.

Insulation was cut for inside the bins.

I started with taping discarded pieces of insulation together so they could be cut into bottoms.

Thom drilled entrance holes into the bins.  He had a fun eclectic playlist ... Lady Gaga, bagpipes, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline!

Then I started attaching the entrance tubing.


The bins were filled with straw.

Notices were glued to the top of the lids.

The shelters are available to caretakers and colonies in need for $15 and refurbished ones are $5.

After eight years of building shelters, Carol from the Toronto Street Cats celebrated making their 6,000th shelter!   In the 2018/19 season, 700 shelters were made and 6,040 have been made since they started in the fall of 2010!  Congrats!

1 comment:

Buried In Print said...

Yay: congrats to all of you!