Keeping Community Cats Safe in Severe Weather

We were amazed by the outpouring of concerned citizens who called us and wrote on our Facebook page asking about how they could help stray cats during the last snowstorm.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to people who actively care for feral cats. For safety reasons our Rescue Team cannot go out in severe storms and catch these stray cats.  There are a few things you can do to help keep community cats safe during terrible winter weather.

01-16-14 Cat shelterOur Intake and Special Placement Liaison, Alana, recommends bringing them indoors to a garage or basement if possible.  If that’s not possible, the ASPCA has put together a handy “how to” guide for how to make your own inexpensive cat shelter.

Simple foam cooler bins can be re-purposed into easy and inexpensive winter shelters for the community cats in your neighborhood.

It’s really as simple as it looks!

The foam cooler, with about two inches of thickness, is both waterproof and insulated. You can easily cut a doorway with a knife or box cutter.

A Rubbermaid bin is another good option.  Choose a double-insulated option and place weights in the bottom to make them sturdier.

View the complete “How-To” guide.