New York (CBSNewYork) This is no dog house.
According to the Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals, there are as many as a million homeless animals living on the streets of New York, most of them cats. For the third year, “Architects for Animals” held its annual Giving Shelter fundraiser on Thursday, January 10th at Manhattan’s Steelcage Showroom to help those community cats brave the elements and survive the freezing temperatures.
The event benefited the Mayor’s Alliance NYC Feral Cat Initiative, a not for profit organization committed to solving New York City’s feral cat overpopulation crisis through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR for short.
Top city architectural design firms built creative outdoor winter shelters, participated in a friendly competition and then donated the ‘cat houses’ to volunteers who care for these animals. These caregivers ensure the cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, left-eartipped to identify them as having been spayed or neutered, and provide daily with food and water, and medical care when needed.
This year’s participating architectural teams included H3 Hardy Collaborative Architecture, Francis Cauffman Architects, M. Moser Associates, Callison Barteluce, Stonehill & Taylor Architects along with a team of students from City College, Zimmerman Workshop, Kathryn Walton of The American Street Cat (TASC) and Pilot Projects Design Collective.
Learn more about the Architects for Animals project at http://www.architectsforanimals.com. Find out how you can support the care of community cats in the boroughs, at NYC Feral Cat Initiative at http://www.nycferalcat.org.
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