For three years now, some of New York’s most prestigious architects have been designing incredible winter shelters for NYC’s feral and outdoor cats to protect them from the winter winds. This project, Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter, is a fundraising/awareness raising initiative founded by Leslie Farrell. Giving Shelter is a one-night event that benefits the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and its NYC Feral Cat Initiative project. Participating architectural design firms build and donate creative outdoor winter shelters to provide NYC’s homeless cats with refuge from the season’s freezing temperatures. At the event these shelters are on display to the public and at the end all shelters are donated to care givers who work with the NYC Feral Cat Initiative.
This year’s participating architectural firms include H3 Hardy Collaborative Architecture; Francis Cauffman Architects; M Moser Associates; Callison Barteluce; Stonehill & Taylor Architects, with a team of students from City College; Zimmerman Workshop; Kathryn Walton of The American Street Cat (TASC); and Pilot Projects Design Collective, to name a few.
This year’s event will take place on January 10 at the Steelcase Showroom in Columbus Circle. Tickets are available for purchase online for $20 per person, or just $10 for certified TNR caretakers. Click here to purchase your tickets now or to make a donation.
For the estimated tens of thousands of cats who live in backyards, vacant lots, and other outdoor locations throughout New York City, wintertime is especially difficult. Many of these cats are cared for by dedicated caretakers who feed them daily, monitor their health, and go to great lengths to have them spayed or neutered through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR has proven to be the only truly humane and effective way to manage feral cat colonies and reduce their numbers over time.
If you are in the NYC area, you won’t want to miss this event! Here are some photos from past events: