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Brooklyn straw giveaway coordinator Lilo Lorentz (center) helped distribute shelter-insulating straw to Inwood TNR caretakers Vondell White and Lisa Winters on National Feral Cat Day on October 16. (Photo by Meredith Weiss)

Brooklyn straw giveaway coordinator Lilo Lorentz (center) helped distribute shelter-insulating straw to Inwood TNR caretakers Vondell White and Lisa Winters on National Feral Cat Day on October 16.

Photo by Meredith Weiss

NYC Eartips: Fall/Holiday 2010

NYCFCI Hosts Straw Giveaways in Three Boroughs

In observance of National Feral Cat Day on October 16, the NYC Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) held free straw giveaways in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Recipients, determined by raffle, included feral cat caretakers from all five boroughs. A total of 150 bundles of straw — enough to outfit 150 standard-size winter shelters — was distributed. Straw is an approved insulation for feral cat winter shelters because it does not draw heat away from the cat's body.

SaveKitty Foundation co-hosted the Queens straw giveaway, and SaveKitty co-founder Rosary Immordino coordinated the effort. In Brooklyn, the giveaway was managed by volunteer Lilo Lorentz, and on Staten Island, volunteer Debbie Preto coordinated the effort.

Learn where you can get straw for your shelters.