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For the fourth consecutive year, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and Architects for Animals present Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter, a winter cat shelter exhibition and reception to benefit the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. This is an evening like no other in New York City, and one you won’t want to miss!
Some of New York’s most creative architectural designers have designed and built an array of imaginative winter shelters for New York City’s outdoor “community” cats to provide them with a refuge from the cold. This year we will present a new collection of unique, inspired Architects for Animals winter shelters for public viewing before they are donated to certified community cat caretakers and placed in locations throughout the city.
Architects for Animals founder Leslie Farrell, who works within the NYC architectural community, created the Giving Shelter event four years ago to raise awareness about the estimated half-million cats who live in backyards, vacant lots, alleys, and numerous other outdoor locations throughout the city. For these community cats, 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 proved to be the only truly humane and effective way to manage feral cat colonies and reduce their numbers over time.
This year’s participating architectural teams include Bailly & Bailly, Carlton Architecture, Francis Cauffman Architects, deSoto studio Architects, Incorporated Architecture & Design, Elham Valipay and Haleh Atabaki of Mish Mish, M Moser Associates, Two One Two Design, and Zimmerman Workshop Architecture + Design, to name a few.
Admission is a $25 donation ($10 for Certified TNR Caretakers) and includes the exhibit, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. A raffle also will be featured this year. You may RSVP and purchase tickets in advance online through January 29, and a limited number of tickets also will be available at the door.
We are very thankful to our generous sponsors for making the event possible, including our Leadership Sponsor JFK&M Consulting Group, and our Architects for Animals Sponsors: Cindy Feinberg, I and Love and You Pet Care, and Pooch & Kitty. We would also like to thank our in-kind supporters for donating their time and talent, including Blossom for providing appetizers; The Love Kitchen for providing desserts; and Dana Humphrey and Whitegate PR for helping to coordinate the evening’s raffle. All items in our raffle were donated to support the cause. Many thanks to I and Love and You Pet Care, Cat Wisdom 101, Rescue Chocolate, Ruby & Jack’s Doggy Shack, and Entirely Pets for their donations and support.