Feral Friday: Stylish Homes for Homeless Cats

Check out these fabulous cat condos! They were designed by some of New York’s most prestigious architectural designers.

Photo by Lucio Santos/FXFOWLE

Photo by Lucio Santos/FXFOWLE

Photo by Dana Edelson

I bet your are wondering what kind of fortune a kitty has to pay to have one of these? Well, guess what — the answer is nothing. That’s because they are shelters for the homeless cats living in New York City. For the past three years, a project called Architects for Animals has been creating winter shelters to help protect New York’s feral cats from the elements. Each year, there is an exhibition and reception of these fabulous shelters, held by Architects for Animals and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to benefit the New York City Feral Cat Initiative.

The photos you see here are from the past two years. Last year, a lucky cat even got to pose in one of the shelters!

Photo by Christine Rangel

Photo by Christine Rangel

Photo by Christine Rangel

Photo by Christine Rangel

This year’s participating designers 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. The reception will be Thursday, January 10 from 6 to 8 PM at the Steelcase Showroom, 4 Columbus Circle, New York. The donation is $20, or $10 for Certified TNR Caretakers. If you live in the New York area, you must attend! You may even run into I Have Cat blogger, Tamar! Click on the banner below to RSVP.

Architects for Animals Giving Shelter Reception

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  1. says

    Architects for Animals, That’s good.
    Desexed Kitties , That’s great.
    Adopted Cats, That’s brilliant !
    Nothing like they have forever home…That’s my thought

  2. The Kitties of Purring Pines says

    Mommy loves functional art! Combining that & helping homeless kitties is making all of us squeak hysterically!!! Wow!!!

  3. says

    That is so terrific. It is so rewarding to see so many people starting to help the feral kitties and the homeless ones. That is just terrific. Thanks for this info.

  4. says

    This literally makes me cry–what a wonderful project to help kitties survive the freezing temperatures…. and the shelters are so astoundingly beautiful! Way to go, NYC!

  5. says

    Those are AMAZING!!!! What a cool project…it would be SO fun to see. My favorite is that first one. It reminds me of an over-the-top modern treehouse restaurant I saw in Vegas. Maybe it’s the same architect!

    This is a great way to bring attention to the feral kitties of NYC.
    : )

  6. Jacki Wilson says

    What do they use as insulation in the yellow trashcan? I can see using a black trashcan and actually using the top part as a planter!

  7. da tabbies o trout towne says

    theez R awesum sparkle; N way kewl of theez architects to due thiz for da ferals in new york !!! we hope de eye dea catches on…..da last one looks like a big pail oh popcorn…hay, hope ewe N yur crew haza grate week oh end !

  8. says

    That is terrific – NYC is always a little over the top but I have to agree with Mr. Puddy – better they should be art and that every cat (and dog) had a furever home….until then tho – these will have to do.

  9. says

    OMC! We live so close and didn’t even know about this! I’ll try to pester TW but I don’t think she’ll go. Something about not wanting to be out after dark now that she’s old.


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