“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Architects for Animals “GIving Shelter” is an awareness raising initiative. Architects for Animals plans one-night events that benefit organizations that help animals in need.  Participating architectural design firms design, build and donate creative outdoor winter shelters to provide animals with refuge from the elements.  At the events these shelters are put on display to the public and are then donated to care givers who work with needy animals.

According to The Humane Society of the United States, population estimates vary, but free-roaming, or community, cats live in almost every neighborhood across the U.S. These cats include ferals, friendly stray and abandoned cats. Many of the cats live in groups known as “colonies.” The winter months are particularly difficult for these animals, when inclement weather creates serious and life-threatening challenges, including finding food, water, and shelter.

Shelter is vitally important, especially during the cold winter months, and that is where the architectural community comes in. Giving Shelter is a benefit and awareness raising event in which the architectural and design communities showcase their talents and improve the lives of outdoor & homeless cats while helping to bring attention to the plight of these animals.

The good news is that thousands of kind-hearted individuals are dedicating themselves to the care of these animals.  They ensure that the cats in their care are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, left-eartipped to indentify them as having been spayed or neutered, and provided daily with food and water, and medical care when needed.