“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Architects for Animals “GIving Shelter” is a yearly fundraising/awareness raising initiative founded by Leslie Farrell. Giving Shelter holds one-night events that benefit urban animals in need. Participating architectural design firms build and donate creative outdoor winter shelters to provide homeless cats with refuge from the season’s freezing temperatures. At the events these shelters are on display to the public and at the end all shelters are 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 competitive event in which the architectural and design industries will showcase their talents while improving the lives of outdoor & homeless cats.
The good news is that thousands of kind-hearted individuals are dedicating themselves to the care of these animals. Many of these volunteer care givers are part of organizations, such as those that comprise the NYC Feral Cat Initiative. The goal is to reduce these populations. 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.
The concept is simple: The cats need winter shelters, and who better to design and build them than the architectural community?