CINCINNATI (FOX19) - In the colder winter months, a lot of cats are spending nights outdoors, and those cats need shelter to stay warm. That’s when a local family stepped up, using recycled and reused materials to create unique shelters to donate to a local rescue.
“They showed up yesterday! It was like magic,” Ohio Alleycat Resource Barncat Coordinator Alle Foster said. “These wonderful people came and brought them, and apparently they had been working on them for a while. They got a few of these coolers from thrift stores. Rumpke also helped and gathered some supplies.”
Seven of the coolers-turned-cat shelters were donated to Ohio Alleycat Resource to be used for outdoor cats in the community.
Chris Jones and Tim Jones, her husband, worked with their daughter, Karen Jones, to make the shelters. They say they have always loved cats and supporting local shelters.
The Joneses say they will make more of the shelters as needed.
OAR says there is no doubt they will need more to keep all of the community cats warm and out of the rain and snow.
Foster adds if you see what you think could be a stray cat outside of your home, make sure it does not belong to your neighbor before calling someone to remove the cat.
You can usually tell by their appearance and their weight. Also, look for a notch in their ear; that means the cat has been spayed or neutered.
If you choose to make a shelter for an outside cat in your neighborhood, using recycled materials like straw as an insulator is best.
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