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January 12, 2013

What the Mom and Dad did in NYC!


Hi, it's me, Sammy! As a formerly feral cat myself, I know how difficult it is for kitties living outside, especially during the long, cold winter months.  So I was really happy that the dad and the mom got to join about 200 other cat lovers in New York City Thursday night for a really awesome event called "Architects for Animals."

Get a load of these pictures* of what they saw there!  Those are shelters for the feral cats living in New York City, designed by leading architectural design firms.  Is that not the coolest?

Shelter of empty (insulated) Friskies cat food cans, by The American Street Cat
A kitty high-rise, by Francis Cauffman
A modernist shelter, by M Moser Associates
Shelter by Callison Barteluce Architects
Shelter by Sara Silvestri, of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
The exhibition was held by Architects for Animals and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to benefit the New York City Feral Cat Initiative.  All of the shelters on display at the event are being donated to existing feral cat colonies around the city. :)

Oh, and as if these tricked out, creative shelters weren't enough excitement for one night, the mom and dad also got to hang out IN PERSON with some of our blogging pals!


That's Mom and Dad in the center of the back row.  They had so much fun meeting (left to right)  Carine, from Texas, a cat in New York; Laura from Squeedunk; Tamar from I Have Cat; and Layla from Cat Wisdom 101!

Have a great day, everyone! :)

(* Photos of the cat shelters courtesy of I Have Cat.  Thanks, Tamar!)

49 comments:

wildcatwoods said...

Cool shelters and event! I am sure the cats will lvoe their new homes. Great that you got to meet so many bloggers.

cats of wildcat woods

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

These shelters are amazing ~ and what's more is, it's heartwarming to see how much people care about ferals and homeless cats.
What a wonderful event this must have been. xx

Marg said...

What a great event. That was just terrific.And what fun to meet all those bloggers. Great picture. It is so much fun to see the faces behind the blogs. Have a great week end.

Sherry said...

I love this! The Friskies shelter is very clever but my favorite is the Modernist style for its clean, simple lines and bright colors. Art Deco would be particularly suited to cats.

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

What a pawsome event !
Fun that your mom and dad meet all those bloggers live :)
My mom have meet some bloggers IRL here in Sweden and she thought is was furry funny !

Cara n Crew said...

What a pawsome event and how cool that your folks got to go, Sammy! The shelter designs are all so fun. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, HOllie

The Furries of Whisppy said...

That's so creative! And we are so happy people take the time and effort to help the feral kitties!

The Florida Furkids said...

Those are super! How nice for your Mom and Dad to get to go to the exhibit and to meet other cat bloggers!!

The Florida Furkids

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

This looks like it was such a cool event! My human would have been there... if Los Angeles were just a LITTLE bit closer to New York!

Beth said...

Nice shelters, and I'm glad you were able to enjoy this trip and meeting fellow bloggers!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Those are great shelters for the ferals and will help them keep warm and dry. It is exciting to be able to meet other bloggers.

Julia Williams said...

Those are some really cool looking shelters. It's amazing what creative minds can come up with.

Mr Puddy said...

Pawsome for they did things for the feral !
Good on them.
and it's great to see your pawrents : )
Thanks for sharing
xoxo

Daisy said...

That is awesome! My favorite is the modernist shelter.

Tamago said...

What a fun event!! I love the kitty high-rise very much! And it must have been so much fun to meet blogging friends in person :-)
Have a wonderful weekend!

LP said...

Great event and so heartwarming that people have come to together for such a necessary cause! It must have been very fun to meet fellow bloggers!

the critters in the cottage xo

Just Mags said...

Those shelters are cool and your mom and dad getting to hang out with blog buddies...Wow!! That was really cool. Hugs and nose kisses

Mariodacat said...

Those shelters are simply amazing. I just came over from the Pet bloggers hop - nice to meet you. I followed you now so we'll be getting more acquainted.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Wow, them are awesome shelters! Wish we could see the kitties use them eventually, but they'd probably be shy. Awesome getting to meet bloggers!

Noir the Texas Tabby said...

Those are wonderful shelters--and Tommy liked the looks of them. So cool your paw-rents got to meet other humans who love their kitties lots too! :)

Noir

Unknown said...

What pawsome shelters those is! And wowwzers! Is it ever nice to sees cats wes visits pawrents!
Thanks for posting!
Kisses
Nellie

Cotton said...

Oooh, that cat high rise thingy sure does looks fun!
Cotton

Willow said...

This is a pawsome project to provide such cool home homeless cats in NYC. And getting to go and met so many cool peeps what a trip.

The Island Cats said...

What a great event! And those shelters are so cool! How nice that you got to meet some of our blogging friends!!

Gigi said...

Wow! That is totally terrific. I wish there could be a shelter like this for every feral kitty everywhere. It's a good start. How fun that you met other bloggers! Over the holidays the Human met Savannah's (Savannah's pawtracks) pawrents for brunch--they had a lot of fun!

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

That's awesome. Love the shelters. Although I don't think Fred, my formerly feral outdoor kitty (just won't come in) probably wouldn't use any of them!

Great picture of mom and dad and friends.

Gattina said...

Wow ! these shelters are real creative ! Winter is a hard time, I just will bring cat food to an elderly lady who feeds stray cats. Fortunately here in my town there are not such a lot !

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

Some of the shelters seem more cat friendly than others.
Good to be able to meet some of the cat bloggers in person.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Those shelters look as though they will keep many cats safe and dry through the winter.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Hilary said...

wow, what a great event. and I love the picture!

Texas, a Cat in... Austin said...

That was a very interesting event, wasn't it? And it's so great that our humans go to meet each other!
Purrs

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

How CATABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love seeing everyone! I knew everyone but one person in the front! The structures were amazing and it looks like you all had such a wonderful time! Love it!

Deb Barnes said...

Oh my goodness!! This is so cattastic and how wonderful that you got to meet some of our favorite blogging buddies!! We hope the event was extremely successful and that some great awareness about outdoor cats was shared.

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

Love seeing and so fun meeting you and Tracey!

Unknown said...

That is the niftiest thing I have ever heard!! Architecture firms designing cat shelters...and what great designs!!

Happy Sunday!
Oz

Cathy Keisha said...

TW would've been there too if it wasn't in the evening. Sounds like a great time was had for a great cause.

Mickey's Musings said...

Those are amazing shelters and such a wonderful idea for cats!!! Every city should be kinder to the homeless population!!
Bet it was cool to meet other bloggers too :)
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Treasure,Tiger, JJ and Julie

Ellen Whyte said...

We adore the work and passion that goes into these. Amazing!

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

Very impressive!!

Fr. Tom Fishworthy said...

This is one time I wish we lived closer to NY! Love the unique shelters and to think they're going to be all around the city. It's so nice to know people are becoming more caring than ever. Great photo, too!

Hugs,
Tom

Oui Oui said...

Wow, those shelter are amazing! Aned how great they will be put to good use. It looks like everyone had a really great time as well as helping the cats. Its a win-win! Purrs s2weet frineds!

GLOGIRLY said...

Such a cool event!!! How great that you got to attend...and to meet some of the other bloggers!
Thanks for sharing so many great photos of the shelters. And thanks for helping our kitty friends in need.
xo, Katie & Glogirly

Squeedunk Cats and Z-Girl said...

It was wonderful to meet everyone, and learn more about the initiatives in NYC to help the ferals!

Unknown said...

Hi. It's Oz again. I left something special for you in my blog post today...so I hope you will run over there and check it out!

Colehaus Cats said...

OMC! We loves those shelters! What a fun time *waving paws to you and your blogging pals* Purrs from your admiring friends over at Colehauscats.com

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Sammy! Yes, that IS the coolest!! What a wonderful thing to do for the feral kitties! Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'll be stopping by now and then to see what you guys are up to!
Love and Purrs from
Cindy, Buster, Rudy and Sammy

Jans Funny Farm said...

Oh, dear, we thought we left a comment on this post the other day. We must be getting senile. Wait, that's Jan.

Well, we're leaving one now. Looks like you had a fun time.

Danielle L Zecher said...

What an awesome exhibition! I recently became involved with feeding a feral cat colony locally, and one of the other volunteers built them some shelters as well. It warms my heart to read that there was a whole event for that!

Clooney said...

How cool is that! Awesome that your Mom and Dad got to go and meet other cat bloggers!