Helping Feral Cats Survive Cold Toronto Winters

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This blog post was provided by Karen Heaslip, Volunteer Director for Cats at the Etobicoke Humane Society.

When cold weather hits, feral cats suffer—and unfortunately there are just too many feral cats in Toronto for all of them to find safe and warm forever homes. At the Etobicoke Humane Society, we know that we are unable to help every animal in the Toronto area, especially the tens of thousands of feral cats that live outdoors year-round.  This is one of the reasons why the Etobicoke Humane Society has decided to do our part and help them survive the cold temperatures of our winter.

What Is a Feral Cat?

A feral cat is a cat who has been born outdoors or in the wild, and has not had the luxury of much human contact.  Feral cats don’t know what it’s like to be curled up on a couch next to their human watching a movie, or running from one end of the house to the other when they hear the treat bag being picked up.

Project Warmth

Project Warmth is a new initiative that the Etobicoke Humane Society is undertaking this winter. We were able to build 50 outdoor enclosures and are placing them in feral cat colonies throughout the area of Etobicoke, Ontario. These enclosures are made with Rubbermaid containers and are insulated with styrofoam and straw. While this is not the same as being inside a cozy home, it will provide a shelter from the wind and snow, helping feral cats make it through our Canadian winters. We are also providing the enclosures for a donation of $10.00 to anyone interested in providing warmth to feral cats this winter. All proceeds will go towards next years Project Warmth.

To learn more about Etobicoke Humane Society, or to make a donation to their campaign, please visit their Project Warmth Fundraiser >>

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