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How you can help local feral cats

There are many ways to help these forgotten cats! In fact, opportunities to help SOS can be so rewarding, they often make the news! Read stories below of how local individuals have already made a difference and helped the local feral cat population.

feral cat living in a colony Here are just a few ideas of how YOU can help:

  • Help humanely trap feral cats for the spay/neuter clinics
  • Help transport the cats to and from the clinics
  • Feed and care for feral cat colonies
  • Deliver food to caretakers
  • Donate food for colonies
  • Build cat shelters for colonies
  • Sponsor the cost to spay/neuter a feral cat
  • foster a friendly stray cat or a tamed feral kitten

Make a cash donation to sponsor the neutering of local feral cats

Spay Our Strays is able to offer financial assistance to so many individuals because of the generous donations made by members of the community. If you have even a few dollars to spare, please consider slipping them into one of our collection boxes housed at local Veterinarian offices in the Genesee County area:

Perry Veterinary Clinic
3699 W. Main St. Rd.
Batavia, NY
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State Street Animal Hospital
7950 State Street Rd.
Batavia, NY
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Compassion for Cats
5469 Bridge Rd.
Elba, NY
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Dog & Cat Wellness Center
56 Harvester Ave.
Batavia, NY
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Your cash donation is not currently tax deductible

How to provide inexpensive shelter to feral cats

Because of their thick coats, many people believe that as long as feral cats have access to food and water, that they can survive perfectly well in cold weather. This is not true, and in fact without suitable shelter, feral cats face frostbite, hypothermia, and respiratory infections. Imagine surviving outdoors in our western New York weather wearing just a coat! Below are inexpensive methods of providing shelter to several feral cats at a time.

NOTE: All Shelters should be waterproof and insulated. Be sure to secure lids on top of plastic bins, boxes, or styrofoam coolers with duct tape or bungee cords. If the shelter is not made of plastic, wrap a tarp or large plastic bag around all sides of the shelter, and secure it with duct tape. Insulation can be provided by packing the shelter with straw. Straw is better than shredded paper, but blankets, towels, and newspaper should be avoided because they actually draw out body heat. If possible, raise the shelter off the ground on bricks or a pallet. Shelters placed under trees will receive more protection from rain and snow. Cut a hole in one side, near a corner, for a doorway.

feral cat colony
  • Plastic bin shelter: available from many stores. Two different sized bins packed with straw between their walls make even a better insulated shelter.
  • Styrofoam cooler shelter: available at most grocery stores, or even from restaurants which receive shipments of fish or meat.
  • Trash can shelter: any lidded trash can turned on its side. Access hole should be cut in the base or lid in case the can rolls over.
  • Doghouse shelter: the igloo-style doghouses are waterproof. A blanket secured partially over the doorway cuts down on drafts.
  • Picnic cooler shelter: the large old-style insulated picnic coolers with hinged lids provide ease of access for cleaning.

For exact instructions on building several types of weather-proof, snug and inexpensive feral cat shelters, please visit Spay and Stay. A different type of inexpensive cat shelter with printable plans is provided by Alley Cat Allies. has a not-for-profit program to assist you with sheltering feral cats. Visit Rubbermaids "Roughneck Homes" Program to purchase significantly reduced rubbermaid containers, and to find instructions on how to use these containers to make outdoor protective chat shelters. Pictured is Simon Smith (age 12). Simon is the driving force behind the Roughneck Homes Program.

Batavia student builds donation collection boxes for SOS

Chad Luce, a junior at Batavia High School, helped out SOS while working on his Eagle Scout badge. Chad made donation doghouses (very small collection boxes) to house cash donations contributed to SOS and VFA. The boxes will reside in various stores and offices around Genesee County. It all started when Chad took a Boy Scout tour of the Genesee County Animal Shelter, where his family had once adopted a dog. When Chad found out that SOS was newly-formed and needed assistance, he thought of a way he could help the community, as well as the animals. After a year of planning, Chad finished his project in early 2010. The collection boxes are still in use today.

Scout builds weatherproof shelters for area feral cats

delivering the completed cat shelters In May of 2009, Scott McAllister began his year-long project to design and build six sturdy cat houses for feral cats in Genesee County. Scott, like Chad above, was also working toward his Eagle Scout badge. Scott found plans for the 2' x 3' insulated weatherproof shelters on the Internet. By adding a shelf inside the cat houses, up to 7 cats can keep warm and dry and live through western New York winters.

By contacting area businesses, all of Scott's materials were donated for this project: bricks, lumber, insulation, hardware, paint, and roofing shingles. Since so many materials were donated, Scott didn't need the $173 in cash donations he also received, so he in turn donated that money to SOS to help pay for the spaying and neutering of feral cats. Almost 20 volunteers helped Scott build the cat houses, giving everyone a sense of pride and accomplishment. Scott's cat shelters were delivered to feral cat colonies in Genesee County and are still greatly appreciated in winter.

Watch the video below and enjoy some photos of Scott's project taken during construction.


"In our line of business, we are sometimes in a position to help out SOS.
It's our way of giving back to the community and helping the animals that cannot help themselves ..."
Lee ~ Genesee Feeds LLC

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