Protect Feral Cats From Heat and Cold

Target: Wade Troxell, Mayor of Fort Collins

Goal: Provide feral cats with shelter areas.

Community cats, also known as feral cats, are a common part of many communities. These cats are generally not taken to shelters because most of them would be considered unadoptable. Trap, neuter and return programs are put into place in order to keep the populations from growing, while still allowing the cats to live their lives mostly human-free. While these cats prefer life without homes, they do still need basic shelter during extreme weather. Creating feral cat shelter clusters would give these cats some much-needed security.

Community cat shelters would be simple structures that would provide warmth in the winter time and give cats a bit of relief from the hot sun during summer months. Creating shelters that were relatively simple would mean that they would require minimum upkeep. Simple insulation could be added during the fall to keep the shelter warm and during the summer the insulation could be removed. Alternatively, there could be two different models of the shelters. The summer model would mainly be to provide shade from the sun, while the winter model would be fitted with insulation for warmth.

Creating shelters would also help to keep feral cat communities in designated areas, rather than having them living all over communities. This could reduce potential conflicts between feral cats and pets and could potentially reduce wildlife conflicts. It would also provide some added safety for the community cats by keeping them away from heavy traffic areas and heavy human use areas.

While feral cats may not be loved by all communities, it is important to provide them with a shelter to keep them safe and keep communities relatively conflict free. Please sign this petition to help create community cat shelters.


Dear Mayor Troxell,

Feral cats are in need of some housing shelters to keep them safe. While they are mostly accustomed to being outside, extreme weather can still be a danger to them.

Providing feral cats with shelters would benefit not only the cats but the community too. Shelters would be grouped together in designated areas that would keep the feral cats away from heavy traffic. This would also cut down on potential feral cat and pet conflicts as well as wildlife conflicts. The shelters would be relatively simple boxes that could be easily changed to fit with winter weather or summer weather. This would require minimal maintenance and would leave cat colonies mostly undisturbed.

Creating shelters for feral cats would help them to continue living alongside communities. Feral cats don’t need to be removed, they just need to be maintained in a way that reduces conflicts. I urge you to create feral cat shelters.


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  1. Mongoose Jones says:

    MOST TNR groups who are the people who routinely feed and help care for feral cats, DO put into place shelters when it’s cold….I think the problem with getting the mayor or city government involved at all, is there is always SOMEONE who thinks the “answer” to feral cats is to kill them all…..

    Sending feral cats to any animal shelter, is, btw, a death sentence….all animal shelters will kill them, as they are unadoptable.

  2. Mongoose Jones says:

    See also this TNR community page on Facebook….there are PHOTOS there of the shelters many people have built or bought for feral cats (so called “community cats”)….see:

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