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. Mayor Troxell please be humane, these animals deserve kindness. They didn’t ask for their situation. It’s only right to help them. Thank you.

  2. must help the great cats today for good to treat them with respect.

  3. Please ,if everybody pitches in ,help these poor innocent cats. They were dropped off,ignored,and abandoned. It’s not their fault. Please help them.

  4. Let’s take care of God’s beautiful creatures.

  5. These cats deserve kindness and compassion, not indifference to their suffering. A great nation takes care of its weakest members: human and animal.

  6. Denise Baudin says:

    Wade Troxell, Mayor of Fort Collins

    WHY WOULD YOU NOT provide shelters with simple structures that would provide warmth in the winter time and give cats a bit of relief from the hot sun during summer months?????

    Somebody with no compassion probably dropped off the cats out in the open just because he/she changer idea about having a cat at home. This is cruel. It’s not the animal’s fault.

    Please, Sir, provide feral cats with shelter areas. Thank you.

  7. Saundra Burgess says:

    Please help these animals, All cities / counties should do this, it is cruel to not protect them,
    We must protect our most vulnerable, Animals as well as humans.

  8. If you have any compassion at all for animals, please help these poor cats.

  9. Please help feral cats,I do help stray cats in my area build them cartoon box to thier shelter.hopefully someone me to help the to nueter them

  10. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😢

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