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New York City Architects Give Shelter To Big Apple Street Cats

New York (CBS New York)  The fourth annual Architects For Animals: Giving Shelter event takes place on Thursday, January 30th at Manhattan's Steelcase Showroom at 4 Columbus Circle.

New York City Architects Give Shelter To Big Apple Street Cats

This fundraiser will benefit the Mayor's Alliance For New York City's Animals and will feature nine outdoor cat shelters designed and created by some of the city's leading architectural firms.

Check out video from the 2013 event in this episode of All For Animals with 1010WINS' Susan Richard:

All For Animals #34: Architects For Animals by allforanimalstv on YouTube

According to the Mayor's Alliance, these imaginatively designed yet practical structures will keep cats safe and warm during the winter months. Following the exhibition, the shelters will be installed in pre-determined outdoor locations throughout New York City where colonies of community cats are cared for by certified caretakers.  All of the cats have undergone TNR.  "Trap, neuter, return", Alliance President Jane Hoffman told 1010 WINS, " is the key to keeping down cat intake at Animal Care and Control, so it's really crucial to our whole mission of reducing euthanasia at our city shelters".

Some of the past outdoor cat shelters designed through the Architects For Animals initiative; Animals lovers at the 2013 event; Community cats being cared for on the streets of NYC. Photo Credit; Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals-NYC Feral Cat Initiative)

This year's participating architectural teams include Bailly & Bailly, Carlton Architecture, Francis Cauffman, deSoto studio Architects, Incorporated, Elham Valipay and Haleh Atabaki of Mish Mish, M Moser Associates, Two One Two Design, and Zimmerman Workshop Architecture + Design, to name a few.

Admission is a $25 donation ($10 for Certified TNR Caretakers) and includes the exhibit, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks. A raffle also will be featured this year. You may RSVP in advance online at

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