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helping out

I had the opportunity recently to assist with a humanitarian (catitarian?) project.

A man was out of a job and just on the verge of being homeless. He was staying in someone’s garage temporarily while he looked for work. He loves his cats and did not want to lose them, so when he asked a volunteer with the Community Cat Coalition for help, we stepped up.

The cats are a bonded pair the guy had rescued many years ago. One of them is timid but friendly and the other is more on the feral side, although apparently she is quite friendly with her man. The owner of the place where the guy is staying is highly allergic to everything and can’t have any pets inside.

We used a typical relocation setup to give the cats a temporary shelter outside. One big difference is that these cats are friendly to the man, so he can hang out inside and visit with them any time he wants. He joked that he might bring his sleeping bag into the enclosure and spend the nights with his cats – I wouldn’t be surprised if he did just that, I’m pretty sure I would have!

Here is the space. The guy is living in the garage and the cat setup is along the side of the garage.


We made sure it had a roof to keep the rain out. And there are lots of soft places for the cats to hang out.


Time to release the cats into their temporary home.




 I hope this guy finds work soon, so he can get a place that allows him to have his cats indoors with him!

6 Responses to “helping out”

  1. Marg says:

    Wow, that is really nice of all of you to do that. Who feeds the cats?? I guess whoever owns that garage. That is a good solution though. Well done.

  2. I think that is awesome that your group can help this man and his cats out. Things are so hard right now and a job loss can be so devastating! Your touch of humanity to him and his cats goes a long way in helping!


  3. good job….we are glad you could help him and hope things turn around for him soon!!

  4. Greg_1948 says:

    I never heard of anything like this before–building a temporary shelter on site. I hope it all works out.

  5. Fisher says:

    This is one of the best acts of kindness yet. I hope the man gets a job soon and can keep his cats. Sending many purrs!

  6. Cattywumpus says:

    You have given him such a lifeline. Being able to have your pets with you is so very important!

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