This feral station has a latched front door which swings open for placing the food inside and cleaning out the station.  Water dishes are usually left outside so they don’t spill inside the station and make the blankets or straw wet.  The station sits on several 2 X 4 braces. Note “cat face” entry hole in door   This is a slightly different design to suit the topography of the land at this station.  Straw is used for bedding and keeps the cats warm from the air trapped in the straw pieces.  The straw is changed from time to time as needed.   A slanted roof prevents pooling of water during rain.  The inside of the station is bone dry, even in wet weather
This feral station has a push on/push off light on the lid for dark, early morning winter feedings.  There is a second entrance hole on the left side of the box as ferals need more than one entrance/exit for safety reasons.  Thanks to Ali for this station and the cat face entry hole station !   This shelter box has insulation on the bottom to help retain warmth in the box and little wooden awnings to keep out the rain.  We fill these boxes with fluffy arctic fleece or wool blankets which reflects a cat’s body heat. John has constructed at least 6 of these lovely stations for us.
Another example of John’s handiwork !  This shelter home mimics a shed on the property and incorporates some of the design of the owner’s lovely home, including the red tin roof.  Food and water can be placed on the platform below.   PAF built this cute little house for Smokey but it’s Jinxy who is peering out at us from the top cubbyhole.  Each little cubbyhole has a cozy blanket inside.  Thanks to Pat for constructing the platform.
Remember the old Pony Express motto about the mail getting through no matter what the circumstances?  Well, PAF had occasion to use that motto recently last winter.  You can see what we mean in the photo to the right . . .   One of our feral feeding stations is behind a chain link fence and gate at a commercial business.  Once a year on Jan. 1st the gate is locked.  But, just like the Pony Express motto  . .  the food must get through”!  Taylor’s quick thinking produced a yoga mat from her car.
There is about an 8” gap from the bottom of the fence to the ground and, much to the delight of the cats waiting on the other side, Taylor squeezed under it.  The cats use this route as a natural path so Taylor decided to as well !  One yummy brunch coming up for the ferals !  Kudos to Taylor for her ingenuity and dedication for getting breakfast on the table !
PAF currently has a need for feral feeders so  . .
if you can spare 1/2 hour once a week to leave a little food and water
at a feral station in North Vancouver, please contact us.