Cat Shelters / Straw

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With COVID-19 we’ve had to adapt how we sell shelters/give out straw to ensure the safety of everyone.  So please carefully read our updated protocols/registration process, below. 

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OUR SHELTERS - Century Gothic 36

  • We aren’t able to ship them
  • SIZE (approximate):  L=22  x  H=15  x  W=12 (in inches)
  • Appropriate for 1 (maximum 2) cat
  • Lined with Durofoam
  • Already filled with straw
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WHERE HOW TO PURCHASE - Century Gothic 28

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NEW SHELTERS:   82 AVAILABLE (Register below) 

  • $15 per shelter OR
  • $10 per shelter when you buy 3 or more  OR
  • $5 when you bring in a used shelter to “trade in” (the used shelter must be structurally sound and MUST be emptied in advance)

“REFURBISHED” SHELTERS: 

  • $5 per shelter  OR
  • FREE when you bring in a used shelter to “trade in”
    • The used shelter being traded in must be structurally sound and MUST be emptied in advance
    • Refurbished shelters are previously used shelters, washed, re-lined with new Durofoam, filled with fresh straw
    • Size/color:  varies depending on what has been brought to us to refurbish 
    • Stock:  varies depending on when used shelters are brought to us and when we have time to complete them

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STRAW:   AVAILABLE (Register below)

  • Free
  • Bring your own bag
  • Register below for a date/time to pick some up 
    • DON’T WORRY about being the first to sign up.  We have plenty to go around.  
    • However, there are MANY people who need straw so please try to limit to maximum 5 garbage bags per person

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:

  • You’ll be required to wear a MASK when interacting with Toronto Street Cats volunteers
  • You’ll be required to MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCING from others while you wait to pick up your shelter/straw
  • Please BRING YOUR OWN BAG for straw (we will not be able to provide bags)

WHERE:

  • The entrance of the garage of the Toronto Humane Society (11 River Street, Toronto, the NE corner of River and Queen St E.)
  • The garage is located at the back of the building across from their parking lot.

WHEN/HOW:

  • You’ll be required to REGISTER IN ADVANCE for a time slot to pick up shelter(s)/straw (see below)
  • Shelter sales/straw distribution will be on set Saturdays
  • Dates will be updated directly below as the season progresses
  • To manage social distancing we will limiting people per time slot 

PAYMENT:

  • ETRANSFER:  Once you’ve registered to pick up a shelter(s) etransfer to tnrths@gmail.com (PREFERRED)
  • PAYPAL:  Once you’ve registered to pick up a shelter(s) PayPal to sheltersfortorontostreetcats@gmail.com
  • CASH:   Pay upon picking up your shelter(s) ; EXACT CHANGE ONLY – we will NOT be able to make change

SHELTER AND/OR STRAW DISTRIBUTION DATES/REGISTRATION:

Register STRAW only Sat Oct31

Register straw & shelters Sat Nov7

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SHELTERS: NEW only (minimal supply on hand at any given time)Temp Out of Stock

HOW:  Email torontostreetcats@gmail.com and we will set up a time for you to pick up the shelter(s)

WHERE:  Location at Bathurst/St Clair (address/directions to be provided when coordinating date/time for pick up) 

PAYMENT:  

  • ETRANSFER:  Once we’ve arranged a time for you to pick up a shelter(s) etransfer to tnrths@gmail.com (PREFERRED)
  • PAYPAL:  Once we’ve arranged a time for you to pick up a shelter(s) PayPal to sheltersfortorontostreetcats@gmail.com
  • CASH:   Pay upon picking up your shelter(s) ; EXACT CHANGE ONLY – we will NOT be able to make change

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NEW SHELTERS:  

  • $15 per shelter OR
  • $10 per shelter when you buy 3 or more  OR
  • $5 when you bring in a used shelter to “trade in” (the used shelter must be structurally sound and MUST be emptied in advance)

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“REFURBISHED” SHELTERS: 

  • $5 per shelter  OR
  • FREE when you bring in a used shelter to “trade in”
    • The used shelter being traded in must be structurally sound and MUST be emptied in advance
    • Refurbished shelters are previously used shelters, washed, re-lined with new Durofoam, filled with fresh straw
    • Size/color:  varies depending on what has been brought to us to refurbish 
    • Stock:  varies depending on when used shelters are brought to us and when we have time to complete them

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HOW:  Email torontostreetcats@gmail.com and we will find a date/time to meet

WHERE:  Toronto Humane Society (11 River Street, Toronto at the NE corner of River and Queen St E.

PAYMENT:  

  • ETRANSFER:  Once we’ve arranged a time for you to pick up a shelter(s) etransfer to tnrths@gmail.com (PREFERRED)
  • PAYPAL:  Once we’ve arranged a time for you to pick up a shelter(s) PayPal to sheltersfortorontostreetcats@gmail.com
  • CASH:   Pay upon picking up your shelter(s) ; EXACT CHANGE ONLY – we will NOT be able to make change
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TIPS WHERE/HOW TO PLACE CAT SHELTERS 

  • Click here for some simple (but important!) tips for how to maintain your cat shelter (ie where to place it, how to entice cats into it, how to improve the environment around the shelter to keep the cats etc)
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OTHER RESOURCES FOR STRAW  

October is the perfect time of year to find straw in stores – it’s sold for Hallowe’en/Thanksgiving decorations, fall dances at schools, you name it. But after Hallowe’en/Thanksgiving, it gets MUCH harder to find. You can get a whole bale of STRAW (don’t buy HAY for shelters) for under $20 and keep it in your garage for the season. ALWAYS ask to make sure the straw has NOT been treated with fire retardant.

  • Check your local nurseries, garden centers, and grocery stores (that sell plants).
    Contact local schools to see if they have any available (for free) after their Hallowe’en dance.
  • Google search animal feed & farm supply stores (I did a quick search and there were ones in Caledon, Newmarket, Lindsay…)
  • Hardware stores (i.e. Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Lowes, Rona, etc)
  • Kijiji (that’s how Toronto Street Cats originally found our “source” for straw)

Where ever/however you look for it, make sure it’s STRAW you’re getting. Not HAY

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