Cat Shelters / Straw

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With COVID-19 we’ve had to adapt how we sell shelters/give out straw. Please carefully read our registration process, below.

  • We are unable to ship them (sorry!)
  • 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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SHELTERS:   

  1. $15 per shelter OR
  2. $10 per shelter when you buy 3 or more OR
  3. $5 when you bring in a used shelter to “trade in” (the used shelter must be structurally sound and the Durofoam lining MUST be removed in advance – please return the plastic tube so we can reuse it)

STRAW (no longer available– will be available again starting the 2022-23 season!)

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  1. CASH ONLY (change will be available)
  2. ETRANSFER allowed for payments over $50 (etransfer to tnrths@gmail.com)
  3. PAYPAL allowed for payments over $50 (send to sheltersfortorontostreetcats@gmail.com)
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Everyone is required to register in advance for shelters.

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Bathurst/St Clair. Exact address will be provided when we set up the time you will pick up the shelter.

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Click here for loads of excellent DIY cat shelters (for all skill levels)

OSPCA Newmarket – each fall their volunteers make a limited number of cat shelters for caretakers to provide a safe, warm place for their colonies during our cold, harsh winters. Contact Monica Seto, Manager, Shelter Health & Wellness – Phone: 1-888-668-7722 or 905-898-7122, Ext 383; Email: mseto@ospca.on.ca for more details.

  • 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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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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