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Building trades students aid in humanitarian effort for cats

by jmaloni
Fri, Oct 26th 2012 07:00 am
From left are students Jason Russinko (Niagara-Wheatfield), John Fagiani (Niagara Falls), instructor Anthony Molinaro and Andrew Forney (Niagara-Wheatfield).
From left are students Jason Russinko (Niagara-Wheatfield), John Fagiani (Niagara Falls), instructor Anthony Molinaro and Andrew Forney (Niagara-Wheatfield).

Anthony Molinaro's Orleans-Niagara BOCES building trades program has helped out in the community numerous times. With winter approaching, the students got a special request to help out with a structure to house feral cats. A local woman has been taking care of the feral cats in the neighborhood for 18 years and due to her efforts to have them spayed and neutered has kept the colony in a small manageable number.

"Feral cats had become a problem in her neighborhood and she decided to be positive and do something to control the population," said Molinaro. "She has been feeding and giving them water twice a day. She has provided various means of sheltering them over the years and now that she is getting older she really needs a more permanent shelter for her managed colony."

The structure has seven cubbies that can be lined with straw and will allow the cats to maintain their body temperatures all winter. It will be easy for the woman to clean and maintain.

 "The students took a lot of pride knowing that they could help a community member with her request and help to keep some animals out of the cold," said Molinaro.

Anyone looking for information on maintaining a feral colony can contact the Feral Cat Focus at 1-888-902-9717 or 716-434-7994 to have a brochure mailed.

 

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