It’s winter already and the temperatures have long started to go down, but you don’t mind. You’re safe and warm in your home, big or small- it doesn’t matter- the important thing is you don’t run the risk of freezing to death or catching a really bad cold because you’re out in the rain unprotected. Well, you probably know by now how lucky you are. You also know that not all creatures are that lucky, since many of them wander the streets all year long and are exposed to extreme weather phenomena. Some of these creatures are stray cats and here’s what a Utah superhero decided to do about it.
Philip Rogich, or Batman of Ogden, recently found out that he could make shelters for stray cats using only a couple of cheap materials like old coolers and straw. Well, of course, coolers are known to keep things inside them cool, but they can also work the other way around, keeping what is inside them safe from what’s happening on the outside, be that very high or very low temperatures.
So Batman of Ogden set off on his project earlier in fall, when temperatures started to drop, and he soon realized he could save many feral felines this year with his invention.
“Straw has been used for hundreds of years for bedding for animals and that’s because it has the ability to dry out. Two or three cats can fit inside these coolers- sometimes five or six.”
As he says, it is important to repurpose these coolers that would normally end up in a landfill. His purpose this year is to make 250 of them and help thousands of cats this way.
But where does he find the coolers? Well, he mostly finds them at thrift stores, but there have been many people who have donated old coolers that they used to keep in their garage for no reason. At the same time, Rogich started a fundraiser on Facebook mid-November looking to raise enough money that will allow him to go to second-hand stores and buy more coolers.
According to Batman of Ogden, it is super easy to make these “cat coolers” at home. You only need a cooler, pipe insulation, and straw. He has even made a how-to video and shared it on Facebook in order to help people from all over the world to make such shelters for stray animals in their neighborhoods this year.
This is a remarkable act of humanity, an example to follow. While we should be thankful for what we have, we should also think of other creatures that do not have the privilege of a warm place to spend the winter and try to do something to help them. So, if you do have a spare cooler, why not try to repurpose it and create a nice home for a little furry friend in need? We guarantee that not only will this act of kindness help a stray animal, but it will warm your heart, too.
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