Fort Plain technology students build shelters
for feral cats
As part of their yearly community service
project, the students in Ken Frank’s eighth grade technology club at
Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School recently built 10 shelters for feral
cats for the organization Spaying Capital Region Un-owned Feral
Felines (or SCRUFF) in Guilderland.
office secretary Andrea Bouck, who volunteers at SCRUFF, approached
Mr. Frank with the idea during the summer.
“The people at SCRUFF (which is made-up of
volunteers) saw there was a real need for this,” she said. “We
thought this would be a great community service idea for the kids.
And the cats can use the shelters to be safe, so it feels like we’re
doing the best thing for them.”
The difference between a stray and feral cat
is that feral cats are fearful of humans and are often well-groomed,
while stray cats can’t fend for themselves and often need human
care. SCRUFF’s mission is to humanely reduce the number of feral and
Mr. Frank said the students built each shelter
about 2 feet wide and 2 feet tall, and raised 6 inches off the
ground so the cats can enter them in bad weather. The wooden
shelters also have shingles and insulation.
“It’s all part of our community service. Every
year we try to do something. We welcome these with open arms. Last
year, we made boxes for blue birds,” he said.
“The kids really liked it. They got to use a
lot of different equipment. We worked together in teams. One group
was in charge of shingling and another was in charge of insulation."