A reader emailed me this article about a possible solution for feral cats:
Treasured for its storied collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, esplanades and soaring fountain, Florida Southern College is making room for six more structures inspired by the famed architect.
These new structures will be small — only about 5 feet high and 3 feet wide. Unlike other Wright designs, they are not meant for humans.
Rather, the six domiciles built mostly of custom-made concrete blocks will provide shelter for almost 100 feral cats living on the Lakeland campus.
It would be incorrect to call them cat houses, college officials say. The preferred terminology is cat cafe, a place where the wayward felines can kick back for a drink and some chow.
The cafes, designed by a New York architectural firm that has done renovation work on several Wright buildings at FSC, will double as shelter. The Alpha Chi Omega sorority will supply food and watch over the cats in partnership with SPCA of Florida as part of its commitment to control Polk County’s feral cat problem.
“We think it’s good for the community,” said Terry Dennis, FSC’s vice president of operations, who is working with Rodda Construction Inc. to build the cafes designed by Jeff Baker of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects of Albany, N.Y. Read more »