Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, is perhaps best known to tourists as the site of a dozen buildings designed by the iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. And now a community of feral cats who call the campus home will get their own Wright-inspired homes.
The six structures, which college officials are referring to as "community cat caf├®s" (because they’ll be places where weary ferals can rest their paws and enjoy some food and fresh water) will be about five feet high and three feet wide, built mostly of custom-made concrete blocks left over from the construction of a new building, which is inspired from one of Wright’s plans.
The architecture firm that is creating the plans for the new building also made plans for the cats’ homes, and is working with the construction company to ensure that the kitty dorms are as beautiful as any of the other Wright buildings on the campus.
FSC’s chapter of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority will monitor and care for the cats, and SPCA Florida will take care of any necessary veterinary treatment. The vast majority of the felines living on the campus have already been trapped, neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped, thanks to private funding obtained by the SPCA.
Because feral cats group themselves into colonies and can be very territorial, the six caf├®s will be spread out across the campus. For the felines’ safety, they will be located in out-of-the-way places.
What an inspiration: five partners — a college, a sorority, the Florida SPCA, an architecture firm, and a builder — have come together to ensure that Florida Southern College’s community cats will have humane population control, health care, and safe (and gorgeous) places to live out their natural lives. I hope more colleges and universities follow FSC’s example.
Hat tip to: The Ledger