When we see stray cats roaming around our neighborhood, it’s hard to ignore them, especially when they keep returning. No animal deserves to be out in the freezing cold and left with no food to eat. A way you can help is by building a small shelter so that they can stay warm during the winter and dry from the rain. There are many examples you can find online for building simple shelters that consist of a storage bin, Styrofoam, and straw. It’s a quick, easy, and very cheap way to create a shelter that the cat will cherish and will ultimately make you feel good.
A beautiful and very sweet calico cat was spotted roaming around the Boston Police Department’s SWAT team headquarters for the last four years. The area had become the cat’s home, and it would say hello to the officers and even cozy up next to them when they were outside. The cat became the unofficial mascot for the Boston SWAT division and was even properly given the name SWAT Cat.
It was very easy for the officers to quickly fall in love with the Calico since it was with them almost every day and even greeted the officers when they returned from work calls. The men and women of the Boston Police would make sure the cat was safe and never left hungry. However, the only problem they faced was trying to make SWAT Cat an indoor kitty. “The men and women of the BPD SWAT Team have tried numerous tactics over the years to convince her to come in from the elements, but she is set in her ways,” a department spokesperson wrote online. The officers did their best to provide their cute mascot a shelter, but they decided it was time to build her the ultimate cat home.
Many of the officers decided to stay late after work to help build SWAT Cat her home. Instead of building a small and simple shelter for her, the men and women of the department wanted to give their friend the best cat shelter around. The shelter turned out to be an amazing, insulated cat condo. You can tell these officers really loved SWAT Cat and created a home that she would cherish. “Officer Jamie Pietroski, a 15-year veteran of the Boston Police Department stayed late after work for several nights painstakingly preparing SWAT Cat’s new home,” the police department wrote online.
Pietroski and her co-workers created a home that features a glass door and hardwood floors for their pal. The stray feline is now living in style and is definitely the envy of all other cats. “The condo features a spacious studio interior layout, a large deck for outdoor dining and glass sliding doors offering panoramic city views,” the department wrote. The description of SWAT Cat’s new home sounds more like an invitation to check out a cool and swanky condo in the heart of Boston.
According to the officers, SWAT Cat loves her new home and moved in fairly quickly, with the department writing that she “looks very happy with her new custom kitty accommodations.” The officers still wish their friend would come and stay indoors, but their happy to help any way they can. “While we would love to see SWAT Cat decide to put her free-spirited days as a stray behind her, and opt instead for the comfort and security of domestic life inside with the team, we’re happy to know that the door for her is always open.”
It’s nice to know that even though SWAT Cat probably won’t become an indoor cat, the Boston Police Department did more than they needed to help their beloved cat feel safe and warm. This is one story that really touches our hearts. If you have a stray cat that regularly comes to visit, building a shelter doesn’t have to be a large task. All it takes is a few materials and a small amount of your time to give your stray cat a comfortable and nice place to sleep at night.