CATIO PROJECT AT NH HUMANE SOCIETY
In August of 2015, generous donors of the NH Humane Society gave their support and funding to expand and improve the large feline social room to include outdoor space. The Catio Project includes the creation of a screened, three season extension of the current large feline social room and the building of a rectangular fully screened, two room gazebo.
"Why shouldn't our resident felines enjoy a little sun and fresh air while waiting for their permanent fur-ever home?" says Marylee Gorham, Executive Director of the NH Humane Society. "What better way to ensure their comfort and health than with the addition of this catio, thanks to the support of some very special friends of the NH Humane Society. In essence, this structure will allow three season enjoyment of the outdoors while assuring safety and a cozy spot for so many cats calling our shelter home. Happy cats are healthier cats, which in turn will facilitate adoption into loving homes."
To assist in the building, local architects Misiaszek Turpin not only designed the space, but used the process as a learning opportunity for Ryan Cashman, a junior at Laconia High School, who wants to pursue an education and career in architecture. "Our firm was more than happy to assist with this exciting and unique project," said Sonya Misiaszek AIA of Misiaszek Turpin. "It has also allowed for local, Laconia High School student Ryan Cashman to experience some of the phases of the design process, enhance his drawing and communication skills, and see first-hand what it is like to be an Architect. It was also a way for us to give back to the community that we live and work in. We are hopeful that the cats and visitors will enjoy the new space!"
With the design in hand, the NH Humane Society recruited local builder Paul V. Fleming & Sons LLC to begin construction on the Catio Project in early November 2016. Work continues to progress, and the Catio is slated to open in April 2017.
The NH Humane Society is a local, stand-alone, 501(c)3 non-profit that does not receive funds from national animal welfare agencies. Donations assist the shelter as we strive to find responsible and caring forever homes and offer support programs to the community.