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Kitty lovers become builders to provide Omaha’s feral cat population shelter for the winter

December 30, 2018

Building shelters for feral kitties was the perfect Saturday morning activity for a family of cat lovers.

Mom Paulette Serie has four cats and daughters Camille Marr, Sidney Marr and Justine Kempton each has two.

Sidney Marr and her boyfriend, Nick Moore, live in Omaha. The rest of the family traveled from Lincoln to help with the project, which was sponsored by Felius Cat Café and Omaha Wags to Riches, a rescue organization.

“We are here because we love cats, and we’re so excited to help the community with the cat population,″ Serie said. “They are cold and hungry, and this gives them a place to go.″

Felius and Wags to Riches brought people together to build the houses out of 20-gallon plastic storage bins.

Bre Phelan, the founder of Felius, was thrilled by the response Saturday. She said Omaha has an estimated 60,000 feral cats.

Each volunteer provided a bin or two, which were lined with styrofoam and filled with straw.

A total of 65 people constructed more than 50 shelters Saturday during morning and afternoon sessions.

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