Charity Projects

We are happy to donate our time and resources to support and give back to our community in as many ways as we can. Improving our overall environment is a part of our mission statement, and is an integral part of what we do.

 

Being "out and about" visiting our project sites every day, we see so many different things in our city that need to be addressed. Honestly, not a day goes by without one of us saying to the other "give me that (house, land, tree, building, park etc) - it needs to be sorted out!" As a couple of "problem solvers", we truly try to pay attention to this, and to make our urban surroundings better. 

 

Let's talk about some projects ...

 

Dallas Pets Alive - The Katy Trail Cat Project "As Seen On TV"!

 

Eligra supports the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) program for the cats of the Katy Trail. This program is a part of solving the city's stray cat problem, not just through feeding the cats, but by controlling any diseases through vaccination, and spaying or neutering them so they won't breed.

 

The cats of the Katy Trail are part of a registered feral cat colony, one of 47 registered colonies in Dallas. To curb the population (estimates suggest there are around 350,000 feral cats in the Dallas/Fort Worth area), the city of Dallas allows people to trap, sterilize and then return those cats to their neighborhoods. This catch-and-release approach to feral cats is the best, and most humane, way to deal with the loose animals. Not many people know that there are many benefits to sterilized cat colonies; not only do they keep rodents at bay but, because cats are territorial, they also stop other feral cats from moving into the neighborhood, and because they cannot reproduce, the overall population decreases over time.

Our efforts in this area involve building shelters and feeders for the animals. That work includes being mindful of the visual integrity of the units, ensuring that they blend in to the environment. And by putting our Eligra "touch" on them, we also make sure they are built to last. We are proud to be a part of changing the way people see feral cats!

 

NBC5 News carried this story ... NBC5 News At 10, April 2017

 

Here's how we built the shelters and feeders ... We took raw oriented strand board (it comes in 4ft x 8ft sheets) and had the store cut them down to 2ft wide (so they were much easier to handle) ...

Then we used a weather proofing stain to cover everything and give it a 25 year life. We do this at this point in the process because it reduces the time required to stain the finished shelters and feeders at the end of the job to nearly zero (touch-ups only).

 

Here's Jerry, staining up the pieces...

After that, we can start cutting the pre-stained wood into the kits we need to build the units...

Then we used a box of construction screws (and a few pieces of roofing shingles) to start building the kits ...

First the feeders ...

then the shelters ...

And when they are complete we place them in suitable locations...

And here's the colony using some of the feeders that we made previously ...

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