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Spartanburg Animal Services is asking for your old coolers. They are turning donated coolers into condos for the area’s feral cat population. Spartanburg Animal Services is asking for your old coolers. They are turning donated coolers into condos for the area’s feral cat population.
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A new housing project is in the works for some unlikely tenants. But officials say they can’t start building without support from the community.

“You can make these things out of wood, but you still have to insulate it,” said Spartanburg Animal Services team leader Mike Johnson.

That’s why Spartanburg Animal Services is remodeling coolers.

With a few, simple modifications, a cooler can become a condo if you’re a cat, of course.

“Four or five cats could easily stay in a large cooler,” Johnson says.

This year, animal services began a "trap, neuter and release" program to better manage the feral cat population living within the city.

So far more than 660 felines have been treated.

Officials say they live in groups or colonies and find shelter underground or deep in the brush.

Before temperatures drop, animal services decided they wanted to give their clients a new lease on life.

“It is just ingenuity,” says Johnson. “There is always a way to use anything."

Animal services wants to build as many condos as they can. They’re asking for old, used coolers that are big enough for a family of sorts.

Officers will give the newly-built condos to people who help manage some of the area’s feral cat colonies and place them where they see a need.

Although the location of the condos will remain private, directions for making your own can be found online.

If you don't want to invest in a second home, you can still help by donating your cooler to Spartanburg Animal Services which is located in City Hall at 145 W. Broad Street.

They need mid-size to extra large coolers with lids.

Johnson says they will make sure it goes to the right tenant.

For more information, you can call animal services at (864) 582-1558.

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