Community Cat Garden
Indigo was contracted to design the first of its kind feral cat gardens at an existing shelter. The shelter has been successfully been developing community cat programs to increase awareness on the management of feral cats and to increase adoptions for these animals. A design Charrette open to the public was held at the beginning of the design process. This allowed Indigo to gather feedback from the community and shelter staff on what elements would be desired and needed in the gardens. Dr. Denae Wagner with UC Davis Koret© Shelter Medicine Program participated in the design charrette and consulted on the design of the custom cat equipment structures to help keep the animals best interests front and center.
Custom features & Design Challenges
Indigo designed three separate Cat Gardens for the shelter. Each garden had unique design challenges, one of which was to give the cats plenty of places to hide and retreat while giving the staff the ability to catch and handle the cats in the most humane way possible. The result was custom designed feeding and transfer stations and elements that could be retracted as when needed. Unique features in the Community Cat Garden include a strawbale garden wall with informational signage and a mural. Indigo also designed a custom built steel structure with retractable wave shades and enclosure netting to give opportunity for shade and provide security.