Did you know that Los Angeles is home to the country’s largest populations of stray cats? There’s an estimated one to three million homeless felines in the city – but local architects are helping to support these strays by designing incredible cat shelters. Every year Architects for Animals hosts the “Giving Shelter” event to raise funds for FixNation, a non-profit organization that provides free spaying and neutering services for homeless cats. Take a look at some of this year’s shelter designs after the jump!

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Every year, LA’s top architects and designers are invited to design unique architecturally-minded outdoor dwellings for cats. The shelters are then displayed at a public event where they are put on auction to raise funds.

According to FixNation’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Karn Myers, the designs get better each year, “This year’s cat shelters were extraordinarily creative, and the designers put a great deal of time and thought into how cats would actually interact with the shelters. They are truly works of art with a practical application, and all the shelters are showcased in our online auction as well.”

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Related: Architects for Animals Design Shelters for Stray Cats Out of Recycled Materials

This year, there were 13 cat shelters on display – and each one took a totally different approach. Abramson Teiger Architects gave a nod to a classic feline favorite with their ball of twine hut. The team from HOX grouped various cotton-lined pipes into one shiftable shelter.

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LA-based d3architecture created an industrial-inspired cat house made of ventilation tubing that is sure to spark cats’ adventurous side. And HKS Architects took on the long-standing rivalry between cats and birds, topping their creation with various bird houses.

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Via Archdaily

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