Eagle Scout candidate builds houses for feral cat colonies

Josh Pasarelli of Scarborough built several cat houses for outdoor, feral cat colonies as part of his bid to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Providing a safe space for outdoor cats to weather the cold and rain was the goal behind Josh Pasarelli’s recent Eagle Scout project.

The teen from Scarborough has constructed eight fully insulated, two-story outdoor cat housing structures, which were donated to the Cleo Fund for distribution statewide to those who care for colonies of feral cats.

The mission of the Cleo Fund is to assist cat owners and/or cat caretakers across Maine. It has recently expanded its efforts to include assisting outdoor cat caretakers to provide warm, safe shelter for cat colonies living on their property.

The Cleo Fund also promotes trapping, neutering and returning feral cats to their home colonies, which “humanely decreases the numbers of unowned, outdoor cats, while allowing these cats to live in an environment that is right for them,” the fund said in a press release.

That’s why building shelters for the Cleo Fund to distribute to cat owners was the perfect fit for Pasarelli’s Eagle Scout project. He not only developed a plan to build the cat houses, but also to obtain all the materials and resources needed.

In addition, Pasarelli recruited a team of 19 volunteers to help him to complete the cat house project. The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest in Boy Scouts.

Josh Pasarelli of Scarborough built several cat houses for outdoor, feral cat colonies as part of his bid to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.