VARC’s Catio Contest

Create the best, safe, outdoor Catio for your feline friend before September 30th, 2022 and you could win $1000.00 in cash!

A Catio is a safe outdoor shelter for cats, that allows them to enjoy the outdoors without being able to roam freely injuring themselves or other wildlife. Cats should always be supervised while in their outdoor Catios and should always have access to food, water and shelter from the elements. We are looking for Catios that meet pet safety requirements, successfully prevent unwanted escape from the enclosure and display some creativity in design and function.

To qualify, please submit your full name, mailing address, phone number, and pictures of your project to with the Subject line Catio Contest Submission, before 11:00 PM PT on September 30th, 2022. Participants pictures will be shared on VARC social media and in the VARC newsletter, with the winner being selected by a VARC panel of judges. Winner will be contacted by email and announced in October.

Our friends at the Stewardship Centre for British Columbia (SCBC)  have worked collaboratively with partners from animal welfare, conservation, academia,  government and the public to provide free science-based tools and resource to improve cat welfare and protect people and wildlife from the impacts of free-roaming cats. 

The SCBC initiated two research projects to collect on-the-ground information about outdoor cats and birds: in Greater Vancouver (2020) and in Okanagan (2022). Researchers used standardized methodology and computer models to produce population estimates and inform management plans for keeping cats and birds safe in British Columbia.

Their catio and outdoor enclosures page provides detailed information on types of catios, considerations when buying or building a catio, which design to choose, ideas, guides, photos, videos, DIY instructions and much more!

Their Cats and Birds webpages provide everything you need to know to help make British Columbia a safer place for cats, birds and other wildlife.

Please help spread the word and best of luck with your catio!