Animal Wellness – Cat Run 2016

Animal Wellness 2016

Kitty Haven was established as a cat sanctuary in September 2000, and started taking in puppies in 2004 and became known as Kitty & Puppy Haven. In 2004 we broke away from our Bramley Branch and have changed our name to Kitty Shelter, so that we can put all our focus and attention on our animals in Parkwood. We are a non-profit, welfare organization and do not receive any Government funding. As such, we rely heavily on donations from the public – people who care about animals in the same way we do.
Merien Smidt, founder of Kitty Shelter, recognised an on-going need for an animal welfare organisation that focused on the health of the animals. Disease was rife in most welfare organisations, to visit them was a depressing experience, especially in those with a policy of not putting down their animals. Merien’s primary aim is to provide a healthy, safe and stress-free environment to aid the rehabilitation of the animals, as well as a beautiful and happy space, for animals and human visitors alike.

Aims and focus of the project
THE CAMPAIGN: Create an awareness campaign relating to animal welfare, you are to identify a problem in that affects animals in need.

THE SHELTE: You are required to design a product leading off from your awareness campaign. Something that improves the wellbeing and health of animals and helps towards solving your identified problem.


Our objective is to redesign and improve the cat runs in kitty shelter.

We will do this by finding cheaper materials to build with that can be easily sterilized in order to keep the cats healthy.

We want to create an interactive environment that would benefit the cats during their rehabilitation process.


The wellbeing of the cats was our primary focus in designing the cat runs, as well as the needs of the shelter, in particular, being cost-effective. Our design is modular which makes it easier to clean and reposition, it allows one to build and attach/detach more/less housing depending on how many cats are being housed. The cat runs have been specifically designed in order to facilitate the sanitation process. With this design, keeping a hygienic centre will be much easier and less time consuming, which is of great importance to keep disease under control. In addition to this the materials used are a long term solution which means that items would not need to be replaced as often. We have categorised the runs by colour which helps keep the shelter organised. The interactive environment allows the cats to explore and exercise, this has a positive impact on their rehabilitation, and ultimately assists them in getting adopted sooner.