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Spartanburg Boy Scout builds shelters for feral cats

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A 14-year-old Boy Scout in Spartanburg is doing his good turn by building small, insulated shelters for stray cats to escape the cold weather.

"I had no idea it was gonna be as big as it turned out to be," said Chambers Easterling, who is part of Troop 2 of the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

So far, Chambers has built six of the shelters, located near the Spartanburg Humane Society shelter. The project took two months and was for his Eagle Project, which is the highest title in scouting.

The Spartanburg Humane Society is very grateful to Chambers for his project.

"His project has helped educate the community that there are animals in need," said Ingrid Norris, education coordinator at the Spartanburg Humane Society.

The boxes are small and can fit potentially three to four animals at a time. There is a hole in the front for an entrance and insulation to keep it warm. Petco donated bedding for the shelters.

Chambers said he was surprised by how enthusiastically the community responded.

"My mom got a call the other night from someone who wanted to pay me to make these boxes," said Chambers.

He said he hopes his project will inspire others to build their own shelters for stray animals.

"One of my good quotes is 'helping others succeed is leadership at its best,'" said Chambers.

If you would like to know how to build your own shelter, you can call the Spartanburg Humane Society at 583-4805.

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