Working Cats

BARN TO BE WILD

 

Benefits of Working Cats 

Supporting a barn/garden cat is a safe and inexpensive way to control the rodent population. There are no poisons for children and pets to get into and no need to set nasty traps. This environmentally friendly pest control saves you money and prevents the horses, livestock, and dogs from being accidentally poisoned. You will most likely enjoy watching the cats, learning their habits, and communicating with them. It can be tremendously satisfying to know you have saved their lives by giving them their much-needed home. Many people appreciate the cats themselves as well as the work the cats do – keeping rodents away from electrical wires, motor homes, hay, and many other things.
 
At the SPCA, we know that, just like people, cats come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and personalities. While many are suited to a traditional indoor home, there are others who require different arrangements to be happy. We’re not just talking about feral cats, though they are certainly included.  We believe there is a suitable home for each of these cats, no matter what their preferences may be. It may not fit the traditional definition of “home” but at the SPCA, whatever your situation, we believe there’s a cat for that.
 

Adoption fee will be a donation

 

Barn/Working Cat Owner Responsibilities
Provide a warm, secure, dry barn or building in which the cats can live out their lives.
Provide the commitment and be able to keep the cats confined to a large cage for approximately three weeks to acclimate them to their new environment before release.
Provide a daily supply of dry food and fresh water – during confinement and after release. Monitor and provide for the safety and well-being of the cats as their caretakers. Spend time daily making verbal contact, before release and after, with the cats so that they become familiar with you. Provide licensed veterinary care in the event of a severe injury or illness.

 

What we provide:
Spayed/neutered and vaccinated cats
All equipment necessary for the confinement period
Detailed instructions on safely confining, releasing, and maintaining the barn cats.  We will work with you to determine the best location for the crate.

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