Hiring a barn cat for vermin control
Friends For Life’s barn cat program helps place outdoor cats who are semi-feral, or do not acclimate to living with humans, in safe environments where they employ their hunting skills to provide rodent/vermin control. All of our working cats are spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated before being “hired” as mousers in barns, warehouses, churches, etc.
Their human “employer” pays them back by providing 1) a safe, protected place to shelter from the elements; 2) consistent access to food and water; and 3) routine or emergency veterinary care as needed. This program offers an alternative for those cats who would be considered “unadoptable” at other area shelters and are not safe in their current location outdoors, saving them from euthanasia while providing natural rodent deterrents.
Working/barn cats provide a natural alternative to other, sometimes dangerous, methods of rodent/vermin control. They’re easy to care for and won’t get in the way of your daily operations!
By hiring a cat, you agree to provide shelter from the elements, as well as access to food, water, and (in the case it should be needed) veterinary care if that cats before ill/injured. Friends For Life provides all supplies necessary for relocation of the working cat(s) to your property.
Friends For Life pulls cats from other area shelters, works with the public and city on TNR (trap-neuter-return) initiatives, and intakes animals from the public.
We determine if cats are eligible for the Friends For Life working cat program through a wellness and behavior assessment. If it’s found that the cats have previously lived outdoors and would not adjust to living inside a home, and they are in good health, they are considered for our working cat program.
Absolutely! Working cats generally do their best work in pairs, or in a group. If the working cat will not be joining other working cats on the property, they will have to be adopted/hired with at least one other cat.
If you are interested in hiring a working cat at your location, please reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.