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Adopting a ‘Working Cat’ a Win-Win Situation

Oct 30, 2015 03:04PM ● By North Hills Monthly Magazine

By Katie Kurylo, Communications Coordinator

Are you looking for highly skilled workers who are enthusiastic, eco-friendly, inexpensive and downright cute? Why not consider a barn cat, or as they’re sometimes called, ‘working cats?’

Animal Friends is seeking committed adopters for some very special working cats. These cats aren’t domesticated, but they aren’t fully feral, either. Some were rescued from terrible situations by our humane officers where they often fended for themselves and learned to be very independent.

These cats, while not typical house pets, deserve a second chance to live somewhere safe. We know they’d provide an effective solution for places that have rodent problems, such as barns, horse stables, feed and grain stores. They’re a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to costly and possibly dangerous pesticides and traps.

The first cat adopted through our Working Cats program has been very successful at keeping his new home, a set of double garages, free of rodents and snakes. Ferdinand, a 7-year-old Domestic Shorthair, has been ‘employed’ since last November, and his owners have nothing but praise for Ferdinand for a job well done.

“We’ve always had a mouse problem here in the garages. I have not seen a mouse since we got him,” said Ferdinand’s owner.

Animal Friends will work with the adopters of these cats to ensure a successful transition into their new environment. The cats will be spayed or neutered and be current on essential vaccinations before leaving Animal Friends.

We’re currently looking for ‘jobs’ for working cats. If you can help one of these very special cats, please call Animal Friends at 412-847-7002 or complete our online interest survey at