Working cats for barns, warehouses or businesses
Through our Working Cat program, HSVB places healthy cats that aren’t suitable as house pets in environments where they can flourish, working to control rat and mice populations. These cats have either proven that they will not use a litterbox appropriately, react poorly with too much handling, or simply prefer more space from humans than a home can provide.
Working cats are not house cats
Thanks to their natural instincts, cats can provide a free and natural form of pest control for warehouses, stables, barns, farms and ranches. HSVB often has less-socialized cats come into care year-round looking for a different kind of “forever home,” in terms of warehouses, stables and barns, where they can live out their lives while also helping keep the rodent and insect population under control. Similar programs across the country have found success with this practice, and local barn owners praise the results of this program. For many of these cats, it provides an alternative to unnecessary euthanasia.
adopt working cats
Click below to see adoption listings for working cats. If you have questions about our Working Cat program or post-adoption care, please call our adoption center at 772-388-3331.
Adoption fees are waived for working cats.
Barn and business cat adoption details
- All Working Cats will be sterilized and ear tipped. Ear tipping — a procedure wherein the last ¼ inch of the left ear is removed with a straight-line surgical cut — is the universal sign that a cat who does not live in a home has been sterilized. This is performed during the spay/neuter surgery while the cat is under anesthesia.
- The nature of these cats’ behavior does not allow for visitation in our shelters. Adopters will not be allowed to visit or handle these cats prior to adoption.
- Barns and other large spaces can often successfully house more than one cat at a time. Multiple-cat adoptions are encouraged, but not required.
- Working Cat adopters must agree to provide:
- Consistent access to warm, safe shelter like a barn or shop to provide protection from the elements
- Food and clean water every day
- Future medical care
- A room or space to keep the cat confined for 2-3 weeks with a litterbox and soft places to lie down, hide, and sleep, in order to acclimate to new surroundings