Got Rats? Employ a Cat!

The PHS Employ a Cat program allows cats that would not flourish in a home environment to thrive as indoor/outdoor cats providing pest control in your garage, barn, stable, warehouse, or other safe location. Your feline employee will keep rodents in check, eliminating the need for chemicals that are toxic to the environment and dangerous to pets, wildlife and children. They may or may not allow human contact.

Do Cat Employees require regular care?

Your feline employee can live mainly outdoors; however, they need a barn, stable or other outbuilding to sleep in and to allow them to escape from predators. You must provide food and fresh water daily, as they cannot survive on eating rodents alone. You will also be responsible for any future veterinary care.

What is included in An Employ a Cat adoption?

Cats participating in the Employ a Cat Program are spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, FeLV/FIV tested, and ear-tipped (under anesthesia our veterinarian will notch an ear tip, the widely recognized sign that a feral cat is altered) at no fee to qualified adopters. We place a minimum of two cats at each location as feral cats are social with one another and this increases the likelihood they will stay in the area where they are relocated.

Are there any special instructions?

The 2-4 week transition period for a working cat is very important and adopters must be willing to follow the instructions to ensure the best chance of the cats living a healthy and successful life as an outdoor cat. You can read our PHS Employ a Cat Instructions here. Cat employees do require continued basic care, feeding, flea control and veterinary checkups.

By undertaking this commitment you are saving the life of a cat that cannot be adopted to live in a regular home. Your adoption also alleviates pressure on crowded animal shelters.

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