NO ADOPTION FEES. NATURAL PEST DETERRENTS!
What is the working cat adoption program?
The working cat adoption program aims to find adopters who are looking for natural rodent deterrents for enclosed properties such as barns, warehouses, churches, factories or other facilities. This program is for specific cats from the LA Animal Services shelters who are found unbonded to humans.
Get started today! Email adoptLA@bestfriends.org or call 818.643.3989
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Does it actually work? Take a look for yourself!
"Everyone knows cats can nap like nobody’s business. But as it turns out, they’re also some of the hardest workers around. That’s what Karen Orawa learned one day when she visited her friend’s winery near Los Angeles. When Karen told her friend she was looking for a way to keep rodents out of her barn and garage, she learned about the winery’s newest and most dedicated employees: cats." READ THE FULL STORY "CATS FOR HIRE" (CLICK HERE)
Here are a few more success stories from around the country:
The Los Angeles Flower Market has 15 cats (and no rats!) from the Voice for the Animals working cats program
Emperical Brewery in Chicago adopted from the Tree House Humane Society's Cats at Work program.
Austin Pets Alive cats join the Austin Police Mounted Patrol force
Examples of working cats in the press: download here
What is the process to adopt working cats?
Cats participating in the working cat program are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped before going to a new home. The adoption guidelines are the same for all Best Friends cats, and adoption fees are waived.
- Working cats are best served when adopted in pairs to keep each other company, and our staff will select cats from our working cat enclosure based on compatibility.
- Upon adoption, adopters should transport their working cats in sturdy airline-approved plastic carriers.
- For proper acclimation to their new environment, working cats should be limited to an enclosed room (approximately 14 x 14 feet) for two weeks.
- If the property does not have an enclosed room and/or the adopter does not have access to sturdy plastic carriers, large crates and/or carriers can be loaned from Best Friends LA ($20 cash deposit for each unit loaned) for the two-week period, and adopters are required to return.
- We can also offer a limited delivery schedule by Best Friends staff if you are unable to pick up from our adoption center.
How does an adopter care for working cats?
Adopters are given instructions on how to introduce their working cats to their new environment during the first two weeks and how to transport cats for veterinary care, should medical care become necessary.
Working cats need to be fed, sheltered and provided care like any other pet. They must live in an enclosed structure. They are not outside cats.
For more information on our working cat adoption program, please contact adoptLA@bestfriends.org
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