Working Cats Program
Do you have a Barn, Stable, Garage, or Warehouse?
Are you looking for eco-friendly, inexpensive pest control? A Working Cat may be for you!
Many cats are brought to the Humane Society & SPCA of Hancock County that are not suitable to be adopted as pets. These are under-socialized or feral cats who have likely spent the majority of their life living outdoors. Being confined in a shelter is very stressful to these cats and a traditional home would not result in a happy, comfortable life.
Cats in the program are made available to households or business owners that may benefit from inexpensive pest control or have a suitable area for the cats to thrive.
Kittens less than 5 months are not adopted out as working cats. Young kittens do not have the skills necessary to survive outdoors. Additionally, young kittens may still be able to be socialized and adopted into traditional homes.
All animals, including working cats, adopted from the Humane Society & SPCA of Hancock County are current on vaccinations. You will be responsible for future vaccinations and any other healthcare needs the cat may require. The best way to transport an under-socialized/feral cat to a veterinarian is by utilizing a live humane trap.
Working cats will require a 2 – 4 week transition period (2 weeks minimum; 4 weeks preferred). During this time the cat must be confined to small area, room, stall, or large dog crate inside the barn or building that will serve as the cat’s permanent shelter.
You will be required to care for the cat daily while confined, providing fresh food and water and a clean litterbox. This will help the cat acclimate to his or her new surroundings and learn where they can expect food, increasing the chances that the cat will remain on the property.
After the transition period, the cat can be released. He or she must be provided with fresh food and water daily and have free access to shelter.