Adopt a Working Cat

Got rodents?

 

Giving a home to rescued working cat is a great way to keep the population of unwanted critter populations managed in a natural way. Plus it’s a win-win – by adopting a working cat, you save the life of a feral or semi-feral feline who would otherwise not survive an animal shelter. You give them a second chance, and the opportunity for a safe and happy life.

 

Interested in a cat who wards off and takes care of mice, rats, and other unwanted critters in your area? Adopt a working cat!

Please review the following FAQs prior to filling out an application. Once you’ve filled out the application, an adoption coordinator will contact you shortly!

 

How much does it cost to adopt a working cat?
The adoption fee is waived! Your cat will already be healthy and vetted. You will be responsible for providing food, water, shelter, and ongoing veterinary care as needed.

 

Why do I need to adopt a minimum of two working cats at a time?
It is stressful for any cat to be rehomed, and even more for feral or semi-feral cats who cannot take solace in the company of their humans. The presence of another cat will help immensely during the rehoming process. They are also more likely to stay at your property if they have other cats with them. There is no limit to the number of working cats someone can adopt, so long as they commit to providing food and medical care for all of the cats.

 

What do I do when I bring the cats home?
When you bring the new cats home, they will need to be confined to an escape-proof room or enclosure like a tack room, garage, coop, or XXL dog crate for 2-4 weeks while they acclimate to their new surroundings and learn they are now home. Good Karma can loan a dog crate for this temporary housing for a refundable $50 deposit. You will provide food and water each day and clean the litter pan during the confinement period. After this period of confinement, the cats may be released. As long as they are continued to be provided with food and water, they will usually accept their new home and stay put.

Are they spayed or neutered?
Yes.  All working cats come spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, and ear-tipped so they are easily identified as sterilized.

 

Do you have any friendly working cats?
No. By definition, the cats in the Working Cat Program are not friendly with humans. They have grown up without human contact and have reverted to a wild state, unable to be touched. After a lot of patience and a lot of time, sometimes a feral cat will come around to humans, but it is often a years-long process if it happens at all and should not be expected. Despite this lack of wanting to be social with humans, these cats can live very happy, fulfilled lives. They enjoy loving friendships with other cats and have very enriched lives in the outdoors. By providing food and shelter, you take away the hardships of life as a feral cat.


Do you have any working kittens?
The youngest cats eligible for the Working Cat Program are approximately six months old, an age where socializing a feral cat is deemed nearly impossible and a working cat can safely live outdoors. Most cats in the Working Cat Program are young adults between one and five years of age, though we do have younger and older cats available occasionally. 

What do the working cats require?
The cats require shelter in a permanent building or structure, like a barn, shed, stable, or garage in a suitable secluded area where they will be safe. The property should be at least 1/2 mile away from busy roads. Daily food and water must be provided, as well as any future medical care needed. The cats must also be kept confined the initial 2-4 week relocation period to ensure a successful transition to their new home.
 

Why do I have to feed my working cat?
Feeding your working cats a healthy, nutritious diet not only keeps them in tip-top working shape, but also reaffirms the bond each day between the cat and her territory. And just because you feed them doesn't mean they won't hunt!  

 

Will my cats remain after their acclimation period?

By giving them ample acclimation time, we give them the best opportunity we can to recognize that their new home is where they will be fed and stay safe. Unfortunately, it's impossible to know until they are released. Occasionally, adopters will go through the acclimation period only to have the new cat leave shortly after release. But with a 2-4 week acclimation period and regular, yummy meals, most cats recognize that they have a good thing and hang around. If upon release one of your working cats doesn’t stick around, we will be happy to place another cat from our program and hope for a better outcome.

Working cat tip!
 

Hiding spots are so important! These bins with removable sides make an awesome hide-out spot for a working cat, and last WAY longer than a cardboard box!

 

All cats like a good place to hide, and for working cats it is an essential part of their safety. These plastic tubs make it super easy and the kitties love them! 

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