Animal Shelter offers free barn cats as a rodent control lifestyle

As warmer weather approaches, there can be an increase in critters and rodents foraging for water and food in both rural and urban homes. Rather than using poison or traps that can harm children or other animals, including wildlife that can ingest poisoned rodents, cats are a natural and environmentally friendly way to control rodent populations.

Bradshaw Animal Shelter’s Barn and Garden Cat program produces positive outcomes for feral and unsocialized cats that are not suitable for regular adoption. These cats are “work cats” that are housed in homes, warehouses, garages, barns, stables, wineries, and other outdoor environments to control rodent populations.

Adoption fees are waived, and adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, nuclear vaccines like rabies, microchip, flea control, and an earplug. Users just need to provide food, water, protection from the elements, and long-term care on a daily basis.

“In addition to providing non-toxic pest control, the program saves the lives of cats that would otherwise be considered unacceptable,” said Dave Dickinson, director of Bradshaw Animal Shelter.

Since these cats are typically only outdoors, for Bradshaw Animal Shelter’s best success they generally need to be adopted in pairs for safety and companionship.

For more information on the Work Cat Program, see the Barn and Garden Cat Acclimatization Instructions and FAQ on the Barn and Garden Cat website. To apply, complete the Barn & Garden Cat online application at A program representative will be in touch to discuss your situation and reach an appropriate adoption match.

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