Working Cats Program

Working Cats    

What is the Working Cats Program?

Working Cats is a Friends of the Animal Shelter program at Jackson County Animal Services that seeks to find adoption placement for healthy adult cats that are not suitable for a traditional adoption due to social/behavioral reasons.  Working Cats provide a service to the community as pest/rodent control and deterrent. Previously deemed ‘unadoptable,’ these cats now have an option of a positive live release outcome. Adopting Working Cats saves lives!

We have placed Working Cats successfully in barns, farms, wineries, breweries, garages, warehouses, retail shops, police stations, markets, and other property where there are problems with rodents. 

The cats are adopted in groups of 2 or more, with a few exceptions. These are unsocial cats who, mostly, cannot be handled by humans and may not benefit from attempts at socialization. However, they DO benefit from the support and companionship of other cats in a ‘work environment’.


or send a check to: Friends of the Animal Shelter, Working Cats Program, PO Box 1013, Phoenix, OR 97535

Working Cats Wish List (items your donation will buy)

  • Humane traps
  • Large metal kennels for their first month in their new surroundings
  • Hidey Holes for helping the cat feel secure
  • Wool blankets and coverings (purchased from 2nd-hand stores)
  • Food and dishes
  • Spay and Neuter
  • Medications

Working Cats Waitlist

If you are interested in becoming a caretaker for two or more “working cats” on your property, please provide the following information to:

  • or via phone at (541) 223-9818
    • Your full name
    • Address, including city
    • Phone (indicate if it’s a cell phone or a land line)
    • Email address
    • Number of cats (minimum: 2)
    • Where the cats will live 

You will be contacted by one of our Working Cat volunteers when cats become available.

Thank you for helping us save more lives by giving these cats a chance to thrive on your property.

Working Cats Transport to their New Homes

Learn more about how Working Cats are transported to their new homes, and everything we do to help them settle into their new homes.

Watch this video!

Questions? We have answers! e-mail us @

Don’t just take our word for it!

View this video on working cats and how the program helps save lives.




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Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1990 to support the programs of the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Our vision is for all adoptable animals at the Jackson Country Animal Shelter to find a loving home. Our mission is to recruit and train volunteers who will save lives by increasing pet adoptions at the Jackson Country Animal Shelter, improve the quality of life for the Shelter’s animals, promote spay and neuter, and facilitate outreach and educational activities about the humane treatment of companion animals throughout Jackson County. Our values are: Service, Compassion and Generosity.

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