Working Cats Program

Working Cats    

Working Cats is a new program at Jackson County Animal Services that seeks to find suitable 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!

They have been placed successfully in barns, farms, wineries, breweries, garages, warehouses, retail shops, police stations, markets, and anywhere there are problems with rodents. 

These cats will be neutered and vaccinated before adoption with the sponsorship of Friends of the Animal Shelter and SNYP Spay/Neuter Clinic. There is no adoption fee for Working Cats.

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. They benefit from the support and companionship of other cats in a ‘work environment’.

Basic Needs: The cats need a dedicated caregiver, daily food and water (cats cannot survive on hunting alone and will hunt either way; also the cats may vacate a site where no food is provided), vet care as needed, and shelter from the elements.

Relocation: The cats will need to be confined in a secure space for a period of 2-4 weeks. 2 weeks is minimal-4 weeks is optimal. The caregiver will agree to provide daily care during the relocation period, changing food and water, scooping litter. Cats confined for 2 weeks have a 70% chance of staying on the relocation site, and cats confined for 4 weeks have a 90% chance of staying on the relocation site. A secure outbuilding or a crate can be outfitted to use for securing cats during relocation.

Adoption Application

Click here to download our Working Cats Adoption Application.

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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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