Shelter offers cats to rural residents as organic pest control

May 6, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. May 6, 2011

King County’s animal services agency is offering a back-to-nature solution to rural residents’ rodent problems: cats.

Regional Animal Services of King County is touting barn cats as a poison- and trap-free alternative to other methods to control mice and rats. Qualified residents can adopt barn cats at no charge.

The outdoor felines usually just need shelter, such as a barn, a cozy place to sleep, fresh water and food. Most barn cats tend to be feral or semitame, so people looking for a pet should look elsewhere.

“Barn cats are nearly invisible,” Glynis Frederiksen, operations manager for the agency’s Kent shelter, said in a release. “Except for the occasional dead mouse or rat they leave behind, they hide in the shadows and you’ll rarely see any evidence of them.”

Regional Animal Services of King County places barn cats in small colonies, usually in groups of four.

The cats arrive spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped for identification and tested for feline diseases. Volunteers offer services to deliver and help owners place the cats.

Then, the felines set out to hunt mice and rats.

Rodents can be more than a nuisance on farms and ranches. The pests can contaminate livestock feed, leave behind unsanitary droppings, and chew barns and sheds. Though traps and poisons can be used to control mice and rats, the methods can cause additional hazards for people and livestock.

For more information about barn cats, email barncatsrus@gmail.com or call Regional Animal Services of King County at 206-296-7387.

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2 Responses to “Shelter offers cats to rural residents as organic pest control”

  1. Tim on May 6th, 2011 9:40 am

    Cats are an invasive species that have no place outdoors. There is nothing organic or natural about this pest control method. We have owls, hawks, snakes, raccoon and skunks that are natural and organic pest controllers. Cats kill much more than the intended prey. Just another way for the cat nuts to keep every one of their cats alive…….but at what expense?????

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