Shelter offers cats as organic pest control
May 10, 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.
Residents should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Regional Animal Services of King County at 206-296-7387 to learn more.
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.
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.