Shelter offers cats as organic pest control

May 10, 2011

By Staff

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 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.

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