St Francis Society Working Cat Program

All cats deserve a chance at a good life...

When St. Francis rescues poorly socialized and feral cats, we sometimes have to consider non-traditional adoption placement. The St. Francis Working Cat Program is designed to help a specific population of cats – those who may not be comfortable living in a traditional home setting, but would be incredibly helpful and happy as working cats to local homeowners, landowners, and businesses who have a need for pest control.

We believe that these cats don’t deserve to die simply because they can’t go into a typical home environment. We recognize that they deserve shelter, access to food and water, and the stimulation of critter hunting that a “working” placement provides. St. Francis Working Cats come from shelters, trapping, and other situations where returning them to their original location would not be ideal. These cats cannot be adopted as traditional pets, are not eligible for Trap-Neuter-Return, and, for one reason or another, cannot be returned to their original outdoor habitat, which is always preferable. Instead, these cats are sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, and adopted to families who appreciate working cats for critter patrol and can provide a safe, appropriate environment such as a barn, stable, garage, or warehouse.

This way, these cats enjoy safe outdoor homes with shelter and a caregiver and adopters enjoy having healthy, sterilized cats happily tend to their mouse, snake, or vermin troubles. Our Working Cat Program is a win-win for both the cats and the adopters! Interested in adopting a working cat and housing some of St. Francis’ most lovable free spirits?

Working Cat Program Questions

How much is the adoption fee?

The adoption fee is waived. The adopter is responsible for providing food, shelter, and future veterinary care as needed.

What do I do when I bring my cats home?

When you bring your cats home, they must be confined to a room or extra large dog crate in their new shelter for at least 2 weeks, preferably up to 4 weeks. You will feed/water and scoop the litter pan daily during this confinement period. After this period, they can be released and will usually accept their new home. You will continue to provide access to food, water and the shelter to which they have become accustomed. A program director at St. Francis will be available to you by phone and email during this time to answer any questions and provide support while your new working cats transition and acclimate!

Are my new cats spayed and neutered?

Yes! All working cats will arrive spayed or neutered, with age appropriate vaccinations and microchips. You will be responsible for maintaining future vaccinations and any other vet care as required. This will most likely involve yearly trapping with a humane live trap. Low-cost vaccinations are available through Humane Society and others for feral and semi-feral working cats.

Can I pick my cats? Do you offer working kittens?

Working cats are generally going to be over 6 months old, as younger kittens are not properly equipped to adjust to such a situation. The most important factor in matching a working cat to a new home is how the history of the cat matches with the new environment. For example, a cat who has lived its entire life indoors would not be well suited to an open barn, but may be a great match for a contained warehouse. We always provide at least a pair of cats (never singles) as they’ve been shown to fair much better as pairs or small groups. We will do our best to honor any age/sex/color requests but please allow us to select the animals we feel will be the best match for their new home!

If you would like more information about this important program, fill out the Working Cat Application Form