The San Diego County Animal Services Department has begun a campaign to find new fossils for the cats they classify as “working cats” — those who act less like companion animals and more like business partners.
These working cats provide rodent control, as they live inside buildings, barns, and workplaces, and they work to get rid of pests.
Kelly Campbell, director of animal services, said the county has moved away from euthanasia of adoptable animals. This includes cats that have been rescued from hoarding situations, that were previously located in places that were not properly socialized or that might be shy around people.
Some of the cats the county receives have never had any human connection and cannot be socialized to live well in people’s homes.
She said that while many of these types of cats received by Animal Services aren’t the best candidates for adoption into a home or apartment, they are perfectly suited for work. These working cats can usher in a new life as pest control agents, ready and able to reduce the numbers of invasive rodents in large spaces.
Animal service employees say working cats often thrive in pairs, finding their comfort areas in enclosed spaces such as barns, warehouses, churches and factories. They usually stay out of sight as long as they have a safe place to go.
Working cat programs in Los Angeles County have been so successful that Best Friends Animal Society is collaborating with the county.
The San Diego Humane Society also has a working cat program, although their website notes that there is a waiting list for suitable cats that focus on employment.
This is not the case with the boycott.
“We always have more antisocial cats than[social]cats,” Campbell said. “If we had a waiting list, that would be a good problem.”
Campbell said the county has worked with feral cats for some time and has a handle on “TNR” — trap, neuter (or spay) and return — a process in which feral and roaming cats are caught in humane box traps, spayed/neutered, vaccinated and returned to where they are found. on them.
But she said some of the cats the group receives are unable to adapt to life outside or in the fields. They can’t fend for themselves, and these are some people who can do as well as working cats.
Animal Services will waive the adoption fee for working cats, which will be fully screened, spayed/neutered, microchipped and ready for action.
In exchange for non-chemical organic cat pest control, interested companies or landlords will be responsible for things like keeping the cats in a safe, dry shelter with easy access to the outdoors; Leave the daily supply of cat food and fresh water; Monitor safety and welfare of cats; And the ability to hunt cats if they are injured or sick to take them for veterinary care.