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Cats have lived side-by-side with people for thousands of years in relative independence. It’s only within the last two hundred years or so that cats have found a more permanent home in our homes as well as our hearts.
Over the centuries, cat populations grew and thrived in the urban and populous places for the simple reason that there was an overabundance of food in the form of vermin.
Today, adopted cats enjoy a more relaxing life filled with treats, kibble, toys, and playtime. However, certain cats never get to experience the carefree life because they are deemed unadoptable. Unadoptable cats include skittish felines, those who swat and bat, hisser, and overall, cats with attitude problems. It may only be that these beautiful creatures just can’t stand the confines of a cage and long to feel the wind in their whiskers. Unfortunately, cats of this kind often never see the outside world.
Thankfully, a program in Pennsylvania is turning the tides for this under-appreciated group. The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia has a program called the Working Cat Adoption Program that places unadoptable cats in new non-traditional homes for free.
Cats have long been dubbed excellent mousers, and any farmer will gladly tell you the benefit of keeping a cat or two in his barn. The ACCT of Philly has expanded the role of the barn cat to include all kinds of non-traditional environments in the town and the country.
Cats placed by this program live fulfilling lives as barn cats or in urban warehouses. The mouser roles are suitable for churches, workshops, breweries, factories, and any other place where mice and vermin may lurk. Their jobs are simple; keep the vermin population down. The program requires the adopter to provide primary care, including fresh food, water, and medical care as needed. Each cat is microchipped, spayed or neutered, and comes with all its vaccinations.
Since the working cats are semi-outdoor cats that get into a lot of wild hunting, the program also requires years checkups and vaccinations. But for most, the benefits of keeping a mouser in-house as well as the satisfaction of giving an unadoptable cat a second chance at life far outweigh the cost of yearly vet visits.