Ontario SPCA pilots new program for working cats

The Ontario SPCA has announced a new pilot project that finds homes for community cats that don’t thrive in a traditional home environment.

One of the goals when re-homing animals is to find the right situation for each animal in its care. Community cats, which some people refer to as feral cats, require alternative homes due to their lack of socialization. The Ontario SPCA is giving them jobs as working cats.

As former street cats who are used to outdoor life, working cats are not typical indoor animals and have no desire to be lap pets. However, what they lack in social skills they make up for when it comes to keeping vermin problems under control. For the cost of a daily bowl of cat food and water, veterinary care and shelter, they’re ready to go to work.

“If you are a barn owner, operate a winery or brewery or perhaps manage a warehouse, a natural mouser and working cat could be perfect for you,” says Dave Wilson, Ontario SPCA shelter health and wellness senior director. “We’re not only hoping to help find these cats a place where they can be safe and receive the necessary care they need, but also help those who could benefit from having a working cat.”

The working cat program is currently being piloted at the Ontario SPCA Provincial Education and Animal Centre in Stouffville, just outside Newmarket. The cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for worms and fleas, microchipped and are available with no adoption fee.

For more information, including how to get involved, contact workingcats@ospca.on.ca or visit the adoption page at peac.ontariospca.ca.

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