If you’re looking to combat a rodent problem in a barn, warehouse, workshop or other structure without the use of an exterminator or chemicals, consider adopting a barn/working cat. These cats are typically less-socialized cats with feisty personalities who prefer living unconfined and with limited human interaction, making them unsuitable to adopt as indoor family pets, but making them perfect candidates for controlling mice and other nuisance rodents naturally. These cats are available to anyone who is willing to provide them a stable and suitable sheltered environment in which to live, fresh food and water daily, as well as medical care as necessary for as long as they are on the property. In exchange, the ARL provides help and support to acclimate your barn/working cat to its new home until he or she is ready to begin work!

Your adoption process starts with a consultation with an adoption counselor who knows the distinct personalities of our barn cat population and will help you select the ideal cat(s) for your needs. They will also work out the adoption day details for you to pick up your new working cat and supplies (including a crate, if needed). Your cat is already spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies, given flea/tick treatment and de-wormer medication. Our staff works with you to identify the best area for the initial confinement of the cat and will assist you in helping your cat feel at home. In exchange for your cat’s rodent control services, owners will want to provide the cat with fresh food and water daily, access to a scooped litter box (at least during the initial confinement) and shelter.

To learn more about this program, please complete the adoption profile HERE and email it back to adoption@berksarl.org.