Feral cats find new lives and homes as pest control experts
A feral cat that was recently trapped waits in a metal cage at
the Lodi Animal Shelter on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. The shelter has a
program for local wineries, farms and homes with acreage to adopt
feral cats like this to hunt for mice, gophers or other pests.
- Interested in adopting a barn cat?
What: Barn cats can be placed on farms, wineries, ranches or any
other business or residence with some acreage to help get rid of
gophers, mice or other pests. All of the barn cats are spayed or
neutered, have the feline and rabies vaccines and are ear-tipped so
people will know they are fixed.
Requirements: Prospective owners must have the following:
- A barn, stable area or outdoor building were the cat can
- Long-term veterinary care.
- Daily food and water, because barn cats cannot survive on
- A secure area for the first two weeks, so the cats can
acclimate to the area before being able to roam.
How can I get one?: Barn cats cost $30, which pays for medical
expenses, and you must fill out an application to receive one.
The application asks you to list all your current pets, state
whether you own the property or have a rental agreement that allows
pets, describe where the cats will live, if you’ve ever had a barn
cat before and why you want a barn cat.
If you are interested, go to www.lodi.gov/animalservices. Click
on “Stray/Feral Cats and Kitten” and then on “About ferals.” You
can then download the application, and turn it in at the Animal
Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 12:00 am
Updated: 6:48 am, Tue Feb 14, 2012.
Have a gopher, mouse or rat problem in your barn, at your winery
or on your farm? The Lodi Animal Shelter has an environmentally
friendly option for you — and it’s good for cats, too.
The shelter is offering local residents the opportunity to adopt
a feral cat that can be used at wineries, farms, ranches and
businesses or homes with acreage to hunt for mice, gophers, rats
and other destructive rodents.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:48 am.