Thank you for choosing Animal Welfare Society as a place to adopt a pet!
Through this specialized adoption program, we pair cats not well-suited as indoor pets with families looking for natural rodent and pest control on their property. Working cats, also known as barn cats, feel their best when they have a job to do! If you have a shed, stable, garage or outbuilding, maybe this program is for you!
What is a working cat?
Working cats have temperaments, histories and behaviors that would not make them happy as house cats. They do best as indoor/outdoor cats, where they can use their natural instincts in a natural environment. Cats adopted from this program enjoy free access to the outdoors, where they can come and go at will. However, they understand the care you give them. They appreciate the safety of shelter and predicability of a food source, in the shed, barn or garage where they are housed. They rely on their family to provide for them, just like you rely on them provide their rodent control services. And like all cats, they will spend time running, jumping, chasing, climbing and of course, basking in the sun.
– Shelter from predators and the elements
– Clean, fresh water
– Healthy, regular diet
– Veterinary care when needed
Like all cats adopted from AWS, working cats are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and microchipped.
What do adopters need to know?
As an adopter, you should understand that these types of cats often never become become social, affectionate lap cats. They had lack of socialization with humans in their formative months of their kittenhood. Working cats most often remain shy and skittish around people, but may warm up to those who take care of them and they see regularly. That being said, every cat has a unique personality. We have heard from a few working cat adopters who tell us that their (former) working cat has decided life snuggling inside is more suitable!
For more information, please read our Adopting a Working Cat guide.