Working Cat Program

Working Cats Program

All of us, including community cats, are happier when we have a job…and a purpose. These special community cats are not house pets. They mean business, and they’re actively looking for employment in the Manatee County area.

Where do Working Cats come from?

Occasionally a community cat cannot be returned to their colony. When this is the case, MCAS will sometimes designate these cats as “working cats.” Since they’re not ideal pets, we put them to work in local businesses doing what they do best. A working cat​ deters ​vermin, such as​ rodents. They are commonly employed where pest control is needed: in working farms, factories,​ warehouses, stores, churchyards, and private property.​​

Cats that qualify for the Working Cat Program are: social, but too feisty interacting with people and thrive by having “work” to do; shy or fearful of people and prefer the company of other cats and animals;  cats whose litterbox habits make them unsuitable to live indoors (and for whom medical issues have been ruled out). We do not adopt out cats as Working Cats if they are suitable to be household companions.

Why hire a Working Cat?

Working Cats are a safe alternative to toxic pesticides; plus, they’re less expensive and more effective. We require that working cats be placed in teams of two. MCAS will assist with the selection of the cats.

What if I’m not a cat person?

Don’t worry, it’s likely mutual; these cats aren’t exactly the cuddling type. All they need from you is shelter and food; otherwise, they’ll mind their own business.

What do I have to do?

Begin by filling out the Working Cat Adoption Application. Your application will be reviewed by our team, which screens the application to see if the placement is appropriate. The following factors will be considered when screening an application for a Working Cat: predation; proximity to busy roads; available shelter; type of facility; caregiver’s willingness to feed and provide medical care to the cats.

Upon approval, we will review the following guidelines with the adopter: process for integrating the community cat to the property; feeding and providing water to the cats; providing vet care when necessary.

Working Cats are housed in a suitable crate or kennel for 2-3 weeks before being released onto the property where they will live. This ensures that the cats understand that the property is where they should stay and where reliable food can be found.

Working Cats do not have an adoption fee. Microchips are registered to the adopter or to the name of the business associated with the adoption.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Working Cat Program, please don’t hesitate to call us. Our Adoption Support Team is here to help. Call us at (941) 742-5933 or email animal.services@mymanatee.org.