Operation Hood is looking for homes specifically for “working cats”. The cats will have already been neutered or spayed and received all required vaccinations. They make great working cats because they are tireless and enthusiastic hunters of unwanted vermin and they typically do a far better job than exterminators and poisons. Studies have even shown that the smell of a cat in an enclosed area will keep the mice away.
The cats require the following:
A barn, stable, or outdoor building where the cat(s) can live;
Daily food and water for the cat(s); and
Long-term veterinary care such as annual vaccinations.
Outdoor cats which are provided supplemental feedings on a regular basis and receive minimal veterinary care are healthier and live longer lives – thereby extending their working careers.
What is the process:
Once the cat is brought to your home or farm the transition process takes 3 to 4 weeks. During this time the cat is kept in a small enclosed area (such as a tack room or a barn loft) or in a humane cage provided by the rescue group; given daily food and water; and provided a litter box. This transition ensures the new cat or cats become familiar with their human care providers but most importantly become accustomed to the surroundings and the daily food source.
That’s all it takes for you to have a great working cat for years to come and to help a cat in need of a new home.