Four SPCA Wake County ‘Career Cats’ recently found a home with a lovely family on their 7-acre homestead and are living the good life! You may remember two of those cats, Butters and Grayson, who were featured in a December article at PoC where the two feral cats asked ‘Santa’ for a barn home.
Butters and Grayson told Santa they’d been very good boys this year and had stayed away from everyone. These bonded boys, along with two feral cats named Louise and Herman, stayed in a temporary location until a working home could be found by the SPCA of Wake County, North Carolina.
Now these four lucky cats are living on a 7-acre homestead where they have access to a climate controlled ‘base’ and are given food and water. The family already knew how to keep the cats penned up until they learned their new routine. In exchange for food and water, the cats will provide safe and economical pest control.
SPCA Wake County has a great barn program, which they describe on their website.
“At the SPCA, we know that, just like people, cats come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and personalities. While many are suited to a traditional indoor home, there are others who require different arrangements to be happy. We’re not just talking about feral cats, though they are certainly included.
We’re also talking about cats who may have troubles consistently using a litter box or have too much energy to be content being confined to the house. Some of these cats can be quite social while others will want little or no contact with people.
We believe there is a suitable home for each of these cats, no matter what their preferences may be. It may not fit the traditional definition of “home” but at the SPCA, whatever your situation, we believe there’s a cat for that.”
Many shelters have barn cat programs. Reasons to adopt a pair (they DO recommend the buddy system) vary from keeping an employer company while at work to protecting garden supply businesses from rats that would eat the bird seed sold at the business.
For those businesses who know they have a vermin problem, I strongly advise looking into taking a few of these guys home. There’s nothing more beautiful than watching a working cat walk by you carrying a big fat rat and knowing no poison (which could harm or kill other animals) was put down to rid your property of the problem.
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