What happens to “unadoptable” kitties?
Scott learned about our working cat program when one of his two barn cats passed away. He knew he’d have to find a new companion for his surviving cat, and also someone to help keep the mice at bay.
That’s when he discovered his purr-fect match in Ollie, Billy and Shania!
One of the goals of the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society when rehoming animals is to find the right home for each animal in its care.
What are community cats?
Community cats, which some people refer to as feral cats, require alternative homes due to their lack of socialization. The Ontario SPCA is giving these cats “jobs” as working cats.
These cats are healthy, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, ear tipped and in need of a new, non-traditional home environment. Some examples of these new homes we are looking for could include barns, stables, auto repair shops, woodworking shops, wineries, breweries, garden centres, churches, storage facilities and warehouses.
Working cats are not suited to be your typical indoor pets and, as unsocialized animals, they have no desire to be lap cats. They are used to outdoor life, prefer minimal to no human contact, and will happily tend to any mouse, mole or vermin problems for the small cost of a bowl of cat food and water set out daily, veterinary care and shelter to keep them safe and comfortable.
And because we spay/neuter these cats before they leave the Ontario SPCA, adopters never need to worry about endless litters of kittens!
How you can get involved
Interested in adopting a working cat? Read the FAQ on our website and apply to adopt at the bottom of the page!
If you aren’t in need of a working cat but still want to be involved, you can donate to the program! Your generous donation will not only help to find alternative homes for community cats, but you’ll also help reduce cat overpopulation in Ontario by supporting the vaccination and neutering of feral cats. And that means healthier colonies and fewer kittens.
Your support is critical to help feral cats like Ollie, Billy and Shania find a suitable home and a friendly caretaker – so please donate today!
Your gift will also support our feral cat trap depot program. By loaning traps to feral cat caretakers to trap, neuter and return feral cats to their managed colonies, you’re helping to stabilize and, ultimately, reduce feral cat populations in Ontario.
Your support truly makes a difference!
For every animal you save
For every animal you save, every animal who feels loved in their last moments, and for everything else you do; thank you and God Bless.