Working cat program

Are mice overcrowding your workplace? Would you like to save the life of a homeless animal? 

The Coulee Region Humane Society’s Working Cat program provides cats unsuited for traditional adoption with a unique job and forever home. They are given a chance to live out the rest of their life when they would otherwise be a candidate for euthanasia.

Coulee Region Humane Society barn cats are:

  • Free

  • Spayed or Neutered

  • Vaccinated for Rabies

  • Vaccinated for Distemper

  • Protected with deworming/flea prevention

  • FIV/FeLV tested

Portraits by Hilary Running

Working Cat Requirements

A Working Cat owner is expected to provide standard care to his or her cat. There is no adoption fee for Working Cats. 

  • Working Cat owners must give the cat food and water daily. A one-time, one-month supply of food will be provided by the Coulee Region Humane Society at the time of relocation.

  • Working Cat owners are required to own the home and land where the barn, stable or nursery is located.

  • Working Cat owners must agree to care for the cat and provide food and water for him or her daily.


If you’d like to apply to adopt a working cat, please fill out the application below and email it to our Kennel Manager Amber at or drop it off at our facility located at 911 Critter Court, Onalaska WI 54650.

Is a Working Cat Right for Me?

Every Working Cat is different. Coulee Region Humane Society staff will work with the new potential owner to determine what kind of cat would be most appropriate for the property and expectations of the owner. We would also recommend placing two cats on one property as studies have shown that relocated pairs are more likely to stay in place. 


Following Up

Adoption follow up will be done at two weeks, six weeks and 10 weeks following the Working Cat placement. Follow-ups are intended to help the newly adopted Working Cat remain on the property and ensure that he or she is eating and drinking the food and water supplied by the adopter.

The new adopter is required to bring the Working Cat’s kennel back to CRHS after the one-month follow up.

The Relocation Process

Working Cat adopters are asked to fill out a questionnaire and take part in the relocating process that works to acclimate the cat to his or her new home. The relocation process includes containing the cat in a kennel—provided by the shelter—for 2-4 weeks.

Coulee Region Humane Society staff will gather supplies to for the new adopter. All necessary supplies for the relocation process, including a one-month supply of food, will be provided . 

Most Working Cats will be brought to their new home directly after a spay/neuter surgery. Because of this, the adopter must agree to monitor the cat closely for the first seven days. Working Cat owners should check to see whether the cat is eating, drinking and using his or her litter box. Owners should also watch for signs of blood, which is possible post spay/neuter surgeries.