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.


Is a Working Cat Right for Me?

Every Working Cat is different. Coulee Region Humane Society staff will visit the property during the application process to talk with the owner and examine the facility to ensure it is a good fit. Together, a determination is made about what kind of cat would be the most appropriate for the property. It is better to place 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.

Humane society staff will pick up the Working Cat’s kennel and supplies from the property after the one-month follow up.

The Relocation Process

Working Cat adopters are asked to fill out a questionnaire, have a staff member visit them at their barn, stable or nursery, 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 set up the relocation area. All necessary supplies, 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.