Valley cats getting second chance at life

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX - The Arizona Humane Society has a new alternative pet-adoption program for cats. The Working Cat Program finds special homes for un-adoptable cats that come to the shelter. The cats might not be suited for indoor living, or they might not be used to people.

The cats are placed on farms and ranches around the Valley, where the felines then help farmers and ranchers chase away rodents and pests. It offers an environmentally-safe alternative to poisonous pest controls. The working cats ask for nothing in return except shelter, food, water and care.

The wildly successful working cats program has only been around a few months, but there's already a waiting list. Nearly 100 cats have already been placed in this working program, cats that otherwise would have to be euthanized.

Humane Society officials hand-pick the cat candidates in pairs or more, and then spay, neuter, vaccinate, microchip them. They then deliver the cats anywhere within a 100-mile radius around the Valley.

It's a program that relies heavily on the community donations. "We do need the community's support to not only want to take part in this program and employ working cats, but also as far as the different products are concerned and the donations are concerned," said Bretta Nelson with the Arizona Humane Society.

More information on the program is available online. Or call 602-997-7585 ext. 2156.