Adopt a Working Cat
Some cats brought to Lollypop Farm just aren’t right for your typical home. These feline friends are happiest living primarily outdoors. Some may be nervous when confined while others may have litter box avoidance issues, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for them in our community. If you have a barn, brewery, winery, stable, workshop, or warehouse you can save a life while receiving companionship and potentially expert, environmentally-friendly rodent control!
Save a feral, adopt a working cat!
Every working cat is unique! Their personalities can vary from friendly, social cats with outdoor experience to independent feral cats who take their work seriously and may not be as interested in being pals.
More personable working cats might enjoy getting pets while taking a break from their job! You may catch a glimpse of the “lone ranger” type while they’re snoozing during the day, but you can be sure they’re getting their work done at night. Most of the cats in our working cat program will be the latter type, however, these feral or semi-feral cats sometimes become friendlier over time. They may just need to adjust to their new environment and get to know you from afar first.
We make a concerted effort to place friendly, adoptable cats in great homes, so it is not common for us to have working cats that are overly affectionate (at least right away!) available for adoption. If you have a preference regarding the personality of your working cat, please indicate that in our questionnaire. All working cats have some things in common: a need for a suitable shelter like a barn, shed, garage, or other building. They will need someone to feed and water them because they cannot survive on hunting alone, but don’t worry—feeding them will not reduce their inclination to hunt rodents.
We look forward to working with you to offer this lifesaving program for cats with special placement needs.
Interested in adopting a working cat?
What We Do for Your Working Cat
Before going home, your new working cat will be:
- Spayed or neutered
- Treated for fleas
- Vet checked
- Ear-tipped (to indicate that they are spayed/neutered)
Plus, there is no cost to you for adopting one of these cats!
Working Cat FAQ
What do I need to provide? How can I help my working cat during the winter months? How can I help get my cat acclimated to their new home? Get the answers to these questions and more in the Working Cat FAQ.
Your working cat will be spayed/neutered to prevent future litters of kittens. They will also be vaccinated and microchipped. Upon adoption, you will receive a copy of your cat’s health records. We’ll loan you a large crate to be used to introduce your cat to their new environment. You will also receive some food, blankets, and a temporary litter pan.
Most importantly, you’ll have a support system of staff and volunteers who will answer any questions about getting settled or the long-term care of your working cat.
To help your cat get used to their new environment, you will need an area where the cat can be safely contained for at least one week. Make sure they have warm blankets and a place to hide. Lollypop Farm can provide you with a temporary large crate if needed. Covering the crate may make your cat feel more comfortable.
Email or call us at 585-223-1330 ext. 105 to learn more about our working cats available for adoption. Reach out to us via our Working Cat Facebook Group and connect with other working cat adopters in the community!