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Working cats available for free adoption


Last updated 11/19/2021 at 9:22am

Working cats are often people-shy; however, they make excellent hunters and pest controllers.

Chuck Westerheide

County of San Diego Communications Office

The San Diego County Department of Animal Services has recently taken in some cats who are shy or undersocialized to live with a family in a home environment. However, they are perfect to be adopted as working cats – cats that live inside a building/business and help get rid of pests.

Now, Animal Services wants to give these cats a second chance at a happy life by placing them with businesses or property owners that are willing to provide them with food and shelter, and longer-term vet care in exchange for organic pest control. Adoption fees are waived for these special kitties, and they will be fully vetted, spayed/neutered, microchipped, and ready to go.

Working cats often thrive in pairs, in places like barns, warehouses, churches and factories. Since they're a bit people-shy, they will mostly stay out of sight as long as they have a safe space to go to (but you'll notice far fewer rodents and other pests on your property).

For more information, go to or call 619-767-2675.


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