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Working Cat Program

Working cats (also known as "barn cats") are deeply under-socialized and typically arrive as strays or outdoor cats. They truly want nothing to do with people and they get extremely stressed when confined. These cats cannot be house pets but thrive in a "working" environment where they can patrol a barn, stable, outbuilding, shed, or even a warehouse. They get to live a fulfilling life with a family who cares for them, and you get a rodent-free property! Learn more about working cats here.

Generally speaking, working cats are independent cats who prefer to limit their interactions with humans. However, the degree to which they keep their distance varies from cat to cat and may change over time. Even those who prefer to keep their distance may grow close with their caregiver after positive encounters with people. They often develop strong bonds with other animals, often reducing their desire to roam, which is why we recommend that at least two cats be placed together. You get to name your own adoption fee for all working cats.

WHS provides spay/neuter surgery, ear-tipping, FeLV testing, microchipping, initial vaccinations, and detailed information on how to successfully acclimate your working cats to their new environment. You provide shelter, daily food/water, and veterinary care as needed.

If you are looking for a pair of working cats, please:

  1. 1. Complete a Working Cat Interest form
  2. 2. Fill out an Adopter Profile

Once completed, a WHS staff member will follow up with you as soon as we're able. Thank you so much for your interest; we look forward to working with you!

Vaccine Clinics

Is your resident pet due for their vaccines or in need of a microchip? WHS hosts low-cost vaccine & microchip clinics for cats and dogs at all locations - open to everyone! Appointments are required and must be made in advance. Click here to learn more and book your pet's appointment!


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Exciting Pet Walk news!

Now through May 31, all donations made to each Pet Walk event will be MATCHED thanks to some incredible friends of WHS!

How to take advantage of this opportunity to help twice as many animals:
- Make a donation to Pet Walk online
- Donate to a friend who is participating in Pet Walk
- Register for your local Pet Walk and start collecting donations to win prizes

Find a Pet Walk near you this summer:
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