We currently only serve the Greater Phoenix Area for working cat placement. By submitting an application to receive a pair of working cats, you will be added to our wait list and a staff member will be in touch once we have cats available. Wait times for cats may vary.

Rodents Running Rampant? Our Cats Can Help!

The Arizona Humane Society’s Working Cats Program offers an environmentally-safe alternative to poisonous pest controls.

Our working cats, who aren’t suited for indoor living, would love to spend their lives helping to control your warehouse, ranch, mill or barn’s rodent and pest population. All they ask for in return is shelter, food, water and care. Best of all, when you give our cats a job, you’re saving the lives of homeless pets who otherwise would not have been suitable for adoption.

*Please note that our Working Cats Program is an outlet for hard-to-place cats already in our shelter that meet specific qualifications. We are unable to accept cats from the public to be placed directly into the Working Cats program.

What to expect when adopting a working cat

  • There is no adoption fee for working cats and all cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped, and microchipped.
  • All working cat clients receive a 20% off discount in our retail shop, Petique, to purchase any necessary cat supplies.
  • Our working cats are adopted out in pairs, at minimum
  • We cannot accommodate requests for cats based upon gender, color, breed, age, etc.
  • We will happily loan enclosure supplies to clients located within the Greater Phoenix area.
  • We will provide the education and continued support you need to help your cats adapt to their new environment.
  • We will deliver your working cats and their loaned enclosure supplies within a 25-mile radius of AHS’ Sunnyslope Campus, or we can coordinate pick-up from our Sunnyslope Campus at 9226 N 13th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021.
What to expect when bringing your working cats home
  • Your new rodent control experts will need to spend the first 4-6 weeks of their new lives in a large wire dog crate located in a shelter that is protected from the elements and predators. Appropriate shelters include garages, workshops, warehouses, sheds, tack rooms, greenhouses, barns, etc.
  • During this time, you will be responsible for providing fresh food and water and cleaning their litter boxes daily.
  • After this Acclimation Period has ended, you can release your cats to explore their new surroundings while continuing to provide daily food, water, access to shelter, and any future necessary medical care, including future vaccinations, to your working cats.
  • Since July 2019, AHS has partnered with Arizona State University to conduct a Working Cat Study to measure the success of cats placed up to one year after finding their new homes. We ask that our working cats clients participate in this study by completing short, periodic surveys at two weeks, one month, two months, three months, six months, nine months, and one year post working cat placement.

Excessive Heat Protocols

During the summer months, precautions must be made in order to ensure a safe environment for the felines that are confined in their Acclimation Period Crates.

  • From Mid-May to the end of September, enclosures cannot be positioned in an area that is solely outdoors.
  • If the felines will be confined in an area without A/C, the structure must ensure proper airflow and the caretaker must provide fans or evaporation coolers.
  • Caretakers must be available to check in on the felines throughout the hottest times of the day (between 2:00-4:00 p.m.) seven days a week.
  • Caretakers must physically move their felines, in their Acclimation Crates, to an alternative area that is climate controlled if the original position becomes too hot at any point.

For more information on our Working Cats Program, please click the button below or contact our Rescue Team at 602.997.7585 Ext. 2156 or workingcats@azhumane.org.

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