Spokane, WA – The amount of euthanized cats each year only in the US is alarming. Over 1.5 million cats run out of luck because they are considered unadoptable. Fortunately, there are still plenty organizations like SpokAnimal fighting for that to change.
Approximately 3.4 million cats enter the shelter system every year and almost half never goes out. Not every shelter has a no-kill policy and even if cats are lucky enough to end up in one of those, if the cat is considered unadoptable, he/she may never leave the shelter system.
Feral cats with behavioral issues are the hardest to find homes. And it is possible to transform any feral cat into a house cat with some time, love and a lot of patience. The problem is that many shelters don’t have the time to do that.
SpokAnimal, a rescue organization in Spokane, WA created an amazing program in 2009 to help the less adoptable cats exit the shelter system. It’s called Farm Livin’ Program and it transforms the “problematic” cats into rodent managers and places them in farms, warehouses and other unique properties that have mouse issues.
This is a win-win solution and a perfect alternative for those cats that would most likely have ended up being euthanized. Plus when you come to think about it, most of these are feral cats who would prefer to roam around free. They won’t be locked in four walls but they will get the opportunity to keep on being free cats. And they get a family too….
The cats that are part of this program are over 12 weeks old and are delivered spayed or neutered, vaccinated and with a bag of free food. In exchange they will receive a barn or a farm building for shelter, and food to supplement the mice they catch.
In almost 7 years, the Farm Livin’ Program has saved over 1,700 cats. SpokAnimal wants it to become viral and is assisting other shelters develop similar programs. The goal is to end with euthanasia once and for all.
If you like more information you can call Kitty City at (509) 534-8133 x 207. You can also contact them through their website or their Facebook page. And if you want to download all the forms they have used to create their program, you can follow this link. They share everything so other shelters can have an easy start and more cats are saved.
Just check out this small documentary about the program.