About the Working Cat Program
Operation Catnip works with Alachua County Animal Services and our local rescue partners to place poorly socialized cats in non-traditional homes as working cats. OC believes these kitties don’t deserve to die simply because they can’t go into a typical home environment!
Our Working Cats come from the euthanasia list of animal control and this program serves as their only live path out of impoundment. These cats cannot be adopted as traditional pets, and for one reason or another, cannot be returned to their original outdoor habitat, which is always preferable.
Without this program, feral cats would be euthanized at local animal control facilities. Instead, these cats are sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, and adopted to families who appreciate ‘working cats’ just as they are and can provide a safe, appropriate environment such as a barn, stable, garage, or warehouse. Operation Catnip’s placement of these cats contributes to Alachua County’s No-Kill status!
The Working Cat Program is a win-win for both the cats and adopters! Cats enjoy safe outdoor homes with shelter and a caregiver (and live release from the shelter!), and adopters enjoy having healthy, sterilized cats that can happily provide green pest control and aloof companionship!