If you have a barn and need some help in keeping pests away, Gwinnett County may have just the answer for you. According to a press release from Gwinnett County Police Department, the Barn Cat program instituted for feral cats in the county has helped place many of the cats and kittens that may otherwise have been euthanized. With the help of Planned Pethood, in 2015 homes were found for 150 feral and un-socialized cats and kittens. In the first 5 months of 2016, 81 cats and kittens have been adopted through the Barn Cat Program. GCPD report that community volunteer Caroline Gatto helped launch the program in conjunction with Planned Pethood and Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement.
At the moment the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter currently has about 30 cats and kittens that would serve as great outdoor pets. You can put them to work on rodent-control. According to their brochure, “Cats provide free, organic pest control for your barn, stable, or other property.”
There is no cost to adopt these “un-adoptables.” They will be spayed or neutered and given a rabies vaccine before you take them home. Once they get to their new home, the shelter recommends that you keep them confined for about 2 weeks to acclimate to their new home before giving them outdoor freedom.
If a barn cat is not what you are seeking, don’t forget that all other cats can be adopted for $10 and all dogs for $30. This promotion has been extended through the end of July.