Little Rock Animal Village launches Barn Cat Program!
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – The Little Rock Animal Village is finding homes for hard-to-place felines by putting them to work in a new pilot program.
Under the initiative, healthy feral cats that aren’t suitable candidates for a traditional adoption will be considered for the "barn cat" program.
“This is a win-win program,” Animal Services Manager Tracy Roark said. “These animals in our community who need help the most are given another chance and a much-needed place to call home, and businesses get safe pest control and maybe even a new mascot.”
Barn cat programs have proven successful in many areas of the country. Barn cats are not a new idea, but introducing the animals into businesses is a recent trend.
Barn cats can be placed in construction companies, barns, warehouses, businesses, and farms that need rodent control. Adoption is free. As part of the arrangement, adopters must agree to provide safe shelter, food and clean water, and veterinary care.
Each cat will be sterilized, vaccinated, and microchipped. The cats will need to be crated for a couple of weeks to become acclimated to their new environment. The Animal Village will provide training and support to adopters.
To adopt a barn cat, contact the Little Rock Animal Village at (501) 376-3067.
The response to our announcement about the new barn cat program has been TREMENDOUS! Dozens of barn cats have been requested so far. There's only one problem...we don't have enough kennels! We need medium size kennels to transport the cats in and allow the adopters to keep for a little while to allow the cats to adjust to their new surroundings. If you have an old kennel at your house we sure could use it. We need approximately 15 of these. They can also be purchased at your local Tractor Supply, or on Amazon! They're just $42 on Amazon right now. If you can donate or purchase one for us we would be forever grateful.
Kennels can be dropped off at the Little Rock Animal Village at 4500 Kramer St Tuesday-Saturday 8-5. To donate $ so that we can buy one ourselves, click here.