You may or may not be aware that cat overpopulation is a huge problem in Lycoming County, as well as, just about everywhere else in the country. Shelters and rescues are continually at full capacity with cats and usually have additional foster homes to house the overflow until adoption.
In addition to the basic socialized house cat, which is still hard to rehome, there are many cats that do not present well to potential adopters because of the stress of being caged or because they are just shy. There is also an entire legion of stray, feral and semi-feral cats. By definition, a feral cat is unsocialized and does not want much interaction with people. However, many, but not all, can be socialized with some attention and work. The problem is that feral and semi-feral cats cannot be housed in shelters and are basically unadoptable through normal methods.
What we are hoping to do with this program is introduce hard to place cats into alternative homes, such as warehouses, feed mills, garages, shops, beer distributors, farms and even offices; as some cats need to be an only cat.
Cats are wonderful for rodent control, employee morale and public relations (Disney World has a feral colony for rodent control). Even people with feral cats that can never be touched become very attached to them. Ferals are great for an environment where you don’t really want a lot of human interaction with them, but still want rodent control. Friendly strays or semi-ferals are great in a more people friendly environment (farms, garages, shops, etc.). Cats with Feline leukemia, shy ones or cats that can’t be adopted with other pets would do great in an office. The potential alternative homes are only limited by your imagination.
The only requirements are that the cat(s) must have access to shelter, food and water and receive medical care when needed. Even cats for rodent control still must be fed. They kill for fun, not for nourishment, trust me. All cats will be spayed or neutered and will be current on vaccines.
If you would be interested in learning more about the program or would like to sign up to be one of our working cat friendly businesses, please contact Jen or Kelli at the Lycoming County SPCA, 570-322-4646 or Kerry at Beckoning Cat Project, 570-505-1473