Published March 16, 2017
Washington has the disgusting distinction of being the third most rat-infested city in the United States, but a new initiative from the Humane Rescue Alliance is trying to correct that with a new program called Blue Collar Cats. The program takes feral felines that come in to the shelter and pairs them with rodent-plagued businesses or homes in exchange for food and shelter.
“That’s always the first goal: we want to place animals in adoptive homes,” says Lauren Lipsey, the Alliance’s vice president for community programs. “But cats that don’t exhibit a lot of [social behavior towards humans] don’t have a lot of options, particularly if they don’t have a safe community or colony to go back to. For those cats, historically euthanasia has been a reality.”
While the District passed trap-neuter-return laws in 2008, some shelter cats aren’t good candidates for adoption or release back into the community. But even the most anti-social feline is still a strong rodent deterrent…read more here.