The Working Cats Program is a green program that relocates sterilized and vaccinated unsocialized cats who would otherwise have been euthanized at the shelter to places that have problems with rats. The rats are repelled by the cats’ odor and leave. Compared to the methods that are most commonly used to control rats, this method proves to be effective, humane and environmentally friendly. It is a win-win-win situation!
Our program began at the Flower Mart in downtown Los Angeles, where they have had a problem with rats since 1909. Through a carefully managed re-colonization plan, we brought in unsocialized cats who have been wonderfully successful at keeping the rats away (rats will avoid areas with cats). Scott Yamabe, CEO of South California Growers Association, was skeptical at first, but was soon very enthusiastic about the program.