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through the care of companion animals

Working Cat Program

DeKalb County Cats Seeking Work

Does your barn, stable or business have a pest problem? Are you thinking of “going green”? Tails Humane Society is here to help you with our “organic solution’ to all your pest problems: Working Cats!

Our new “Working Cat” program offers you a safe and natural alternative to dangerous, costly and unsafe pest control methods. Whether you have a barn, stable, warehouse or winery, Tails Humane Society has the cat for the job!

What is a “Working Cat”?

A Working Cat is typically an adult feral or semi-feral cat that would typically be considered unadoptable in a shelter environment. Most of these cats are not used to human contact or not suited to living in a traditional home setting. In fact, most Working Cats would not be happy as house cats. With our new program, you can help to save their lives by “hiring” one of these cats to to work for you!

Where do the cats work? 

Working Cats are looking for jobs at the following types of locations:

  • Farms / Barns
  • Stables / Horse Stalls
  • Warehouses / Factories
  • Stores / Workshops
  • Breweries / Wineries
  • Greenhouses / Nurseries

What do “Working Cats” require?

Although they are very independent, “Working Cats” have many of the same needs as any other cat. You will need to provide your “Working Cat” with shelter, fresh food, clean water and vet care when it’s needed.


How much is the adoption fee?

There is no fee to adopt a “Working Cat” from our program. However, we welcome your donations as this helps us to offset the costs of vet care and supplies for our program.

How can I adopt a Working Cat?

If you would like to adopt a Working Cat for your barn, stable or business, the first step is to fill out an application. Once your application has been reviewed, a member of our team will contact you to begin the adoption process. You can find an online application below or stop by the shelter and ask one of our friendly team members for one.

If you have additional questions regarding the Working Cat Program, please contact us at  (815) 758-2457 ext 117 or email us at . 





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Tails Humane Society is excited to announce that we will be participating in the annual Give DeKalb County fundraiser on May 2nd! Every donation made through Give DeKalb County will go even further, thanks to the generous support of a matching bonus pool. Whether you contribute $5 or $500 you can make an impact in the lives of homeless animals. #GiveThemHope #GiveDeKalbCounty

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You can make an even greater impact by joining our Membership Program and becoming an Animal Ally. This program is a great way to stay connected with Tails Humane Society and maximizes your impact. The thousands of animals that come through our doors every year require medical treatment and the care of highly trained staff and volunteers.

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Show the animals in OUR care that YOU care by purchasing one of these AWESOME #LiveLoveRescue shirts. A potion of all sales will be donated back to Tails Humane Society. You can support our mission AND spread awareness by sporting Tails Swag.

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Veterinarian Job Posting

Tails is hiring a veterinarian to perform spay/neuter surgeries and oversee the medical care of the shelter animals. Qualified applicants can email their resume to Michelle at

Last updated 4/19/19