Humane Society Revamps ‘Working Cats’ Program

The Humane Society of Loudoun County has announced changes to its former “Barn Cat” program to help make placement easier and more appealing.

Revamped as the “Working Cat” program, the organization has broadened its effort to find homes for individual or colonies of semi-feral cats at farms with barns and horse stables to now include breweries, wineries, vineyards, nurseries, warehouses and larger residential properties with outdoor structures—places where rodents can be plentiful and mousers are welcome.

All the cats offered for adoption are healthy and have received veterinarian care including sterilization, rabies shot and exam. No adoption fee will be assessed.

These “working cats” provide an organic of pest control, keeping rodents away from grain and food storage.

Those interested in learning more about the program or who have homes to offer, may contact the Humane Society of Loudoun County at helpanimals@humaneloudoun.org.

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  • 2017-02-20 at 7:53 pm
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    The myth about cats being good rodent control has been disproved on every island where cats were imported to take care of the imported rodents. Hundreds of years later and there’s nothing but a thriving population of cats and rodents — all the native wildlife on those islands now either extinct or on the brink of extinction — even those native species which are better rodent predators than cats (such as many reptiles and shrews which destroy rodents right in their nests), the cats having destroyed them directly or indirectly.

    The rodents reproduce in burrows and holes out of the reach of cats, where they are happy to reproduce forever to entertain cats the rest of their lives, and make your own lives miserable, on into infinity. On top of that, when cats infect rodents with cat’s Toxoplasma gondii parasite, this hijacks the minds of rodents to make the rodents attracted to where cats urinate. (remove all spaces from obfuscated-for-posting URLs) scitizen . Com / neuroscience / parasite-hijacks-the-mind-of-its-host_a-23-509 . html

    Cats actually attract disease-carrying rodents to where cats are. The cats then contract these diseases on contact with, or being in proximity to, these rodents. Like “The Black Death”, the plague, that is now being transmitted to humans in N. America directly from cats that have contracted it from rodents. Yes, “The Black Death” (the plague) is alive and well today and being spread by people’s cats this time around. Totally disproving that oft-spewed LIE about having more cats in Europe could have prevented the plague — more cats would have made it far far worse. Many people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA in the last 2-3 decades; all three forms of it transmitted by CATS — septicemic, bubonic, and pneumonic.

    Cats attracting these adult rodents right to them further increasing the cat/rodent/disease density of this happy predator/prey balance. It has been documented many many times — the more cats you have the more rodents and diseases you get. I even proved this to myself when having to rid my lands of hundreds of these vermin cats by shooting and burying every last one of them. A rodent problem started to appear about the same time the cats started to show up, 15 years of it. And, if you check the history of Disney’s feral cat problem, their rodent problem also started to appear at the very same time their cats showed-up. Coincidence? Not at all. (BTW: All cat-advocates’ beloved Disney’s TNR cats are no more, they’ve all been destroyed by hired exterminators last year. Disney finally wised-up.) All rodent problems around my home completely disappeared after every last cat was shot-dead and safely disposed of. All the better NATIVE rodent predators moved back into the area after the cats were dead and gone. Not seen one cat anywhere nor had even one rodent in the house in over seven years now. (So much for their manipulative, deceptive, and outright lie of the mythical “vacuum effect” too.)

    Cats DO NOT get rid of rodents. I don’t care how many centuries that blathering FOOLS will claim that cats keep rodents in-check, they’ll still be wrong all these centuries. Civilizations of humans have come and gone in great cities like Egypt, yet their cats and rodents remain in even greater pestilent numbers.

    No cat population anywhere has ever been able to control rodents effectively, in fact cats only attract a rodent problem. But native predators can get rid of rodents — easily.

    There are dozens of native predator species that are MUCH better suited for rodent control. Ones that eat rodents only and don’t destroy everything that moves, like cats do. Letting ANY of your community-vermin cats roam-free is absolutely NO different, nor less illegal, nor less morally reprehensible than throwing rat-poison and DDT on everyone’s property to kill any other living thing! There’s a good reason one species in N. America was even named the Barn-Owl. Another named the Rat-Snake. Gray-Fox being another excellent mouser and ratter, they don’t even have European fowl on their menus and will even climb trees to keep squirrel populations in check. (The only fox species known to climb trees. A family of them made a den near my home after every last cat was dead and gone.) Even the 1.75-inch Masked-Shrew, a David & Goliath success story, evolved a poisonous bite specifically for preying on rodents right where they breed. Even the scent of these miniature marvels being around drives away rodents. But what do their disease-infested invasive-species vermin cats do? They destroy these most beneficial of all rodent predators the very first chance they get.

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