Working Cats

KHS Working Cats

A feral cat will keep your property rodent-free for the price of daily cat food. The Kansas Humane Society regularly takes in under-socialized outdoor or feral cats that are not suitable as household companions, yet make excellent working cats and thrive in that environment. Our Working Cat Program is designed to find homes at barns, warehouses, farms, and other safe locations for cats that have traditionally been deemed unadoptable.

Generally speaking, cats placed through the Kansas Humane Society’s working cat program are independent cats who prefer to limit their interactions with humans. However, the degree to which they keep their distance varies from cat to cat and may change over time. Even those who prefer to keep their distance may develop bonds with their caregiver after positive encounters with people. Working cats often develop strong bonds with other cats and tend to stay at their new home if they are placed with a cat they've already bonded with, which is why the Kansas Humane Society requires that they be released in pairs.

What we provide

All working cats benefit their caretakers! Supporting a Working Cat is a great way to control the rodent population in your barn, warehouse or other structure AND you save the life of a cat in our community.

Each Working Cat Adoption includes:

  • Brief physical exam
    • Spay or neuter surgery prior to placement
    • Ear-tip to easily identify previously altered cats
    • Microchip to return cats to their caretaker should they enter a shelter
    • Basic vaccinations
    • Examined and treated for fleas and ear mites

When you adopt working cats, we also provide consultation on how to successfully acclimate them to their new home.

What you will provide the Working Cats

As a caretaker of a KHS Working Cat, you agree to provide:

• Warm, dry shelter
• Daily food and water - cats cannot live on mice alone
• Ability to provide veterinary care, as needed
• A secure place to keep them for the first 2-4 weeks while they acclimate to their new space (this can be a tack room, large crate or any secure indoor enclosure)

What is the Adoption Fee for a Working Cat?

Our caretakers can Pick Your Price meaning we simply ask for a donation.

Spread the word!

Please share this flyer with family, friends, co-workers - anyone who might be interested in the program! Thank you for your support!

Working Cat Flyer - Downloadable PDF

Barn Cat Program Application

If you have a safe, warm shelter and would like to adopt barn cats, please fill out this application to get started! If you are having issues with the online application, or if you have not heard back within 2 business days, please email

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Pets Adopted

from the Kansas
Humane Society

Since January 1, 2024