What is the Workercat adoption program?
The MEOW co. Workercat adoption program aims to find adopters who are looking for natural rodent deterrents for enclosed properties such as barns, warehouses, churches, factories or other facilities. This program is for specific cats from Central California shelters who are found unbonded to humans.

Get started today! Email workercat@meowco.org or call 661.276.9377

   Know a local business that may benefit from MEOW co.’s workercats? Start the form below and a MEOW co. Workercat Coordinator will be in contact shortly.

Does it actually work? Take a look for yourself!

“Everyone knows cats can nap like nobody’s business. But as it turns out, they’re also some of the hardest workers around. That’s what Karen Orawa learned one day when she visited her friend’s winery near Los Angeles. When Karen told her friend she was looking for a way to keep rodents out of her barn and garage, she learned about the winery’s newest and most dedicated employees: cats. READ THE FULL STORY “CATS FOR HIRE” (CLICK HERE) via Best Friends Animal Society

Here are a few more success stories from around the country:

Examples of workercats in the press: download here

What is the process to adopt working cats?
Cats participating in the workercat program are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped before going to a new home. The adoption guidelines are the same for all MEOW co. cats, and adoption fees are waived.

  • Workercats are best served when adopted in pairs to keep each other company, and our staff will select cats from our working cat enclosure based on compatibility.
  • Upon adoption, adopters should transport their working cats in sturdy airline-approved plastic carriers.
  • For proper acclimation to their new environment, workercats should be limited to an enclosed room (approximately 14 x 14 feet) for two weeks.
  • If the property does not have an enclosed room and/or the adopter does not have access to sturdy plastic carriers, large crates and/or carriers can be loaned from MEOW co. ($20 cash deposit for each unit loaned) for the two-week period, and adopters are required to return.
  • We can also offer a limited delivery schedule by MEOW co. staff if you are unable to pick up from our adoption center.

How does an adopter care for working cats?
Adopters are given instructions on how to introduce their workercats to their new environment during the first two weeks and how to transport cats for veterinary care, should medical care become necessary.

workercats need to be fed, sheltered and provided care like any other pet. They must live in an enclosed structure. They are not outside cats.


For more information on our workercat adoption program, please contact workercat@meowco.org
And visit our No-Kill Cat Shelter, open daily from noon to 4 p.m.

3917 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Telephone: 661.276.9377