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Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Job-Placement Service for Hard-to-Adopt Cats in DC /MD/VA

Working Cats--Alley Cat Rescue
Working cats.
Photo via Alley Cat Rescue.
Rats. Just the word gives you the creepy-crawlies, doesn’t it? (Of course we’re not referring to cute pet rats. We think they’re pretty neat.) Mice are smaller, at least, but they can still creep you out. And then of course there’s the fact that these rodents eat your stuff and spread disease. If you happen to own a warehouse where rodents are ruining your supplies and scaring the bejesus out of your employees, not to mention potentially exposing them to everything from E. coli to the plague, well, that’s a problem, isn’t it?

Maybe it’s time to hire a cat.

Alley Cat Rescue, an organization in Brentwood, MD, that promotes humane treatment of all cats, is launching a new Working Cats program to benefit area business owners as well as cats. The program will place cats in warehouses for rodent control. Cats can also be placed in offices, again for rodent control but also as a morale booster. A working cat can provide stress relief for employees and can also become a popular mascot for a business, giving you something fun to post about on social media (check out our review of Distillery Cats, which features Maryland’s own HellRazer and the DuClaws of DuClaw Brewing Company).

The cats we’re talking about might not do well in a home or outside but would thrive in an environment that provides shelter and gives them independence to patrol, hunt, sleep, or visit with their human coworkers as they please. Currently, Alley Cat Rescue has three cats looking for job opportunities. The cats are all spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. If you choose to add one of them to your workforce, you will be responsible for providing food, shelter, and long-term vet care.

For more information, call Alley Cat Rescue at 301-277-5595.


  1. What an interesting idea!

    The Florida Furkids

  2. How cool is this! Our Patty O'Malley would make a terrific working cat; he's social to humans, but like to hunt and do everything on his own terms. But, he's working for us in our backyard, so he'll stay put!

  3. This is such a fentastic idea! I love the idea of barn cats too...anything to get them out of the shelter system!

  4. What a wonderful thing to do! Cats can thrive in these kinds of environments. I kind of miss the "store" cats we used to have, but alas, it is against most health regulations.

  5. What a great idea! We hope this program catches on and branches out everywhere. I'd love to work in a place that had a cat on staff!