Shelter Helps Unemployed Cats Look For Jobs…Preferably In The Extermination Industry

Photo credit: BARCS

This cat is 6 months old and ready to work. Preferably at a high-level position in the extermination industry.

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Bananas 30 is one of the”working cats” that BARCS, Baltimore’s city shelter, is looking to place in barns, college campuses, breweries, and other environments where they can put their skills to use.

Some cats like desk jobs. Shelter working cat programs are mostly for those who don’t like living indoors, so won’t be easily adopted into traditional homes — which makes them among the categories of animals most at risk of shelter euthanasia, without this sort of placement.

Photo credit: Castaway in Scotland/Flickr
Photo credit: Castaway in Scotland/Flickr

Working cat programs are catching on across the country. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that one such program in Chicago is so popular, that there aren’t enough cats to go around.

“Programs like this help us save more lives,” says BARCS spokesperson Bailey Deacon.

Photo credit: BARCS
Photo credit: BARCS

To further the cats’ chances even a little more, BARCS is creating “MeowedIn” ads for its dozen or so cats currently looking for work.

Like this one, for a handsome and hardworking guy named Harley.

Photo credit: BARCS
Photo credit: BARCS

And of course the job wanted ad at the top of this page for Bananas 30 — who came from a hoarding situation, along with a few dozen other cats, and is now looking for the right sort of appreciative home/employer.

“She can live out her life doing ‘cat things,’ which can prove to be very beneficial to her dwelling, such as rodent and insect control,” says Deacon. “At BARCS, we understand that a traditional home setting is not for every cat. We believe that those cats deserve a chance too.”

Photo credit: BARCS
Photo credit: BARCS

Reach out to BARCS if you can give Bananas 30 or the shelter’s other working cats a comfortable situation.

And get in touch at aringreenwood@gmail.com with your story tips!

Arin Greenwood

Arin Greenwood is an animal writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously, she was animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, pit bull advocate, and devoted fan of cats and dogs who run for public office. Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Hello From Dog Island!, Arin's third book, will be published by Soho Teen in 2018. Know a shelter with a great, innovative program? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at aringreenwood@gmail.com!