Stray cats go to work for rodent control in Kern County


Kern County Animal Services is putting stray cats to work, and you can hire them for free.

When rodents get into your warehouse, garage or home, a small furry feline can save the day. Feral cats, or barn cats, are known for being unsocialized after living a hard life. But, they still can have a purpose.

"If you have an industrial piece of property that has a problem with rodents, and your willing to put out food and water, it's a good way to control rodents on your property," said Director Nick Cullen. "It's a good way to protect your investment."

Now, with Kern County's new barn cat program, you can take one of these natural born killers home. It's all-natural pest control. Even the animal shelter uses these fierce felines.

"We have working cats on our property here, and they do the job, trust me they do," said Cullen.

So while these cats may lack love, they don't lack determination to fill their belly with your unwanted mice.

The cat is yours to keep. All cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

The goal of this program is to achieve a no-kill shelter by 2020.

For more information, send an email to or call (661) 868-7100.

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