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From: Kristine Sorensen
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Since the pandemic, rodents and insects filled the void, fewer people are working in businesses and walking the city streets.
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However, a program with Humane Animal Rescue from Pittsburgh helps solve this problem.
When Krissy Rohr bought a farm in Cranberry, she loved the horses but not the rodents that usually came with them.
“The big thing everyone is always talking about is really not wanting rats in their barn, and I’ve never had a rat in my barn, and I totally appreciate having cats when I’ve never had rats in the barn have.”
Krissy has three “work cats” – two that she adopted a year ago from Humane Animal Rescue’s “Work Cats” program. They were rescued from a hoarding situation with 100 cats.
Amanda Cavender, who leads the working cat program, says, “We can put these cats in barns, breweries, and neighborhoods as long as someone has something like a garage structure or some sort of shelter for these cats.”
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Amanda says cats in the program are not suitable for domestic life but are “purring” to get rid of mice and other animals in camps, neighborhoods and farms.
Krissy says, “So that’s exactly what you want when a barn cat is a hunter.” Kristine Sorensen from KDKA asked her: “And did you find any prey that you caught and killed?” Krissy replied, “So much, so much. You did a wonderful job. “
Since the program began in November 2019, 78 working cats have been adopted.
“These are cats that really have a second chance in life,” says Krissy.
Adds Amanda, “It really is a life-saving program and we’re so excited that it kind of started here.”
They are not cuddly cats, but they make a living keeping unwanted animals away and entertaining them in the process
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If you are interested in a working cat, they are adopted in pairs and are free: see this link for more information.