Oakland cats seeking work!
Oakland Animal Services takes in over 2,000 cats annually from the community. Most are social house cats looking for new families, but a significant number are feral cats – similar to wildlife, not having had human interaction. Some of these cats may end up returning to their neighborhoods after being spayed/neutered, but others have no safe place to return to.
These low-maintenance cats are part of our newest program, Oakland Cats on Patrol (OCoP)! Just because some cats have only lived a life outdoors, without people, does not mean they should be euthanized.
OCoP pairs people in Oakland (and beyond) who need eco-friendly rodent control with two or more feral cats looking for mousing work and a safe outdoor place to call home.
OCoP cats are fully vetted – altered (no more kittens!), microchipped, vaccinated, FeLV/FIV tested, and flea-treated. You just provide a room, garage, shed, barn, warehouse or other secure place for the cats to be transitioned for 2-4 weeks before allowing them to roam.
OCoP cats will also need daily water, food, a secure area to sleep and, like any domestic cat, monitoring of their well-being. We place a minimum of two cats at each location, as feral cats are social with one another.
Interested in adopting some OCoP cats, and having the joy of giving a life to a free-spirited feline?
See how the Empirical Brewery in Chicago is putting feral cats to work: