If your question isn’t answered on this page, please !
- How much does it cost to adopt a OCoP cat?
- What do I do when I bring the cats home?
- Are they spayed or neutered?
- Do you have any friendly OCoP cats?
- Do you have any “working kittens”?
- What do the cats require?
- Can I come look at, or select, my OCoP cats?
The adoption fee is waived. You will be responsible for ongoing veterinary care (as necessary), food, water and shelter.
When you bring the new cats home, they will need to be confined to an escape-proof room or enclosure like a tack room, garage, coop, or XXL dog crate for 2-4 weeks while they acclimate to their new surroundings. You will feed/water and clean the litter pan daily during the confinement period. After this period of confinement, the cats will usually accept their new home and may be released. You will continue to provide daily food and water and allow them access to shelter such as your barn, garage, or basement.
Yes. All OCoP cats come spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, microchipped, treated for worms and fleas, and tested for FeLV/FIV.
The cats in the Oakland Feral Cats Program are not social, friendly cats or suited to be pets. They have no desire to be “lap cats” and cannot be touched, or may take a very long time to trust enough to pet. We strongly encourage adopters to offer cats in this program an independent outdoor life complemented by appropriate care and shelter like a barn or garage.
The youngest cats in the Working Cat Program are approximately six months old. OAS will not adopt younger kittens as working cats, as they don’t yet have the knowledge, size, or skills to remain safe outdoors. Most cats in the OCoP program are young adults between one and five years of age, though we do have younger and older cats available occasionally. If you have an age preference, just let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you!
The cats require shelter in a permanent building or structure like a barn, shed, stable, or garage in a suitable area where they will be safe. Warehouses, retail stores, garden centers may also be good placements for working cats. The property should be at least 1/2 mile away from busy roads. Daily food and water must be provided, as well as any future medical care needed. The cats must also be kept confined for the initial 2-4 week relocation period to ensure a successful transition to their new home.
When you are scheduled to adopt, OAS will select working cats for you based on what cats we have available at the time. If you have a color, age, or gender preference, we will do our best to accommodate you, though! All working cat adoptions are scheduled by appointment since it can take some time and extra staff to round the kitties up. Just fill out the application to get started!