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As part of its Community Cat Program launched earlier this year, the Hall County Animal Shelter has launched a Barn Cat Program that serves as a means of reducing the County's feral cat euthanasia rate while providing a vital service to local businesses.
The program allows feral or semi-feral cats to be brought into the shelter in humane traps. Once they have been spayed/neutered, local businesses can then adopt the felines and bring them to their property to serve as a natural pest control service, hunting mice and other rodents.
"These are cats that are accustomed to being outdoors, hunting for food. Don't expect them to come in and snuggle with you on the couch. In fact, don't be surprised if you go days without seeing them," said Stephanie List, Hall County Animal Services Program Coordinator.
Prospective barn cat owners must fill out an application at the Shelter and will be required to provide food, water and shelter for the animals.
So far, three barn cats have been adopted by local businesses.