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Barn cats: natural rodent control

A barn cat doing what barn cats do best
Steve Jurvetson
A barn cat doing what barn cats do best

Got a rodent problem? Traps and poisons can endanger people and pets. Live on a farm, ranch or other rural location? Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) offers a natural pest control solution:  colonies of barn cats. Provide them with food, water and shelter...such as a barn...and they'll do the job.

RASKC provides feral/semi-feral cats free of charge. They place them in small colonies, usually in groups of four. All of the cats have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped for identification, and have been tested for feline diseases. Volunteers are available to help you get the cats settled in to their new environment.

If you have problems with mice or rats, and would like to get some barn cats, email or call Regional Animal Services of King County at 206-296-7387.


Dave Meyer has been anchoring KNKX news shows since 1987. He grew up along the shores of Hood Canal near Belfair and graduated from Washington State University with degrees in communications and psychology.