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Got mice? King Co. offering free barn cats

Got mice? King Co. offering free barn cats

by SUSAN WYATT / KING 5 News

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KING5.com

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Regional Animal Services of King County is offering free “barn cats” to people who have a problem with rats or mice.

RASKC says rodents aren’t just a nuisance – they can be a threat to human and animal health. The outdoor cats are a natural, organic rodent control method.

"Barn cats are nearly invisible," said Glynis Frederiksen, operations manager for the shelter. "Except for the occasional dead mouse or rat they leave behind, they hide in the shadows and you'll rarely see any evidence of them."

Most of these mousers and ratters are feral or semi-tame, and are available at the RASKC shelter in Kent. All they generally need is shelter, such as that provided by a barn, a warm place to sleep, fresh water and food.

RASKC places barn cats 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.

Vollunteers are available to deliver and assist with placing your barn cats.

If you would like to adopt some barn cats, e-mail barncatsrus@gmail.com or call Regional Animal Services of King County at 206-296-7387.

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