And I’m Alana.
And we’re from the ‘CATastrophes’ web series.
And we’re pleased to be get guest hosting
this episode of ‘Animalist News,’ all
about an innovative program that’s
happening in our hometown of Chicago called Cats at Work.
It’s created by the Tree House Humane Society
to move outdoor cats away from overcrowded living situation
and place them in areas where they could benefit
their communities by controlling the rat population.
Let’s find out how it works.
Today, we are going to transport three feral cats
to a home in a neighborhood very close by that
had some problems with rats.
We’re at Dave’s house, who’s a participant the Cats at Work
So Liz has brought over three cats
that she’s relocating into his backyard
to help him control his rat problem.
There’s three restaurants within 100 feet of the house.
The rats have bit tunneling.
And not little ones, big ones.
There’s a lot of cats.
And they need a home.
The cats will live in the acclamation crates three weeks.
And that will allow them to get used
to the sights, and the sounds, and the smells of the area,
as well as the feeding schedule.
A lot of our cats come from some pretty dire situations.
So this is The General.
So along with these two other cats,
he was rescued by Tree House from an outdoor hoarding
situation where he didn’t have enough food, enough shelter.
So together, these three guys have been given a second chance
here in Dave’s backyard.
And this program isn’t just for homeowners.
It has lots of other practical applications as well.
We’re at Skolnik Industries on the south side of Chicago.
King and Prince are employees of Skolnik.
They have been for about four years,
and they’re responsible for keeping us rodent free.
The scent of having them here apparently
is what works to keep the rodent population away.
On a day-to-day basis, it’s my responsibility
to come and check on them, make sure they have food and water.
You want to get rid of rats, get some cats.
For more information, you can visit Tree House at the link
Or you can visit our channel for the real truth on working cats.