I invite you to attend an informational community meeting about “Cats at Work,” a unique rat abatement program that offers an alternative to baiting with poison by putting feral cats to work reducing the rat population.
The meeting will take place next Tuesday, April 19th, 7:00 p.m. at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf (2nd Floor). Representatives from Tree House Humane Society will be on hand to discuss the program and how you can get involved.
Tree House Humane Society is a respected provider of a host of humane services to care for domesticated and feral cats on Chicago’s north side. Since 2005, the Cats at Work program has made feral cats (i.e., undomesticated cats, who live in the wild) a resource to the community by neutering or spaying them, placing them under the care of a responsible resident, and putting them to work reducing the rat population.
In the past, feral cats were typically euthanized. Under the Cats at Work program, the cats instead become a community benefit. Though they occasionally hunt rats and other rodents, the bulk of their rat abatement is done by their mere presence, which serves as a repellent to rats.
Read a Chicago Tribune story about the Tree House feral cat program.
Several feral cat colonies already exist in Rogers Park and the program recently was profiled as a solution to Lincoln Park’s rodent issues.
- Keep garbage contained within closed carts, bins, or dumpsters;
- Clean up after pets and making sure waste is disposed in sealed containers;
- Refrain from leaving uncovered pet food outdoors;
- Remove old tires, lumber, or other debris piles;
- Weed and throw away rotting fruits and vegetables from gardens; and
- Maintain bird feeders
The Mayor recently announced the creation of a Rodent Task Force, a public education outreach program, and the addition of 10 new crews to the Bureau of Rodent Control, with a response goal of no more than five days on all baiting requests. Call my office at 773-338-5796 to report rat sightings, overflowing trash cans or other sources of food.
And join us at the informational meeting next Tuesday to see if you might want to participate in the unique Cats at Work rat abatement program.