“Blue Collar Cat” program hopes to save feral cats

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) has launched a new program it hopes will find a new home for certain feral cats and save them being euthanized.

The program is called "Blue Collar Cats".

"We’re putting them to work. They’re getting down and dirty," said Lauren Lipsey, HRA's Vice President of Community Programs.

With feral cats brought into the shelter, the first goal is to get them adopted. However, not all cats seek human interaction. "So they’re not ideal to live in a home as companion animals, but they still deserve a chance at life," added Lipsey.

In some cases, feral cats can be returned (after being neutered) to where they were found if it is safe to do so and there is an adequate food supply. Sometimes, that is not feasible and that is where the "Blue Collar Cats" program comes in.

Lipsey said the HRA is looking for business owners, landlords, or home owners that may have a rodent problem on their property and are willing to provide food, water, outdoor shelter, and routine medical care for a cat.

"They’re willing to take on care of these animals, and allow them to do what they do best, which is just deter rodents from coming on their properties," said Lipsey.

Lipsey said that so far, they have already settled cats at seven properties and have several more they are vetting for inclusion in the program.

Businesses, landlords, and homeowners who are interested in signing up for the program should do so here.