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Chicago releases 1,000 FERAL CATS onto its streets to deal with surging rodent problem after city was named the rat capital of the US for sixth year running
Animal shelter the Tree House Humane Society is behind the Cats at Work program, neutering the animals before they are returned to patrol the streets. The shelter has put 1,000 cats to work as pest control since 2012, WGN9 reports. Chicago was named the rat capital of the US for the sixth year running in 2020.
The shelter says: ‘Cats are placed two or three at a time into residential or commercial settings in order to provide environmentally friendly rodent control. ‘Property and business owners provide food, water, shelter, and wellness to the cats who work for them. In most cases, our Cats at Work become beloved members of the family or team and some even have their own Instagram pages.’
Shelter spokesperson, Sarah Liss, said: ‘We’ve had a lot of our clients tell us that before they had cats, they would step outside their house and rats would actually run across their feet.’ Rather than killing the rats Liss says the cats ‘are actually deterring them with their pheromones’ adding: ‘That’s enough to keep the rats away.’
Those living in Chicago can apply for a cat online.