Working Cats

Cats in need of safe outdoor homes

Working Cats Available for Adoption

Click here to see current available Working Cats

What is a working cat?

Working cats, also called barn cats, are a special kind of companion.

These feline experts are not your typical lap cats – they're professionals on a mission. Unlike traditional house cats, our Working Cats may be less socialized, more aloof, or may just struggle with indoor living making them the ideal candidates for outdoor environments. At NHS we believe every cat has a purpose and deserves a chance, and our working cat program allows just that for cats that would not otherwise be adoption candidates. These cats thrive in the great outdoors and are content with the freedom to patrol and protect their territory.

Our working cats are up to date on vaccinations, ensuring they are in peak health for their important role in pest control. They are also spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters and ear tipped for easy identification. Harnessing their innate hunting instincts, these feline warriors will patrol your space, keeping it vermin-free. Working cats enjoy living in warehouses, barns, vineyards, workshops, and other locations where they are free to do as they please while they work for you.

What is an ear tip?

Each cat is easily identifiable by a small, painless "ear tip” on their left ear. This quick and humane procedure ensures they are recognized as altered and part of a managed colony or working cat program.


All cats have received the following services:

  • Rabies vaccination for cats 3 months and older
  • FVRCP vaccination
  • Spay/neuter
  • Ear tip for identification purposes
  • Initial veterinarian exam (cat will appear to be in good health) Please note that not all health issues are readily apparent.

Requirements and Adoption Process:

  • The property the cats will be residing in must be OUTSIDE Bellevue, Papillion, or Ralston city limits.
  • Cats must be provided a safe environment and shelter against the elements and any natural predators. *Ideal areas include barns, stables, outbuilding, and warehouses with a heat source or insulation from inclement weather.
  • Cats should always have access to food and fresh, unfrozen water. 
  • Adopters must commit to providing for the animal and monitoring their well-being and safety. 
  • The adoption fee is waived.

Instructions for introducing new working cats to your property:

  • To help ensure your new Working Cat is acclimated properly to their new surroundings, we advise keeping them confined in an outbuilding, small room, garage, or large wire crate for about 2 weeks. Continuing to feed your cat in this initial staging area and thereafter will help to establish your property as a “home base”. This acclimation time can increase the likelihood that your cat will get comfortable enough to not venture off the property.

For more information:
Nebraska Humane Society Working Cat Program

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