Shop Cat Program

Some Cats Just Need a Job

Sometimes cats that come into our care just don't quite fit the mold of a house cat.  Maybe they prefer to be an inside/outside cat or don't get along with other cats but would make excellent mousers and greeters in a heated work shop, hardware store, mechanic shop, or warehouse.  We believe that all cats deserve a good home to live out their lives and so for these special cats, we need good shop homes.  All shop cats are healthy, altered cats but are suited best for an indoor environment. These cats are not barn cats.


Our shop cats have been sponsored by P.E.T.S.—sterilized, vaccinated (rabies and distemper), and microchipped.  There is no charge to the caretaker to adopt a shop cat (a donation is always appreciated), but the caretaker must sign a contract agreeing to certain responsibilities.  The caretaker must:


▪ not have dogs that kill cats,

▪ provide daily food and water,

▪ provide a heated and dry building,

▪ provide a bed,

▪ provide a clean litter box,

▪ remove all poisons that have been placed in the shop for mice,

▪ keep harmful chemicals contained and out of reach,

▪ and provide long-term veterinary care (i.e., not allow an injured or sick cat to simply suffer).


New caretakers should be prepared for a brief period of adjustment. Moving to a new home is stressful for anyone, cats included, so ​guidance and help will be provided during the relocation process. After about two weeks of acclimating to its new surroundings, the cat will accept its new home and be chasing mice out of your shop with enthusiasm.

Are you ready for a shop cat?


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Noon-4pm and by appt.

Please note our shelter houses only some of our cats. Many are in foster homes, including most kittens. If there is a certain cat you would like to meet, please contact us first.  


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114 W Main Street

PO Box 144
Panora, IA  50216

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