Rodent Ranger Cat Team Program

When PAW Mission rescues unsocialized or feral cats from the shelter, sometimes we have to consider non-traditional adoption placement.

PAW Mission believes these kitties don’t deserve to die simply because they can’t go into a typical home environment. We recognize that they deserve shelter, access to food and water, and the stimulation of “critter hunting” that a outdoor placement provides.

These cats are healthy, sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, and in need of a new rural outdoor home, such as a barn, stable, garage, or warehouse. Our Rodent Ranger Cat Team members are not suited to be indoor pets and, as unsocialized animals, they have no desire to be lap cats. These are working cats, former street cats who are used to outdoor life, prefer minimal to no human contact, and who will happily tend to any mouse, mole, chipmunk, or vermin problems for the small cost of a bowl of cat food and water set out daily, as needed veterinary care and shelter in a garage or barn.

And because we spay/neuter these cats before they leave PAW Mission, adopters never need to worry about endless litters of kittens!

Interested in adopting a Rodent Ranger Team? Read the FAQ below and apply to adopt at the bottom of this page!

How much does it cost to adopt a Rodent Ranger Team?

The adoption fee is waived. You will be responsible for ongoing veterinary care (as necessary), food, water and shelter.

What do I do when I bring the cats home?

When you bring the new cats home, they will need to be confined to an escape-proof room or enclosure like a tack room, garage, coop, or XXL dog crate for 2-4 weeks while they acclimate to their new surroundings. You will feed/water and clean the litter pan daily during the confinement period. After this period of confinement, the cats will usually accept their new home and may be released. You will continue to provide daily food and water and allow them access to shelter such as your barn or garage.

Are they spayed or neutered?

Yes. All Rodent Ranger Cat Teams come spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, microchipped, treated for worms and fleas, and tested for feline leukemia.

Will I be responsible for future vaccinations?

Any cat you adopt from PAW Mission will be current on vaccinations. Following adoption, you will be responsible for keeping the animals’ vaccinations up to date. The best way to have feral cats vaccinated is with the use of a live humane trap, such as a Havahart. There are a few different organizations that offer low-cost vaccinations and are experienced in safely vaccinating feral cats who arrive in humane traps, you will receive this in your adoption email.

Do you have any friendly Rodent Ranger Cat Teams?

No; the cats in the RRCT program are not social, friendly cats or suited to be pets. They have no desire to be “lap cats” and cannot be touched, or may take a very long time to trust enough to pet. We strongly encourage adopters to offer cats in this program an independent outdoor life complemented by appropriate care and shelter like a barn or garage.

Do you have any kittens on the Teams?

The youngest cats in the Rodent Ranger Cat Teams are approximately six months old. PAW Mission will not adopt younger kittens as RRCT, as they don’t yet have the knowledge, size, or skills to remain safe outdoors. Most cats in the Rodent Ranger Cat Team are young adults between one and five years of age, though we do have younger and older cats available occasionally. If you have an age preference, just let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you!

What do the barn cats require?

The cats require shelter in a permanent building or structure like a barn, shed, stable, or garage in a suitable rural area where they will be safe. The property should be at least .5 miles away from busy roads. Daily food and water must be provided, as well as any future medical care needed. The cats must also be kept confined for the initial 2-4 week relocation period to ensure a successful transition to their new home.

Can I come look at, or select, my barn cats?

The PAW Mission Rodent Ranger Cat Team members are pulled from high kill shelters in the area, and are not housed on site. When you are scheduled to adopt, PAW Mission will select your team for you based on which cats are the most eager to enter a cat carrier for us. If you have a color, age, or gender preference, we will do our best to accommodate you, though! All RRCT adoptions are scheduled by appointment since it can take some time and extra staff to round the kitties up. Just fill out the application below to get started!

Ready to adopt barn cats?

Fill out this application and we will get back to you shortly!


15 thoughts on “Rodent Ranger Cat Team Program

  1. We have a mice problem and we were told that a cat would help us we are desperate to get rid of the mouse problem in adopt a cat . And give the cat a permanent home can you help us .


  2. I HAVE A FERAL THAT I HAVE BEEN FEEDING, AND NEED TO FIND HIM A BETTER PLACE AS I ALREADY AM HOUSING a feral for 4 years, do you pick up ?. Hate to call the shelter as they will put him down, have been feeding him in an open crate so would be easy to catch, not driving so need sick up, in Acton. Thanks


    • Hi Donna,

      Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we do not take in stray cats for our program. Our program is designed for animals that cannot be returned to where they were caught, and need an outlet. Is there a way that the cat can stay where he is at? Does he need to be fixed? There are some organizations that can get the feral fixed and then released to the same area, which is best case scenario for the pet. Feel free to shoot us an email at and we can try to get you into contact with those resources.


  3. How do the cats do in areas with coyotes? And our neighborhood has mostly 1 acre lots. So lots of space and hunting. But also a road. We definitely need these cats!


    • Hi Greg! As long as they have adequate shelter that is predator proof, like a shed or tack room that they can hide they do pretty well. We have had pretty good success with homes that have coyotes in the area. With the proper transition time, they will do even better. We recommend keeping them enclosed for 4 weeks in the more rural areas, and their success rate jumps up to 95% vs 70% when they are enclosed for 2 weeks.


  4. Hello,
    I have four outside cats that need homes. Three are males and one female. They are not fixed yet. Will you take them? Or can you help me?


    • Hi there Cindy,

      Unfortunately, we do not take cats from the public, but if you can tell me where you are located, I might be able to help you get them fixed. The best thing for most outdoor cats that are feral (if they are feral) is to be TNR’d (trapped, neutered and released) into the same area. You can shoot me an email at and I’ll try to get you as much help as possible!


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