Rodent Rangers to the Rescue!
FieldHaven Feline Center’s Rodent Rangers Program can help to match you up with the right cat to take care of those pesky little problems for you! They provide organic exterior pest control in exchange for safe living and working environments.
The Perks of Rodent Rangers
Rodent Rangers are an environmentally-safe solution to your mouse, mole, and barn vermin problems.
You will save a life by providing an otherwise “unadoptable” cat a second chance at life.
All Rodent Rangers are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and have received a general health exam.
How the Rodent Ranger Program Works
Rodent Rangers are perfect for residential barns and ranches, commercial buildings and properties, wineries, agricultural properties, and more. Just give us a call and we’ll help you decide if a Rodent Ranger is the right solution for you.
You must be able to provide a safe environment with shelter, food, and water and be willing to “imprint” the cat(s) for 3-4 weeks before releasing them. Next, you submit a Rodent Ranger Survey.
You will be contacted by the Rodent Ranger Program Coordinator to discuss your needs and possible solutions. We may or may not have the cats within our shelter. As a community service, FieldHaven networks with area shelters to locate available Rodent Rangers and find the right match for your needs. A donation of $20 per Rodent Ranger is greatly appreciated. Please note there may be an additional adoption fee from the shelter you adopt your cat(s) from.
The Rodent Ranger Program Coordinator will work with you and the source shelter to ensure a smooth transition for both you and your Rodent Rangers. (Cages are available for loan if you don’t have a secure area for imprinting.)
Have more questions? View our Rodent Ranger Frequently Asked Questions below.
The Three Types of Rodent Rangers
These cats want to hang out with you while you’re doing your chores. If you take a break, they might even jump on your lap to get some extra bonding time. They’ll do their job in between helping with the barn, shop, or garden chores. At the end of the day, they may hang up their spurs and spend the evening with you.
NOTE: If adopting a Barn Pal, your location must be very secure and predator-free.
This Ranger is the shy type that thinks you might not be all bad, but they’re just not quite sure. They will keep a safe distance, but every now and then, you might have the honor of petting them on the head. They are, after all, extremely serious about their work.
You might catch a glimpse of these kids when you go out for a late-night barn check. During the day, you may spot them snoozing high up in the hay barn or in a secluded sunny spot. These feline employees don’t waste time socializing and are storing energy for the night shift.
About 2nd Chance Ranch
Opened in October 2017, the 2nd Chance Ranch is currently our Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) and feral cat holding facility. Originally designed to temporarily house semi-feral and feral cats awaiting jobs as Rodent Rangers in barns, 2nd Chance Ranch is now the hub for our TNR programs. If at all possible, we no longer remove feral cats from their locations/colonies and perform TNR on them instead.
Camp Joe Willie
Camp Joe Willie (named in memory of Mark Glickman’s beloved tuxedo cat) houses feral cats that cannot return to their colony due to age or sickness. It serves as a temporary home until we are able to find appropriate placement for them. If we’re unable to fulfill that task, Camp Joe Willie serves as their lifetime home where we tend to their needs and give them a life of luxury.
Buck’s Barn (named in memory of long-time volunteer Buck Ewing) also doubles as a resource center for people who manage feral colonies, offering traps, cages, and all the necessary equipment, as well as temporary housing during TNR projects. We also tend to cats in need of medical attention before returning to the colony.
Already Have Barn Cats Breeding Out of Control?
Rodent Rangers FAQs
Q. Where do barn cats come from?
Answer: Most barn cats are strays that have been abandoned, unadoptable cats scheduled to be euthanized at a shelter, or feral cats that need to be relocated from a Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) project due to dangerous conditions where they are living.
Q. Why do I have to feed my Rodent Rangers? Can't they just eat rodents?
Answer: Cats don’t eat every member of your rodent population: it’s the presence of cats that keep the rodents at bay. The cats need to be fed and watered well to keep them in prime shape for hunting and chasing. Mousing becomes entertainment and sport for healthy fed cats. If not fed, they will generally only mouse when hungry and not to be as energetic. Feeding also encourages them to stay on your property – it becomes their territory!
Q. What is imprinting?
Answer: Relocating an outside cat requires some commitment. Imprinting helps ensure your Rodent Ranger will stay on your property doing his job. The imprinting process consists of confining them for 3-4 weeks in a barn, shed, garage, cage, etc. where you will be feeding them. This allows them to not only get acclimated to their new location, but to learn they will always be provided with food, water, and shelter once they are released as well.
Q. What if I already have barn cats breeding out of control?
Q. What kind of shelter do I need to provide?
Answer: Your Rodent Ranger will require a place where he is protected from the weather, provided with a safe escape from predators (such as a barn, shed, out-building, or under a deck), and has access to dry food.
Q. What is considered a predator?
Answer: A predator is any animal that preys on and/or could harm your cat, such as a coyote or dog.