Rodent Rangers to the Rescue!
FieldHaven Feline Center’s Rodent Rangers can help you take care of those pesky little problems for you! They provide organic exterior pest control in exchange for safe living and a working environment.
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 if you are wondering if a Rodent Ranger may or may not be right for your situation.
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. You will be notified if a match is available with one or more Rodent Rangers. If there are currently no suitable matches, you will be placed on the wait list and contacted as soon as a match becomes available
You pay the $25 per Ranger fee
The Rodent Ranger Program Coordinator will work with you 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? You may find the answers in 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 and, 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 chores.
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
Thanks to your support, the 2nd Chance Ranch was officially opened on Saturday, October 22, 2017.
This state-state-of-the-art facility temporarily houses feral and semi-feral cats until they are ready to assume their Rodent Ranger jobs in barns, warehouses, wineries, stables, or wherever unwanted critters invade.
Camp Joe Willie
After they’re cleared, cats will move into one of four enclosures in Camp Joe Willie (named in memory of Mark Glickman’s beloved tuxedo). Camp Joe Willie is a barn split into four rooms. Each enclosure accommodates eight to ten cats, including a generous outdoor area.
Buck’s Barn (named in memory of long-time volunteer Buck Ewing) also doubles as a resource center for people who manage feral colonies and offers traps, cages, and all the necessary equipment. After they are cleared, cats will move into one of four enclosures in the Camp Joe Willie barn (named in memory of Mark Glickman’s beloved tuxedo cat). Each enclosure accommodates eight to ten cats and includes a generous outdoor area. The cats’ temperaments will determine where they will stay: Barn Pals (friendly), Lone Rangers (semi-feral), or Raging Bulls (feral). Cats may move into and out of categories as they acclimate. We anticipate that some cats initially deemed feral will transfer into our adoption program, where we will match cats with adopters.
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-Release (TNR) project due to dangerous conditions where they are living.
Q. Why do I have to feed them? 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 them will also encourage 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 get acclimated to their new location and learn they will always be provided with food, water, and shelter once they are released.
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, and has dry food, such as a barn, shed, out-building, or under a deck, for example.
Q. What is considered a predator?
Answer: Predators are any animals that prey on and could harm a cat, such as a coyote or dog.
Q. How much does a barn cat cost?
Answer: Our adoption fee is $25 per Rodent Ranger. This nominal fee doesn’t cover the expenses FieldHaven expends ensuring your Rodent Ranger is a healthy and productive employee. Additional donations are always appreciated.