Re "Feral cats adopted to hunt farm rats" (Our Region, Aug. 31): I enjoyed Cynthia Hubert's article on local feral cats being put to work rather than being destroyed. Readers who need further proof of the concept need look no further than up the hill. Since 2010, Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode in Diamond Springs has placed more than 800 ferals as working cats through its Barn Cat Program.
Cats have been adopted by local farmers, ranchers, vintners, equestrian enthusiasts and homeowners. As with the Sacramento felines, new owners provide each cat with an adequate breakfast and shelter. A feral cat can then go to work, killing as many as 1,000 rodents a year, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service studies. This green approach to rodent control is rapidly gaining ground as more and more people choose to save a life and save the planet.
-- Debra G. Webster, Placerville, coordinator, My Barn Cats