Washington state farmers adopt cats to hunt mice

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October 4, 2010 7:31:42 AM PDT
An effort by some Washington state farmers to adopt wild cats is good for the felines but bad for mice.

The farmers are adopting cats from a Spokane shelter to hunt rodents.

A local television station reports that SpokAnimal came up with the idea after it received a $13,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in June to pay for spaying, neutering and rabies shots.

SpokAnimal's director says the program mainly focuses on wild cats that were trapped and had little chance of going to homes.

About 350 cats have been adopted through the program so far.