History

Working Cats® History

1999


Melya Kaplan founded the Working Cats® Program in Los Angeles as a humane, green alternative to conventional exterminating methods. Cats were introduced to the Downtown Los Angeles Flower Mart to clear out a rodent infestation and although shop owners were skeptical at first, they were quickly swayed. The cats’ natural scent scared off the rodents and this became the first of many successes for the Working Cats® Program

2002
2004


When the Los Angeles Police Department found themselves overrun with a rodent population they quickly found that glue traps weren’t going to solve the issue. Once the Working Cats were introduced to their new home officers watched them get to work and in a few short days the rodents were gone

Los Angeles Police Department Testimonial

Working Cats in the News
Daily News
“Feral Cats Put to Work”

Working Cats in the News
Los Angeles Times
“LAPD Puts Cats on Patrol”

2007
2008


In April 2008, the Working Cats Program saw the installation of 9 cats at the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in the Pacific Palisades


Working Cats in the News
Venues Today
“Rat Patrol”

The Sacramento Bee
“Claw Enforcement”

KTLA Channel 5 News
“Working Cats at South LAPD”
“Working Cats at South LAPD”Version 2

NBC Channel 4 News
“Rat Patrol: Working Cats” 

Working Cats in the News
Cat Fancy
“Will Work For Food” 

2010
2013

Working Cats in the News
Skylos Kai Gata
“101 Mousers”

Working Cats in the News
KTLA Channel 5 News
“Cats Recruited to Solve Rodent Problem at LAPD Barn”

2014
2019


In 2019, the Working Cats Program was proposed as a solution for Los Angeles City Hall’s rat and flea infestation
 
Working Cats in the News
See the Working Cats Program in Action

Working Cats – Captain Timothy Nordquist – LAPD

Working Cats – LAPD’s Special Force
 
Rats in City Hall – NBC Report