Mice problem please help!

I have a brick ranch in New England (Connecticut) that I moved into in September. About a month ago I discovered mice in my kitchen, under the sink. Despite having a dog and an old declawed indoor cat, the little cuties would venture into the living room, etc.
Not wanting to kill them, I caught a few and set them free (I know, bleeding heart liberal). Then I resorted to glue traps and caught a couple more, but they died before i could free them. Then i got a little plastic gray trap and released one, but another keeps moving it without getting caught.
I am very chemically sensitive and would prefer NOT to use poison such as D-CON. I've been told not to use it anyway, because the mice don't always make it outside, and might die in the walls and smell. One of them must have died already because for two weeks my kitchen smelled TERRIBLE! I was unable to locate the thing.
Last night my cat actually caught and killed what appeared to be a baby mouse, so I'm concerned they are breeding somewhere!
I bought one of those sonic-plug in devices for $45, that is supposed to repel mice to 2000 sq. ft. My dad says his buddies at the ag station say those devices don't work. What do people think about this?
Also, should I not worry about a little poison under the sink, and can I be sure the mice will really seek water outside and not die in the house? And what if a mouse eats the D-CON, then somehow my cat or dog eat the mouse? Would it harm them?
PS- There are a few places outside where they might be coming in from, including right under the back door to the porch! I can patch a couple of holes....which i should have done by now :(
Thanks,
Joanne
ANY help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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:) :) I bought one of those sonic-plug in devices for $45, that is supposed :) to repel mice to 2000 sq. ft. My dad says his buddies at the ag :) station say those devices don't work. What do people think about this? FTC has litigation against the manufacturers of such products.
http://www.spcbtx.org/news/sonic%20device.htm
http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2003/02/lentek.htm
:) Also, should I not worry about a little poison under the sink, and can :) I be sure the mice will really seek water outside and not die in the :) house? And what if a mouse eats the D-CON, then somehow my cat or dog :) eat the mouse? Would it harm them?
The seeking water in an old exterminators tale, mice can live their entire life without drinking water. I can't find the link that has a breakdown on how much consumption would be needed for secondary poisoning but you can email the tech dept at bell laboratories http://belllabs.com/ and they can answer your questions.
:) PS- There are a few places outside where they might be coming in from, :) including right under the back door to the porch! I can patch a couple :) of holes....which i should have done by now :( You probably need to address any hole 1/4 inch or larger and that includes openings above your head, they can scale.
Lar
It is said that the early bird gets the worm, but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
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Glue boards will get 'em.
Peter H
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Peter H wrote:

Yeah. Heh heh heh. Make 'em die a slow horrible death. That's what the little bastards deserve.
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