About Our Barn Cat Program
We are looking for cat lovers who have a barn or other secure outdoor structure and who are interested in adopting cats that are not suitable for life inside of a house. These cats are not adoptable through our humane association's normal adoption procedures and need safe outdoor homes with people who will care for them.
Feral cats are used to living in a "colony," and we prefer to adopt out several cats at a time to a barn home. We always at least adopt barn cats out in pairs. This encourages the cats to stay put instead of fleeing. Having other cats around lessens the stress of being moved.
Why should you adopt a barn cat?
Barn cats benefit their caretakers in a number of ways:
1. The cats released adopted through this program have not been socialized to humans. They don't require a whole lot of care other than regular feeding. They will stay out of your way so fewer are harmed by moving equipment and horses.
2. "Employing" barn cats is an eco-friendly way to control pest populations--no harmful chemicals or exterminator bills!
3. The cats are spayed/neutered. You won't be overrun with kittens.
4. They have been screened for health problems, vaccinated, treated for fleas and eartipped (a nationwide practice to identify feral cats that have been fixed and vaccinated and who have a caregiver).
What will you need to provide?
1. A warm, secure, dry barn or building in which the cats can live out their lives.
2. The commitment and ability to keep the cats confined to a room in your structure (such as a tack room) or a crate or exercise pen with a wire top for up to four weeks to acclimate them to their new environment before release.
3. A clean litter box that is scooped and/or cleaned daily while confined.
4. A regular supply of dry food and fresh water. While confined and for a short while after release, you will provide a small amount of canned food daily. What cat can resist that?
5. Monitoring and providing for the safety and well-being of the cats as their caretakers.
6. Willingness to trap and vaccinate the cats once every three years and provide licensed veterinary care in the event of a severe injury or illness.
Is there an adoption fee for barn cats?
There is no set adoption fee for barn cats, but we would appreciate any donation you can make to offset the cost of veterinary care.
How to Adopt a Barn Cat
Due to the nature of the program, we may not have suitable cats available immediately, but will try to fill your request as soon as possible. We will maintain a waiting list, as the number of cats available as candidates for the Barn Cat Program will fluctuate. Filling out an application is the first step to adopting. A Feral Paws team member will be in touch after you submit your application. When we have barn cats for you, you will be asked to sign an adoption contract.
If you're ready to apply to adopt a barn cat, please complete this application