Barn Cats available MEOW!
Barn Cat Program: How It Works:
- Safe Relocation of Feral Cats
- Alley Cat Allies: Relocation – A Last Resort
- Bestfriends.org: Relocating Feral Cats
Barn cats benefit their caretakers! Supporting a barn cat is the safest way to control the rodent population in your barn. There are no poisons for children and pets to get into and no need to set nasty traps. They will help keep rodents away from grain and food storage areas, and you’ll enjoy watching the cats as well as have the satisfaction of giving them a much-needed home! Consider adopting a barn cat. We will assist you while the cats settle into their new home.
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 fluctuate. Filling out an application is the first step to adopting.
- Cats whose litter box habits are not consistent enough to be inside only cats and/or who have lived or spent time outside per their previous owner
- Cats who were found as strays and who may be too independent to appreciate living in a house
- Cats who are shy/fearful of people and prefer the company of other cats and animals
- A warm, secure, dry barn or building in which the cats can live out their lives
- The commitment and ability to keep the cats confined to a crate or exercise pen with a wire top for four to five weeks to acclimate them to their new environment before release
- A clean litter box that is scooped and/or cleaned daily while confined
- A constant 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?
- Monitoring and providing for the safety and well-being of the cats as their caretakers
- Spending time daily making verbal contact with the cats so that they become familiar with you
- All cats will be vaccinated against FVRCP, Tested for feline diseases, microchiped, dewormed, defleaed, And spayed/neutered.
- RCHSC will have the cats available for pick up and will provide detailed instructions on safely confining, releasing and maintaining the barn cats