Barn Cat Program
Cat Ranch Rescue sometimes is contacted about cats who cannot live as house pets.
If you are interested in this program please go to the Contact Us page and send us a quick email.
Cats in their barn cat program fall into three categories:
- Cats whose litterbox habits make them unsuitable for house pets
- Cats who are just too independent to appreciate being cooped up in cages in the shelter
- Cats who are shy/fearful of people, and prefer the company of other cats and animals
Feral cats are outdoor only animals that serve an important purpose. Barn cats, as they are called, are working cats that provide non-toxic rodent control for rural properties and companionship for farm animals including horses. Our goal is to put them back to work, provide rural land owners with a much needed service, and most importantly save these cats’ lives.
What is expected to be in the Barn Cat Program
To be considered for the program, Barn Cat adopters must own land located away from busy roads with a suitable shelter having four walls and a roof with limited to no access by various predators, where the cats will be safe. Temperatures inside the structure should not reach extremes. Examples include an enclosed barn, shed, stable, workshop, tack room or garage. Warehouses are also considered. Adopters are expected to provide daily food and water, as well as any future medical care needed including updates on rabies shots and vaccines. During an initial transition period, the cats must be kept confined in large crates, which CRR can loan, for two to three weeks to ensure a successful transition to their new home and to allow time for the cats to acclimate to any existing animals or other circumstances. This necessary transition period increases the success of barn cat adoption and lessens the chances of the same cats finding themselves back at the local shelter.
What Cat Ranch Rescue provides
All CRR Barn Cats are delivered to the adopter’s property spayed/neutered and up to date on all vaccines and rabies shot. All vetting costs are also currently covered by generous CRR supporters wanting Graham County to become a No Kill community. a barn cat(s) is adopted, CRR staff will go over how to acclimate the new cat(s) to the barn and make them feel at home.
The $30 adoption fee for barn cats helps Cat Ranch Rescue cover some of their medical costs. Since many of these cats thrive on the company of other cats, Cat Ranch Rescue offers a $10 discount off the total when adopting more than one barn cat at one time.
What You’ll Need
A farm or barn owner who will adopt the cats and agree to give them:
- Shelter in barns, buildings, or stables
- Daily food and water - cats cannot live on mousing alone
- Long-term veterinary care, as needed (they're neutered and vaccinated at adoption)
- A secure place to keep them for the first 2-3 weeks, while they acclimate to the barn. This can be a tack room, or any secure indoor enclosure that they cannot escape from.
Interested land owners wanting to save animal lives are encouraged to complete an application for pre-approval to be added to the Barn Cat waiting list.
Please contact us if you are willing to participate in this program.