Barn Cat Program

Barn Cat Program


Some of the cats that come in our door at the shelter are not suitable for adoption as house pets. This may include cats whose litter box habits make them unsuitable as house pets, feral cats who are shy/fearful of people, cats who cannot tolerate being in a cage or being confined in a room with multiple cats, or cats who are just too independent. To prevent euthanizing these cats, we have developed a barn cat program.


Cats eligible for the barn cat program:

• Must not be declawed

• Must not be kittens

Your "new" barn cats will receive all tests and vaccines an indoor cat gets. They are spayed/neutered; vaccinated for rabies, distemper and other diseases; tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV, and their ears will be “tipped” to indicate that the cat has been altered.

We recommend placing barn cats as pairs when they are feral or semi-feral unless the farm family already has one or more barn cats on the property. We may require this with certain cats, as barn cats tend to be more successful in pairs.


Shelter must be available 24 hours a day with a high spot (like a shelf) for the barn cats to be able to get away from predators. Fresh food and water must be provided daily, year-round. We recommend that you feed the cats a quality dry and canned food for extra water consumption and balanced nutrition. A healthy cat is a happy cat.

If it is possible to capture the cats, please get annual check-ups, worming and vaccinations.


Anyone interested in becoming a farm family must complete an application. As cats become available meeting the above criteria, shelter personnel/volunteers will contact the interested farm family.

We don’t always have suitable cats available, so we keep a waiting list and will fill your request as soon as possible.

For more information about the Barn Cat Program, please call (423) 624-5302 ext. 228 or 248.