Who are the Barn Cats?

Cats in our barn cat program fall into one of four categories:

  • Cats whose litterbox habits make them unsuitable to live in the house.
  • Cats who are social but too feisty in interactions with people here at the Shelter.
  • Cats who are shy or fearful of people, and who prefer the company of other cats and animals.
  • Cats that would normally be TNR’d but cannot be place back due to unsafe conditions or no one there to feed.

Please note that we do not adopt cats who are suitable to be household companions to barns, only those cats without other options.

You may be a homeless cat’s last chance

Without barn adopters, these cats have nowhere else to go. If you have a working barn or other structure, there are cats who need you. Having a barn cat will help keep down the rodent population. The cats will be helping you, while you provide them a safe place to live. And, because these cats are already spayed or neutered, you won’t have to worry about endless litters of kittens appearing!

We generally will pair two together but can place more or less depending on the situation.

What We Provide

We spay or neuter and vaccinate all of our barn cats. At the time of adoption, we will go over with you how to acclimate your new cat to the barn.

What You Provide

  • Shelter in a barn, garage, warehouse, outbuilding, or stable.
  • Daily food and water (cats cannot live on mice alone).
  • Long-term veterinary care.
  • A secure place to keep the cat for the first couple of weeks while she acclimates to your barn. This should be an enclosure like a tack or feed room. We can loan you an introduction cage if you need one.
  • If you are adopting a barn cat during the months of October through April, you will need to provide a heated area until the cold months are over. Next winter the cat will grow a winter coat and will not require a heat source, although they always appreciate one. If you adopt a barn cat during the spring/summer/early fall, your cat will naturally grow a heavy winter coat as the cold weather approaches.

If you are interested in our Barn Cat Program, please email info@manchesteranimalshelter.org with “Barn Cats” in the subject line and a little information regarding your barn. (Location, Activity level, other animals, experience¬†etc..)