Barn Cat Program
An integral part of every barnyard scene, these hard-working kitties help keep barns rodent and illness free.
Here at the Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter, we believe that all animals are deserving of a good life. We get feral cats that cannot be TNR’d to the area they were trapped at, whether due to safety or not having a feeder.
For these scared or angry cats, we want to find them a safe, warm, home with food and water provided. A place that they can curl up and stay dry and warm during the worst New England winter storm. Small sheds, insecure structures, and most garages are generally not a good fit for Barn Cat placements.
A barn cat is still something that needs care and attention, while they may run from you and watch from a distance, their job is an important one and so is their care. If a barn cat sticks around, they can live 15-20 years and if they get hurt or sick, it is your responsibility to make sure they receive the medical care that they need. You will need to be provided with cat food and fresh water to keep them well-fed and healthy.
All cats sent out to a barn are fixed, vaccinated with age and time appropriate shots, microchipped, tested for FeLV and FIV, and treated for fleas or ticks.
We will guide you through the introduction process to help make sure the cats stick around. We try to place cats in pairs unless there is already a resident barn cat. Pairing cats helps up the chances that they cats stick around the barn.
Due to the types of cats needed for barn homes, we may not always have barn cats available and heated and active barns will take precedence over most other locations.
We thank you for opening your barn to a cat that needs it.
Please fill out the form below to apply.