Not every cat thrives indoors – some need the freedom of a barn, horse stable, farm or garden to live happy, healthy lives. Help give a second chance to feral and semi-feral cats by providing shelter, food and water in a safe outdoor area. While some cats don’t enjoy the company of humans, most cats do enjoy the company of other felines. We recommend adopting 2 to 4 compatible cats or siblings so they have companionship in their new home.
Typically, the cats that are eligible for this program fall into one of the following categories:
◦Cats shy and fearful of people who prefer the company of other cats and animals.
◦Feral and semi-feral cats that must be relocated from their current environment for various reasons such as living in a dangerous location.
◦Cats whose litter box habits are not consistent enough to be inside-only cats.
We ask you to:
◦Provide a warm, secure, dry barn or building to protect them from the elements and predators.
◦Commit to keeping the cats confined to a large cage for approximately three weeks to acclimate them to their new environment before release.
◦Provide a daily supply of dry food and fresh water – during confinement and after release.
◦Monitor and provide for the safety and well-being of the cats as their caretakers.
◦Make daily verbal contact with the cats, before release and after, so they become familiar with you.
◦Provide licensed veterinary care in the event of a severe injury or illness.
Adopters need a quiet, escape-proof place to confine the cat(s) for the first 3-4 weeks during the acclimation period. Garages, ventilated sheds and tack rooms are ideal because they are enclosed and dry. If your barn or property does not have an escape proof confinement area, you can use a large wire dog kennel; a volunteer can provide cages and supplies for this acclimation period. Once acclimated to their surroundings, the cat(s) can be allowed out to roam while still allowed access to their confinement area. Ideally, the confinement area is always available for the cats as their designated shelter and safe space.
To prevent unwanted wildlife and insect visitors, it’s best to feed on a schedule and not leave food out at all times. Placing food out twice per day for 20-30 minutes gives the cats plenty of time to eat and also encourages your cats to come home for meal time.
Please provide your name, address, phone number, type of building you will provide and how many cats you would like. We will contact you to arrange a home visit. Email Loreli at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 883-3170.
Donations are always gratefully appreciated; make sure to note “for Barn Kitties program”. Thank you.