Barn cats

When Companion Animal Alliance receives poorly socialized kitties in the shelter, we like to consider non-traditional adoption placement. In fact, working in partnership with the Feral Cat Coalition, CAA places hundreds of barn cats each year.

CAA believes these kitties can have productive and good lives even though they are outside of a home environment. Barn placement provides access to shelter, food, water, and the stimulation of ‘critter hunting’ that they require.

These cats are healthy, sterilized, vaccinated, and in need of a new, rural, outdoor home, such as a barn, stable, garage, or warehouse. Barn Cats are typically not suitable to be indoor pets and as unsocialized animals, they have no desire to be lap cats. These are working cats, former street cats who are used to outdoor life, prefer minimal to no human contact, and who will happily tend to your mouse, mole, rat, or other vermin problems for the small cost of a bowl of cat food and water set out daily, and shelter in your garage or barn. And because we spay/neuter these cats prior to them coming to your farm, you never need to worry about endless litters of kittens!

What You Provide:

  • Shelter in a suitable rural barn, stable, garage, or outbuilding

  • Daily food and water – cats cannot live on mousing alone


Your only cost is to provide daily food and water – there is no adoption fee, but donations are appreciated. 

The Process 

CAA places a minimum of two cats at a time, as these cats do best with a buddy. When you bring the new cats home, they will need to be confined to an escape-proof room or enclosure like a tack room, garage, coop, or XXL dog crate for 2-4 weeks while they acclimate to their new surroundings. You will feed/water and clean the litter pan daily during the confinement period. After the 2-4 week confinement, the cats will usually accept their new home and may be released. You will continue to provide daily food and water and allow them access to your barn or garage. 

Contact us!  Feral Cat Coalition