Barn Cat Program

We are looking for cat lovers who have a barn or other secure outdoor structure and are interested in adopting cats that are not suitable for life inside of a house or are unhappy living inside. Cat temperaments range from feral to friendly. This program is designed to find homes for cats that have traditionally been deemed un-adoptable through our typical adoption procedures.

Barn cats benefit their caretakers! Supporting a barn cat is the safest way to control the rodent population in your barn. There are no poisons for children and pets to get into and no need to set nasty traps. They will help keep rodents away from grain and food storage areas, and you’ll enjoy watching the cats as well as have the satisfaction of giving them a much-needed home! Consider adopting a barn cat. We will assist you while the cats settle into their new home.

Due to the nature of the program, we may not have suitable cats available immediately, but will try to fill your request as soon as possible. We will maintain a waiting list, as the number of cats available for the Barn Cat Program will fluctuate.

Barn cat placement increases in the summer and fall months. Filling out a survey is the first step to adopting. This information is important for us to select the proper cats for your situation. When we believe we have a match for you, you will be contacted and given information on the cat(s).

Cats that are placed into our Barn Cat Program fall under four main categories:

  • Cats whose litter box habits are not consistent enough to be inside only cats
  • Cats who were found as strays & who may be too independent to live indoors
  • Cats who are shy/fearful of people & have experience outdoors
  • Cats who are feral or semi-feral, who are too old to socialize

We will not place cats who are best suited as house pets or kittens under 10 weeks of age. We often recommend placing barn cats as pairs when they are feral or semi-feral, and may require this with certain cats as these cats tend to be more successful in pairs.

All cats are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, on a flea/tick preventative and ear tipped/microchipped for identification purposes. If you would like to adopt a cat through this program, please fill out and return the Barn Cat Adoption Survey. While there is no set adoption fee for barn cats, we appreciate donations to help offset the cost of their medical care.

If you live in Windham County, and are caring for feral or free-roaming outdoor cats, click here for our FREE Trap/Neuter/Return program!

If you have any questions about the program, feel free to call us at (802) 254-2232 and ask for Jessalyn, or email her directly at jessalyn.wchs@gmail.com