Sometimes we have cats who cannot live as house pets. Cats in our barn cat program fall into one of three categories:
- Cats whose litter box habits make them unsuitable to live in the house
- Cats who are just too independent to appreciate being cooped up in cages here at the Upper Valley Humane Society
- Cats who are feral, shy or fearful of people, and who may prefer the company of other cats and animals
Please note that we do not adopt cats who are suitable to be household companions to barns – only those cats without other options.
It’s not just for barns!
We refer to these cats as “barn cats” because that is the most common housing option. However, there are many types of buildings that could provide a safe, happy home for one of these special cats. Perhaps you own a warehouse, a workshop or a garage – as long as the cat(s) will be safe from vehicles and other common dangers, we are willing to consider creative locations!
You may be a homeless cat’s last chance
Barn placement is the last chance at life for these cats. Without barn adopters, they have nowhere else to go. If you have a working barn, warehouse or other type of safe, weather-proof outbuilding, there are cats who need you. Having a barn cat or cats 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!
What we provide
All cats available for adoption are spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. When you adopt a barn cat, we will go over with you how to acclimate your new cat to their surroundings and make them feel at home. The $25 adoption fee for barn cats helps us cover some of their medical costs.
What you need
When you adopt a barn cat, you agree to give them:
- Shelter in a barn, outbuilding or stable
- Daily food and water – cats cannot live on mousing alone
- Long-term veterinary care, as needed (they’re spayed/neutered and vaccinated now)
- A secure place to keep them for the first 2-3 weeks, while they acclimate to your barn. This can be a tack room or any secure indoor enclosure from which they cannot escape. We can lend you an introduction cage if no secure area is available.
If you have a working barn or safe outbuilding, there are cats who need you. Save a life – adopt a barn cat today! If you would like to adopt a barn cat (or cats), please fill out this request form and return it to UVHS. Once received, a staff member will contact you to discuss available cats and schedule the placement of the cat(s) you choose.
If you have additional questions about this program, please contact Allison Stark, Director of Operations, at 603-448-6888 ext. 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org