Feral Cat FOCUS does not believe in the relocation of feral or free-roaming cats. These cats are best left in their own environment. However, in the extreme case when the cats are in imminent danger and there is absolutely no other recourse, Feral Cat FOCUS will place feral or free-roaming cats into a barn home. This happens ONLY when absolutely necessary, and at our discretion.
Not all relocations of cats are in barns. To Feral Cat FOCUS the words “barn home” just relates to a placement where the cats go to live that is safe, dry, and warm and provides food, water and appropriate shelter. Cats can be placed in warehouses, nurseries, greenhouses, horse barns and stables, garages, or a private individual that wants outside cats and is willing to take proper care of them.
Our Barn Cat Program is a “mutual companionship” program where an individual with a barn or other shelter can provide a loving home to a cat and fulfill all the responsibilities of a pet owner, while receiving the benefit of an animal to monitor the rodent population often found in barns.
We are looking for cat lovers in Western New York only who have a barn or other secure outdoor structure and are interested in adopting cats not suitable for life inside of a house. These cats are healthy, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and ear-tipped for identification. Their temperaments range from feral to friendly. They prefer the freedom of a “working life” to a comfortable lap and they make great mousers.
Feral cat FOCUS seldom places one cat on its own, unless the cat came in alone. Feral and free-roaming community cats have strong bonds with other cats. Unlike the old ideas that cats are solitary animals, it has been proven that cats are more pack animals than solitary. Sure—there are certain cats (like some people) that would prefer a one cat home – but for the most part – cats like the company of other cats.
When a cat comes in alone we try to find placement where there are other cats. We have found that an “only cat” becomes a “lonely cat” when a cat is relocated to a new environment (due to necessity) and leaves in search of another place to “hang its hat”. We want the cat to stay in its new placement, out of harm’s way, with people that want the cat and care about the cat. We work to place at least two cats together that have formed a bond or at least get along with each other. The move will be less traumatic and adjustment to their new home is easier if they have the security of one or more trusted companions.
If you live in Western New York and would like to adopt a feral or free-roaming cat, please complete our Adopt-A-Barn Cat application. Thank you, from all of us at Feral Cat FOCUS.
Complete and submit online Barn Cat Application.
If you prefer to send by mail, Barn Cat Application Print Version.