BARN BUDDIES – WORKING CAT PROGRAM

The Oakville & Milton Humane Society is looking for cat lovers/property owners who need “working cats” for their nice warm barns. OMHS sometimes rescues cats that would not be happy living in homes but would make wonderful barn cats. We are looking for cat lovers who have a working barn or other heated outdoor structure (shops, warehouses) and are interested in adopting our cats that are not suitable for life inside of a house and are unhappy living inside. Cat temperaments range from feral/semi- feral to friendly. This program is designed to find homes for cats that would traditionally be deemed un-adoptable through “normal” adoption procedures.

Cats in the barn cat program fall into three categories:

  • Cats whose litter box habits make them unsuitable for house pets, and they show suitability to be an outdoor cat.
  • Cats that are shy/fearful of people, are healthy, and prefer the company of other cats and animals.
  • Cats that are feral and have come from an outdoor setting.

Having “working cats” or barn cats is mutually beneficial. They will help keep down the rodent population and help deter other stray cats from moving in. The cats will be helping the property owner, while the property owner provides the cats with a safe place to live. Because these cats are already spayed/neutered, the property owner won’t have to worry about endless litters of kittens!

HOW TO ADOPT A BARN CAT
Fill out a Barn Cat Application here or at the Shelter.
A staff or volunteer may visit the location to ensure it is appropriate for barn cats. In some cases pictures of the barn/shop will be requested instead.
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 as candidates for the Barn Cat Program will fluctuate.

REQUIREMENTS
– We do not place cats that are best suited to be house pets and we don’t place kittens under 4 months of age as barn cats unless they are feral.
– A minimum of two cats must be placed at the same location at the same time. We will determine if the cats can peacefully co-exist prior to placement.
– A secure, dry barn or building for shelter with heat source is required.
– As a non-profit organization, we appreciate a donation to help cover the cost of the spay or neuter surgery.
– The commitment and ability to keep the cats confined to a stall, small room, or crate for 2-4 weeks (depends on the cats and the barn) to acclimate them to their new environment before release.
– A constant supply of dry food and fresh water.
– The willingness to trap the cats to provide licensed veterinary care in the event of a severe injury or illness.

WHAT WILL OMHS PROVIDE?
All cats will be in good health and have had a brief, general exam by a vet.
All cats will be spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to placement.
All cats will have been tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
All cats will be dewormed and vaccinated for rabies and feline respiratory viruses including panleukopenia.

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