TCAS Working Cat Program
BECAUSE NOT ALL CATS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Community Barn Cats
Not all cats are accustomed to living indoors or want physical contact. Some prefer the company of other cats only. The advantage of having outdoor spayed or neutered cats is they will set territories and therefore discourages new cats from moving in. Not only can these cats help rid your home or facility of unwanted pests, best of all it helps eliminate unwanted litters. These cats have the chance to enjoy safe outdoor homes with shelter and a caregiver and adopters have the chance to enjoy having healthy, sterilized cats happily tend to their mouse, snake, or vermin troubles.
If you have a barn or other building or structure on your property (like a workshop, shed, garage, etc.) or a warehouse where a cat can be safe and seek protection from predators and the elements, 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.
If you have a barn, workshop or other outdoor building with indoor/ outdoor access and can commit to providing fresh food and water daily this program may be for you.
What is a barn cat?
A barn cat is a domestic cat that lives primarily out-of-doors, in a feral or semi-feral condition on agricultural or workshop properties, usually sheltering in outbuildings. They eat assorted vermin such as rodents and other small animals that live in or around outbuildings and farm fields. The need for the barn cat may have been the original reason cats were domesticated, to keep rodents from consuming or contaminating grain crops stored for later human consumption. They are still commonly kept for their effectiveness at controlling undesired vermin found on farms and ranches, which would otherwise eat or contaminate crops, especially grain or feed stocks. Barn cats hunt the initial rodent population, and pheromones keep further rodents from filling the void. Due to the highly territorial nature of domestic cats, they may also keep other felines from moving into the property.
How do I take care of a barn cat?
All cats available for adoption to barns are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. When you adopt barn cats, we will explain how to acclimate your new cats to the barn and make them feel at home.
Adopters will be asked to provide the following for their adopted barn cat
- Safe shelter in barns, buildings, or stables
- Daily food and water (cats cannot live on mousing alone) see Community Cats for additional information about feeding
- A secure place to keep them for the first 2-3 weeks, while they acclimate to your barn.
Available Paw Patrol Candidates
Contact 972-293-7387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to put in a request for one of our Paw Patrol adoptees.