What is a working cat?
Any time a social cat comes to us, they go right into our adoption program to find a home. There are some cats who are simply fearful of new situations, and they too go into our adoption program in search of patient adopters. Then there are the cats who are deeply under-socialized, truly want nothing to do with people, and they get extremely stressed when confined; those are our working cats (also known as "barn cats"). These cats cannot be house pets but thrive in a "working" environment where they can patrol a barn, stable, outbuilding, shed, or even a warehouse. They get to live a fulfilling life with a family who cares for them, and you get a rodent-free property!
Working cat types
Generally speaking, working cats are independent cats who prefer to limit their interactions with humans. However, the degree to which they keep their distance varies from cat to cat and may change over time. Even those who prefer to keep their distance may grow close with their caregiver after positive encounters with people. They often develop strong bonds with other animals, often reducing their desire to roam, so if we have pairs that seem bonded, we recommends that they be placed together.
What we provide prior to adoption:
- Spay/neuter surgery
- FeLV testing
We also provide detailed information on how to successfully acclimate them to their new environment.
What you need - Working cat adopters must provide:
- Shelter in a barn, outbuilding, stable, warehouse, business, or other structure
- Daily food and water
- Veterinary care, as needed
- A secure, indoor place to keep them for the first 4-6 weeks while they acclimate to their new environment (this can be a tack room, large crate, or any indoor enclosure)
If interested, please fill out the application below.