Barn Cats

If you have a barn or stable, you can help save a cat! 


Sometimes we have cats that cannot live as house pets and these cats go into our barn cat program.  These cats may be shy or fearful of people and most prefer the company of other cats and animals. Sometimes their litter box habits make them unsuitable to live in the house, and some cats are just too independent to appreciate being cooped up in cages here at the HSYC!  Please note that in order to provide the best home for all of our animals, we do not adopt cats who are suitable to be household companions to barns, only those cats without other options.


You May Be a Homeless Cat’s Last Chance

Barn placement is the last chance at a better quality of life for cats in this program. Without barn adopters they have nowhere else to go. If you have a working barn or safe, heated outbuilding, there are cats that need you. Having barn 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 to barns are spayed or neutered and vaccinated. When you adopt a barn cat, we will go over with you how to acclimate your new cat to the barn and make them feel at home.

What You Need

The farm or barn owners who adopt the cats agree to give them:

  • Shelter in a barn, outbuilding, or stable
  • Daily food and water -cats cannot live on mice alone
  • Long-term veterinary care, as needed (they’re 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 that they cannot escape from)


If you have an interest in acquiring a barn cat and meet the requirements, please adopt one from the HSYC.  To find out what barn cats we have available, please come by the shelter and ask to speak directly to Megan Prestwood.