If you have a barn or stable, you can help save a cat!
Although the majority of cats can easily live as indoor house pets, sometimes we have cats whose only alternative is to live as a barn cat. Cats in our Barn program fall into one of these three categories:
· Feral cats
· Cats whose litter box habits make them unsuitable to live in the house.
· Cats who were outdoor cats prior to surrender and cannot acclimate to an indoor home.
Our barn cats have had prior experience in outdoor living situations. Please note that we do not adopt cats who are suitable to be household companions to barns.
Adopting a barn cat can help you control a rodent population in your barn, and will provide companionship for you and your other barn animals. If you do not have other barn cats, you may want to consider adopting a pair of barn cats through our program!
What we provide
When you adopt a cat through our barn cat program, the cat will be:
· Spayed or neutered
· Tested for FeLV (feline leukemia) and FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus).
· Rabies vaccinated
· Vaccinated for distemper (FVRCP)
· Micro-chipped (a form of permanent identification)
We will review guidelines to help you acclimate your cat to the barn environment in a safe manner.
What you provide
The barn owner who adopts a cat through our barn cat program should be prepared to provide:
· Shelter in a barn, outbuilding, or stable, away from high traffic streets
· Daily food and water
· Long-term veterinary care, as needed
· A secure place to keep the cat for the first five weeks, while the cat acclimates to your barn. This can be a tack room or an indoor enclosure that they cannot escape from. In some cases we may be able to lend you a crate or cage for the introductory period.
We also request an adoption donation which will help offset some of the medical costs. This adoption donation is tax-deductible.
Things to consider
Adopting a cat through the MSPCA Barn Cat program can help save the life of a cat who may not have other options. However, the care of a barn cat is still a responsibility. You will be assuming care for the cat for its entire lifetime, which may be as much as 15 or 20 years. In exchange for providing the essentials of food & water, medical care, and shelter, your barn cat will earn its keep by helping to control the rodent population in your barn!
To learn more about our barn cat program:
In Methuen and areas north & west of Boston:
Contact Maya Wolf-Pollina at (978) 687-7453 x6101, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Boston and surrounding communities:
Contact Katie Armour at (617) 522-5055, or via email at email@example.com.