Alternative Placement Program: Barn Buddies
The Bay Area Humane Society sometimes has cats who cannot live as house pets. Cats in the Barn Buddies Program fall into three categories:
- Cats whose litterbox habits make them unsuitable for house pets
- Cats who are just too independent to appreciate being handled by people
- Cats who are shy/fearful of people, and prefer the company of other cats and animals
*Note: We do not place cats in the Barn Buddies Program who are suitable to be house pets, only cats without other options. BAHS currently has many cats that qualify for the Barn Buddies Program and is not currently accepting new cats specifically for this program.
Barn Homes Needed!
BAHS is looking for those with a working barn or safe, heated outbuilding. Having a barn cat or cats will help keep down the rodent population. The cats will be helping the property owner, while the property owner provides the cats with a safe place to live. And, because these cats are already spayed/neutered, the property owner won't have to worry about endless litters of kittens appearing! If you have a barn or heated out building and would like to adopt a feline in need through our Barn Buddies Program, please contact Jenni Aide at 920.469.3110 x103 or Jenni@bayareahumanesociety.com.
What BAHS Provides
All cats available for adoption via the Barn Buddies Program are spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. When barn cats are adopted, BAHS staff will go over how to acclimate the new cat(s) to the barn and make them feel at home. At least 2 barn cats must be adopted together at the same time - having a feline friend helps them adjust better.
What You’ll Need to Provide
If you are a farm or barn owner who is interested in adopting cats through the Barn Buddies Program, you must agree to provide:
- Shelter in barns, buildings, or stables
- Daily food and water - cats cannot live on mousing alone
- Long-term veterinary care, as needed (they're neutered and vaccinated at adoption)
- A secure place to keep them for the first 2-3 weeks, while they acclimate to the barn. This can be a tack room, or any secure indoor enclosure that they cannot escape from.