Adopting a Barn Cat can save a cat’s life, and provide effective rodent control in your barn.

At Central Vermont Humane Society, we believe all animals should be treated humanely, with kindness and respect.  While we prefer that felines live in the comfort and safety of a home, the fact is some felines who end up in our care simply cannot live indoors in close proximity to humans.  For some cats, placing them in a home with people means they would live in constant fear and in great stress.  Adopting these cats into a home with people would be inhumane. We do not place cats into a barn situation who can happily live in a home.

Our Barn Cat Program was created to prevent euthanasia of perfectly healthy felines who happen to be afraid of humans.  We believe Barn Cats can serve an important function by significantly decreasing rodent populations in the barn (or warehouse, stable, brewery etc).  This reduces the need for poison, which often results in the death of the creatures who feed on rodents such as owls and hawks.  Placing cats in a barn who are spayed/neutered and vaccinated results in controlling the population of outdoor cats while also reducing disease.

Do you have a barn, warehouse, stable, brewery or other outbuilding that could be a home to a Barn Cat?  Please call us at 802-476-3811.  A barn home is the last chance for these cats.  You can save a life!

What we provide: All barn cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. We provide consultation on how to successfully acclimate them to their new home.

What you need: Shelter in a barn, outbuilding, or stable, daily food and water (cats cannot live on mice alone), veterinary care as needed, and the ability to keep them confined for  3-4 weeks while they acclimate to your barn (such as a large crate).

You can save a cat’s life- call us at 802 476 3811 if you have a barn/stable.

Homeless cats currently living outdoors are there because a human being abandoned them, or abandoned their mother/father cat, or abandoned their grandmother/grandfather cat, and so on.  If a homeless kitten does not get properly socialized to humans within the first three months of age, it is likely that kitten will always be wary of humans.  Some kittens will eventually warm up to humans, some will be terrified of humans forever.

As a humane society, our ultimate goal is that all cats have a home.  There is a significant overpopulation of cats in the United States.  Current estimates are that over 3.2 million cats enter shelters every year and of those, 860,000 cats are euthanized.  That is over 2300 cats a day.  Most of these euthanasias could be avoided.

How can you help?

  1. If you have a barn, brewery, warehouse, stable or other outbuilding, please call us to talk about adopting one of our barn cats.
  2. Spay and neuter your cat by 4 months of age. Do not allow your cat to have kittens, even if you think you can find homes for them.  There are too many cats, please do not make more!  Talk to your veterinarian or check out VT-Can! about low cost spay/neuter.
  3. Keep tabs on your cat. If he is indoor/outdoor, make sure you know where he is every day.
  4. Do not allow your cat to become a “stray” when you can no longer care for the cat. Call your local humane society. Abandoning a pet is illegal.

Not that long ago, stray dogs were common in our area.  At CVHS, the number of stray dogs who come to us has decreased by 75% in the last ten years.  We need to see the same decrease in stray cats in order to stop overpopulation.  You can help.  Keep tabs on your cats. Do not let them roam to the point where they become lost strays.  Spay/neuter.  Go the extra mile for cats, be a responsible pet person.