Working Cats Looking for Working Homes

Feral Cats Need Homes Too!

Not all cats adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter are domesticated. Our Barn Cat Program is designed to place unsocialized feral cats who do not like humans into working homes where they can earn their keep as a natural rodent deterrent.

Sadly, the overwhelming majority of feral cats brought to shelters are euthanized because there are not enough working homes for them. The Barn Cat Program works to place as many as possible in working homes like barns, stables, vineyards, warehouses, industrial facilities, and residential yards to give them a second chance at life. Like all the other cats adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter, Barn Cats are all spayed/neutered and immunized before going to their new homes.

Barn Cats Jessie and Bo Peep are happy to work for food.

Volunteers deliver the cats and provide Barn Cat adopters with initial supplies and general procedures for introducing the cats to their new environment. For the first few weeks Barn Cats are kept in a kennel so they can grow acquainted with their surroundings and learn that the location is their new home. Adopters are responsible for providing food, water and a shelter for the cats, while the cats patrol the property and take care of mice and other pests.

Max taking a break from his Barn Cat duties.

These are not housecats.  They are feral and are perfectly content to live in their barn/vineyard/working area and will avoid human contact.  Although occasionally we hear a story about one of our Barn Cats, like Max.  After half a year he became friendly towards his family and now spends time inside the house with them!

Jessie keeping an eye on the yard from her enclosure.

Our Barn Cat Program has working cats available *now* and we are always in need of more working homes.  If you have a barn, warehouse, or other suitable location for a Barn Cat (or know someone that does), please consider adopting a Barn Cat! It’s a natural way to control vermin, and you’ll be saving the life of a cat that otherwise would have no chance.

To learn more, email: barncat@thevbas.org