What is a Barn Buddy?
A Barn Buddy is a cat that has previously lived outdoors and is not accustomed to being handled by humans. These cats are often feral, meaning that they are essentially wild animals that typically do not depend on humans for survival. Feral cats are unsocialized and able to live outdoors with minimal assistance. These animals are helpful to have on residential and commercial properties because they’re excellent at hunting, which helps protect your business or property from rodents and pests.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How many should I adopt?
While there is no right or wrong answer, cats are social animals that thrive in communities so we recommend adopting at least a pair if you don’t already have an existing colony on your property. Even adopting 3-4 barn cats at a time is not uncommon.
What is included in the adoption?
Barn Buddies adopted from Southern Pines Animal Shelter are free, rabies vaccinated, fixed, and ear tipped so that they’re easily identified as altered.
Each cat leaving the property will need safe transport such as a carrier or trap. We are able to provide cardboard carriers for $5 for our barn cat adopters.
When you adopt barn cats, we also provide consultation on how to successfully acclimate them to their new home.
What do I need for them once we get home?
Feral cats are low maintenance animals requiring only a small amount of food, water, and a shelter of some sort such as barns, sheds, warehouses, or any other outdoor accessible living options. You will also need a secure place to keep them for the first 2-4 weeks while they acclimate to your barn (this can be a tack room, large crate or any secure indoor enclosure)
Will they become nice cats?
The degree to which they keep their distance varies from cat to cat and may change over time. Even those who prefer to keep their distance may develop bonds with their caregiver after positive encounters with people.
How do I get my own Barn Buddy?
Fill out the short form below and a staff member will contact you when we have some barn cats available!
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Southern Pines waives the adoption fee on all of our barn cats. If you are interested in becoming a Barn Buddy for a cat in need, please complete the form below. If you would like to help us continue this program, please consider making a donation to support our barn cat program here.