RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL
BARN CAT PROGRAM
OPTIONS FOR FERAL AND BEHAVIORALLY
CHALLENGED FELINES
Monica Frenden - Austin Pets A...
WHY START A BARN CAT
PROGRAM?
• These cats have no other
live outcome
• Socialization of adult
ferals is extremely difficul...
WHICH CATS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR
BARN PLACEMENT?
• Unable to be returned to their original habitat
• Unsuited for traditional a...
CATS APA! DOES NOT BARN PLACE:
• Kittens under 16 weeks are
sent to foster for
socialization
• FeLV+ cats
• Declawed cats
...
DETERMINING TEMPERAMENT:
FERAL OR FRIGHTENED?
• Silent - no meowing
• “Airplane Ears” - low and wide, not perked up
• Disi...
WHAT TYPES OF HOMES ARE
SUITABLE?
• Farms / Ranches
• Stables
• Warehouses / Factories
• Greenhouses / Nurseries
• Winerie...
ADVERTISING TO FIND GOOD HOMES
• Your website - have an online adoption application
• Newspapers
• Flyers, post them anywh...
LOCATION AND ADOPTER REQUIREMENTS
• Off busy roads
• No recent coyote
predation
• Shelter provided in a
building or struct...
HOUSING FERALS AT THE SHELTER
FERAL CAT DENS
ANIMAL-CARE.COM LIVETRAP.COM
~$75/EA.
THE RELOCATION CRATE
and the art of the Hidey Box
THE RELOCATION PROCESS
best known practices
• Crate kept inside building/barn where cats will live
• Cats confined for 2 to...
THE WHOLE PROCESS
STEP-BY-STEP, APA! STYLE
STEP 1: APPLICATION RECEIVED
Check for obvious red flags & basic suitability
STEP 2: GOOGLE MAPS IS YOUR FRIEND!
STEP 2: GOOGLE MAPS IS YOUR FRIEND!
STEP 3: DETAILED EMAIL IS SENT
STEP 4: ADOPTER RESPONDS, WORK
OUT THE DETAILS, SEND KITTIES HOME!
STEP 5: FOLLOW UP
APA! follows up
with all barn cat
adoptions at:
1 week
3 months
1 year
FAQ
• Adoption fees
• Crate deposits
• Home checks
• Excessive hoop-jumping
FAQ
• Adopt all year long
• Adopt cats in pairs

(unless you have a cat-hating singleton)
• Make adoption easy
• Provide t...
WHAT’S KEEPING YOU FROM STARTING A BARN PROGRAM?
Running a Successful Barn Cat Program
Running a Successful Barn Cat Program
Running a Successful Barn Cat Program
Running a Successful Barn Cat Program
Running a Successful Barn Cat Program
Running a Successful Barn Cat Program
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Running a Successful Barn Cat Program

  1. 1. RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL BARN CAT PROGRAM OPTIONS FOR FERAL AND BEHAVIORALLY CHALLENGED FELINES Monica Frenden - Austin Pets Alive! monica.frenden@austinpetsalive.org
  2. 2. WHY START A BARN CAT PROGRAM? • These cats have no other live outcome • Socialization of adult ferals is extremely difficult and resource intensive • Barn cat programs are inexpensive and easy to start
  3. 3. WHICH CATS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR BARN PLACEMENT? • Unable to be returned to their original habitat • Unsuited for traditional adoption • Healthy • Capable of life in a managed colony
  4. 4. CATS APA! DOES NOT BARN PLACE: • Kittens under 16 weeks are sent to foster for socialization • FeLV+ cats • Declawed cats • Geriatric cats • However, alternative, creative placement is always an option for any cat!
  5. 5. DETERMINING TEMPERAMENT: FERAL OR FRIGHTENED? • Silent - no meowing • “Airplane Ears” - low and wide, not perked up • Disinterest in interactions (the sound of can of food opening, toys, voices, flinching when touched with a wand) • Body position - low and wide, arched up, trying to be invisible or ready to flee! • Escape attempts - crate thrashing, bloody noses
  6. 6. WHAT TYPES OF HOMES ARE SUITABLE? • Farms / Ranches • Stables • Warehouses / Factories • Greenhouses / Nurseries • Wineries • Junkyards • Churches • Storage facilities • Shops: Repair shops, woodworking shops, retail stores
  7. 7. ADVERTISING TO FIND GOOD HOMES • Your website - have an online adoption application • Newspapers • Flyers, post them anywhere farmers, animal lovers, or equestrians might go! • Craigslist • Equine clubs, publications, trail rides, and events • Farmer’s markets, county fairs, horse shows • Radio
  8. 8. LOCATION AND ADOPTER REQUIREMENTS • Off busy roads • No recent coyote predation • Shelter provided in a building or structure • Daily food and water • Long term vet care, as needed • Willingness to confine cats for the relocation period
  9. 9. HOUSING FERALS AT THE SHELTER
  10. 10. FERAL CAT DENS ANIMAL-CARE.COM LIVETRAP.COM ~$75/EA.
  11. 11. THE RELOCATION CRATE and the art of the Hidey Box
  12. 12. THE RELOCATION PROCESS best known practices • Crate kept inside building/barn where cats will live • Cats confined for 2 to 4 weeks. (2 weeks is minimum, 4 weeks is optimum) • Feed cats and clean crate daily, plan for mess! • Feed canned food daily and make a special ‘call’ to teach the cats the sound of your voice = food • At the end of 4 weeks, crate door left nonchalantly open for the cats to exit at their will.
  13. 13. THE WHOLE PROCESS STEP-BY-STEP, APA! STYLE
  14. 14. STEP 1: APPLICATION RECEIVED Check for obvious red flags & basic suitability
  15. 15. STEP 2: GOOGLE MAPS IS YOUR FRIEND!
  16. 16. STEP 2: GOOGLE MAPS IS YOUR FRIEND!
  17. 17. STEP 3: DETAILED EMAIL IS SENT
  18. 18. STEP 4: ADOPTER RESPONDS, WORK OUT THE DETAILS, SEND KITTIES HOME!
  19. 19. STEP 5: FOLLOW UP APA! follows up with all barn cat adoptions at: 1 week 3 months 1 year
  20. 20. FAQ • Adoption fees • Crate deposits • Home checks • Excessive hoop-jumping
  21. 21. FAQ • Adopt all year long • Adopt cats in pairs
 (unless you have a cat-hating singleton) • Make adoption easy • Provide the tools for success
  22. 22. WHAT’S KEEPING YOU FROM STARTING A BARN PROGRAM?

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