Cats for barns or businesses

Animal Humane Society can help place healthy cats that aren’t suitable as pets in environments where they can flourish, working alongside humans to control rat and mice populations. These cats can be placed successfully in barns, construction companies, police stations, and other businesses looking for inexpensive and effective rodent control. Our experience has shown that cats are more successful and effective when placed in pairs or groups, so multiple-cat adoptions are encouraged, but not required.

Adopting cats for this purpose offers a safe home and better life to cats that wouldn’t otherwise be candidates for adoption, including:

  • Cats who are inconsistent with using the litter box and would do well in an indoor/outdoor environment
  • Cats who react negatively to routine handling by people and would not do well as a house cat

Cats who fit this description are often most successful when adopted in groups of two or three. Adopters must agree to provide:

  • A warm, safe shelter like a barn or shop to keep the cat protected from the elements
  • Food and clean water every day
  • Future medical care if needed
  • A way to keep the cats contained for 2-3 weeks to acclimate to new surroundings

If you or somebody you know is interested in this life-saving program, contact us at 763-432-4892 or complete an Adoption Form for a barn or business cat.

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What does it cost to adopt a cat that can help with rodent control?

While there is no adoption fee for these cats, we will gratefully accept any donated amount to help support the program. There is a required administrative fee of $21 (plus tax) for each adoption. If you adopt multiple cats at one time, only one administrative fee applies.

What kind of care do cats receive at AHS?

Cats in this program receive the same care as cats in our other adoption programs. They are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and receive a general health exam. They will have their ear tipped to indicate they have been sterilized.

Why must these cats be confined for the first 2-3 weeks?

Cats need time to adjust to new surroundings and do better if introduced to smaller spaces first. Confining your new cat for 2-3 weeks will help it become comfortable with its new home. Cats allowed to roam immediately may not realize that they will have food and shelter and may never return.

To ensure the cats remain confined, make sure the shelter has no escape routes, including holes in siding or open windows. If the shelter has escape routes, you may use a large dog kennel to contain the cats. Make sure that the cats are given food and water daily and a litter box.

You can allow the cats to explore the property after 2-3 weeks of confinement. Ideally, you should release the cats when the weather is clear (no rain or snow) so that they can explore in comfort. If the cats were originally housed in a crate, leave the crate in the area as a safe place to hide or sleep for at least a week. Continue to leave food and water out for the cats. If the cats are primarily indoors or in a barn, consider offering a litter box to contain waste.

How do I adopt a cat in this program?

Start by submitting an application. Within three business days, you will be contacted by Animal Humane Society’s Community Cats Coordinator. Once your application is approved, you will begin receiving twice-weekly emails with details about the cats who are currently available for adoption and fit program requirements, including pictures and information about each cat. You only need to respond if you see a cat or cats you are interested in adopting. This is a first-come, first-served system. Your chosen cat(s) will be prepared for adoption and transported to the AHS shelter location most convenient for you. Staff at that site will notify you when the cats arrive and are ready for adoption. All adoptions must be completed in person at the one of our shelter locations.

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