1. All barn cats come spayed/neutered, they are current on vaccinations, microchipped, and ear tipped.
2. The cats require shelter in a permanent building or structure like a barn, shed, stable, or garage in a suitable rural area where they will be safe. Ideally, this should be the same shelter/area where they are initially housed during the acclimation period.The property should be at least a 0.5 mile away from busy roads.
3. Daily food and water must be provided, as well as any future medical care needed.
4. When you are scheduled to adopt, we will select barn cats for you based on which cats are the most eager to enter a cat carrier for us. If you have a color, age, or gender preference, we will do our best to accommodate you, though, we are not able to make any promises!
5. We strongly encourage adopters to offer cats in this program an independent outdoor life complemented by appropriate care and shelter like a barn or garage.
Cats are placed into our barn cat program for a variety of reasons. Many are feral or unsocialized cats, simply because they were born outdoors, and never had the opportunityfor human contact. But with enough time and patience, many of these feral/unsocialized cats absoutely can become friendly and social, especially our young tween kittens, under 6 months of age. ASCMV does not always have enough foster homes to socialize these kittens, and once they get past a few months of age, they are more likely to become/stay feral if no human interaction is given early enough.
Some of our cats are placed into our barn cat program because they cannot be indoors for whatever reason. Again, many are just not accustomed to indoor life, if they had been outdoors all their lives. These cats may be very friendly and happy outdoors, yet become aggressive and unsocial if forced to be indoors, they will redirect their frustration into aggression or other behavior issues. Some cats will have litter box issues when forced to become indoors, in which case we would recommend placing these cats into our barn cat program. There are MANY WONDERFUL CATS in need of good homes, but simply need to be outdoor.
6. The youngest cats in the Barn Cat Program are approximately six months old. The ASCMV will not adopt younger kittens as barn cats, as they do not yet have the knowledge, size, or skills to remain safe outdoors. Most cats in the barn cat program are young adults between one and five years of age, although we do have younger and older cats available occasionally.