"Making a difference on Virginia's Northern Neck, one cat at a time"
What Is A Barn Cat?
The term “barn cat” can apply to any cat that helps keep a barn or other outdoor area vermin-free. A "barn cat" is any community cat that is deemed to be not adoptable as an indoor pet. Most often the cats are feral, which means they were born and raised "in the wild" with little or no human contact. Others are hard strays, cats that were once domestic but reverted to unsocialized behavior after long periods of surviving outdoors on their own.
The best solution for feral cats is to spay/neuter them, vaccinate them and then return them to their original location where they will be fed and monitored under the watchful eye of a caregiver. Sometimes, however, it is not feasible to return them to the environment from which they came. This occurs when there is no caregiver, the environment is dangerous, or the neighbors do not want the cats around. Usually, these cats are not socialized and are not adoptable as pets.
Benefits of Keeping Barn Cats
All of GRI’s cats have been spay/neutered; tested for FIV/FeLV; dewormed; vaccinated and examined by a veterinarian.
GRI places barn cats for a nominal fee. Once placed, you need to provide warm, safe shelter; a dependable source of food; fresh water and occasional veterinarian care.
On large rural properties with barns, we recommend that you adopt multiple cats to ensure effective rodent control. Urban and suburban garage homes are ideal for one or two cats.