Our mandate at CCI is to spay/neuter the feral cat population, and we work with feral cat colony caregivers to achieve this.
Periodically, colonies sprout up where there is no one to regularly feed the cats, and where people seek to relocate the cats. Often this is not done safely and without the animal being spayed/neutered, leaving unaltered cats dumped elsewhere–presumably to be “someone else’s problem”.
In these instances, if we can, we attempt to get the cats spayed/neutered, but we don’t have areas where we can relocate them ourselves. These cats have never been socialized and will not be pets, so they can’t be traditionally adopted, however they still make wonderful mousers for farms.
Relocation requires 1-2 weeks of confinement for the cat, either in a garage, shed, or large dog crate, where the cat will have fresh food, water, litter, and a place to rest. After this period has passed, the released cat will then stick to the area.
What We Do
- CCI will have the cat spayed/neutered and vaccinated.
- CCI will deliver the cat to the farm for approved adopters.
- CCI will provide instructions for relocating cats and answer any questions.
- CCI will lend dog crates, when available, for the 1-2 week confinement period described above.
- CCI will provide copies of documentation from the veterinarian who vaccinates and performs the surgery.
- Adopters agree to keep confined for one to two weeks in a safe environment with food, water, and litter changed daily, to assist in the relocation process.
- Adopters understand that the hunting instinct is not driven by hunger, and will provide fresh food and water daily for their barn cat(s).
- Adopters will provide shelter, whether access to barns, sheds, and/or insulated feral cat shelters (easy to build).
- Adopters understand future veterinary requirements are their responsibility and not reimbursed by CCI.
- Adopters will provide a home for life for the barn cat, and will not cause it harm or suffering.
- We understand circumstances change, and if moving, adopters agree to attempt to relocate the cat(s) with them, or ensure new owners are prepared to care for them in the event they cannot be trapped again (and will notify CCI).
- Adopters understand feral barn cats likely will never be pets.
While there is no charge to take a feral barn cat, a donation toward CCI’s costs is greatly appreciated. We also require some signed paperwork verifying you understand your expectations as a caregiver and what CCI is providing. We strongly recommend taking 2-3 cats to increase the likelihood that they will remain in the area, and because in some of these colonies these are cats who have been together their whole lives and formed bonds.
Here is our barn cat agreement. We also have copies available for pickup in store.
Please get in touch with us as soon as possible–some cats are in situations where they need to be moved ASAP.