Barn Cat Placements

About The Barn Cats

When Austin Pets Alive! rescues poorly socialized kitties from the shelter, sometimes we have to consider non-traditional adoption placement. In fact, APA! places hundreds of barn cats each year, which contributes to Austin’s No Kill status.

APA! believes these kitties don’t deserve to die simply because they can’t go into a home environment. We recognize that they deserve shelter, access to food and water, and the stimulation of “critter hunting” that a barn placement provides.

These cats are healthy, sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, and in dire need of a new rural outdoor home, such as a barn, stable, garage, or warehouse. Barn Cats are typically not suitable to be indoor pets and as unsocialized animals, they have no desire to be lap cats. These are working cats, former street cats who are used to outdoor life, prefer minimal to no human contact, and who will happily tend to your mouse, mole, chipmunk, or vermin problems for the small cost of a bowl of cat food and water set out daily, and shelter in your garage or barn.  And because we spay/neuter these cats prior to them coming to your farm, you never need to worry about endless litters of kittens!

What You Provide

  • Shelter in a suitable rural barn, stable, garage, or outbuilding
  • Daily food & water – cats cannot live on mousing alone
  • Long term veterinary care, as needed (they are sterilized and vaccinated at this stage)


Your only cost is to provide daily food and water – there is no adoption fee. You are welcome to make a donation if you like.

The Process

APA! places a minimum of two cats at a time, as these cats do best with a buddy. When you bring the new cats home, they will need to be confined to an escape-proof room or enclosure like a tack room, garage, coop, or XXL dog crate for 2-4 weeks while they acclimate to their new surroundings. You will feed/water and clean the litter pan daily during the confinement period. After this period of confinement , the cats will usually accept their new home and may be released. You will continue to provide daily food and water and allow them access to shelter such as your barn or garage.

Interested in adopting a barn cat and housing some of APA!’s most lovable free spirits? Fill out the inquiry form here. For more information you may also contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.


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