Barn Cat Program

About the barn cat program

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 typical 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 need of a new rural outdoor home, such as a barn, stable, garage, or warehouse. Barn Cats are typically not suited 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 any mouse, mole, chipmunk, or vermin problems for the small cost of a bowl of cat food and water set out daily, as needed veterinary care and shelter in a garage or barn.

And because we spay/neuter these cats before they leave APA!, adopters never need to worry about endless litters of kittens!

Program Achievements

  • Found homes for nearly 250 barn cats in 2014
  • Because of our barn program partnering with Georgetown Animal Control to accept their impounded ferals, they have been able to sustain 90%+ live release rates for several months
  • Placed three barn cats as official police animals in 2014
  • Provided heavy rodent and vermin control assistance following Bastrop fires


Interested in adopting a barn cat and housing some of APA!’s most lovable free spirits?
Check out the Barn Cat Adoption FAQ and fill out the adoption questionnaire here. For more information, contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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