ADOPT TO SAVE
We're thinking outside the home and past TRAP, Neuter, AND Return
Although traditional TNR is the best and most humane method for stabilizing a feral colony, there are cases in which relocation of a feral is more ideal than returning them to their formerly unsafe home. Occasionally, our Good Felines Program will trap a community cat. These cats typically love to interact with people, other cats and sometimes dogs. However, they don’t always make good indoor companions, as they are miserable inside, leading to unhealthy habits, stress, illness and inappropriate elimination. Some cats are trapped near busy roads, are threatened by neighbors or business owners, or face injury or death due to predation. In these special circumstances, it is best to relocate a feral cat or an entire colony for the most positive outcome. That’s where you come in, to adopt and provide them with a better future, a safe shelter and a stable living environment where they can live out the rest of their lives.
It takes a special person or family to care for a feral cat or his colony. These cats make ideal residents for farms, horse stables, barns and other suitable locations with outdoor shelter options. Although you don’t always see them, when you do, they sure are fun to watch. All of our feral cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped, and microchipped. We have three main categories of barn cats that are available for adoption. We have semi-friendly, semi-feral and feral felines. It's important to know the differences between the three types, to ensure that you and your cat have the best possible relationship that suits your wants and desires.
Semi-friendly felines like to watch you work. Every now and then, they'll give you an encouraging nudge. They're your early morning coffee companion on the porch, or your late night pal that wants to share a piece of pie for dessert. They hang out closer to the house when you're active, incase something exciting happens. You may see them come out of the woodwork when you pull up to your home after a long day. They don't always like the idea of being picked up, but they will be close enough for comfort. We have several semi-friendly felines that are looking for a safe haven to call home, to catch mice and to nap alongside the home while enjoying the fresh breeze and summer sun. If you're interested in adopting a friendly feline, complete our online barn cat adoption application today.
Semi-feral felines are shy and distant, quirky creatures. They spend the day hiding in bushes, playing with other cats or sleeping on a high tree branch. These kitties will talk to you when they're hungry, and they tend to come running out of their hiding place when it's time to eat. They'll run up to the bowl, but they keep just enough distance to dart, just in case. They hide and watch until the food rattles in the bowl. You may get to sneak a pat on the head while they're eating, but be careful because these guys can be feisty. We have several semi-feral felines that are looking for a safe place to call home, where they can roam freely and hide as they wish. If you're interested in adopting a semi-feral feline, complete our online barn cat adoption application today.
Feral felines are timid creatures who are expert hiders. They are terrified in the presence of humans, and they prefer to be left alone. If you come across a feral cat during the day, once they notice you, they'll jump up, their eyes will open wide, and they'll direct their bodies away from you in preparation to take off running as soon as you make another move. If you go out late at night, you may catch a glimpse of their shining eyes in the distance, or you may be lucky enough to see them a little closer if they’ve had a busy day and they’re extremely hungry. More often than not, you won't see a feral feline. But don't worry, he's still doing his job. Feral felines naturally chase small rodents, insects and snakes, making them excellent hunters, and very effective and inexpensive pest control. If you're interested in adopting a feral feline, complete our online barn cat adoption application today.
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