AARCS Barn Buddies Policies & Procedures

AARCS is looking for cat lovers/property owners who need a few cat patrols for their nice warm barns.  AARCS sometimes rescues cats that would not be happy living in homes but would make wonderful barn cats.  We are looking for cat lovers who have a heated barn or other secure heated outdoor structure (shops, warehouses etc.) and are interested in adopting our cats that are not suitable for life inside of a house or are unhappy living inside.  Cat temperaments range from feral/semi-feral to friendly.  This program is designed to find homes for cats that have traditionally been deemed un-adoptable through “normal” adoption procedures.

How to Adopt a Barn Cat:

  • Fill out a Barn Cat Adoption Application form.
  • A volunteer may visit the location to ensure it is appropriate for barn cats.  In some cases pictures of the barn/shop will be requested due to volunteer’s schedules.
  • When we have cats for you, we will arrange the adoption.

Due to the nature of the program, we may not have suitable cats available immediately, but will try to fill your request as soon as possible.  We will maintain a waiting list, as the number of cats available as candidates for the Barn Cat Program will fluctuate.


  • We do not place cats that are best suited to be house pets and we don’t place kittens under age four months as barn cats, unless they are feral/semi-feral.
  • There may be a requirement to place two cats at the same location. This will be based on a case by case basis, dependent on the cats we have in care and their requirements.
  • A secure, dry barn or building for shelter with heat source is required.
  • As a non-profit organization, we appreciate a donation to cover the cost of the spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and tattoo.  Our cost averages $200 per cat, and we suggest a nominal adoption fee of $50-$100.
  • The commitment and ability to keep the cats confined to a stall, small room, or crate for two to four weeks (depends on the cats and the barn) to acclimate them to their new environment before release.
  • A constant supply of dry food and fresh water.
  • The willingness to trap the cats to provide licensed veterinary care in the event of a severe injury or illness.

What will AARCS provide?

  • All cats will be in good health and have had a brief, general exam by a vet;
  • All cats will be spayed or neutered and tattooed or micro-chipped prior to placement; and
  • All cats will be vaccinated prior to adoption.