AARCS developed a Barn Buddies Program after realizing the need for suitable homes for cats, who for many reasons, do not fit into the regular cat adoption program.
AARCS often rescues cats that are not happy living in homes as companion pets, but would make wonderful barn cats. We rescue cats from all over the province including in rural communities, strays on the streets on the towns and cities, high-kill shelters and on occasion cats surrendered by owners.
After an assessment period, cats are placed either into the regular cat program or into the barn buddies program. Some cats, with time, will graduate from Barn Buddies to the regular cat program. When categorized as a barn cat, AARCS then looks for property owners who need a few cats to patrol their nice warm barns. We are looking for cat lovers interested in adopting our cats that are not suitable for life inside of a house or are unhappy living indoors. Adopters must have a heated barn or other secure heated outdoor structure (shops, warehouses etc.) for the cats to call home as well as provide fresh food and water. 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’. AARCS believes there is a home out there for each animal, based on their specific needs and personalities.
Click here for Barn Buddies Policies and Procedures.