Barn Cats

Looking for a Cat To Love, But Admire From Afar?

Not every cat is a snuggly, lap cat or one who acts more like a dog, and we know some people want a cat they can admire from afar and possibly keep as a “barn” cat. A cat’s scent alone (and the scent from their litter) has proven to be a deterrent and non-lethal way to rid a property of unwanted small critters. We have cats who fit the bill and adopt them in pairs – healthy, spayed/neutered cats who have lived outdoors and prefer not to interact with people, at least initially. Their ideal home would be in a barn or secure yard/property and the ideal adopter is anyone who can commit to a less social cat by providing nutritious food and clean water, protection from the elements, any needed veterinary care and by not placing the cats on a site which is a sensitive or critical habitat for wildlife. If the cat ever decides to “make friends,” our ideal adopter will see this as a bonus, not an expectation. As part of our placement/adoption process, we begin by asking you about your set-up and property, ideally learning about the area where you will allow your new cats to settle-in (barn, workshop, tack room, large garage). We are looking to place these cats primarily in more rural areas- away from busy streets and highways to minimize potential hazards to the cats.

These cats are currently living in a covered outdoor enclosure at our intake facility at Coyote Point and using their litterboxes. We don’t have them housed at our Center for Compassion in Burlingame, since visitors to that facility are really looking for a different kind of pet. To make an appointment to adopt them or learn more, please contact Dan Hanley at 650-340-7022 ext. 330 or

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