When a feral colony caregiver feels that a group of cats need to be relocated, they contact Barn Cats via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 972-315-2875. All contacts are returned within 72 hours. Barn Cats accepts cats dependent on space available. As cats are placed, cages are freed up to take in other cats that need placement. In-take occurs several times each week on a pre-arranged schedule. Preference is given to cats that are threatened by poisoning or shootings, hoarders, and other similar serious situations that require immediate attention.
If the cats come in together, they are placed together. They have a better stay rate if they have friends or family with them. ALSO – we reserve the right to “not leave the cats” if we get to a property and do not think it will be a safe location for the cats.
Medical documents on each cat is left with the barn owner as well as any “history” or “personality” information provided to Barn Cats at time of in-take from the caregiver.
Often, someone will want to move a feral cat or cats, have a need to house a feral cat in their home, or have a barn identified to place their cat but have no way to confine it for a relocation period. Barn Cats can loan equipment for that relocation OR go to the barn site and set up the equipment for them to bring out the cat or cats. A standard set up is one double cage per cat:
- 2 cages together for 2 ft x 6 ft of space
- Door at each end
- Litter box at one end with a litter scoop
- Feeder and waterer at the other end
- Hidey box in the middle for the cat to feel comfortable (usually a small cat carrier in the summer or a plastic tub with a “door” cut into it for the winter)
- Bed or towel in the hidey box
- Rug in the cage in the winter months
Anyone needing to borrow equipment will sign a form accepting responsibility for the return of all the items. Average borrow time is one month.
Barn Cats can also recommend:
- Feral-friendly organization to assist with trapping, loan of traps, etc.
- Veterinarians who are feral-friendly
- Organizations to assist with expenses involved with sterialization, shots, and testing.
For help outside of North Texas, see the “Other Barn Cat Groups” tab at the top of each web page.