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Adopt a Barn Cat Program

By Christine Zinkand (September 13, 2014)

BarnCats1Looking to hire a cat?

Barn cats help control the rodent population on your farm, thereby protecting insulation, food supplies, wiring, leather goods, and preventing the spread of rodent parasites without the use of poisons.  Barn cats enjoy hunting and roaming free, but need consistent food and water in a safe place to call home (barn, stable, warehouse, workshop…).

While most adopters of cats are looking for well-socialized indoor/outdoor cats, this is typically not a requirement for a farmer seeking assistance with rodent control on the farm, creating an opportunity to help these otherwise unadoptable cats.



From the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire’s website:


There are also some circumstances when cats arrive at the shelter that cannot live the typical indoor or indoor/outdoor life that we encourage.  These are cats that have not been socialized with humans because they were born in the wild (feral) or may have been part of a hoarding situation where they did not receive proper socializing.  With these types of situations, we have found it best to place these cats in barn-type homes.  This is the perfect solution for these cats that will never be adopted into an indoor home environment.  We know that with the right barn home, they will be watched over, loved and cared for and will lead a happy life.  This is the best outcome for the cat, their owner, and the shelter. 






There is no adoption fee for barn cats.  Barn cats are altered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and ear-tipped prior to placement.

Please email if you are interested in adopting a barn cat and would like to be put on the list.

The mission of the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire is to improve animal welfare in our communities by helping pets and the people who care for them.

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