Barn Cat Program

Kitsap Humane Society regularly takes in formerly outdoor, or indoor/outdoor, semi-social or semi-feral cats that are not suitable for adoption into family homes. Our Barn Cat Program is designed to find homes at barns, warehouses, farms and other safe locations for cats that have traditionally been deemed un-adoptable through “normal” adoption programs.

Why Adopt a Barn Cat?

Barn Cats benefit their caretakers! Supporting a Barn Cat is the safest way to control the rodent population in your barn, warehouse or other storage areas. There are no poisons for children and pets to get into and no need to set nasty traps! Barn Cats will keep rodents away AND you’ll have the satisfaction of giving them a much needed home.

Each Barn Cat adoption includes*:

  • General physical/wellness exam
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Ear tip OR Microchip
  • Initial vaccinations
  • Initial flea treatment
  • Barn Cat Introduction Flyer on introducing and caring for Barn Cats

*Please note: KHS typically adopts out Barn Cats in pairs, so each Barn Cat adoption includes two cats. Single Barn Cats may be adopted out on a case-by-case basis to barn homes that already have Barn Cats.

What Will You Provide?

A warm, secure, dry building or space for shelter from the elements and predators

The space and ability to keep new Barn Cats confined to a sheltered, small, enclosed area or large dog crate (with clean litter box) for up to three weeks to acclimate them to their new environment before release

  • Regular/daily food and water
  • Monitoring and providing for the safety and well-being of the cats
  • Willingness to vaccinate the cats once every three years (by trapping, if necessary) and provide licensed veterinary care in the event of severe injury or illness
What is the Adoption Fee?

Barn Cat adoptions are a Pick Your Own Price adoption, so adopters can choose how much they would like to donate. KHS relies on these donations to cover the costs of providing all the medical care to each Barn Cat.

Ready to Adopt a Barn Cat?

  • Fill out the Barn Cat Program Adoption Application
  • Submit your completed application in person at the shelter, or via email to KHSbarncat@kitsap-humane.org.
  • Meet with Kitsap Humane Society staff to review your application and information on the cats currently in need of barn homes. Staff will counsel you on introducing new Barn Cats and Barn Cat care.
    Please note: The number of cats available as candidates for the Barn Cat Program will fluctuate. We may not have suitable cats available immediately, but will try to fill your request as soon as possible.
  • When suitable Barn Cats have been identified and selected, they are ready to go home with you right away.
  • To process and finalize your Barn Cat adoption, you will need to have your completed Barn Cat Adoption Application, valid photo ID and payment for the adoption fee (cash and major credit cards only).