Animal shelters often place domesticated cats and dogs in homes. Now, Santa Fe Animal Shelter based in New Mexico, is working to give feral felines a second chance at life as well. According to the Santa Fe CBS affiliate KRQE, 30 semi-feral and feral cats were seized from the home of an elderly woman when she contacted Animal Control for help. Some of the younger felines were able to be socialized and adopted out. Ten feral cats described as being unfriendly and unsocialized were slated for adoption as well.
These animals are part of the shelter’s barn cat program. Some people are in need of animals to combat their pest control problems and felines present a nontoxic solution.
“The barn cat program offers feral, semi-feral and some non-feral cats a second chance,” Savannah Sweatt, organizer of the barn cat program at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, told the source. “It’s better than just letting a cat loose in the wild.”
The barn cats will receive shelter, veterinary care, food and water, yet will get more freedom to roam around then their indoor cat counterparts.
Barn Cats, Inc. out of Lewisville, Texas, runs a similar program, which strives to help feral cats while providing a safe pest control solution.
Maybe you can suggest this “Barn cat” program to the animal shelter where you live. I am going to talk to the Kauai Humane Society about it.