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Adopt a
Working Cat

What is a WORKING CAT (also referred to as barn cat)?

Animal Care Sanctuary’s Working Cat Adoption Program is an alternative placement program. It’s more than just barn cat placement! 


It matches cats who have behavioral challenges with non-traditional homes. Sometimes these are semi-outdoor homes on a property such as a working farm or barn building, but they can also be feed stores, plant nurseries, warehouses, factories, workshops, breweries, churches, artist studios, offices, and any other property suited for independent-minded cats. “Barn cat” usually refers to cats who live mostly outdoors and naturally help control the rodent population on a property.

What is the PURPOSE of the working cat adoption program?

The purpose of our program is to find live exits for shelter cats who are difficult or impossible to place as traditional indoor house pets, usually for reasons such as lack of socialization, extremely high energy, or litter box issues that are not health related. 

Some are formerly outdoor, or indoor/outdoor cats that don’t have a home to return to and are not adjusting to indoor life. Finding placement for these cats is a challenge. In response to this problem, ACS has developed a program that places these cats in safe and loving alternative homes. 

While not a typical adoption, the program gives them what they want and need; safe and sheltered forever homes with limited human interaction.

Working Cat Adoptions Include

  • Spay/neuter surgery
  • Up-to-date rabies and distemper vaccinations
  • FeLV tested
  • Micro-chipped (a form of permanent identification)

We also have resources available to help you acclimate your cat to the environment in a safe manner.

Adopters are Responsible For Providing

  • Shelter with protection from the elements and with distance from highly trafficked roads.
  • Daily food and water
  • Long-term veterinary care, as needed
  • MA secure dedicated space to allow for the cat’s acclimation to its new environment. This can be a tack room or an indoor enclosure that they cannot escape from.

Things to consider:

The care of a working cat is an important responsibility. You will be assuming care for the cat for its lifetime, which may be as much as 15 or 20 years.


In exchange for providing the essentials of food, water, medical care, and shelter, your working cat will earn its keep.

Contact: Haylee Kehler –
570-596-2200 ext. 301