In Austin, Texas, barn cats are in high demand.
Feral or behaviorally challenged, barn cats are used to living primarily outside. Kitties like these cannot be adopted as–and do not want to be–traditional pets. As a result, they are often first to be euthanized at local animal control facilities.
This is not the case in Austin, where local organization Austin Pets Alive! re-homes an average of 300 cats per year through its Barn Cat Program. The animals generally go to local farms, ranches and businesses.
There is now a fast-moving waitlist of community members who want to adopt the poorly socialized felines.
“These cats are perfect for any place with horses or any place with a mouse problem,” says Cat Program Manager Monica Frenden. “Barn cats are the original form of pest control.”
Since 2011, Austin has gained national recognition for being the “Largest No-Kill City in America.” This success…
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