Barn & Garden Cats

Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County practices a method of humanely curbing cat overpopulation called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) where cats are altered, vaccinated, given medical attention, microchipped, ear tipped for visual identification and returned to where they live. But sometimes where they live is not a safe place for a variety of reasons. Such as…

  • Dangerous living situations
  • Habitat being destroyed by construction
  • A caretaker has moved or passed away
  • Kittens that were unable to be tamed

And, other circumstances where the life of the cat is in jeopardy or the quality of life will be compromised.

These cats are pulled and become Wine Country Barn or Garden Cats where they are relocated to properties where they can work, be cared for, looked out for, and lead happier, healthy lives.

Where do the cats go?

Anywhere that “Green Pest Control” is valued and is safe:

  • Rural Residences
  • Urban Gardens
  • City Backyards
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Vineyards
  • Farms & Ranches
  • Barns

What happens when they
are set free?

Once a new home is found, the cats are set-up in a large habitat to live for a few weeks so they can acclimate to the 3 S’s.

  • Sights
  • Sounds
  • Smells

How do cats get familiar with their new home?

After the cat has spent four weeks in its new surroundings he or she is likely familiar with the sights, sounds and smells of the new home and is ready for release.

The cat’s instincts kick in and kitty knows this is the place where they will find food, water, shelter and warmth.

Samson and Delilah were feral kittens who did not tame down in our Foster Program so they entered our Wine Country Barn Cat Program.

We found them a perfect barn home where there were no expectations of them becoming friends with humans, but they could live out their lives as the cats they wanted to be.

Welcome home Samson and Delilah.

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All donations go to providing needed care for Sonoma County’s unowned cats. There are multiple ways to give. Learn more