Some cats who end up at HSHV cannot adapt to indoor living. They may be feral (i.e., born and raised in the wild), or under-socialized and prefer little to no human contact. Whatever the reason, we still believe these cats deserve a happy life and that they can be placed with families who value them as much as we do.

Why adopt a barn cat?

Adopting a barn cat can be a mutually beneficial relationship – you will be saving the life of a healthy cat, while they will help scare off small, pesky rodents! To people who qualify, barn cat adoption is FREE.

Barn cats are:

  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date on vaccinations

We strongly recommend having 2 or more barn cats because they keep each other company and can huddle together for warmth in cold weather.

Since each cat is unique, HSHV can’t guarantee anything about the cat’s temperament. Some may never want human contact, while others may eventually seek attention.

How to adopt a barn cat

You’ll need to provide:

  • A carrier to get your cat home in
  • Safe, permanent shelter with an area of weather-proof covering
  • Continuous fresh food and water
  • Veterinary care when needed
  • Acclimation crate, time and area


To ensure the cats acclimate and do not run away, they must be kept in a large homing crate in their new environment for a minimum of 3 weeks. Then they should be given free range of their new home. We’re sorry; we currently do not have any crates to lend.

How to acclimate barn cats

Barn Cats Currently Available for Adoption

Please note: There are often MORE cats than listed here who need barns! Please submit an application, and we’ll be in touch! 

We will typically contact you within 3 business days of completing an application.
If you’d rather apply offline, please print this survey, complete and mail it to: HSHV Barn Buddies, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Questions? Please email Thank you!

This program is for cats in our shelter. HSHV does not accept or take in feral cats. Please do not bring them to the shelter. If you have outside/feral cats and live in Washtenaw County, please see our Community Cats program for help.