County Animal Services is actively seeking barn homes for feral cats in the Santa Barbara County area. Because of their wild nature, feral cats are not suitable for adoption, and must be taken in by families who own ranch or barn homes.
According to Stacy Silva, the Community Outreach Coordinator for Animal Services, feral cats have always been an issue. In the past, the cats were euthanized, but the organization is now in the process of moving to a “no-kill movement” and working to find them safe homes. Caretakers must be willing to provide the cats with a comfortable space, feed them and take care of their basic needs
The cats, which are currently in shelters, are spayed or neutered, have received all of their vaccines, and are given an overall health check. A representative from animal services or a volunteer from the organization will provide adopters with a yard check as well as instructions on helping the cats adjust to their new homes.
Silva also mentioned that in many cases the feral cats are especially good at rodent control.
Individuals interested in the feral cat adoption program can contact Silva at (805) 934-6981.
Katherine Perry is an Independent intern.