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Santa Fe Shelter Offers ‘Barn Cats’ For Adoption
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Posted on 03/13/2014 11:37:04 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Animal shelters often place domesticated cats and dogs in homes. Now, Santa Fe Animal Shelter based in New Mexico, is working to give feral felines a second chance at life as well. According to the Santa Fe CBS affiliate KRQE, 30 semi-feral and feral cats were seized from the home of an elderly woman when she contacted Animal Control for help. Some of the younger felines were able to be socialized and adopted out. Ten feral cats described as being unfriendly and unsocialized were slated for adoption as well.

These animals are part of the shelter's barn cat program. Some people are in need of animals to combat their pest control problems and felines present a nontoxic solution.

"The barn cat program offers feral, semi-feral and some non-feral cats a second chance," Savannah Sweatt, organizer of the barn cat program at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, told the source. "It's better than just letting a cat loose in the wild."

The barn cats will receive shelter, veterinary care, food and water, yet will get more freedom to roam around then their indoor cat counterparts.

Barn Cats, Inc. out of Lewisville, Texas, runs a similar program, which strives to help feral cats while providing a safe pest control solution.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
Good deal all around.
1 posted on 03/13/2014 11:37:06 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...

2 posted on 03/13/2014 11:37:48 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I adopted a barn kitten when he was 2 months old. That cat would catch elk if he could!


3 posted on 03/13/2014 11:39:04 PM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

If only I lived nearby to take one (or two)
For a for ever home


4 posted on 03/13/2014 11:39:22 PM PDT by Gefn
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To: Catmom

5 posted on 03/13/2014 11:43:39 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Gefn

I hear ya.


6 posted on 03/13/2014 11:44:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Catmom

My sister adopted a barn kitten. When she got him in the house, he detected and killed a mouse within a half hour of his arrival.


7 posted on 03/13/2014 11:47:36 PM PDT by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Very cute but I think Louie pictures himself on the cover of American Hunter!


8 posted on 03/13/2014 11:54:55 PM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: coydog

They’re hardwired to kill. Glad they’re small or they might scare me!


9 posted on 03/13/2014 11:56:27 PM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Glad to hear about this, but it is not in my state.

I have two barn cats I am currently trying to place. All they need is shelter and a little food and water.


10 posted on 03/13/2014 11:59:58 PM PDT by Sloopy
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To: coydog

I think my two spoiled rotten, indoor-only kittehs would hide from a live mouse, but, BOY, are they fierce spider killerz! ;o)


11 posted on 03/14/2014 12:08:05 AM PDT by boatbums (Simul justis et peccator.)
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To: Catmom

12 posted on 03/14/2014 12:25:04 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Sloopy

Best of luck in placing them. Have you considered petfinder.com?


13 posted on 03/14/2014 12:25:43 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I actually tamed a feral tomcat.

Took me almost a year, finally he would jump into my lap for some lovin....he loved to be picked up and petted.

I was the only person he would allow such contact with though.

I never thought it would be possible.


14 posted on 03/14/2014 12:27:53 AM PDT by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: Bobalu

Congratulations! I’m sure it was worth the effort.


15 posted on 03/14/2014 12:32:43 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I was adopted by a barn kitten that looked almost exactly like the one in the photo. I called him Tigger, for the rings on his tail.

I was on my porch the day Mama first brought the kittens out from the neighbors barn. This little orange furball decided to climb the steps to see if it should fight me, or eat me. After I while, it fell asleep in my lap, and he stayed there the next ten years.

He never acclimated to the wife or daughter, and was sometimes even hostile with them.

I was traveling a LOT in those days, and after I would leave, he’d park himself in my office desk chair, and only come downstairs for food. Within a couple of hours of arriving home, on no set schedule, he would leap from the chair, and just wait by the front door for me to arrive. After that, it was kitty playtime again.

I do miss the little guy, a lot.


16 posted on 03/14/2014 12:48:34 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL! Thank you!


17 posted on 03/14/2014 12:52:59 AM PDT by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I had a feral Siamese cat that I brought home. He knew where he could find shelter and lick his wounds but he still had to go out almost every day to roam.


18 posted on 03/14/2014 12:53:20 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

He gave up trying to sharpen his claws on the furniture, fallen tree bark provided better materials.

He brought my mom a baby rabbit home as tribute once.


19 posted on 03/14/2014 12:54:19 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: tcrlaf

There’s another kitty out there waiting for you, if you want to find it.


20 posted on 03/14/2014 1:19:12 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Catmom

Glad you liked.


21 posted on 03/14/2014 1:20:34 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: a fool in paradise

That’s quite a prize. He must have appreciated your home.


22 posted on 03/14/2014 1:21:30 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

23 posted on 03/14/2014 1:45:30 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Daffynition

Somebody’s trying to poison that poor cat!


24 posted on 03/14/2014 2:31:08 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: tcrlaf

Sweet story!


25 posted on 03/14/2014 2:51:33 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker; tcrlaf

There is another one out there.


26 posted on 03/14/2014 4:07:57 AM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg; tcrlaf

Yes—I’m sure there is, and in need of a home, too!


27 posted on 03/14/2014 4:12:50 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Slings and Arrows

It has been so long since I adopted a cat. They usually appear spontaneously and move in.

A few years ago, we moved into a neighborhood with a very prolific feral cat. Eventually, we trapped her—she was too smart to be trapped, but her kitten helped—and had her fixed. Her last litter of kittens was about 4 months old. We took them in and tamed them. The two girls remain skittish, while the boy is the most friendly little guy. These “kittens” are now 9 years old.


28 posted on 03/14/2014 4:22:02 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’m sure we had a thread about *the cat that hates Obama.* :)

http://izismile.com/2009/08/19/cat_that_hates_obama_4_pics.html


29 posted on 03/14/2014 5:04:18 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Catmom

We adopted a barn cat to actually live and kill mice in our barn. Sweetest cat we ever had but not a mouse in sight.

Its nice when someone is actually good at their job.


30 posted on 03/14/2014 5:45:35 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Catmom

Growing up in the country we had a number of barn cats pass through our lives. Some were friendlier than others, of course. My dad didn’t regard them as pets; they were there to keep the vermin population in check.

I remember my grandmother being a little upset one day when one of our cats dropped a dead rabbit at her feet.


31 posted on 03/14/2014 6:10:03 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Catmom

Yup. All three of my cats are quite affectionate, but I’m pretty sure if they were bigger they would try to kill me.


32 posted on 03/14/2014 6:11:08 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Bobalu
My wife and I managed to tame a feral queen who was living in our back yard at the time we moved into our house. Mrs. Tweezers says she observed us for a couple years to determine whether we would be suitable staff.

She still runs off and hides under the bed when company comes over, but she's very loving with us. And she's adjusted well to being a house cat, as this picture shows.


33 posted on 03/14/2014 6:14:18 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

cute! is she still a queen or did you get her spayed? :)


34 posted on 03/14/2014 6:49:36 AM PDT by midnightcat
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To: Slings and Arrows

I didn’t think about Petfinders for semi-ferals. I’ll look into it. Thanks for the info, and the good wishes.


35 posted on 03/14/2014 6:58:48 AM PDT by Sloopy
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To: midnightcat

She was pregnant at the time she finally moved in with us. I had her spayed as soon as her litter was weaned. Needless to say it is NOT fun living with an intact queen when she goes into heat!


36 posted on 03/14/2014 7:19:03 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Bobalu

Yeah, me, too! I was shocked that I was able to take an outside fighter into a great big loving protective inside cat. Sadly, I only had him for a year, but it was the best year one could have had, for both of us.


37 posted on 03/14/2014 7:38:12 AM PDT by siamesecats (God closes one door, and opens another, to protect us.)
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To: coydog

The winter is so long around here, while the kitties are outside, the mice chase our cats down in order to be carried inside for the warmth. Then while playing with their “food”, the mouse scrambles off.


38 posted on 03/14/2014 7:56:21 AM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: onedoug

Lets adopt a feral cat. They’re always fun.


39 posted on 03/14/2014 8:42:59 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

Butters


40 posted on 03/14/2014 8:52:43 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried to stay ln a house with a Siamese queen in heat. O.M.G!


41 posted on 03/14/2014 11:24:32 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: Slings and Arrows

UMMMM ....BARN KITTY....SKIN ‘EM OUT....ROLL ‘EM IN SMOKEHOUSE MAPLE RUB AND DUST EM UP WITH FLOUR....THEN FRY EM UP IN HOT PEANUT OIL. ADD PICKLES AND A COLD BEER AND YOU’VE GOT YOURSELF A NICE LUNCH...THE BEST..


42 posted on 03/14/2014 11:32:40 AM PDT by jimsin
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To: exDemMom

My cats range from 7 to 11. They’re still my kittens.


43 posted on 03/14/2014 11:44:51 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: patriot08
I'm not totally sure on this, but I think Patch might be part Siamese. As you can surmise from the photo, she doesn't have the appropriate markings but she does have a similar build. And of the litters I know of, just about every one included a colorpoint kitten, although they were usually some variant of "tabby-point" rather than solid point.

Including this one, who now owns one of my friends.


44 posted on 03/14/2014 11:54:15 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Looks of Siamese ancestry alright.


45 posted on 03/14/2014 12:05:20 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: Slings and Arrows

My neighbor adopted a beautiful barn cat kitten who now terrorizes the other cats in the neighborhood. She’s made my cat’s life pure hell, to the extent that he doesn’t want to go outside any more. Some people say that barn cats can never be fully domesticated.

So please, keep your barn cats inside.


46 posted on 03/14/2014 12:24:51 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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