How to Create a Successful Barn Cat Program

February 2015 by Monica Frenden

Audience: Executive Leadership, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers

Video Length: 26 mnutes

Often overlooked for rescue, feral and fractious cats can be saved through a progressive Barn Placement Program and given a new lease on life as working cats. Learn how to start a barn program from scratch, including selecting cats appropriate for barn placement, finding quality homes, proper relocation procedures and safe handling and sheltering practices. The Austin Pets Alive! Barn Cat Program saves hundreds of feisty cats each year that would otherwise be slated for euthanasia and you can, too! Presented by Monica Frenden, this program was part of the American Pets Alive! 2015 No-Kill Conference.

About Monica Frenden

Monica Frenden noticed the stark lack of resources for community cats in rural Illinois and decided to do something about it. In 2008 she founded Safe House Animal Rescue League, a Trap Neuter Return and low-cost spay/neuter service, bringing thousands of cats to Chicago each year for sterilization. To further combat feral cat euthanasia, she developed one of the nation's most successful barn cat programs which saves over 300 feral cats from euthanasia annually. In 2012, Monica moved to Texas and joined Austin Pets Alive! where she serves as Cat Program Manager, overseeing the adoption and care of more than 3,000 cats each year. Her love of sassy cats helps save even the most challenging of felines!

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