Outdoor Cat Program
A win-win for both our non-traditional cats and adopters!
Sometimes, Lee County Humane Society receives stray cats that are poorly socialized or feral and we then have to consider non-traditional adoption placements for them. Our Outdoor Cat Program is designed to aid in finding placements for a specific population of cats--those who don't feel comfortable in a traditional home setting, but would be perfectly happy as "working cats" to homeowners, landowners and businesses who have a need for pest control. Rather than making tough decisions on these pets, we want to give them every chance possible to live their lives happily. We recognize that they deserve shelter, access to food and water and the stimulation of critter hunting that an outdoor placement provides.
How does it work?
All of our outdoor cat candidates are fixed, vaccinated against rabies, microchipped, and FeLV/FIV tested. They are adopted out to families and individuals who appreciate working cats for critter patrol and can provide a safe, appropriate environment such as a barn, stable, garage or warehouse for the cat to stay in should weather get bad. This way, these cats can enjoy safe outdoor homes with shelter and a caregiver and adopters can enjoy having healthy, sterilized cats happily tend to their mouse, snake or vermin troubles. If you are interested, please apply at the link above and email to let our staff know you are interested in our Outdoor Cat Program. For more information about the program, check out the Frequently Asked Questions below!
How much does it cost to adopt an outdoor cat?
To adopt one of our outdoor cats, it will be $45. This fee covers the cost of the rabies vaccinated, microchip and spay/neuter surgery.
What do I do when I bring the cat home?
When you bring an outdoor cat home, they will need to be confined to an escape proof room such as a garage, tack room, coop, etc. for at least 2 weeks while they acclimate to their new surroundings. If you let them roam too early, they will likely not stay in the area you need them to and will run away. During this time, you will need to provide food, water and will need to clean the litter pan daily. After this period of confinement, the cat will usually accept the area as their new home and may be released from the enclosed room. You will need to continue to provide food and water as well as continue to allow them access to shelter such as your barn or garage (in case of bad weather) so they continue to associate the area as their new home.
Are they spayed or neutered?
Yes. All outdoor cats are spayed or neutered before leaving to go home with you.
Will I be responsible for future vaccinations?
Yes. Our outdoor cats are already up to date on rabies vaccinations and following adoption, you will be responsible for keeping up with their medical care. The best way to have these cats vaccinated is to use a humane trap such as a Havahart to transport them to and from the vet office.
Do you have any friendly outdoor cats?
Most of the outdoor cats we have are feral and are usually not friendly or social. Most have no desire to be "lap cats" and cannot be touched (or they may take a long time to trust you enough to let you pet them. If you are interested in a friendly outdoor cat, you can contact our staff to see if we have any that would be suited for that type of lifestyle.
What do outdoor cats require?
These cats require shelter in a permanent structure such as a garage, barn, shed, etc. in a suitable area where they will be safe from inclimate weather and other predators. Daily food and water should be provided as well as any future medical care needed. When intitially brought home, the cat should be kept in a confined area for at least 2 weeks to aclimate to their new home.
Can I come look at, or select, my outdoor cat?
Due to the nature of these cats, we normally have to trap them overnight. We usually select the cats that are most eager to enter a carrier or humane trap. We do our best to accomodate you if you have a color, age or gender preference, but we can't make any promises. All appointments for outdoor cats are scheduled in advance as it could take time for us to round up a candidate for you.