137 Shelter Me Inc barn cats (where they came from / how they’re doing) 


Mazie and Amos by Adam Kesmetis



elmo1.JPG Elmo (photo at Julie Lovely stable)


photo of Fluffy by D Carlisle


Photo of Dougle on tractor byNancy Richardson



Photos above by Christine Randle


Photo of Whisky, the alpacas and the barn cat byShelter Me Inc


Photo of boys and cats by Shelter Me Inc


Photo of barn kittens by Pam Welty

how to acclimate barn cats in five steps Click here to watch the video: How to acclimate barn cats

Wedrove over 7000 miles delivering cats to barns (and coordinatingdelivery) in these locales since we began our program in April 2008.


Abingdon,Ashby, Bedford, Billerica,Boxford, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Fairhaven, Groton, Haverhill,Ipswich, Lincoln, Littleton, Mattapoisett, Mendon, Millet, Norfolk,North Easton, Orleans, Pepperell, Plympton, Sturbridge, Sudbury,Townsend, Upton, Wayland, West Bridgewater, West Newbury, Wrentham


Bedford,Contoocook, Deerfield, Derry, Hollis and Mason, NH


Brooklyn and Northfield


ShelterMe Inc assists other rescue organizations and individual rescuers–seeking optimalliving conditions for ‘unadoptable’ cats. We make a special effortto match what we learn about each animal’s temperament to theaccommodations that individual barn owners can provide.

Theprogram’s rationale is that barn cats provide a desirable,cost-effective service (rodent control) to barn owners andtherefore deserve to receive the same care that every other memberof the barn family receives (e.g., veterinary care, fresh food andwater every day and special shelter for winter) .

ShelterMe Inc spends a couple hundred dollars fornearly every single cat that we deliver. Ourexpenses include the cost of acclimation cages; cat food; litterand litter boxes; cat beds and houses; cat toys; carrying crates;veterinary bills and travel.

Donate now thru our secure paypal site Donations areoptional-averaging $50 to $100 per cat- and very deeplyappreciated.

Wecannot run the barn cat program without public support.

Click to read, how to apply for a Shelter Me inc barn cat How does a barn apply for a Shelter Me Inc barn cat?



Shelter Me Incplaced 44 “unadoptable” cats inbarns#1-7 are theGardner Animal Control cats–delivered to Upton (Felix& Tiny),Ipswich (Sketter&Mittens), Littleton (Mushy), Boxford (Max), andWest Newbury MA(Tigress);Felix passed away.Top row below (left to right) -Felix & Tiny, Max;Bottom row (left to right) Mushy; Tigress





#8-13 came fromSecond Chance Fund working with Worcester Animal Rescue League(delivered to Fairhaven MA (Greta & Elle); Orleans MA; and MasonNew Hampshire) 2 ran off from the Fairhaven barn almost immediately.One cat at another barn was taken by predators after two years.Here is Greta (left) and Greta & Elle together(right)


elle-and-greta-napping-in-barn-fairhaven-ma.JPGBelow is the cage set-up for the cats placed inOrleans – the barn owner named them Romeo and Juliet.


#14-17 are the siblings our friend Lori rescued fromthe Malden Diner basement (delivered to North Easton MA -right photoand Mendon – left photo).



#18-19 were twounrelated feral strays from Billerica Cat Care Coalition and MRFRSthat we added to a barn we had previously worked with in Upton MA. 2ran off from the Upton MA barn(We have not had luck placing unrelated straystogether)#20-27 were ‘unadoptable’ cats fromMRFRS in Salisbury (delivered to Groton MA (Clementine & Jewel),Plympton MA (Inky & Daisy), Upton MA, and NorthfieldConnecticut)2 from the Upton barn (different from the one above)spent a year living together and disappeared at separate times,believed to have been taken by coyotes. Photo ofClementine& Jewel in the shelter (below far left). Clementine(middle) post release in Groton, MA. Jewel rarely showed herselfafter release. We brought three more kittens (#33-35) to keep Clemand Jewel company-and to catch rodents. Clem and Jewel don’t chaserodents in the barn. A little unusual but true.



Chester (below left) ended up living with a greatfamily in CT. Inky & Daisy live on a great farm in Plympton -that’s Daisy below in the shadow. Hard to get a photo of Inky – she isvery elusive – takes after her mama, Jewel, barn cat #22 (whom weplaced in Groton).



#28-30 Male & female from MRFRS to Bedford, NewHampshire and male to Contoocook, NH.Themale in Contoocook disappeared after six months, believed to havebeen taken by coyotes.#31-32 were cats that were returned toMSPCA Methuen because of litter box problems (delivered toSturbridge MA). Both cats moved out of the barn and ‘went wild’ on the property.Their names – George (left) and Molly (right)- see them below–second-2.jpg

#33-35 were male kittens that our president SaraCarlisle rescued and paid to neuter (delivered to Groton MA)

That’sthem below -


#36 was a feral kitten (a lovely calico) that Morenetook home from her vet (delivered to Upton MA). I fostered her

for awhile on my back porch.


#37 was a stray cat (variously named Sylvester, Mr.Kitty and Smitty) who ended up at the MSPCA in Methuen afterShelter Me paid to neuter him (delivered to Abington MA). That’s himbelow in his new life with his proud owner.


#38-39 were two black female kittens that Kitty Katsrescued from the streets of Brighton, MA (delivered to Upton MA)



#40-41 were twoorange male kittens that Kitty Kats rescued from a dumpster inRosalindale, MA (delivered to Boxford MA)That’s Rocky & Tucky below left. On the right oneof the kittens is swatting Max – one of our very first barn cats -soon to become the kittens’ mentor. Oneof the little fellows disappeared after being in place for close totwo years and two months laterreappeared again!




#42-43 were a grey and a black male kitten thatKittyKats rescued from the dumpster in Roslindale (delivered to Ashby,MA). The owner named the black cat, Misha. That’s him below – hechased all the voles out of the garden.In December 2011, we received a note from the barn owner saying allthree cats are still in place and doing great. That is after threeyears!



#44 was a tortie female that Billerica Cat CareCoalition rescued – we placed her with the grey and black male kitten(delivered to Ashby MA)2009 35″unadoptable” cats in barns#45-46 were ablack & white male named Don and a calico female named Butterflythat were trapped in Acton, an area we cover, and brought in by aneighbor. Delivered to Berlin, MA#47-48-49 were anorange female and her two orange female kittens rescued by KittyKatsfrom a DPW site south of Dorchester, MA. Delivered to Newbury, MA.Those are the kittens at left on delivery day – and later….





This former barnkitten made it into the house where she resides happily today.#50-51 – 2 orangecats male and female rescued by Charles River Alleycats. Delivered toDerry, NH. That’s them in the acclimation cage and free – looking outthe hay loft.acclimation-cage-in-barn-in-derry-ny-copy.jpg



#52 – a maleblack and white cat (Timmy) rescued from the streets of Charlestownby KittyKats and placed on the farm that has Tiny, Felix and theCalico in Upton, MA. That’s Timmy below -


#53-54- a male orange cat named Marmalade and a blackcat named Nira trapped by KittyKats in the South End and Dorchester.Renamed Sonny and Buddy by their new owners. That’s them below -



#55-56 – Found abarn for two cats, a grey male and a black female, both long-hairand 1 year old. Trapped by Standish Humane Society in Plympton afterthe barn they were living in was closed down and cleaned out. Placedin Billerica.#57-58 – PlacedPetunia, a 5 yr old Calico with Kiki, a 1 yr old black cat, bothfemales picked up by Animal Rescue League. They had been in theshelter for more than 2 months and were not likely to be adopted forbehavioral reasons. Thatis them below. Kiki and Petunia (unrelated strays) got into fightsso the barn owner found another barn for Kiki.



#59 placed a 1 yr old black cat Violet. She has beenin the shelter at ARL and was returned for attacking her owner. Weattempted to place her with Petunia and Kiki but she growled so much,we took her back and on the way home to pick up a cage, another barnowner took pity on her and gave her a home. We had a heck of a timegetting Violet out of the carrier and finally gave up and put it (withher in it) inside the cage.Violet sadlydisappeared and was believed to have been taken by a coyote. That isher below – depressed at the shelter (left); her new animal family (right); her new human family; and finally, happy on the farm(bottom).






#60-61 – Placedtwo orange male cats, both named Garfield, unrelated but very fond ofone another. They were not being adopted at the Animal Rescue Leaguefor behavioral reasons. One ofthe golden cats disappeared after a year – he appears to have beenlost to a predator.

2 barn cats named Garfield


#62-63 – Placed 2 females, a feral white cat and aferal tortie cat, captured on the streets of Everett by Cindy Deverof Charles River Alleycats, in a barn in Auburn, NH.#64 -Placed ablack & white female cat named Shasta in a barn that houses twovery friendly goats and a couple horses. She had been at the AnimalRescue League in Boston since early March when we placed her on June6th in a barn in West Bridgewater. Shasta was about the unhappiestlooking cat we ever saw (see below ). But she didn’t stay that way.The barn owner thought she looked lonely in her acclimation cage(right) and took her into the house where Shasta now lives with othercats and dogs.



#65 – Placed a grey cat named Elmo in the barn nextdoor to Shasta’s place. She also had been at Animal Rescue League forseveral months. She lucked out big-time in her new home. That’s Elmobelow left in the shelter – depressed as can be – and happy on thefarm at right.



Elmo again – two years later in 2011 (below)


#66 Placed a black & white femalecat named Precious – saved by Laurence Van Atten of InternationalAnimal Rescue on behalf of WARL – in Hollis, NH. Precious isbelieved to have been taken by a coyote.That is her below in heracclimation cage on the farm.


#67 PlacedMelborn, a 3 year old male grey tabby (13 pounds) saved by LaurenceVan Atten, Delivered to a barn in Cape Cod. He was featured in the CapeCod Times in a story titled, “Shelter Me gives stray cats a freshstart.” Melborn isbelieved to have been taken by a coyote.That is him below.



#68-69 Kimball & Bushy – 1 3yrold orange male and 1 grey tabby from ARL to Carlisle, MA Bushy ran off after the acclimationperiod. Kimball stayed. That’s him below-



#70-71 Thelma & Louis – siblings black & white- 1 five month old female and 1 five month old male. They were tootimid for ARL to adopt out – they could be petted but preferred tohide from humans. Delivered to Ashby, MA. That’s them below. Their newowner named them Hansel & Gretel.





#72-73 Sierra Echo – 1 yr old grey female and 1 yrold gray tabby male -delivered to us by Jill Sullivan, a volunteer atScituate Animal Shelter and taken to Ashby, MA Sierra &Echo ran off. They were city cats that did not adjust to the farm.


#74 Muriel – female black & white 1 yr old femalesaved by Jill Sullivan, volunteer for Scituate Animal Shelter andtaken to Ashby, MA. Renamed Amelia. She made a friend at the farm – ahandsome orange cat named Huey. Left photo is of Amelia the day shearrived – the right photo is Amelia and Huey months later…Amelia is believed to have been takenby a coyote a year after settling in really well on the farm.



#75-76 -two 1 1/2year old calico kittens, Fiesta and Stella, saved by Julia atStandish Humane Society who delivered the cats to a farm we found forthem in Cape Cod.#77-78 -2 female siblings – 4 1/2 months old, an orange female (unusual) anda tortie given to us by Jill Sullivan who got them from QuincyAnimal Shelter. We placed them in Lunenberg, MA. One cat became ill and died severalmonths after placement. Jill brought the kittens to our house andshowed them off – our dog is looking on worriedly. At rightthe kittens are peering at their new barn home. middle pic – the barnowner’s son and the orange kitten.





#79 – 1 femaleblack & white cat – 6-7 months old rescued from the streets ofWorcester by Laurence Van Atten of International Animal Rescue(bottom left) Delivered to Lunenberg.


2010 21 “unadoptable” cats inbarns

#80 – 1 black& white male – 3 yrs old former stray – adopted once andreturned to ARL Boston- delivered to Haverhill, MA. That’s him makingfriends with the white horse – The barn owner named this cat, SirMartin. After a year, SirMartin, much beloved by his owner, disappeared – thought to be takenby a predator.




#81-82 – 2 black male siblings – 12 weeks old. Caughtand neutered by Feline Friends of New Hampshire. One of these youngsters – after a year- was found hit by a car.He had a good life – at night he and hissibling watched television with the boys in the picture. Hissibling, Lucifer, remains in place.




Lucifer watches television in the evening with thefamily. Here he is seen next to the Xmas tree.#83-84 – 1 black female and 1 orange male – 12 weeksold. Caught and vetted by Feline Friends of New Hampshire. Deliveredto Ashby, MA. That’s them below.



#85 – 1black&brown female tabby. 1 yr old. Caught and vetted by FelineFriends of New Hampshire. Delivered to Ashby, MA. #86-87-88 – Three male siblings from Feline Friends of New Hampshire – Rex, (greyand white tabby), Skitty (male b&W) and Pikachu (black male)about 12 weeks old. to Lunenberg. #89-#91 -1 femaleand 2 males- all feral – from Feline Friends of New Hampshire toWilmington, MA. #92-93 – Twoferal female siblings -trapped on the streets of Lawrence withspay/vaccinations and everything else arranged by a heroic localhusband & wife team. We found them ahome in Deerfield, NH. This is them- Aftera year, one of the females broke her leg and sadly was put to sleep.Her sibling remains in place.



in foster care Lawrence, MA at home on their farmin Deerfield, NH #94-95 -Two female feral siblings – trapped on streets of Lawrence (by samehusband/wife team as 89-90) and placed in a barn in Hubbardston. #96 -97 Two female feral siblings spayed by BVCats in RhodeIsland and delivered by the husband/wife team who fostered them to abarn placement we arranged in Sudbury, MA. They bonded withtheir family; after one year, however, one of thefemales disappeared, assumed to have been taken by a predator. Theyfound a male cat to bring in as a companion for the female; last weheard they are getting along great.




#98-99 – Two female feral kittens (unrelated but from the samecolony) whom we trapped in Fitchburg, MA, spayed at our expense by ourveterinarian and placed in a barn in W. Newbury, MA.


Former Fitchburgstray kittens settled in an acclimation cage in a heated barn officein West Newbury, MA#100 – one greyfemale kitten (whom we trapped in Fitchburg, MA) to the alpaca farmin Ashby, MA. This kitten was adopted into the home of the barnowner’s daughter shortly thereafter! Great omen for our 100thplacement.



As they got older they remained fast friends.


2011 – 28 “unadoptable” barncats

(13 rescued froma hoarder) #101-103 – Threefemales – Sissa, Smokey & Baby. Relocated from a farm in RhodeIsland that a family is being forced to leave – and placed in Ashby,MA. Smokey, a beautiful grey cat, made it into the family’s house,almost immediately. Baby is hanging around the barn while Sissa seems to have run off. Based on our personal experiences,we think it is much harder to successfully relocate cats that havebeen long-established elsewhere. The younger cats seem to adapt morequickly – and permanently – when we are placing them in what amountsto their first real home.#104 - One beautifuldark chocolate brown brown female, about 2 years old, whom we trappedat the Fitchburg colony, spayed and fostered for close to 2 months -until she was well enough to relocate. There were toomany cats in the Fitchburg colony to return her. She is a very shycat; we placed her in Norfolk, MA, with a lovely family. Oddly, sheran off – but not far. She lives under a neighbor’s shed and isfeastingly happily on the local rodent population. The person whom weplaced her with has promised to look after her in winter.



#105-106 – Two beautiful female calico siblings, lessthan 10 months old. They were rescued by Sheila Donahue, the ACO ofOxford, MA, from an abandoned apartment. (The owner had left in ahurry to escape an arrest warrant.) We placed them on a lovelyproperty in Dover, MA. It’s a true rags to riches journey. You can seeone of the calicos below. She happily lives half inside/half outsidethe house. Sadly, her sibling ranoff. This is the first time we have heard of one siblings in a bondedpair running off. But it appears that the calico who remained wasmore comfortable with the humans than her sibling who preferred tolive wild.



#107-109 – Threefemale semi-feral cats. They were living under a porch in RocklandCounty, NY for several years. They were much loved by the home ownerwho had sold her home and was retiring to Florida. She was desperateto relocate the cats.





Rockland County is way outside our area. Luckily wehad received a call earlier in the year from a barn owner in SaratogaSprings, NY (up in the Adirondacks) who was looking for barn cats. Weput the two of them together, paid to have an acclimation cage shippedto Saratoga Springs, and the retiring homeowner drove them up herself.The barn owner raises collies and Morgan horses. The collies, as youcan see in the photos below, are very interested in the barn cats. 9months after these cats arrived, we got a wonderful note from the barnowner….“Dear Sandy, The story gets better. I am now able when I feed all 3 cats, twice aday — to pet them and scratch them and TLC. I didn’t think itpossible but I am their person. And they are loves too. Thanks againfor hooking us up.”





#110-#111 Twofemale grey kittens. Both to a barn in Millet, MA. Shelter Me Inchelped Oxford animal control rescue them from a hoarder’s house; andpaid to test, spay, vaccinate them;provided acclimation cages to theanimal control office and purchased food and other supplies for thecats. One of the kittens wasblind, unfortunately. (See below – she is a gutsy, graceful animal.)We picked her up and drove her to a lovely veterinarian in Webster,Dr Quisenberry, had her examined, and asked if the vet would keepthe kitten as an office cat. (The kitten had a ball running aroundthe examination room.) Dr Q said yes! Later, the barn owner pickedup another grey cat from the hoard and brought her back to thebarn.




#112-113 Two grey & whitefemale cats to a barn in Haverhill. Shelter Me Inc helped OxfordAnimal control rescue these from a hoarder’s house and paid to spayand vaccinate them. Community Cat Connection of Webster paid to testthem. #114Three more hoarder cats rescued from Oxford were rehomed here, butonly one became a barn cat. There was 1 black male, 1 grey &white female and 1 male Himalayan to Dighton, MA. The himlayan wasso sweet, he ended up living in the house as a permanent companionto a teenage boy; the grey&white female seemed unsuited for barnlife and was adopted by the owner’s niece and as for the littleblack fellow – barn life for him has worked out perfectly. You cansee the latter two in their acclimation cage and the young black catsitting happily in a window box enjoying his freedom.




#115-116 One youngblack male and one grey & white male also rescued from thehoarder’s house in Oxford, MA and doing absolutely great at their newbarn home in Lunenberg. This note came from the barn owner at the endof Sept: Weare so in love!!!The black triple pawed boy isDarwin, grey/white one is Watson.They were let out ofthe acclimation cage yesterday, tromp gleefully around the barn,come over to get lots of rubs.We weren’t expectingthem to be super friendly, but they are.They returnto their cage for food and sleep, such great cats.We’rekeeping them contained in the barn until they get really used to it.They’ve even chased off some chipmunks who were eating the chickenfeed.Thank you for such great barn cats.2012 update onthese cats – they moved into the house! Watson isseen below with his housepals.



photo of Watson and Friends by Erin Willett, SmahtFahmWhen the familymoved out of state they kindly shared this wonderful pic of theroadtrip.



#117-1118 Twogrey & white females to a barn in New Hampshire. These also camefrom the hoarder’s house in Oxford, MA. #119-120 Two females – a himalayan and a greycat to a barn in Lincoln, MA. These also came from the hoarder’shouse in Oxford, MA. This isone of our sadder stories.These cats were doing great; thehimalayan followed the daughters of the house to their friends’houses and was a crowd favorite while the grey cat, a littlewilder, had a ball running around the garden. Unaccountably, after6 weeks, the grey cat refused to return to the barn at night andthe himalayan with whom she was bonded followed her into the woods.They did not return. #121-122 onefemale & one male (her offspring). These cats were brought to usby Jan, a volunteer with Quincy animal shelter. The cats were rescuedfrom the streets of Dorchester. The mother is friendly; the youngsteris semi-feral. The rescuers did not want to separate them; did notwant to return them but nobody was likely to adopt a semi-feralkitten. We placed them in one of the loveliest barns we have everseen. Below you can see the acclimation cage we set-up in a heatedtack room/office. On the top shelf of the cage, the cats can look outonto the indoor ring.




#123-124 Twoferal long-haired females (one calico and one grey and white tiger)rescued by Patty Besaw of Feline Friends of New Hampshire from aMethuen junkhard.







Photos above by L Bergeron

We placed them in a barn in Lincoln. We set up a double-cage to give them extra roomto move around in the winter months. The idea is to keep them in thecage and then contain them in the barn to protect them against theelements and also give them time to mature. The photo at right wastaken several weeks after placement – the kitten is eating a treatout of the owner’s hand. That is quite an accomplishment; thesekittens are very feral. #125-126 Twoferal male tiger kittens – 3 to 4 months old. Rescued by Theresa ofBillerica Cat Care Coalition from a dumpster in Tewksbury. We placedthem in a barn in Upton where their companions will be two potbellied pigs, chickens, several dogs, a brother and a sister who willcare for them and parents who love animals. After a week in the cage,the young girl is able to pet them. (She spends hours sitting outsidetheir cage reading to them.)





#127-128 Twothree-month old kittens – a calico and a grey tiger rescued by thehomeowner in Fitchburg whom Shelter Me has been assisting for thepast year and placed on a dairy farm in Littleton, MA belonging toone of our most favorite veterinarians. Lucky break for thesekittens; they would not have survived the winter outdoors. Last weheard, the barn owner was able to pet the kittens through the bars ofthe cage.

2012 We placed six barn cats.

We put most of our effort into education—publishing a ‘howto acclimate barn cats’ insert in Equine Journal, thanks to a grantfrom the Red Acre Foundation. It reached a circulation of more than10,000 people.

#129 Oneincredibly energetic male cat named Newton.The animal control officerof Westford gave him to Sara Carlisle to foster. There was some worrythat he would survive – he was so small. But these worries weremisplaced. Newton turned out to be an incredibly energetic cat – fartoo much energy to live indoors. Although he lived happily in threehomes, he wore out his welcome in all of them. We found him aterrific barn home in Bedford



Newton as a youngster. Coveting the outdoors.


Newton at home onthe farm.

#130-131 2 male siblings. A verynice man in Pepperell asked if Shelter Me Inc could find a couplecats to place in his barn.We asked around and Feline Friends in NewHampshire wrote us about a pair of feral siblings who needed a home.They were found in a Walmart parking lot eating out of a dumpster.

Only two daysafter they arrived, both cats are comfortable enough in their newenvironment to come out of hiding in their acclimation cage to watchtheir new owner make his rounds. Beautiful cats. They got a luckybreak.



#132 1 male cat named Buddy placed in a therapeuticriding barn in Bridgewater – The Bridge Center. About 10 people wereinvolved in rescuing Buddy. That’s a record. Two families were taking care of Buddy in Bridgewater;one of them even brought him into the house but he wasn’t happyinside. The families live on a cul de sac and they loved sharingBuddy’s care but his hunting prowess (he killed mice and otherrodents) disturbed the neighbors. This is Buddy- eating outside at his home inBridgewater.



One of the families contacted Shelter Me and asked forhelp. We didn’t have any barns available; barns have been few and farbetween for us this year. But we know a barn owner in Bridgewater -Julie Lovely of Wild Hearts Therapeutic Riding Barn, so we sent her anote asking if she knew any barns who might offer Buddy a home. Shesent out a plea and got a response back from one of her colleagues ata neighboring therapeutic riding barn in Bridgewater called The BridgeCenter. What a great place!We setup Buddy in an acclimation cage near theentrance of the barn.



We put free feeding water and dry food dispensers inthe cage…actually it is a double cage. We were a little concernedabout an active guy like Buddy being restrained in a cage. We put itin the entrance so he could watch the horses and kids in the ridingprogram coming and going. The family left some beautiful quilted blankets forhim. 2 weeks later, we got this lovely note – Buddy is doing wonderful – he is talking ALOT and is really showing signs of being okay with us. He lets me pethim now when I go to change food or litter. I think he is ready to bereleased but wanted to ask your thoughts before doing so. Today ishis two-week mark. ~ Judy Johnson Riding Center Coordinator, The BridgeCenterSo far, so good. Then, 10 days later we received thisnote after we advised the barn owner that it probably was notnecessary to keep Buddy in the acclimation cage for the full 5weeks…considering he is a friendly guy, we thought 2 weeks might beokay–Great news to share about Buddy – we did lethim out last week and he is just loving life. He has fully exploredall parts of the barn and discovered which offices have comfortablechairs to sit on. He has walked into the arena during lessons andmeowed his approval. He has even left us presents already (onesquirrel and a mole). The cage is open for him to eat and drink outof at will – but he prefers the horse troughs for water. We havestarted to try to transition him to find his food and learn about theheated laundry room and the grain room (where it is safer to placefood out of the reach of natural scavengers like raccoons). He isgetting there….We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect cat. He isfitting in wonderfully. Thanks again

#133-134 1 female & 1 maleBlack&grey&brown five month old siblings from Marcia arescuer in Lawrence. The kittens were rescued inPelham, NH and ironically ended up back in New Hampshire in a swellbarn where they have chickens and horses for neighbors.


Photo by Alyssa Harkness


#135 An unadoptable male cat named Raven from theMedfield shelter to a barn in Billerica.


Raven wasn’t handling shelter life very well. Theywrote us that the shelter stressed him out; he didn’t like to bepetted and after three months he was pulling out his fur. We sent outsome email queries and Raven caught a break. One beautiful Sunday inMay, we picked him up and drove him to his new barn home. Check outthe view-imag0178-copy.jpg

We setup a double-cage for Raven. He is a pretty bigcat and we felt he needed plenty of room. He settled in pretty easilyor so it seems. We brought along some Fancy Feast canned food and theminute we put it in the cage, he began to eat.




#136-137 2 female cats, 1 year old black and whitestray and a 7 year old white and brown tabby from Animal Rescue Leagueof Boston through Shelter Me Inc to a barn in Wrentham. Neither catcould handle shelter life. Here they are seen being greeted by thefarm’s resident King Charles Spaniels.barn-cat-delivery-credit-debbie-vogel-arl.jpgWe set the cats up in a double-acclimationcage-combing a kitty playpen with a dog crate.The white and black cat happily began to eat almostimmediately after entering her new temporary home. The older cat sathiding in the corner.


But the cats were not too happy in the cage and theincredibly resourceful barn owner moved them into a room in his barnwith a lookout onto the property. He placed chicken wire over the doorsand his one of his dogs formed an attachment to one of the cats (andvice versa).



Photo credit: AKesmetis

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