Barn Cat FAQ
Here are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions:

    How much do the cats cost?
Because we are a no-kill shelter, we're thrilled these cats get a
second chance at life rather than be warehoused at our facility.
But, because we are a non-profit corporation, we also require an
adoption fee of $25 per cat (a fraction of what has been spent) to help offset our expenses and keep the program running.

    What is a "feral" cat?
We have three types of barn cats: Ferals, semi-ferals and Garden Kitties.  True ferals have been trapped and want nothing to do with humans. As a result, they tend to make the best hunters. Semi-ferals are used to being around humans and are not as frightened, but still keep any interaction to a minimum. Garden Cats are cats that can't be placed as regular lap kitties due to issues such as minor biting or scratching or inappropriate litterbox use but they do like people and, on occasion, will seek you out for attention.

   Where do these cats come from?
Other rescue groups, homes where owners have left and abandoned the cats, and true feral colonies in El Dorado County that are threatened with being destroyed.

    Do I get to pick out my cat?
No, primarily due to our ever-rotating collection. We do try to place cats from the same colony or who are known to get along. We also try to fulfill requests for short hair, especially if the new home has a problem with stickers and brush.

    What do I need to provide?
At least one small meal each day; water at all times; sufficient shelter at all times; and an environment free from menacing animals.

  How much do the cats cost?
Barn cats are $10 and Garden Kittes are $25.

How do I get my new working cat?
Adopters are asked to come to the shelter, 6101 Enterprise Drive, Diamond Springs,   Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm, and Saturday 10am to 4pm.   You will need to bring a sturdy cat carrier for each cat. If necessary we also have loaner cages to keep the cats for the amount of time required for adjustment to you.

    Won't the cats run away?
We can advise you on how to choose a good location to free your new Barn Cat. They love to hide so a barn or shed full of items always make an excellent "kitty hide-out." Food and water need to be provided immediately to help the cat settle in and feel secure. Yet, even with these safety precautions, cats don't always take to their new home and may relocate on their own, despite the new owner's best intentions.

    What if a cat gets sick or is injured?
Animal Outreach offers a 30-day free vet check included with our adoption. As we are not a full-service veterinary hospital, our services at Animal Outreach are limited to initial exams, antibiotics or euthanasia during regular work hours. Your cat(s) will need to be taken by you to your personal vet for extensive treatment, i.e. x-rays and bloodwork.

What is a "Feral" cat?
We have three types of barn cats: Feral, semi-feral and Garden Kitties.
Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode
Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode
A non-profit 501 - c(3) organization
6101 Enterprise Drive
Diamond Springs, Ca 95619