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Barn Cat Buddies Program

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PO Box 777 Hardy VA 24101 USA

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Toula, a lovely tortoise shell female cat, "adopted" us during the summer of 2013. Our Vet estimates that she is currently about 3 or 4 years old. She has been spayed, microchipped, and under regular veterinary care as soon as we were able to physically lure her into her kitty carrier. Now she allows us to pick her up and take her into the mobile clinic when our Vet arrives to care for our animals.

She was a feral cat who we began to feed, and after about 3 months of feeding her and talking to her from a distance, she finally was able to trust us enough to let us get close to her and finally to pet her. Though we have MUCH experience rescuing dogs, Toula is our first experience with a cat. Now you would never know she was a feral cat because she is so affectionate to humans who visit our home and 8 acre property.

She lives primarily outdoors, which is her preference, but she is fed and has climate controlled shelter and a soft bed in my 16 x 16 studio for voice and fine art. We have never brought her inside our main home because first she demonstrates little interest in this, and second, my husband is allergic to cats and probably would not be able to tolerate having her live with us indoors. Toula is very happy here on "her" land where she feels safe and comfortable, and we are so pleased that she has been rehabilitated to trust humans and even our three dogs who hang out with Toula and myself when I am working in my studio.

Because of a recent job situation we are very quickly relocating to Charleston, SC. in September 2015, and after much discussion with people in feral cat rescue, including the knowledgeable staff and volunteers with Barn Cat Buddies, we have decided that it will be best for Toula if she is able to stay on our property, after we move, in the care of the new owner or resident. We have several trusted friends and colleagues interested in buying our home, and if one of them is able to purchase it, we would ensure that they agree to allow Toula to stay where she is safe and happy. Until that time, we have arranged for our neighbors to continue to care and feed Toula after we move and while our home is still on the market.

However, we do not want Toula to fall through the cracks as we rapidly make this transition. Our three dogs are of course coming with us, and if we have no other alternative, we will return for Toula as well. But she would need to stay in a garage and would not be able to roam freely as she does now. We will no longer be in a rural area, and there will be alligators in the water ways near by. She would not be able to stay inside our home because of my husband's allergies. We do not feel it is best for Toula to have to live in our garage when she has been used to having so much freedom and independence. We also do not have the experience to try to transition her to living completely indoors.

If she cannot stay here on our property after we move, what would be ideal would be for an experienced cat person to help her transition to an indoor/outdoor home where she is safe and comfortable and has plenty of independence. She is a very good hunter, so she would be a real asset on a rural property.

So, we have been in touch primarily with Dianne from Barn Cat Buddies to help us find a back up plan for Toula in case we are not able to arrange for her to stay here on our property under the care of a trusted friend/colleague who has purchased our home. We greatly appreciate all of her expertise and compassion as we have had to make the very difficult decision to try to find a new home for Toula. It is wonderful to know that we are not alone in this, and that there are volunteers who care waiting to help us with Toula in whatever way they can. Barn Cat Buddies is a wonderful group to support.

 
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Barn Cat Buddies are buddies to both the felines and humans in our community in Franklin County, VA. They provide great info and referrals. They find homes for kitties whenever possible. They have the biggest hearts and always do the best that they can. Kristina M.

 
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I have watched this non profit make a difference for feral and friendly cats over the years and have never had a platform to sing their praises. These folks not only "talk the talk, but they walk the walk". What most don't realize is that people as well as animals are equally served through this all volunteer organization. Wish I could give them 10 stars. My respect for them is off the charts.

 
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TNR works! This organization works to spay/neuter feral or undersocialized cats thus dramatically decreasing the feral cat population. They also rescue from local pounds, giving adult cats and kittens a chance of finding a home. The cooperation with local veterinarians allows the community another option for low cost spay/neuter.

 
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Barn cat buddies is one of the best bunch of volunteers. They actually do care about the animals.

 
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I can't say enough good things about Barn Cat Buddies! I adopted my wonderful FIV+ kitty from them after they saved him from a local shelter. He has the best personality and I am so grateful his life was spared. BCB also does a fantastic job helping local communities with Trap Neuter Return programs and whenever I notify them of an ear-tipped cat at the pound, they quickly step up to save them. Barn Cat Buddies is run by compassionate people and they are making a great impact in Roanoke and surrounding areas.

 
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Barn Cat Buddies is a great group to volunteer for! They are very appreciative, and it's wonderful that they recently got a grant and were able to get over 400 area feral cats fixed, for FREE! This will be a HUGE help come "kitten season". My favorite thing that BCB does is find homes for older cats. We have a lot of success with that and I am happy to play a small role in helping. The group is supportive of each other and provides advice to people with colonies that need to be fixed. Leadership is terrific to the volunteers -- I am a very busy person but it feels so good to do "just one more thing" for this group when needed. I just wish there were more barns to put the less social cats in -- their foster families are amazing, but full of cats!

 
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As a newcomer to the rural south, I had no idea what to do when my neighbors moved and left behind their outdoor cat (who recently had kittens). Already having three cats of my own, I adopted two kittens and fostered the mother and remaining son until I found a solution. The Bedford Humane Society worked with Barn Cat Buddies to find this pair the perfect home. Not only was I relieved they didn't end up at the County shelter-- but I found my passion for animal welfare work and ended up volunteering for various related causes. Barn Cat Buddies is an inspiration-- a great idea in the hands of those who know how to execute. It is astonishing what they've been able to accomplish by seeing a need and serving that need. Everybody wins when a barn cat gets adopted (except for the mice)!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I have adopted three kitties from Barn Cat Buddies. I was so impressed with the members of this group and their dedication and tireless work toward promoting TNR and rescuing and caring for feral kitties that I had to get involved as a volunteer. Now my husband is involved as well.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I've been around animal rescue for a long time. Rarely do I meet such dedicated, hardworking, stick-with-it and most of all caring people that are Barn Cat Buddies. I am repeatedly surprised by the efforts of those involved. I can't say enough good things about them. They are serious, organized, experienced, knowledgeable and wholeheartedly commited. It's a joy to spend time with these fantasticly driven people. Best of all no member at BCB ever feels they are doing enough. They are special souls, close to my soft heart.
Bless them all...

 
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