A rescuer myself, I have worked with Barn Cat Buddies many times over the years. They are always willing to help find homes for "Barn Cats", give valuable advice on how to trap the ones that never want to be gotten, help with good info about low cost spay and neuter and many other things. Our community would be a much poorer place with this outstanding organization.
AWESOME group!!! Fill a very necessary need in the community.
I do not even know where to start about this group. In a word....FANTASTIC!! So helpful and caring. So thankful to have a group like them in our midst! The assistance they provide is invaluable and makes such a measurable difference in the lives of the feral cats in not only their community but surrounding communities as well. Thanks for being there, and for caring!!
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.
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.
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.
As being a prior board member I can honestly say this organization has made a great impact in our community. Lots of cats have been helped and rehomed. This organization has great potential however it isn't as transparent as it should be. Members of the board at not involved in the decision of projects and spending. Though most of the projects are good projects but the board is not consulted. Up until resent new board members were appointed by one person and the office of president is appointed the board is not consulted. I had no idea $37,000 was brought in to the organization last year nor what the $31,000 was spent on. Financial reports at not given to the board. I a m very sure I will be receiving feed back for this review.
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Barn Cat Buddies has saved the lives of several cats - and dogs. The volunteers work diligently to find homes for these animals as well. More communities should be lucky enough to have people like those at Barn Cat Buddies as guardians for the many animals who need places to live and be safe.
Thank You for your kind words Chris. It surely 'takes a village' and we are so happy for the help of the amazing volunteers that make up BCB.
Diane, with Barn Cat Buddies, has bee a lifesaver for 2 different kitties. One was not very social and thanks to their program, they found him a barn, in order to save him. Last I heard, the new owner's decided to make him, part of their family, instead of a barn kitty. Second, was a very social stray, where if they hadn't found him a home, I'm certain he would have meet certain death, because we live a very busy street. With-in one week, he was neutered and vetted and off to a wonderful home, as a barn cat. She helped me in every way possible, from using their trap to setting up, his new home. I have made donations to them in the past and will again. Money well spent. They do such great work, in helping our cats in need. They love the animals as much as we do.
So many cats are left to their own defenses. Many previously owned, and dumped for whatever reasons. Sometimes they become feral. They no longer trust humans (who can blame them?). Often local pounds/shelters/rescues do not feel they are adoptable anymore. The thinking the cats would be better off dead is common. What many don't realize is that these cats still can serve an important part in our community! They are wanted! They are needed! Those of us with a farm know the tremendous efforts they can put forth in saving hundreds to thousands of dollars a year in grain loss prevention! You see, without a cat around, mice, rats, and squirrels will invade the grain room, and the feeding areas for livestock. Those critters then leave their droppings, aka feces, in those areas which can make the livestock sick. THANKFULLY Barn Cat Buddies DOES realize how much this can impact a farm's income. They supply the community with useful cats who help eliminate and control those critters! From storage units, business establishments, to local farms cats are supplied to become a part of those employees. Sometimes they remain feral, and other times the cats learn to trust, and respect humans again. But whether the cat wants only to be fed, and watered daily, or it wants to be rubbed and loved on, their impact is tremendous! Please think about adding a cat or two to your establishment!! Barn Cat Buddies can fill that need!!!