I have been a volunteer with BCB for 8 years. They are a small group, but very dedicated to what they do.
The people of BCB do an AMAZING job and have really big hearts! They tirelessly care for ferals, feed colonies, and do a tremendous job at TNR. I just can't say enough good things about them and what they do.
They are a very caring, dynamic group that truly cares about the kitties and the people that want to adopt them. They're so full of energy and passion for what they do. I'm so impressed with the whole organization!!!
Barn cat buddies has been helping control the cat population with their TNR program, to minimize feral cats on the streets!
This is a great small group of people who truly care about the welfare of all cats.
They help so many people. They are wonderful to work with,
Barn Cat Buddies was a great help when I was working on TNRing the feral cats in my neighborhood. They loaned me traps, gave me some great advice for trapping, and even were willing to help cover some of the costs if I needed it. I really appreciate their hard work!
When I was in the vets office for the final time, these ladies reached out to me with understanding and comfort. They said they would help me find a new cat when I was ready. It gave me hope to go on and heal after my elderly cat had passed on.
They have helped us so much with a few strays on our property. They paid to have them fixed and vaccinated and we released them back on the property!
I was looking for a kitten, and ended up with a big, 3-year old cat who needed me as much as I needed him. Barn Cat Buddies made the adoption process easy and and affordable and I got to bring my buddy home the following day. He was rescued from a bad situation, but he has the *best* disposition and is now very spoiled.
When we moved to a farm property in the Blue Ridge two and a half years ago, we were delighted that we could provide a safe and happy home for a pair of stray or semi-feral cats. Barn Cat Buddies not only made it possible but made the process of working with them, acclimating the cats, and setting up the adoption for success a true pleasure. We give to BCB annually and are thrilled to advocate for them and the animals and families they serve. We love our barn kitties, Pearl and Houdini.
I don’t know what my feral cats would do without Barn Cat Buddies!
And, by helping the feral cats out, they are helping me out tremendously!
1 million thanks to Barn Cat Buddies!
I have been doing the trap, neuter/spay, release program in my neighborhood. I was not able to trap this particular cat and thought a drop trap would be a good option. I am happy to report through a little research, I was led to Barn Cat Buddies, was able to obtain a drop trap, and was able to trap the cat!
My experience with BCB has been wonderful and I am very grateful for them. They go out of their way to help with the feral cat population and I look forward to working with them in the future.
I love what they do! I try to donate food weekly at my vets office as they always help when asked.
I texted a picture one evening of a stray cat w kittens living in a drain to ask if they could help and they were already working the situation.
The people that run BCB truly give from the heart - and they have BIG hearts! I have witnessed them work tirelessly for the sake of the animals - in both the swealtering summer heat and the freezing cold of winter.
Every donated penny goes to the betterment of the animals. Often times they take money from their own pockets to make up any shortfall.
Their focus is on the cats and it is a labor of love.
They are an amazing group of people!
These people do GREAT work and are tireless in their efforts! I just can't say enough good things about all they do.
I have been volunteering with Barn Cat Buddies now for 4 1/2 years. I started with them because of the over population of cats/kittens in my small community. Since starting I have been blessed by their support, by spaying & neutering over 700 cats. Not only do they spay & neuter these kitties, but they have found homes for hundreds, thousands of homeless cats. I could not do what I do without their support. They do NOT receive a salary. All they get is the satisfaction of a job well done! They/I love what we do.
I have been working with Barn Cat Buddies for about a year now. I live in a small community that is mostly remote farm land - the perfect dumping ground. Good people have been "left" a kitten, which has turned into many kittens/cats. 2015 I transported 200 cats/kittens for people in the county - these were free fixes thanks to Barn Cat Buddies and their supporters who paid for the neuter/spay. Without this services I can only imagine how many unwanted animals would be here in 2016. Barn Cat Buddies rocks in my book!
Barn Cat Buddies is an awesome nonprofit organization. They have saved the lives of so many cats that would have otherwise been euthanized or left behind to fend for themselves. All cats, friendly, semi friendly or feral, deserve a chance and it is their mission to give them that chance.
I'm the manager for the City of Salem Animal Shelter and I must say how appreciative we are of the Barn Cat Buddies Program. They do such a great service for our feline friends! They really do go above and beyond to do what they can. Love them to pieces!!
My wife operates a small furniture store in downtown Rocky Mount. With that location comes a collection of neighborhood, community, feral and domestic cats. Barn Cat Buddies has provided assistance by providing traps, transporting animals, finding placement opportunities for cats, facilitating spay/neuter services, and offering medical services to injured or diseased cats, significantly improving their quality of life. The volunteers of Barn Cat Buddies have always gone above and beyond, treating the animals with great care and enthusiasm. They have been impressive in their commitment to animal health and happiness, and we are pleased to be able to continue working with them!
Very dedicated group who work hard and get good results in helping to better the lives of ferrel, stray or hard to home kitties. The group does a lot with meager funds. Staff are caring and dedicated. They work well with other community animal rescue agencies.
Amazing nonprofit! Everything goes directly to the kitties! The volunteers put in tons of hours and give freely of their own time and money. I got one of my kitties “Lolita” from them in 2015 and I still keep in contact to this day. Cannot day enough great things! Truly a nonprofit that cares!
A great organization that helps often forgotten and neglected part of our communities. Thanks for all that you do!
I have been a supporter of Barn Cat Buddies for a number of years. Every cent goes directly to helping save cats from animal control, feeding colony’s, finding homes, spay and nutter work.
This has been the most rewarding charity to which I donate. I plan on helping them in the future and included this organization in my will.
Very fine, good, caring, sincere people. I can’t say enough good things about this small band of highly motivated and tireless folks. I know my monthly donation is well spent.
I have a house full of wonderful cat friends, who are now family that were saved by Barn Cats Buddies. They shower me with love each and every day.
Excellent organization geared towards getting barn kitties placed safely.
We had a rapidly growing cat colony in town behind the store I own. We had rescued and brought home a mom with 5 kittens, and knew we were feeding at least 3 more cats regularly at the store. We had already spent a lot with the mom and kittens, but needed to get the situation under control with the others we knew were out there. Our vet put us in touch with Barn Cat Buddies who brought in traps, showed how to use them and provided trapping tips. Within a couple of hours on the first try we had the 3 cats we were trying to trap. Barn Cat Buddies paid for the spay/neuter, rabies shots, and the ear tip for all 3. All we had to do was provide transportation and release them back to be healthy and happy community cats. We make sure they have food and water, they have multiple places around for shelter,and a year later they are doing great (and definitely wouldn't be considered feral anymore)! No, we can't save them all but we can make sure we help those in our little corner of the world, thanks to Barn Cat Buddies and their wonderful volunteers!
This is a great nonprofit. They care deeply for all cats!
This organization has helped me in so many ways. It has allowed me to reach out and help so many cats and their caregivers. Thank you for allowing me to be part of a wonderful caring group.
A great group helping feral cats in the community!
This organization is a great asset to our community. Always willing to help our community cats and residents. Wonderful people
Ten years ago Barn Cat Buddies was started in response to the appalling statistics of feral (community) cats killed yearly in area pounds. While I am no longer an active board member, I continue to feed strays and put out traps so they can be sterilized and vaccinated. Because of physical limitations, volunteers like Judy help me by lifting traps and transporting the animals to one of the spay neuter clinics.
In a world where community cats get little or no respect, Barn Cat Buddies has created an oasis of emotional and financial support for both caretaker and animal. I hope this wonderful organization is around for many, many years to come!
This organization has been working hard for the last decade to reduce/stop the population of cats, they have vetted and saved the lives of many cats, helped feed homeless cats and re homed many cats. This small group of volunteers works endlessly to make a difference and they are doing it!!! I am proud to be a volunteer !!!
I can not say enough good things about the great work these people do! They are truly there for the animals and caregivers!
I would love to share my story my name is Donna Warden and I live in Botetourt county and have an older gentleman that lives next to me and he has multiple cats that keep repopulating. Every time one would come to my house sick I would put out money to try and help them well that put me in debt after several years then I heard about Barn Cat Buddies they didn't hesitate to jump in to offer me the help I needed to get them fixed to cut down on the repopulating and are still helping me. I can't thank them enough for ALL they have done for me. Here are a few pictures of just a handful of cats/kittens that they have had fixed. Thank you again for all y'all do.
When a 90 year old lady passed away, her senior kitty was left to fend for herself. Deaf, frightened, and old, she was afraid of everything. No one in our area was willing to take a chance on this pretty tortie.
Then a miraculous call came thru. Barn Cat Buddies was willing to accept this petite girl. She now lives like a princess. Safe, warm, fed and loved.
I cannot thank Barn Cat Buddies enough of giving this senior gal the best life in her twilight years. I am forever grateful
Barn Cat Buddies was a life saver for a kitty that had been left behind when her owner died. Older, deaf, and frightened, they agreed to save this girl and now she has the best life ever. Big any group deserves this package, these folks truly do. Dedicated, selfless and loving. They are life lines to the most vulnerable.
I cannot say enough good things about this program and their volunteers. When I had questions about trapping cats in my area, Barn Cat Buddies were patient and encouraging with me helping me with something I had no experience with. They loaned me traps and sheet covers and explained the process to me in a simple way that assuaged my fears.
What would we do without this program in SW Virginia?
These good folks are responsible for both the cats in my life and I am hugely grateful for what good care they take of their cats. I also love that they promote all sorts of housing for cats and are so mindful of their resources. As Miss Hedy Sugar Smoke can attest, these folks are good people.
We have 5 cats from barn cat buddies and couldn't be happier. When getting the cats the process was super easy. Working with the coordinators was a breeze and they were always available when we had questions and concerns. The cats are amazing! We have a small farm and they mingle well with the pigs, goats, chickens and even the wild birds that we feed. We are thankful for this organization and the services that they provide!
When our older cat passed away, our other cat was crying and distressed for two weeks before my husband agreed to adopt another! But once the decision was made, I called Diane of BCB, because I knew she knew how to match us with just the right pet. We adopted a sweet tortoiseshell cat who had originally been in a feral colony but she was tame--had obviously just been abandoned. She was exactly what Diane had promised and we had warm hearts knowing we could provide a permanent home for such a deserving animal. We had a bit of a mix up in initial paperwork but Diane went above the call of duty to make sure the cat we adopted had been tested free of kitty diseases and fully vaccinated. This group fills a niche that many animal groups ignore and I recommend them highly. I am a past president of a Humane society and spent thirty years in animal rescue but was retired due to health reasons when we adopted Baby Lisa. She has brought a lot of joy in to our lives. This group helps cats who come from situations where many property owners would just kill them! We are so glad this didn't happen to our sweetie because BCB stepped up.
I have been a donor to Barn Cat Buddies for several years and have always been impressed by their dedication to and their love of the cats they help. They have guided me through my own search for a lost kitten and through a difficult adoption. Not only do they help the community's cats, but they also support their members/volunteers/donors on a personal level. I could not be more pleased to be involved with this organization and more proud of the work they accomplish every year!
This program and the dedicated volunteers involved are amazing! They help with the over-population of cats in our area, help cats find safe places to be cared for and safe, as well as help with safer, less toxic, forms of rodent and pest control for farms, homes and neighborhoods. What a benefit all around!!! I only hope they can grow and expand their outreach ! They helped me save an abused cat, who ended up having a condition remaining after her abuse that left me with concerned. They took her in and gave her a permanent and loving placement, where she could live her remaining years comfortable and cared for. Far from the hands who hurt her. They analyzed her condition and she is doing wonderful! I only wish I could give more donations to them!
This is a great organization. They make sure there are no more kittens born out in the wild. They find homes on farms where they earn their keep catching mice & rats. I highly recommend this group for this money!!
Barn Cat Buddies fills a huge need for community cats in our area. They are great to work with and take tremendous care to make certain that their adopters have a positive experience and that their cats find appropriate placement. Top Notch organization.
Barn Cat Buddies has fine, dedicated volunteers. This is my favorite animal welfare group. A bunch of hardworking and tireless people of the best kind.
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...
I am a local veterinarian and will often be presented with a "disaster". With a disaster you call everyone you know to try to save cats which are in a hoarding situation. Recently I was involved with a hoarding situation that involved over 90 cats in a home. I contacted any rescue since I was told there was a deadline 3 business days before these cats would be "removed" by animal control. Diane Novak with Barn Cat Buddies was instrumental in helping me find other rescues and in helping me with the 34 cats/kittens I did not expect to have, but an emergent situation on a Sunday. She also assured me she would help me find placement for all of these cats and I would not get "stuck"--at my house-- cats have to be indoors because of cat killing dogs in the neighborhood and coyotes--I did not want my numbers to turn from 6 to 40 but did not want to see anyone die. The ninety cats that were saved in part from Barn Cat Buddies which absorbed the nonadoptable cats saved these cats from a horrible situation and certain death!!
My husband and I noticed a young cat staying in our backyard during
the day and sometimes at night. We attempted to approach him.
However, as soon as he saw us, he would run away. We contacted Barn Cat Buddies and Toni told us what to do. We safely trapped him and brought him to Angels of Assisi. He has been neutered and medically checked out.
Because, of Toni and Barn Cat Buddies, this young cat has the best chance at having a very good future.
Please remember to donate what you can. There are many expenses. Every penny counts.
We have been volunteering with Barn Cat Buddies for 6 years and have been very impressed with the organization.
They do a tremendous service helping community cats in our rural counties of Virginia.
Sarah and Rick
Review from Guidestar
Barn Cat Buddies is a animal loving charity that is trying to ease the suffering of homeless cats and kittens in Southwestern Virginia. In my experience with them, they have always shown love and care for homeless cats in need of loving homes and also, for their well being.
Please consider them when making donations if you love animals. They are reputable and honest. I appreciate their work and glad for the cats of Southwestern Virginia that they are here.
They helped me with several cat colonies living at dangerously busy Truck Stops! Helped me get them spayed/neutered/rabies. They also subsidized the surgery for 2 different kittens that needed a leg amputated. Not enough words to say about them and their PEOPLE....all the most caring you'll ever meet!
We found our local Barn Cat Buddies by chance and now have two wonderful babies that are members of our family. Spencer and Katie were originally found in a pipe in a dumpster and BCB took great care of them until they found us. The process was easy and we could not be happier with how things went. Highly recommend for anyone looking to adopt. Our motto is always adopt don't shop and BCB helped us!
Great organization! Very helpful in placing barn cats in the appropriate homes....people nice to work with, easy to contact and communicate with. We love our barn cats and they were are great mousers!
Barn Cat Buddies has been a wonderful resource for me over the years several times. I have assisted a lady that feeds a colony of feral cats, and I am the one who has trapped and neutered/spayed them, Barn Cat Buddies has helped me with answering questions and assisting where they can. I also helped an elderly lady that had fed and befriended a feral cat that was at her apartment complex, she had worked up to being able to pet and pick the cat up, but she was not able to keep it due to rental agreement, Barn Cat Buddies helped to place this kitty, and this meant the world to this elderly lady and her husband to know that their "special friend" found a home and was being cared for. And seeing this meant the world to me. This organization is Awesome !!!!
I have helped Barn Cat Buddies through the years with feeding. This is such an awesome program. It is very rewarding to be able to help cats who need us humans. They are always happy to see a feeder come and feed. I also adopted a precious kitten who is turning 3 this year...she is a lover.
Thank you BCB for all you do!!
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.
When we purchased a 100 year old farm, mice ran across our path at every turn. Thanks to the 4 adopted cats from Barn Cat Buddies we never see mice around. They brought cages to help get the cats oriented and were very helpful!
We have been so blessed to have found Barn Cat Buddies! Our horse barn was over-populated with sparrows. They were messing in the horses' feed dishes and on the hay. We were hoping that possibly a couple of barn cats would help convince the birds to move out. We wanted friendly cats because I had a riding lesson program with lots of kids who would want to pet and hold the cats. Barn Cat Buddies found us just the right cats! "Fred Astray" and "Pounder" have exceeded our expectations! They are the sweetest cats and when they met they became best friends! Their presence in our barn has caused the birds to move out! They love to be petted, held and even carried around by some of the kids and Pounder offers everyone the chance to give him a belly rub within 10 seconds of meeting him! They both came neutered and healthy and I love them both so much! They will always be a part of our farm family. Thank you Barn Cat Buddies for these two special kitties and for all you do!
Barn Cat Buddies helped me trap, neuter and return a feral family I had been feeding. I could not have done this alone, and their support and knowledge was amazing!
Carolyn , Roanoke, VA
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!!
I would like to thank a wonderful organization that I have followed for several years now. Barn Cat Buddies is a Godsend to our local and surrounding area!Last year I adopted a beautiful Burmese mix kit from BCB. It seems that her "owners" had moved and left this adorable cat in the apartment. I applied for and adopted her. She is a very loving addition to my family. I also have an impromptu feral cat group on my back deck. About 6 weeks ago I noticed a new member. He stuck out because he has this LARGE lump hanging down from his belly. I named him "Max". He looked neutered to me and he was VERY friendly and lovable. After weeks of trying to find his owner, I decided to contact BCB to see if they could help him. I agreed to foster him if he could have access to medical attention for his belly lump. They graciously agreed and I made him an appointment. Imagine my surprise when the Vet told me that "Max" is "Maxine"!! Turned out Maxine had an umbellical cord hernia and show signs of being with babies, though not certain. I was told if she hadn't gotten medical attention, and she was pregnant, it would have been fatal to her. She will be my foster cat until her furever home can be found. I want to let everyone know the great things BCB does in saving so many lives. There hard work and dedication gives many, many cats a much better quality of life that would have miserable if these folks hadn't helped. It takes an army to save so many lives and I want to thank them for helping in this situation with "Maxine" and all that they do!! Vicki Keyser Roanoke, VA
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barn cat buddies is one of the best bunch of volunteers. They actually do care about the animals.
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.
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!