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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: BARN CAT BUDDIES MISSION STATEMENT Barn Cat Buddies, Inc. is a 501C 3 non-profit, charitable Organization comprised of volunteers with a common mission dedicated to saving and improving the lives of feral, homeless, stray and abandoned felines in the southwest and central regions of Virginia. Our mission includes the relocation of sterilized feral, and socialized felines to SAFE alternative placements such as horse farms, wineries, greenhouses, orchards, warehouses or other facilities that agree to follow our relocation protocol. Additionally Barn Cat Buddies, Inc. supports ending feline overpopulation through a safe habitat program known as Trap/Neuter/Return where caretakers provide long-term care and monitoring of feral cat colonies. As advocates of all felines, we believe that cats, as living creatures have value and are entitled to ethical consideration and protection. Updated March 2016

Target demographics: unsocial and semi social felines

Direct beneficiaries per year: 180 cats

Geographic areas served: The Southwest Virginia Area

Programs: find a second chance at life by working and living in barn homes and other non-traditional homes

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Catherine G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly remarkable. They only have a few volunteers and yet they are able
to help both the feral and friendly cats. They work with both the cats and their
caretaker. They love what they do. They are always willing to try and help in many different
situations. Thank you for caring for those cats that people have discarded. You are a great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has volunteers that are 100% committed to taking care of cats that no body wants. Everyone works tirelessly. They truly care about their mission. I am so glad this nonprofit exists. Thank you!

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JoAnn26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

4 Rick-Sarah M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my pleasure to get involved with BCB over the last few years, and I have so enjoyed doing so. After working with other rescue organizations, and working largely with dog foster, I became interested in the unique mission of BCB. It is such a blessing that a group out there looks into the problems and the causes behind the problems regarding animal welfare. They not only foster, adopt, fundraise, and organize friendly cat rescue, but have found the perfect solution for feral and semi-feral cats. These un-socialized cats can live a wonderful life as expert "rodent technicians" on farms, stockyards, vineyards, greenhouses, etc. This mission, along with a rigorous TNR program (and currently the FREE FELINE FIX) are working together to prevent the suffering and overpopulation of our community's cats. :-) Rock on Barn Cat Buddies!

2 Margot T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can honestly say I LOVE this organization. When I take a look at all the animals that would have been indiscriminately destroyed if not for this group, I am proud to call myself a supporter. As a member of the general public I have read the group’s P&L statements and wish most corporations were as transparent as Barn Cat Buddies. While the group has taken the high road refusing to react to their detractor, as an ‘outsider’ I am moved to comment. When an individual is removed from a board by 100% UNANIMOUS VOTE, one must wonder what type of behavior would elicit this type of reaction from the other members. Think about that when you read this person’s childish attempts to tarnish the group’s reputation. The result? A stronger rally around the group and its mission

3 ahpoohtwo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the years that I have been involved with Barn Cat buddies I have watched this group grow and do so much for so many . Rescues, trapping ferals, saving cats and dogs from trailer parks, adoption events, finding homes for the friendly cats and barns or stables, etc , for those truly feral cats, all having been vetted prior to placement , late night runs to the Vet with a sick or injured cat, and sleepless nights caring for a sick animal . This is just a small part of what this remarkable organization does .Since a large part of my time is spent saving cats from high kill shelters through out the south, I can attest to just what an incredible service Barn Cat Buddies is doing for Franklin County and the surrounding areas . If there were BCB groups all over the country the animals would benefit greatly .
The Board of directors have my full support and thanks for the tireless work that they do and their totally devotion to the welfare and care for the animals .
BCB is a beacon of hope for the animals !!

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Diane24 11/05/2014

Thank You so much for your kind words!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Barn Cat Buddies for years and it saddens me to think someone would use a blog to throw out accusations such as these. They are always willing to help and go out of their way to do so. This person should request a board meeting so their specific complaint(s) can be addressed properly and discussed. As for financials, you can go to "guide star" and see them for yourself.

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Diane24 11/05/2014

Thank You so much for those kind words. We don't understand the motives for the negative and untruthful review that was posted that day but we are heartened by all the positive things the people who really 'know us' have said. You can't keep a good organization down!! We are going to keep trucking and won't let negative comments affect us. Thank You

1 Chelsea E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization out to help the homeless cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Barn Cat Buddies was doing TNR in our area before almost anyone knew what the initials stand for. I met Diane, the founder, years ago when I was doing scrapbooking programs. I started helping her feed a feral colony almost by accident. She had trapped, neutered and returned over a dozen cats to the colony. This was in 2007 and I have been feeding that colony ever since There were 16 cats when I started but over the years, I have rehomed fifteen, two died of natural causes, some were dropped off (they were rehomed) adopted two myself, and we now have five in the colony, whom I see and feed every day. I have also helped Diane with feeding and trapping other colonies. Now with Sara as president and the organization has expanded and associated with Angels of Assisi, they are doing fantastic work with and for cats and those who love and care for them. There are hundreds of casts alive and happy today because of Barn Cat Buddies' efforts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I HAVE WORKED WITH BARNCAT BUDDIES FOR MANY YEARS AND THEY WITH ME. THE BCB EXPERIENCE IS NOTHING BUT POSITIVE FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE CATS THAT THEY ASSIST. THIS ORGANIZATION IS DOING GREAT THINGS TO FURTHER THE WELFARE OF COMMUNITY CATS. IT IS WONDERFUL TO SEE DISADVANTAGED CATS TRANSFORM INTO HEALTHY PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITYS AND FAMILYS.
JO

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am not only volunteer but also a client served and a donor. After adopting two kitties from Barn Cat Buddies, I couldn't help but get involved. This rescue/TNR program is top-notch. The board and the volunteers work so hard helping to save kitties, care for feral colonies, foster and find caring homes for all rescued kitties. After our first two adoptions, I started donating money and food with regularity and then started working as a volunteer. Sara Stein and Diane Novak and all the volunteers work tirelessly to keep things up and running with spay/neutering, vaccinations, fundraising events, fostering and finding homes. I now have a third adoptee from the group. I could not think of any group with which I would rather be affiliated. janet B., Roanoke, VA

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Donor

Rating: 5

BCB saves the lives of kitties and finds them great homes whether as mousers in someone's barn or in a warm and cozy home. Their hands-on care of abandoned kittens and cats, their foster program and their assurance that all kitties have their shots and have been spayed or neutered give their charges a great start toward a healthy and happy life. My kitties, Astrid and Calista, are Barn Cat Buddies; though, they get to live indoors. They are beautiful and healthy cats that were great additions to our home. I am pleased to continue to work with and donate to this organization that saves cats from euthanization and prevents unwanted litters of kittens. And Diane Novak and everyone else who works with BCB are compassionate, caring and dedicated.

2 Avery P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across this organization while I was searching for my eagle scout project. They needed a dozen or so shelters to house the cats that they rescued and a feeder. At first it just seemed like an easy project, but the more I talked with the representatives I realized that this organization is doing a wonderful thing by saving these cats. They sacrifice their own time and money to save these animals, and I deeply admire that. You can tell they care deeply about these cats and everyone that volunteers for them. They are so grateful for even the smallest gesture, and they don't take anything for granted. They deserve this award.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to foster abandoned kittens that Barn Cat Buddies took under its wing (took care of vetting, spaying/neutering, and worked to find them homes). Particularly appreciate they they consist solely of unpaid volunteers and operate completely on donations. Very small group of people who make a huge difference. If not for them, the kittens I fostered would like have been killed. Instead, every one of them now has a loving home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have worked with Diane and the other hard-working volunteers at Barn Cat Buddies for the last 4 years. The service that this organization provides to the Roanoke area (Franklin County, Roanoke County and Bedford County) is invaluable. Their purpose is to find barn homes for homeless cats. All animals are fully vetted prior to being placed in their new home. Some cats are also placed in loving homes if they have been socialized properly.