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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Catherine G.

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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3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have never experienced an organization who cares so much for feral cats. Not only do they feed ferals the also provide medical care. They open their hearts and their homes to so many cats both friendly and those who are terrified. They also use their own money to transport feral cats to be fixed. Thus, ensuring that there are no more unwanted kittens. Their passion is an inspiration.

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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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3

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!

2

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

4

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3

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!

5

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.

3

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