TNR is working! This little kitty has been spayed, rabies-vaccinated, ear-tipped and released back to her colony.
The latest update from Cathy Blank and her husband about Mia.
Mia and her three babies were rescued from the 45 cat and kitten hoarding case out of Botetourt, Virginia, in the summer of 2013. Leah gave birth to three babies at Angels of Assisi while awaiting spay surgery.
Many thanks to Jess Gallus of the organization Friends of Homeless Animals in Aldie, Virginia. This organization often helps BCB place the cats and kittens that we find in SW Virginia.
A new indoor/outdoor home for Lego with the Johnson family of Roanoke.
Use this direct link to see our adoptable Barn Cats and Indoor Feline Friends on Petfinder:
For Community Cat Caretakers: Thank you for logging on to our
Barn Cat Buddies site. Currently we have no barns or other facilities in
reserve and we constantly run ads and post flyers up. If you have kitties
to re-home first please click here to read the protocol . Familiarize yourself
with it so you can speak to farms in your area about how to safely re-home a
kitty. Then feel free to download, print and post barn cat flyers in as many places as you can. Some areas
could be vet's offices/laundromats/tack shops, etc. You can get to places we
cannot. Calls that come in from the areas where you post a flyer will be
referred back to you.
One small effort such as talking up the program and posting flyers can pay off in a big way!
We have expanded our online presence via several other social media outlets. You can see us on Facebook by clicking on the "Facebook Badge" on the top right of the page. We are also listing our available cats on Petfinder. Volunteer info may be found at our BCB Volunteers Facebook page.
How we grade our feral cats - The Feral Power Meter from the Meow Foundation
Have you ever wondered how we identify the ferals and community cats that
have been "fixed"? The answer is shown in the image to the left.
This is known as "ear tipping" and there are no adverse effects to the animal. A small piece of the ear is removed (usually during the spay/neuter procedure) while the animal is under anesthesia.
This is a universal sign to both animal welfare advocates and to animal control officers that this feline has already been sterilized.
Please read this very helpful information about Humane Trapping and Important Discharge Instructions for Community Cat Caretakers. The trapping instructions were recently (2015) updated, so please check this out for more information.
This is pretty much our theme song!!
Our thanks to:
Mary Ann Kennedy - Singer and songwriter
Peggy Hogan - Video Producer
If you are interested in purchasing or distributing handmade cat nip bags
for use at your place of business please CLICK HERE to
send us your information.
We sincerely thank you for any donation you can make.
This Is Why We Do What We Do
The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"
The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die."
"Son", the man said, "don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!"
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, "I made a difference for that one!"
Ella Wheeler Wilcox Nov 5, 1850 - Oct 30, 1919
I am the voice of the voiceless:
Through me, the dumb shall speak;
Till the deaf world's ear be made to hear
The cry of the wordless weak.
From street, from cage and from kennel,
From jungle, and stall, the wail
Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin
Of the mighty against the frail
You can make a difference in an animal's life.
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