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Normally around this time Barn Cat Buddies would be happily announcing the start of The Free Feline Fix for 2017... ....sadly, this year is different...
Unfortunately we did not receive the grant we expected to support not only The F.F.F but the feeding of our approximately 200 Sanctuary Cats.
These are animals we have rescued from death row or from other emergency situations that are fed and allowed to roam freely on four farm-like properties belonging to wonderful volunteers. These cats remain at our sanctuaries until a barn placement is secured. Our numbers are up because the amount of cats we saved outnumber the barn applications we get.
We have enough food through February, but will run out after that.
Here are a few ways the public can help:
  1. A monetary donation of any amount to our PayPal account (CLICK HERE) or mail a check to Barn Cat Buddies PO Box 111 Salem, 24153. All donations are tax deductible
  2. Save the Weight Circles off bags of Purina Cat Food bags including Kit and Kaboodle, Purina One, Forti-Flora and Purina Veterinary foods
  3. Please purchase a bag of Purina Cat Chow (Blue Bag) & bring to one of our donation points in Moneta: WSLK Radio; Capps Home Building Supply; Smith Mountain Eagle Newspaper; and Sunken City Brewery
  4. Sign up on Amazon.Smiles.com choosing Barn Cat Buddies (CLICK HERE) as your non-profit of choice
  5. Go to Kroger Community Rewards and sign Barn Cat Buddies up as your non-profit of choice (CLICK HERE): You will need your Kroger Card Key Number
  6. Please share this on your Facebook Page.

If everyone who reads this donates just $10 it will be amazing!!

Thank You from the bottom of our hearts


We received a wonderful writeup on "The Cat Chronicles" blog by the author, Miss Cuddlywumps. Miss Cuddlywumps sat down for an in-depth interview with our Co-President, Toni "Barngrama" Levine.

CLICK HERE to read the interview.


Sugar (now Heddy) and Zen (now Cooper) had rocky starts but are now living the good life with their pet parents, sisters Ivanna and Susan traveling between Brooklyn N.Y and N.J each week. We are so happy they found their forever homes!


In January 2015 and again in January of 2016 Barn Cat Buddies was awarded a generous grant from the McCausland Foundation. This grant allowed us to offer free spays and neuters to cat owners across the region regardless of need. But like all good things, our Free Feline Fix Grant has come to an end. We hope to be able to offer this again next year but until then, if you live with an unsterilized cat or kitten or are feeding community cats, PLEASE take advantage of one of the many low cost clinics in the area. It’s up to all of us to FIX OUR PETS so no more litters wind up in shelters across the region. Thank You


Recent Adoptions


I wanted to update you on Levi and Noah. They have fully grown into their big personalities. Noah got his first bath after he rolled in some powder eyeshadow. Levi will eat anything, while Noah has more distinguished tastes. They both love tearing apart any paper towel rolls they can find. Any time we bring something home they expect something for them as well. Just too wonderful!

Thank you BCB!

Amber


Use this direct link to see more adoptable Barn Cats and Indoor Feline Friends on Petfinder:
CLICK HERE

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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!

 Diane


We have expanded our online presence via several other social media outlets. You can see us on Facebook by clicking on the "Facebook Badge" at the bottom of this page. Volunteer info may be found at our BCB Volunteers Facebook page.


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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.


This is pretty much our theme song!!

Our thanks to:

Mary Ann Kennedy - Singer and songwriter
Peggy Hogan - Video Producer

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!"

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