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!
We love our new additions. They have settled in well!! jack and jeddi are already spoiled!!
Here are some pictures of Jax. He is doing so good. He loves everyone.
Hello. Just wanted to update you and send you a couple new pictures of Lolita. She is still doing wonderful! The 1st picture is of her sleeping on me. She usually comes and lays with me in the morning when I'm fixing to go to bed. The 2nd one is all 3 of them on the edge of the bathtub. Blaze and Serina have taught her how to take baths which is hilarious but it's gets complicated taking a bath with 3 of them LOL.
So today is her "gotcha day" 1 week anniversary and we couldn't be more pleased. I really think she was the perfect addition to our family.
Again please let me know if I can be of any help to Barn Cat Buddies.
Thanks so much!Jessica (& Bob)
Ben & Molly
The kitties are doing great! They have really settled in to our house and have even had some fun playing with both our dogs. It's been interesting to see their personalities develop, even in the short time we've had them. Kam is our curious girl, she is always exploring the house and finding new places to hide. Smokey has been content to stay right in someone's lap. If you're sitting down, Smokey is right there on top of you! They've been great and we are so happy with both of them. Molly and I couldn't have gotten a better fit for our house. Here are some pictures that we've taken of them. Thanks so much for everything!!
Ben & canine friend in the Ferris household.
Jerry on couch.
Toby as a youngster with his canine friend Tucker
and now at one year old – this boy was last year’s kitten
and resides very happily with the Hinton family
at Smith Mountain Lake.
A new indoor/outdoor home for Lego with the Johnson family of Roanoke.
Extract from Lisa's blog at: http://www.twobearsfarm.com/2012/09/willie-and-baxter-find-home-rural.htmlWILLIE AND BAXTER FIND A HOME
This is Pierce with Baxter. He seems to love all three boys already, and relishes the attention they give him.
And this is the crazy Willie, who is also very affectionate with the boys, and extra playful - he loves when the boys toss his ball and enjoys giving chase.
Word is that he is a very efficient mouser, so after his transition I'll be eagerly awaiting my first gift of death on my doormat.
Better Willie catch the mice before they climb into my minivan, right?
We're already attached to these two cats and they already seem to be a great fit for our family. I'm so excited that we found such sweet kitties! If you're in the Roanoke region and are looking for a cat, definitely check out Barn Cat Buddies - they are a great resource for rehoming cats and kittens in this area.
The kitties are doing great, they've adjusted well. Here are some photos of them enjoying their new home. We've grown very attached to them.
One is of Oscar and Cujo relaxing on the couch - their favorite nap place. Oscar likes to bury his head under a pillow while he lays on his back.
Thanks for all of your help, Diane. We'll stay in touch with updates and photos!
Here’s a great story about 5 lucky cats who were recently given a second lease on life by a caring community of volunteers here in Southwest Virginia.
It truly “took a village” to save these cats. The call went out from Vicki at Roanoke Regional Center for Animal Control and Proctection (RCACP) that 5 skittish/feral cats needed help or they would be euthanized. She contacted our founder, Diane Novak, for help. Diane went into high gear with emails and phone calls trying to find a place for these cats.
Thank you...we are just over the moon with these kitties...
Max (Timber) is so long...OMG...when he stretches out on the couch he takes up 3/4 of it and he doesn't move, for anyone...ha-ha everyone in the house just moves around all of the kitties...they definitely 'rule the roost'...as it should be!!!
Max is definitely a 'daddy's boy' - he and my husband are inseparable when we are at home...it is the cutest thing ever.
The Cox Family
Hi to all at BCB.
The boys are doing great! The transition has been smooth and they seem to be very comfortable in their new surroundings. They are eating well, playing hard and sleeping through the night.
I swear they have both grown an inch or two in length and have round full bellies. We started them off in the kitchen, and now have expanded into the den, they love to run from one room to the other.
Timber has already mastered the phone answering machine and loves to push the buttons and playback messages. Remy is more athletic and figured out how to breach the safety gate dividing the kitchen and den on day 3!! He is a true explorer, and will probably be the first to climb the drapes and/or make it to the top of the kitchen table and counters.
As for us, every spare moment has been spent with the boys. They are so much fun and provide great entertainment. Every day is a new adventure!
Janet and Tom Blue
Diane with Barn Cat Buddies was great to work with in
the adoption process. I fell in love with a kitten on PetFinder.com, sent an e-mail inquiry, filled out an on-line application and met my kitty in her foster home.
Diane communicated during the entire process through e-mail to make the adoption possible. My husband and I wanted to meet her and so went to an adoption event she was working. We were really impressed with her friendliness and dedication to taking care of the kitties and finding good homes for them.
Our Barn Cat Buddy will be a house cat. She and another female kitten adopted at the same time are adjusting wonderfully and we couldn't be happier with them, Diane or Barn Cat Buddies.
Janet and Tom Blue
Webmaster's Note (August 2012): We recently received an update from Janet which included a link to her delightful blog. Click HERE to enjoy Janet's wonderful stories!
I thought you might like to see these. Tiggerford Pocket is
all boy, loves to instigate wrestling matches. Decker is so
sweet, they are sleeping well in the bed, as soon as I turn off the
light, playing stops and they go to sleep.
They are fine with dogs and Frididdley. Beamer is fine from a distance. TeeGee is scared of them right now. Another week and we should be all good. They are lots of fun. Obviously, Tiggerford and Blu are getting along quite well.
I am glad I got both…
UPDATE from Keshia August 2012
My new cats are super sweet and doing really well! The solid black one, which I think is going to be Raven, hangs all over me. She is probably the sweetest cat I've ever known.
It will be hard to fit Buster's dramatic story into 200 words but his story must be heard.
Buster did not have a big chance at life since he was feral , but through a series of small and large miracles, today Buster lives out life with his best friend in their own barn.
After being attacked by either a coyote or a dog, Buster required surgery to remove the ball of his femur that went into the hip socket. After a volunteer trapped him, he was taken to Angels of Assisi where he was altered, given his shots and later his surgery was performed.
Diane Novak knew I had built a new barn and was willing to take care of Buster while he recovered. He had his own space for the winter and healed beautifully. He accepted his new home with joy and appreciation.
It wasn't long before I could rub him and tickle his back side However, he seemed to prefer the company of another rescue cat, Teddy, and bonded with him almost immediately. Teddy was also feral and placed as a barn cat.
The two of them are inseparable, running and tumbling in the summer and snuggling in their warm hay forts in the winter. Buster and Teddy continue their lucky and happy journey and show their appreciation everyday for their lives.
Thank you, Diane Novak, and Barn Cat Buddies!!
“Promise me that when I die, you will take care of my cat”. Those words echoed in my mind as I heard the news that my grandfather had passed away.
A mountain man who loved nature and all of its creatures, this was my grandfather's only request. I promised my grandfather that I would find a suitable home for this cat, and we even imagined a large farm with rolling hills and plenty of room for play and exploration, which my grandfather said would be perfect. How fortuitous that vision would be.
A stray, the cat had made quite a name for herself. Considered a nuisance, neighbors complained and the property manager even threatened to terminate my grandfather's lease if he continued to feed the stray, so my grandfather moved to a more remote unit and fed the animal at 4:00 each morning, for he could not bear for this animal to go hungry.
He spent considerable time with this animal in the outdoors that they both loved, and the ravages of neglect and suffering were soon reversed with veterinary care, love, and lots of patience. The cat eventually ended up at the local SPCA. My grandfather, who had been searching for days for the animal, officially adopted the cat and declared the stray off-limits to all concerned. My grandfather affectionately named the cat "Trouble", and Trouble was his faithful companion for the remaining years of my grandfather's life.
Following my grandfather's passing, I called around and learned that Angels of Assisi, the only no-kill organization in the area, had a "Barn Cat Buddies" group that places outdoor/feral cats near barns or warehouses. This sounded ideal.
Diane, touched by the story of my grandfather and this stray, arranged for volunteers to leave food and water, and the first night, a volunteer named Ted left food, water and a sleeping box near my grandfather's unit. Diane also gave me the name and numbers of veterinarians, to whom my grandfather could have taken Trouble, so that I could obtain vaccination and sterilization records, which were necessary for placement.
Trouble was still faithfully waiting for my grandfather when members of Diane's group finally found her. Their dedication and commitment eventually paid off. Barn Cat Buddies found the most idyllic setting that was strikingly similar to the one that my grandfather and I had imagined:
a large farm with acres of land and a heated area with food and water for feral/outdoor cats - a true paradise for a cat who had been through so much.
This story is deeply personal to me, because for years I have supported animal rights and rescue groups, and in the one moment that I desperately needed the help of such a group, I found this most amazing group of people at Barn Cat Buddies, who came to the aid of a total stranger and a helpless animal. The help of Barn Cat Buddies made it easier to celebrate my grandfather's life, and his commitment to all of God's creatures.
A last wish honored, a promise fulfilled, and one very lucky girl named Trouble has found a new home.
Sara Morris, Steadfast Stables, Roanoke
Just a note to thank you so much for all of your help!
The Barn Cat Buddies are doing a great job at my stables!
All three cats have adapted well to life here and, as you said, "They are fabulous Rodent Control Technicians."
I really appreciate all of your advice concerning the adoption process - it all went so smoothly !
Take care and I look forward to talking to you again soon.
Katy Holbrook, Roanoke, VA
Henry & Shirley Fairtrace, Moneta, VA
When my wife, Shirley, first told me we were getting some new friends, Barn Cat Buddies, I wondered how this would end. She said they would stay in the barn,
catch mice, and be virtually unnoticed. I'm a skeptic, but agreed. In the past, I've run a salad bar for animals that included horses, pigs, goats, donkeys, you name it. We have had our buddies for about six months now, and they are a delight.
Sam, the tom cat, does exactly what he is supposed to do.
I watch him creep about doing his own thing with an occasional
visit to the back porch where we keep a constantly full food
bowl. Alwin and Smokey rarely leave the back porch except
when I forget to fill up the food bowl.
shortly after we got her that she didn't want to be a barnyard
cat. She separated herself from the rest of the kitties,
sat on the front porch at the door, and ran in the house
time the door opened! She now lives in the house, has her
own toys and a bed that she rarely sleeps in (ours is softer),
and waits for you to turn on the kitchen faucet to get a drink.
Would I do it again? Sure would!! And if you are reading this, I suggest you try it too. You won't be sorry.
Photo Credits: Vicki Holt
Michelle Gilbert, Shadow Ridge Stables
I just wanted to extend a thank you to Diane and the Barn Cat Buddies program… We adopted three cats (Cinnamon, Flora and Inka) a few months ago and are loving every minute with them.
After not having any cats in the barn for a while, I was definitely glad to hear the pitter patter of paws around again!
All three are adjusting well and love their new life of running the rafters looking down at all of the horses and spending cat naps curled up in the hay! So far they’ve been great workers and continue to leave ‘presents’ at the office door let me know of a job well done. Cinnamon even helps control the bugs and loves catching flies! Thanks for such a wonderful and pleasant experience…we would definitely adopt again and certainly recommend this program to anyone.
Shane, Tamara and Isabella Evans
Jada and Brianna turned out to be so affectionate and loyal it warms your heart. There nothing like coming home to these guys. As soon as they see me they come running over for their loving time while on guard for critters. Since we've had them, lots of moles and mice have met there demise. If anyone is having any doubts about there effectiveness doubt no more. They are God's perfect little exterminators.
Elizabeth and Ken Bygler, Maryland
Velvet and Panther are visited by their new pet parents, Elizabeth and Ken Bygler from Maryland.
The kitties who were being fostered by Diane originally came from theFranklin County Pound and Angels of Assisi. The couple is such a fan of the show NCIS that Velvet's name will be changed to Ziva and Panther's to Abby. The Byglers promise to send us updates and lots of photos!!