by Janet Blue on July 5, 2016

This was not the post we planned for today, but some of our furry friends need your help. If you are regular followers, you know that Barn Cat Buddies is the alma mater of Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo. This is also the TNR/Rescue our humans support and for which they volunteer.


Barn Cat Buddies, Inc.
PO Box 111
Salem, Va  24101
540 344-8707  ext. 3


The Roanoke Steel Mill Cats…
We recently received a call from a very concerned young lady working at a Roanoke steel mill. Nine years ago this kind cat caretaker sterilized and vaccinated several adult cats living at the mill. In addition she found homes for over 60 kittens.
She did an amazing job but as it sometimes happens,
one pregnant cat eluded her & now there are
more cats and kittens residing at the mill !
Cat, one of our Barn Cat Buddies Co-Presidents,
was invited to tour the facility.
Imagine her surprise when she was required to suit up in steel toed shoes, safety glasses, and a hard hat !
    Nothing Prepared Her for What Came Next…
…She witnessed cats darting between massive, ‘heated’ steel plates, some racing to avoid
a huge industrial magnet that could come down
killing them instantly,
and living with ear splitting noise
from machines running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
After witnessing the living conditions of these animals,
Cat knew B.C.B had to find a way to rescue
as many animals as possible.
But Here Lies Our Challenge:  
We have taken in so many ear tipped cats
from shelters this season that there is literally
We DESPERATELY NEED the public’s help
in adopting the MILL CATS
to barns or other non-traditional homes.
Once we have a plan, we can start trapping.
Cat says: “This was an amazing experience…one
I hope never to repeat. The cats living in this active
steel mill are a resilient bunch deserving of a future.”
If you can take in a pair of Mill Cats, please go to & fill out an application.
If you cannot help please share this email with others…
And as always, financial help would be
greatly appreciated.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts…
Visit Our Website

Barn Cat Buddies

PO Box 111 Salem, VA 24153
(540) 344-8707  ext. 3


We know most of our readers do not live in our area, but even if you can’t help physically, any amount of green papers would help. You can visit the Barn Cat Buddies web-site to donate. Barn Cat Buddies is a 501(c)3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

In an attempt to help these furiends, we are going to make this a comment-a-thon. Our mom will donate $1 for every comment left on this post prior to Sunday, July 10, at 5 p.m. ET. So please tell everyone you know to leave a comment as she is not putting a cap on the amount.

Thank you, friends!

Purrs and paw-pats, Barn Cat Buddies alumnae, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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Nerissa's Life July 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Sunday afternoon and came across this in the nick of time. I’m purrin’ these precious babies can all be saved.

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BJ Bangs July 10, 2016 at 11:33 am

We know cats can live anywhere, but this is pretty unbelievable. These cats definitely need to find a new place to call home. They don’t have the luxury of steel toed shoes and hard hats. A steel factory is hardly a place to call home, but it may rival with living on the streets. Good luck in raising funds for a much needed cause.
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Dragonheart, Merlin, and Devi July 10, 2016 at 10:24 am

Oh wow! We hope that all those cats can be rescued. Great idea to host a comment-a-thon. You are wonderful to help out!
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Lola and Lexy July 10, 2016 at 8:34 am

How nice of you to do a commenthon to help the kitties! We are proud to comment.
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ERin the Cat (Princess) July 10, 2016 at 1:41 am

Oh my word…. These kitties clearly are resilient but living on the brink of disaster and death every day means they just have to be moved somehow! I hope you guys can find new homes ASAP purrs ERin
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Christy Paws July 10, 2016 at 12:16 am

What a sad situation for these kitties. You are so kind to help and I hope they are all rescued.
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Marjorie and the Dash Kitten Crew July 9, 2016 at 11:21 pm

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Kaz's Cats July 9, 2016 at 11:18 pm

Thank you for letting us know about these kitties,


Buddy, Slash, & Karen (Mum)


Marjorie and the Dash Kitten Crew July 9, 2016 at 10:56 pm

Cripes we re SO LTE to this. I hope we are in time. we will share this a lot and hpe it helps.
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Lavinia Ross July 9, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Thank you for bringing the plight of these poor mill cats to our attention, Janet. Wishing all involved in their rescue the best for a successful outcome.


Flynn July 9, 2016 at 5:51 pm

Those poor kitties living in such terrible conditions. I hope that barn homes can be found for them.
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Sherri-Ellen TD. July 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Precious sweet steel katss!!! Wee hopess they can all bee cott an vetted an fixed an find new homess!!! Yur da bestest Aunty Janet an Mistur Tom!
**nose bumpsss** Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxxxxx


Joanne July 9, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Heartbreaking to hear this story !


Cathy Keisha July 8, 2016 at 11:00 pm

Those poor cats living amid all that danger and noise. I hope they can raise $$ and awareness to get those cats out of there.
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Lizzy July 8, 2016 at 8:03 pm

Sorry if this is a duplicate but I think it ate my first comment…

I’m from Roanoke but currently in South Korea and this makes me so sad. I wish I could be there to help in person. Hugging my little furball just a little tighter right now.
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Lizzy July 8, 2016 at 7:57 pm

This makes me so sad. I’m from Roanoke (currently living in South Korea) and wish so much I was there to help in person. Hugging my fur baby a little tighter right now. May the kindness of everyone who IS helping return on them.


Jobi and Fisher July 8, 2016 at 5:58 am

This is such a sad situation for the kitties, and we hope the attention you are giving them will help very soon.


Savannah's Paw Tracks July 7, 2016 at 8:33 pm

Mom L didn’t even read about it yet. She and I will go over the story carefully and see what else we can do. Green papers for sure but maybe there is something else. Let us get our thinking cat ears on
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Linda Arthur Tejera July 7, 2016 at 6:32 pm

What excruciating circumstances. I hope and pray some will come forward to give them a new home.
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Lorna and Sable the Lab July 7, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Hopethe kitties can be saved and find new homes xx


McGuffy's Reader July 6, 2016 at 9:51 pm

This is an important and special post. Prayers for them all. Please keep us posted. Hugs.
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Noodle July 6, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Poor little kitties…
We hope you get thousands of comments!

Noodle and crew
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Jean Dion July 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm

What a generous home you have. And that story just breaks my heart. Those poor little sweeties! I can’t imagine a worse environment to live in. Such danger and such noise! I truly hope they can be rescued soon. No cat should have to live like that.

Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie


caren gittleman July 6, 2016 at 2:04 pm

ouch! You need to install social sharing buttons on your blog, unless I am missing them
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caren gittleman July 6, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Happy to help and we will tweet
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The Daily Pip July 6, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Oh my gosh, what a stressful and dangerous environment for these cats. My paws are crossed that they raise enough money and find some safe places to relocate these beauties.
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Athena July 6, 2016 at 12:06 pm

How horrible for these poor kitties!

We will share far and wide 🙂

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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Roby Sweet July 6, 2016 at 7:35 am

A steel mill sounds like a really bad place for kitties to live. I hope they can get new, safer (and quieter) homes soon.
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Little Binky and Granny July 6, 2016 at 4:21 am

OMC how sad 🙁 We will send Healing Pawkisses and Purrayers for the situation and for the kitties, of course <3 <3 <3 Thank you for being there for them <3


Lone Star Cats July 6, 2016 at 12:48 am

How horrible. Hope those kitties find their furever homes.
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meowmeowmans July 5, 2016 at 11:46 pm

Thank you for helping these poor kitties! We will share, and try to rustle up some green papers to help!
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Diane July 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

Thank You so much for any help you can offer. We already spend $800 a month on feeding our forever fosters in our four kitty city sanctuaries located on volunteer’s property. Update: A tiny neurologically impaired kitten called a CH cat will find her forever home with a kind person in the community. Stay tuned for more good news!!


Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles July 5, 2016 at 11:45 pm

That would be so scary…and those poor kitties think its OK, cause ts all they know…so sad.
We sure hope they get better places to live.


LP July 5, 2016 at 10:52 pm

Poor, innocent babies. What a terrible situation to find themselves in. We hope homes in your area will be opened up to them. Thanks for having the comment-a-thon Janet. We know it will help 🙂

the critters in the cottage xo


Three Chatty Cats July 5, 2016 at 9:28 pm

Oh, I hope the kitties find the perfect spot! Thank you for spreading the word!


Nellie July 5, 2016 at 7:26 pm

You guys ROCK! We wish we could help, but alas, since Mommy is unemployed wes is awfully strapped for green papers these days. If there is anything else we can do, please let us know.
nellie & Mommy
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Kitty Cat Chronicles July 5, 2016 at 7:17 pm

Oh my goodness! Poor kitties… they are so brave! Thank you for sharing about their story. We will share it on our Twitter and FB page. Thanks to Barn Cat Buddies as well for helping these kitties. Hoping that they all find homes!
Sampy sends 23495826398475638745 kisses to Astrid, and we all send lots of love!
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The Florida Furkids July 5, 2016 at 6:57 pm

We hope those kitties can get out of that horrible situation. How pawsome of you to help!

We also think it’s pawsome that we’re BOTH doing comment-a-thons today!!! Allie says it’s because she and Mauricio are so in tuned to each other!!!

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Michelle July 5, 2016 at 6:38 pm

Oh wow! I wish I could take them all in to get them out of this situation. Unfortunately I am not in a position to donate at this time, but I can certainly comment and I can get the word out there to everyone I know. Good luck!
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Granice July 5, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Hope they can be helped and saved.


Toby July 5, 2016 at 5:51 pm

We pray for those kitties in that very loud place!!
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Mary McNeil July 5, 2016 at 5:40 pm

What a great organization – and what daunting task ! Prayers for the safety of all concerned !


Stephanie B July 5, 2016 at 4:30 pm

I hope the cats and kittens can be saved.


Emma and Buster July 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

We hope for the best situation for these kitties. Quite scary.
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Random Felines July 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm

what a scary environment….we hope people step up to help (we live too far away and don’t have space for another feral…but we are sharing)
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Cat Scout Charles July 5, 2016 at 1:56 pm

My mom is all too familiar with the results of missing one cat that should have been TNR’d.
Us six upstairs cats, the 9 tiny kittens and two adult cats in foster care in our basement are all proof of that.
We will spread youths word and pray there will be a solution to help them all.
Hug Kitties Blue and a billion kisses to my love Ms Lisbeth.


Katie isabella July 5, 2016 at 1:53 pm

I come from Roanoke VA. I am horrified that these babies live like that and I am also deeply grateful to Cat for all the hard hard work she did to help these feral cats all along. Not surprising that one slipped through the plan to reproduce. I hope with all my heart that someone, many someones, step up and adopt or at least allow these kittens and cats to go to their farmland. xox


Brian July 5, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Those sweeties deserve all the help they can get. Thanks for calling it to everyones attention!
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The Island Cats July 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm

It’s a tough time of year for all shelters. Ours is busting at the seams too with kittens and cats and dogs. We’re purring that help will come for these poor cats and kittens. It’s very nice of you to do a commentathon to help.
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da tabbies o trout towne July 5, 2016 at 11:30 am

guys….we will ask R pal St Francis ta lend a hand in any way him can, heerz hopin
each N everee one oh de kittehz getz re homed…veree veree soon ~~~~ ♥♥♥♥ we
will head over to ther site ~~~ 🙂


The Menagerie Mom July 5, 2016 at 9:44 am

Oh, this is so heartbreaking. We will certainly be visiting the Barn Cat Buddies website, donating, and learning more about them. You are such a good person, Janet – thank you for spreading the word and letting us all know that these kitties need our help, for volunteering your time to help them yourself, and of course for the donation you will be making once these comments are all tallied. We are sending many, many purrs and prayers to these kitties and their cause!
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Sammy July 5, 2016 at 7:10 am

Oh how horrible…..those poor little kittens – imagine growing up in an environment like that which is so noisy and dangerous. Thanks for letting us know – we will try to help as best we can – meanwhile, bless you for having a commentathon to help them……we don’t know any people with barns who would be able to help but we hope SOMEONE does!

Love, Sammy
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Sue July 5, 2016 at 6:56 am

I really feel for these cats and kittens. I so wish I could help with those green papers. I don’t live anywhere near there so I also don’t know of any barns! 🙁


ATCAD July 5, 2016 at 5:58 am

We has our paws crossed that they all find homes in a safer more pleasant environment. Since we don’t live in your area we can’t physically help or adopt, but we will share. And Mommy will look at our budget and see if we can send some green papers.
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Ellen Pilch July 5, 2016 at 5:11 am

Those poor babies, how sad. I am praying for them and will spread the word.
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McGuffy's Reader July 5, 2016 at 1:27 am

My heart goes out to each one of them, for what they endure and for what they do to survive. You, too, are special for what you do to educate and help others. Thank you. We need more people like you. Much love, my friend. ❤ Always, Annie
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Summer July 5, 2016 at 1:17 am

Wow, these poor cats living in these conditions! I really hope they all can be rehomed very soon!
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Beverly July 5, 2016 at 12:19 am

These heartbreaking stories never stop! Thank goodness for Barn Cat Buddies and the incredible work they are doing. I hope everyone who sees your post leaves a comment or visits BCB’s website to donate…and I truly hope some kind souls out there will actually adopt them.


mommakatandherbearcat July 5, 2016 at 12:10 am

And I’m crying AGAIN. Those poor babies! And thank you for bringing it to our attention! We don’t know anyone with barns in the area, but we’ll see what we can do about the rest 🙂
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