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Barn Cats Get Second Chance At Life

Two recently relocated felines,

by Beverly Amsler

Many cat people like to have their favorite feline lie on their lap as they watch television at night or sleep next to them in bed.  Feral cats don’t do that and many have been euthanized because no one wants to adopt an “unfriendly” animal.  But a Roanoke Valley rescue group is coming to the aid of these feral felines.

Barn Cat Buddies is “a program dedicated to helping those cats that have no real option for an inside home but that are suited to go to non-traditional homes such as barns, marinas, warehouses or garden centers.  “Anywhere that an animal could earn his or her keep as a rodent control technician,” says director Diane Novak.

Barn Cat Buddies started about 5 years ago.  Novak took over the program, then named “Barn Cat Babies,” from Tammy Javier.  According to Novak, there were no options for the cats caught behind restaurants, etc. In Franklin County they were routinely euthanized.

Novak moved here from New York where she was involved in animal rescue work.  There she would place friendly cats mostly in homes but occasionally on farms.  Her comment on moving here was, “I’ve never seen so many feral cats in one area.  It’s rural; they had no chance at life.  I loved the idea of them getting out of the pound.  It just seemed like a win-win situation.”

She combined her background in marketing, advertising and social work to take over the program and change the name. She works with the Franklin County pound, the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection in Roanoke, the Roanoke Valley SPCA and Angels of Assisi (“Because Angels often gets cats through hording situations that are unfriendly and don’t make it in a regular home”).

“This year alone, (from January through October) we’ve placed about 145 cats, both friendly and not so friendly, and we’ve done about 180 spays and neuters.”

Reba Dillon has 17 Barn Cat Buddies.  She owns a farm on Burnt Chimney Road in Wirtz with alpacas, goats, and cattle.  “We have a lot of feed. . . But I don’t have any mice at all in my greenhouse or in my barns.”  She’s terrified of rats but says they don’t go near the feed with the cats around.  “You never see the cats.  I mean, we know they’re there because occasionally you’ll see one sitting under a bush or you’ll see one, maybe walking through the field.  So we know they’re there and they do their job, but they never come near the house because they’re feral.” She also manages a marina on Smith Mountain Lake and there’s one Barn Cat Buddy there.

About three years ago, Dillon started taking feral cats that would otherwise have been euthanized.  “I only take the ones that are really ready to be put to sleep. Diane called me one day and she said, ‘We have this beautiful black cat and its time’s up and nobody wants it because it’s black.’  So I said, ‘Bring it to me,’ and that is the most wonderful cat in the whole world.”  She calls it Lucky.

It doesn’t bother her that they don’t cuddle.  She says her husband isn’t really fond of cats in or near the house, so that’s why she takes the feral cats.

“I’ve got plenty of room and they do a great service for me.  Because if I didn’t have those cats, having that much feed and grain, we would have tons of rats.”

Barn Cat Buddies will hold a fundraiser, Saturday, December 3rd from 1-4pm at AMC Hilltop Bowling Alley on Williamson Road in Roanoke.  A $20 donation gets the person three games of bowling and rental bowling shoes. “We’re also going to be having a silent auction, door prizes and raffle prizes.”

Novak hopes to raise several thousand dollars to keep the program going until spring when the cat population will rise once again.

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  1. Barn-cats are commonly trapped and drowned or shot around any livestock. Their Toxoplasma gondii parasites cause livestock to have miscarriages, still-births, or born with other debilitating disorders like hydrocephaly and microcephaly. All the very same things that can happen to pregnant women coming in contact with cat-feces can happen to any animal. Then the fun part is, any livestock that contracts T. gondii from cat-feces and doesn’t suffer directly from this brain-parasite, goes on to put this parasite right back onto your very own dinner plates in the meats that you eat. This parasite is now being linked to autism, schizophrenia, and brain-cancers.

    Trying to dump your feral-cat problem off on rural people is only going to turn those cats into target practice. That’s precisely what happens to each and every one of them that so much as touches foot on my land.

    Thought you might like to know what they’ll REALLY be used for.

    Cats are without a doubt the WORST possible rodent control method. Not only do they destroy livestock and put Toxoplasma gondii right back into the food-chain for humans, but any rodents infected with T. gondii are actually attracted to cat-urine.

    Using cats for rodent-control only attracts MORE rodents to your area. Along with all their diseases. Like tularemia and the plague today.

    If you want rodent control employ any of the NATIVE PREDATORS that are far better at this than the highly destructive INVASIVE-SPECIES cats will ever be. And native predators be more specific on the types of animals they prey on. Cats destroy ANYTHING THAT MOVES including all your beneficial and wanted wildlife. Owls don’t do this. Snakes don’t do this. And above all one of the most very beneficial animals of all is the Grey Fox, a species that’s actually native to North America. This particular species doesn’t even like farmer’s poultry because it didn’t evolve with them, like the Red Fox did (introduced from Europe). This fox species will even climb trees to also help keep squirrel populations in check.

    It’s about time that you all learned to educate yourselves on how to live responsibly on this planet.

    Try to not be a part of the problem. Having cats around, a highly destructive deadly-disease-spreading INVASIVE-SPECIES, is anything but acting responsibly.

  2. Question: How are you going to be certain that these cats that you want to dump on others aren’t free from rabies? You can’t just vaccinate them you know. And there are no reliable tests for rabies while the animal is alive. That’s a fact. Vaccinating them for rabies doesn’t cure them from rabies if they have already contracted the disease. Should you be held liable for transferring an animal that was found to have rabies, or any of the other dozen or so deadly diseases that cats carry today, I doubt you could sustain the financial loss to yourselves. If you don’t believe me, read this fun little horror story …

    Perhaps the smart thing to do is keep your problem to yourself and deal with it by yourself? But then I’ve never known anyone who cheers for cats to be very wise nor smart. I’m sure that you won’t prove that generalization wrong. You’re not wise enough nor smart enough to do that.

  3. All of Barncat Buddues’ cats are throughly Vetted ! And, they are not dumped on others, they are placed in barns, only after an intensive inspection of the area, the approval of the owner, then, after placement, the cats are monitored to be sure that the cats are safe, healthy, and happy. Believe me, Barncat Buddie’s cats are very well loved and cared for !! And, anyone who have ever had their feed ruined , or their costly tack chewed up by rats and mice, know all to well the value of Barn Cats .

  4. Margot Treybig, then I trust they will each come with a signed affidavit they they have been tested for and are free of all the following diseases that cats have been spreading and transmitting to humans and other animals all throughout the USA.

    These are just the diseases cats spread to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Flea-borne Typhus and Tularemia can now also be added to that list.

    If not, may the lawsuits fly. And may you lose everything you have in life as soon as possible for spreading even more invasive-species out onto the land. For that alone, violating every invasive-species law in existence, you should all be fined heavily and thrown in prison.

  5. I’m not sure where all the negativity is coming from, I think this is a fantastic organization. This “INVASIVE-SPECIES” is only such, as it is the owners who don’t have their pets neutered/spayed. Why should the result of an irresponsible owner be punished for existing? Do you think these cats asked to be brought into the world?

    Thank you Barn Cat Buddies. If only the rest of the world cared about life and love this much.

  6. Talk about people who love cats not being very smart!!! Sad to say there are so many people with the mentality of Woodsman and Nature Advocate (oh, really?). I can only hope and pray that anyone who would drown or shoot one of God’s creatures will be reincarnated as a cat on his farm!!!! And I don’t believe finding a mutually agreed upon barn is “dumping” animals on anyone. I suspect someone wasn’t hugged enough as a child!

  7. It is important that we keep this simple and not get sidetracked on the politics of rescue. This is a very simple plan that Barn Cat Buddies has. There are THOUSANDS of cats out there fending for themselves…they are known as “community cats” or “feral cats” but most of them are being fed by someone. IF everyone that fed a feral cat would trap, neuter and vet the cat and return it to it’s environment, the problem would be solved. By the time that Barn Cat Buddies gets a call about a “feral situation”, it is out of control. But they step up and trap, vet including spay/neuter/rabies and if they cannot be returned, they find them a home…they donate food and time and money and they give their heart and soul to just save one colony at a time. Please respect this effort and understand that this is humane and the only answer to the overpopulation of cats.

  8. OMG, These negative comments are incredible. Why on earth would anyone object to these beautiful adoptions. Perhaps some people did not read the article….these cats are adopted by their new caretakers. The concern about disease is somewhat laughable…..are these humans who wrote the comments tested and free of the many wretched contagious diseases that we carry??? Obviously Woodsman’s handling of a farm is unlike any farm I’ve seen. Yes, I was raised on a farm, many friends and neighbors that are farmers and I promise you that cats are NOT murdered because of fear of Toxo. Also, I hope that most people realize that “country people” and farmers do NOT use cats as “target practice”. We used cardboard bulls-eye targets; imagine that?? Please folks, do NOT let this person lead you to believe that farmers/ rural people/ country people are like he describes. Most have beloved barn cats as well as marvelous house cats and dogs!! Smile, life is good!!

  9. Seriously, people?? Are you that uneducated with animal rescue that you can’t understand this concept? And as a “country” person myself, I can say we don’t shoot or drown our cats. BCB is helping reduce the overpopulation of catsby trapping, spaying & neutering and vaccinating these cats. And as for diseases, you should be concerned about what humans are passing to each other, other than ignorance.

  10. Man, Woodsman! My hat is off to you, bro. You’re quite the busy little beaver there with all your multiple accounts! I’d imagine you lead a very full social life, so I commend you for finding the time to post so much and so often about feral cats. Anyone who’d like to know more about this stellar guy and what he’s all about can see a bunch of comments from just one of his many, many accounts at Thanks for educating me – before knowing you, I’d have thought anyone who would take the time to create multiple accounts and post so extensively about methods for killing cats was a total loser who was marginalized by society and probably, bless his heart, never got laid, but you’ve really helped to change my mind about that. Thanks, friend!

  11. Dave D, Woodsman and Nature Advocate really have “cat” issues, don’t they? Let’s see, Dave D obviously has issues with women also (calling us bitc*es – I guess he isn’t aware of the men involved in this process), so I think we’ll just ignore him; he doesn’t warrant a response.

    Woodsman lists numerous diseases cats will pass along. Gosh, wonder if he quit eating beef because he worried about Mad Cow disease; gave up chicken and eggs because of salmonella. Maybe he’s a vegetarian…oh wait, a bunch of people got sick (and died) from salmonella-tainted cantaloupes and tomatoes not that long ago. Couldn’t even eat a peanut butter sandwich safely there for a while. Hmm. Looks like almost everything in life offers some risk, doesn’t it? So what to do? Weigh the risks against the benefits. Woodman’s list of potential diseases is impressive. But let’s see, the reference about tularemia is actually an indoor/outdoor family pet, not a feral or barn cat. Does he advocate cats as indoor pets only? From his comments, he’d probably have cats added to the “extinct” list. No matter that millions of families have cats as loving pets. No matter that animals have been proven to help ease depression and hypertension, give the elderly a friend who doesn’t turn away as they age, will get a response from an autistic child when no other stimulus will.

    Okay, Nature Advocate – your turn. Your little “horror story” from Charlotte is indeed a sad case. So what would you have us do – euthanize every stray animal? Do you have any idea how many millions of animals come into shelters every year, are adopted and live long, healthy lives contributing to the health and well-being of the people who love them (scroll up, sweetie). So if we like cats we can’t be “wise or smart.” Oh well, at least we appreciate you not calling us bitc*es, too.

    The cats placed through the Barn Cat Buddies program aren’t just “dumped” on unknowing farms, marinas, wineries. They are requested – recruited, even – by the owners of these properties: intelligent, thoughtful, caring people – business owners. I would grant you these people are neither unwise nor stupid. No one is suggesting that unaltered cats should be “dumped” and allowed to procreate. Every cat is seen by a vet, given a rabies vaccination, checked for general health issues, and spayed or neutered. We – the unwise and not so smart bitc*es – aren’t trying to add to the problem of stray/feral cats. We aren’t advocating putting cats out there to multiply. Like most folks, we’re doing the best we can to “live responsibly” on this planet. To us, that includes taking care of cats – God’s creatures, fellow inhabitants of this planet. I don’t understand the hate you can feel for such a creature. It’s sad. You guys are just… sad.

  12. It seems that the dissenting opinion that cats are evil is really coming from one woefully uneducated individual. The same individual should also be considered more alarmingly dangerous to society than an animal rescue group, given the confessed animal torture involved in his remarks. A man that seems to delight in the trapping & drowning of cats and then furthers that sentiment with distasteful remarks towards women, is certainly not anyone’s ideal representation of man. To attempt to argue the sheer ignorance in the listing of potential diseases will most assuredly fall on deaf ears. To state that basic sanitary precautions such as hand-washing & avoiding the ingestion of any animal’s (including humans) fecal matter are of utmost importance in disease prevention seems too obvious but apparently not. Stating the virtues of common hygiene would detract from the scare tactics involved in listing a string of diseases that can be found while doing a creepily, specific Google search.

    The fact that a simple article about a wonderful charity has been met with such a violent & terror ridden response, leads me to believe that the writer has some underlying issues to deal with. Please be sure to address those in your next therapy session. For now, find something else to do other than sit around your computer screen trolling for cat stories, where you know women will found. If you think that berating women with your “superior” knowledge will get you anywhere, you are sadly mistaken. But you probably already know that, given that you have to go in under multiple accounts to artificially inflate your post statistics. That’s probably not the only thing that is artificially inflated.

    Please do post your real name and location if you feel certain of the validity of your stance, so I can let my buddies in law enforcement know where you are. I’m sure they’d be happy to educate you on the fact that torturing an animal will find you in jail far quicker than these ladies volunteering their time to place a cat in a requested and desired home. I’d imagine there’s also a few gentlemen that might want to teach you a thing or two about how to speak to a woman.

  13. As a species shaped by people, it is our responsibility to help manage the feral cat population. Barn Cat Buddies and their affiliates do a wonderful job helping these animal find responsible owners. You do not need to like cats or want to own them to appreciate that this is a valuable service. I think that the value of the services provided by Barn Cat Buddies is evident in the fact that BCB is able to exist through donations, the wonderful contributions of volunteers, and in that they are publicly recognized as an asset to this area. On the other hand, people who shoot and drown cats are taken to court, fined, and charged with animal cruelty. Let’s weigh the two sides, shall we? Valuable contribution to society versus animal cruelty. Hmm… I think the cats have the higher moral ground here.

  14. Look up the term TNR advocates just LOVE to use on how they reduce their feral-cat numbers, their candy-coating feel-good term of “Death by Attrition”. This means that their cats will die from disease, cat-attacks, animal-attacks, exposure, road-kill, starvation, and any other means that drastically shortens cats’ lives. They don’t die from old-age, you know! ALL their cats suffering for how many months it takes to die that way. Just because they don’t see how that cat lies there, gasping for air, dying for days, after it’s been hit by a car or survived an animal attack means that it didn’t die inhumanely? Is that how it works with TNR advocates? They didn’t see it suffer to death so it didn’t suffer? Are they THIS self-deluded? A cat dying from poisoning is even more humane than a cat dying from TNR’s “attrition” (of which poisoning by any means; plant, snake, insect, or chemical; is one of the many methods that falls under the definition of “attrition”). In most parts of this country and the world TNR practices clearly falls under the guidelines for cruelty to animals, animal-abuse, animal-neglect, animal-endangerment, and animal-abandonment laws. Including being in direct violation of every invasive-species law in existence.

    Let’s not forget how TNR advocates don’t hesitate to carve up cats with scalpels as well as cutting off parts of their ears, from which they have to heal-up for weeks before they try to survive again. As if letting them die of “attrition” wasn’t bad enough, TNR-advocates start them off by terrorizing them with traps, cages, and sticking knives into them first. (Which is also precisely why they can’t trap them a 2nd time to keep them vaccinated.)

    Not only are they cruelly torturing cats, but also all wildlife they inflict their cats upon. Their cats literally ripping the skin off of and clawing the guts out of any wildlife to use it as an agonizingly and slowly dying twitching play-toy for their cats. And as soon as all the “fun” has drained out of their play-toy, they go on and find another one to torture. This is no different than if cat-owners went to a pet-store and bought canaries and hamsters then threw them at their cats to watch their cats tear them apart for their amusement. What about all the native predators that depend on all those animals for their ONLY food? Their cats cause all those animals to STARVE TO DEATH. TNR-advocates’ cruelty knows no bounds.

    If you want to raise revenue for your towns and cities in order to deal with this invasive-species ecological-disaster properly and effectively, start charging all these TNR advocates with severe fines and imprisonment for CRUELTY TO ANIMALS AND VIOLATION OF INVASIVE-SPECIES LAWS.

    They’re not doing this out of any goodness of their hearts. THEY DON’T HAVE HEARTS, nor minds. Proved, 100%.

  15. The general rule-of-thumb in the USA is that if your land is in an area zoned for agricultural or livestock use then it is perfectly legal to destroy any animal, someone’s pet or not, that is threatening the well-being and safety of your own animals or family. The only animals exempt from you taking immediate action, legally, are those listed on endangered or threatened species lists, and any bird species under protection of MBTA (the Migratory Bird Treaty Act). Even then variances can be given should there be sufficient problem but this requires further study by authorities. Since cats are listed in the top 100 WORST invasive-species of the world in the “Global Invasive Species Database”, this means they have no protection whatsoever from being shot on sight. And in fact, if your area enforces and obeys invasive-species laws — as they should — then it is against the law to NOT destroy any cat on sight, someone’s pet or not. It is your civic and moral responsibility to destroy any invasive-species that is found away from safe confinement and roaming freely in a non-native habitat.

    A cat-owner that releases their cat in an area zoned for any form of livestock or agricultural use has no legal grounds to sue anyone if their cat is shot. Even if the shooter walks up to the door of the ex-cat-owner and hands their dead cat back to them, saying, “I shot your cat, here it is! Better luck next time!” Though local law-enforcement frowns on this because the criminally-irresponsible ex-cat-owner will just raise a stink with law-enforcement, wasting their time when they have more important things to do than explain to and coddle an idiot. Hence the popular “SSS Cat Management Program” (Shoot, Shovel, & Shut-Up) method to save your gendarmes the further hassle by the ex-cat-owning trouble-makers.

    I had a feral-cat problem on my own land. (Note the use of the word “had”.) Until the sheriff advised I shoot every last one of them. Using a .22 outfitted with an illuminated-reticle scope and laser-sight to assure a humane kill, and to also make it easy during the times of day when they are the most active, dusk to dawn. All the wildlife on my land is now returning to proper balance. Cat-lover’s oft-spewed “vacuum effect” is a blatant bald-faced lie. NO cats returned to replace the now missing cats. Native predators and native prey that belongs here and was here before cats destroyed nearly all of them are the only things that are returning to my land. May you have as much success as I did.

  16. Woodsman might consider that white folks are as much of an invasive species in this country as cats, and certainly have done more damage, destruction, and disease spreading than their feline counterparts. I certainly don’t think the answer to that would be for them to be shot on sight. That’s just plain ignorant.
    Hats off to an organization who has come up with a helpful solution to actually make a difference in the feral cat problem, in a HUMANE way. They prevent new litters by spaying and neutering, they vaccinate them, they find responsible farm owners who are WILLING and OFFERING to host the cats and provide food, water, and shelter for them, etc.
    It’s a shame such an encouraging article was tainted by the comments of someone who obviously had some bad experiences as a child. Being ok with shooting someone else’s beloved pet is just… well… odd. Forming multiple personalities online to try to make oneself feel validated in these bizarre hobbies (target practice? Really?) is deeply disturbing on many levels. This is the sort of thing you see before they start digging up bodies in one’s backyard or finding heads in the freezer.
    We all know you can log into a comment thread like this and like your own posts several dozens of times, while repeatedly downthumbing the posts of others. It can make one feel validated to see how high you can boost your own ratings, while tanking others. But it’s just weird. I mean that’s really strange behavior. Scary weird.

  17. LOL, Woodsman! You’re hilarious, man! I love stand up, but pretty much all the comedians I know charge for their greatest hits albums. THANK YOU SO MUCH for offering up The Greatest Hits of Woodsman at 100% free! Best deal I’ve ever come across! And the sources you site – their subtle humor might be missed by a lot of people, but not me! My favorite one is You’re a riot! Don’t get me wrong, the stuff you’ve posted here is classic, but you’re kinda leaving me hanging – you’ve posted these comments on other articles about TNR, man! Are you working on any new material?

  18. I am so thankful for Barn Cat Buddies. I’m not even sure WHAT KIND of DISORDER Natures Advocate and Woodman have, They are some scarry people.

    Obviously they dont know as much as they think they know. Right now I have 5 “barn kitties” My cats are vetted, vacinated, spayed, sheltered, fed, and loved.

  19. Homo sapiens is NOT an invasive species ANYWHERE, you freakishly stupid MORON. Since humans have the genetic code to give them the capability to travel/migrate to ANY part of the globe, this means they are native to any area they can travel to on their own. Just like birds that have this capability and can travel to different continents and islands. Those that have the flight-range required to do so are NATIVE to those areas that they are capable of traveling to ON THEIR OWN.

    Whereas, an animal genetically engineered through selective breeding, such as CATS, are NOT AN INDIGENOUS SPECIES ANYWHERE. They are no more natural to any native environment than some genetically engineered insect that was invented in some lab, that once released out into nature will destroy all native wildlife, JUST AS CATS DO.

    If you phenomenally stupid cretins are going to use ecology, biology, speciation, and genetics in your arguments, the very LEAST that you could do is have a base comprehension of what you are talking about. Don’t you think?

    No. And that’s the problem with terminally ignorant MORONS like you, you CAN’T think.

    There’s just no legal cure for “stupid”.

  20. No doubt they removed that page on cats spreading the plague because it was being hit by a bunch of cat-loving mafia. Try this one:

    But then ANY person with more than half a brain can do that. That rules out you people.

  21. Seriously? Are you crazy, man? If you think you are not, we have a post full of people that would say you are. I suggest you go see a dr. Let me guess…you believe in evolution? In which case, I can see you haven’t finished evolving! Or either your family tree does not have many branches. Either way, may God guide you to the help you clearly need and may He give you more compassion than you give other living beings.

  22. So, woodsman, are you telling me if I move to france then by default (or rather by your ‘logic’), I would be a native of France? Well I’ll be damned, all this time I thought I was a typical ol’ American seeing as how I was born here!! Didn’t know I could change my own background simply by hopping on a plane!! Son of a gun woodsman, you have discovered something quite incredible here!!!

  23. There is little more comical than a grown man who thinks he knows it all throwing an online temper tantrum in front of a group of highly intelligent women! When one cannot hold his own in an actual intelligent discussion, he resorts to name calling. “Freakishly stupid MORON” and “phenomenally stupid cretins” are almost hilarious in terms of how juvenile this man has become on here when faced with a group of people who have a different opinion. “Terminally ignorant MORONS.” Sound like someone needs a time out. Or an old school spanking.

  24. Woodsman, you clearly do not live in this area. I assure you that if you were to come onto MY farm & attempt your foolishness, it would not be the cats that were greeted with the SSS method. Also, should you speak to these women in this bloated tone of yours in in front of the men around here, you’d come out of it missing a tongue. You are the uneducated one in this conversation & you are sadly trying to bully people into believing you. No one believes any of the nonsense that you purport to carry as fact. Its easy to sit behind a computer screen in your mother’s basement & harass people. Humans are an invasive species & are responsible for the loss of many indigenous species on this planet. If you were capable of reading & understanding actual scientific doctrine, you would know that. Again, I understand that presenting a completely logical & well documented argument will not sway you from your ill-formed opinion. Everyone understands that your opinion is just that, an opinion. No one said it had to be a well educated opinion. You actually made that pretty clear for everyone from the beginning. Devolving even further into simpering, childlike name calling only further provides evidence of your inferiority.

  25. Thanks to all of you who have come to the defense of Barn Cat Buddies. This just shows that caring people far outnumber the sad souls like Woodsman and Nature Advocate (which I’m thinking may be the same person)!!

  26. Carol rest easy–after very little searching we have discovered woodsman is a sad, pathetic excuse for a troll. He simply copies and pastes the same ridiculous arguments on any and all stories regarding feral cats. I don’t think I’m reaching very far by saying ‘someone needs a job’!

  27. Chuck B.,

    Thanks for proving yet again what I’ve suspected all along … the Toxoplasma gondii parasites in cat-lovers brains won’t let them think nor reason beyond wanting to ensure the proliferation of more T. gondii parasites throughout the whole food-chain and into more humans, by spreading their genetically-engineered, nature-destroying, INVASIVE-SPECIES cats even further. Even if they have to harm or murder humans that stand in their way. They are being controlled against all common-sense and reason by the cats’ parasites that have taken over their minds.

    Get tested for T. gondii if you are defending these invasive-species cats’ lives. You’re most likely obeying cats’ parasites in your brain now. You can no longer think nor reason like a human anymore, ignoring all logic and common-sense. Your thoughts demoted to that of parasitic protozoan awareness, where only its base biochemical survival matters, without concern nor regard for anything else in its environment. (Sounds just like every cat-lover, doesn’t it.) Though either way, even if you are not infected by this cat-parasite and still feel that it’s better to harm a human than a cat, seek professional help before you act on these blatantly clear psychopathic and sociopathic thoughts and values of yours.

    For just a few of the links on studies of how this cats’-parasite hijacks the human (or any animal’s) mind:

    “Toxoplasmosis and psychology: A game of cat and mouse”

    “Crazy Cat Love: Caused By Parasitic Infection?”

    “Research Links Parasite In Cats To Mental Illnesses”

  28. An interesting post just found at

    “Posted by irish_eyes on Dec. 8, 2011 – 8:37 a.m.

    Woodsman speaks the truth.

    At one time, I raised sheep and know first hand what barnyard cats can do. They urinate and defacate spreading toxoplasma pathogens on the hay and other feed products of livestock. At one point, I had 30 lambs born in succession that were either stillborn or died shortly after birth from this pathogen. A veterninarian suggested getting rid of the cats in order to solve the problem.

    I am in the process of trying to re-establish quail habitats and quail populations but am having little success because the area is loaded with cats. People are supposed to keep their dogs on their property but cats are allowed to roam free and kill wildlife.

    A wildlife manager with the Federal Government said that feral cats are by far the worse predator for small game. ”

    And THIS is what you are trying to wish on everyone with your program and (lack of) values in life. Rename your program to “Barn Cat Terrorists” and you’d at least be more accurate for once in your highly ignorant and self-deceptive lives..

  29. From the CDC website: Cats play an important role in the spread of toxoplasmosis. They become infected by eating infected rodents, birds, or other small animals. The parasite is then passed in the cat’s feces in an oocyst form, which is microscopic.

    So unless you are going to kill ALL animals that carry the disease, your argument is invalid.

  30. If anyone is interested in some great comedy, just google “Woodsman rants feral cats” and you will find hundreds of results! People all over America have figured out that he assumes various alias (such as he did here using Nature Advocate, etc.) to post repeatedly on any TNR thread around the country and beyond. To the point of it being a pathelogical obsession. Rather than educating, he simply copies and pastes the same ravings over and over like a derranged lunatic, using a number of different names, bragging about shooting and drowning cats, naming diseases you can get from eating cat poop, etc. Then he supports his own “theories” by using other names. People have started calling him out on this behavior and he just explodes! He’s actually pretty creative with the insults he hurls at people when he finds that they don’t jump on his bandwagon. It’s hilarious!

    We’re on to you, buddy! My suggestion? Find a hobby. Get a girlfriend. Move out of your parents’ basement. Look for a job. Something! Instead of trolling the internet for ladies in animal welfare, do some research on what it takes to be a real man. No one is buying what your trying to sell. You are just making yourself look silly.

    And don’t come to our neck of the woods. We don’t take too kindly to invasive trolls preying on our rescue ladies. We might just have to show ya a thing or two about real men.

  31. Chelsea, perhaps you should read more than just the parts you want to believe. Tighten those blinders a little more. They haven’t left a deep enough scar in that pointy little head of yours yet. Heaven forbid that you should lose grasp of that immense bliss of self-inflicted ignorance that you and all like you relentlessly wallow-in all your sorry lives.

    “Toxoplasma gondii is a species of parasitic protozoa in the genus Toxoplasma.[1] The definitive host of T. gondii is the cat, but the parasite can be carried by many warm-blooded animals (birds[2] or mammals, including humans). Toxoplasmosis, the disease of which T. gondii is the causative agent, is usually minor and self-limiting but can have serious or even fatal effects on a fetus whose mother first contracts the disease during pregnancy or on an immunocompromised human or cat.”

    “The life cycle of T. gondii has two phases. The sexual part of the life cycle (coccidia like) takes place ONLY in cats, both domestic and wild (family Felidae), which makes cats THE PARASITE’S PRIMARY HOST. The second phase, the asexual part of the life cycle, can take place in other warm-blooded animals, including cats, mice, humans, and birds. The hosts in which asexual reproduction takes place is called the intermediate host. Rodents are the typical intermediate host.”

    It is the CATS that are infecting the rodents, birds, and ALL OTHER SPECIES, you bloody fool. It cannot replicate in rodents NOR ANY OTHER SPECIES. Get rid of all CATS and Toxoplasmosis becomes a thing of the past. No rodents anywhere will ever have it again after those that have been infected BY YOUR CATS have finally died. You pathetically IGNORANT MORON.

  32. You are seriously going to argue with the CDC? And then you are going to have the nerve to get on here and call me names? Are you 12? Or are you just some pathetic excuse for a human being who realized he has met his match in a bunch of women. I know this is coming as a shock to you, you incredibly self-centered fucktard, but just because you copy and paste the same tired argument over and over does NOT, I repeat DOES NOT, make you right. It makes you sad. And as far as the ONE comment you had to search high and low for that agreed with your moronic line of thinking, it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s you under another damn profile. Face it, this group is NOT backing down from you and it pisses you off.

  33. Ah, Woody. Good to see you again. Did you get your hour pass for the library pc again? If you read carefully my comment, you will note that my statement to you was directed at your threat to torture animals & your disrespectful behavior towards women. I indicated that if you arrived on MY property spouting your theories & threatening the residents of MY farm that would be a mistake on your part. I also indicated that if you were witnessed speaking to ladies in the manner that you have done here, your physical person would be in jeopardy as well. That’s not a reflection of any imaginary parasite that you may think I am inflicted with but rather a result of being raised with honor & integrity. You do realize that no matter how many links you post or how many pages you seek out to cut/paste the SAME verbiage, you still come off looking like a loon. You are but one lonely, lonely man fighting against what? A cat? Really? I very seriously doubt that you ever owned a lamb or land for that matter. If you did happen to do either & managed to lose entire herds to a cat, well my friend, I don’t think you’re much of a farmer. Your paranoia is quite amusing, however. I will give you that. I just cannot imagine what trauma you might have suffered for this to become such an all-consuming obsession. I tell you what, I’ll discuss with my doctor this zombie parasite you seem to be so concerned with. My doctor is a good natured fellow & he’ll enjoy the hell out that. In the meantime, won’t you swing by the your local mental health facility. Share your diatribes with them. I’m sure they could provide you with a captive audience. In the meantime know this, no one is laughing with you. They are indeed laughing AT you. For all of your tirades, rescue work continues. Good people will continue to do good work. And you, well, you’re stuck with you. Ladies, keep up the good work.

  34. Woodsman, really? That’s how you talk to women? Let me give you a little teeny weeny hint about expressing an opinion that anyone is actually going to take even the slightest bit seriously: do it like a grown-up. State your opinion, listen to others, give intelligent and respectful feedback, be open to new ideas, and then politely agree to disagree if the other person doesn’t see things your way. That’s how grown-ups behave. When you stomp your feet, flail about waving your fist, and throw poop at people, you look like a spoiled toddler or an angry gorilla, and you just aren’t going to get a lot of people over to your side. Have you noticed that of your thousands of rants of hundreds of articles, you always stoop to name calling, hurling insults about intelligence, threatening, and bragging? Has it ever actually worked for you to behave like you’re two? Not one person in this thread is going, “Wow! What an impressive man that must be, to call Chelsea names when she schooled him with actual facts from the Center for Disease Control. What a hunk!” You just look like you need someone to change you diaper.

  35. Chelsea, you terminally ignorant and perpetually ineducable moron, the information I posted does not “argue” with the information from the CDC, it merely clarifies what you are far too stupid to comprehend from the meager information that you retrieved from the CDC. Their information is written so as to be understood by the most stupid people in the world. It doesn’t go into detail in the life-cycle of T. gondii which clearly shows that cats are T. gondii’s one and only primary host animal. So ignoramus cat-lover morons like you read into their information, walking away an even bigger dunce than you were before.

    “Words are a mirror. If a moron peers into them you can’t expect a genius to peer back out.”

    And as for John and Chuck, perhaps if you spent more time trying to get attention from women instead of men online, you wouldn’t have turned into psychotic closeted net-stalkers. Your kind are all over the net, wall to wall. Why do you think I haven’t bothered to give you the attention you so desperately crave from men? You’re not my type. Perhaps you should go reflect on why you try so hard to get attention from other men by using any excuse possible. You two need to go and get a room.

  36. Oh dear. Seems I’ve gone and done it again. I assumed an imbecile could use common sense to understand the point I was making. But I forgot, you lack common sense. So I’ll go slow. Ready??
    If kitty doesn’t eat the infected rodent then kitty doesn’t ingest the parasite it later passes. So therefore, no infected mice/birds=no infected kitties. Yes? So until you eliminate the SOURCE of the parasite, again your argument=no good. And your argument of using cats as rodent control attracting MORE rodents sounds vaguely familiar to the vacuum effect no?

  37. good effing grief. I like a challenge as much as the next, but trying to educate the ineducable is why the more wise instructors go on to pursue more productive activities.

    Since you won’t bother to go educate yourself (I presume because for someone like you this is impossible) let’s see if I can explain this in a way that can be comprehended by someone with an intellect as diminutive as a “Chelsea-IQ”:

    There are TWO phases to T. gondii’s life-cycle. The sexually reproductive phase that occurs ONLY IN THE CAT SPECIES, and the asexual phase that occurs in all other animals that cats infect with this cat-parasite.

    When the cat is infected this parasite sexually reproduces to create oocysts which are dropped into the environment through cats’ feces. Think of oocysts as this parasites’ “seed” phase. Any animal infected with the asexual phase of this parasite cannot create this parasite’s “seeds” (oocysts).

    ALL OTHER ANIMALS contract it from consuming these “seeds” that cats leave everywhere they crap. They can ALSO contract it from consuming another animal that has been infected with the asexual phase from these parasites’ “seeds”.

    Pray tell everyone now, how does an herbivore animal … oh sorry, that word it too big for someone like you … how does a PLANT EATER contract this parasite from another animal by eating another asexually-infected ANIMAL? It doesn’t. They don’t eat animals. The ONLY way that any herbivore; ooops, sorry, I mean PLANT EATER; like mice, birds, etc., can contract this parasite are from the parasites’ “seeds” that cats have crapped everywhere.

    The cat, being a carnivore, then goes around lapping up all animals it can find, thereby RE-INFECTING themselves with the very parasites that came out of their very own asses. To complete this parasite’s two-phase life-cycle. This is why this parasite hijacks the minds of rodents (and humans) to increase the frequency of their reproduction cycle — by making rodents attracted to cat-urine and losing all fear of cats.

    The way it gets to your dinner plates in the meats that you eat are from cats that crap their “seeds” around stockyards and farms. You know, the very place that you criminally-irresponsible fools want to put all these disease-bag cats. The PLANT EATER livestock; like goats, sheep, cattle, etc.; pick up these “seeds” from the soils that all their plants and grains grow in. They do not get it from eating other animals that have been infected with the asexual phase of this parasite. They don’t eat animals. This is the very same way that humans can get it from their gardens by eating any vegetables that have touched soil containing these cat-parasite “seeds”.

    If an animal eats both animals and plants (omnivores, for those of you with an IQ higher than Chelsea’s), then it can contract this parasite from other animals too. Just like from the infected meats that humans eat.


    How much do you want to bet that none of these morons can still comprehend this disease-vector mechanism. The T. gondii parasites in their minds won’t allow them to.

  38. To address yet another of Chelsea’s amazingly inane and insipid comments about T. gondii having anything to do with the mythical “vacuum effect”. (i.e. Holy crap, I cannot believe anyone is as stupid as this Chelsea.)

    TNR-Advocates “Vacuum Effect” is an absolute 100% LIE, or The Deadly Cat-Attractor Equation

    There’s an interesting study done by the Texas A&M University on TNR practices. They started out with about 12 sterilized cats. At the end of 9 months they had over 30. An increase of more than 200%, all moved in of their own volition. This isn’t due to any mythical “vacuum effect” that cat-advocates spread and lie about so often. For that to have happened you would have had to remove cats to create a vacuum for others to replace them. The exact opposite happened in this study.

    Simple reason being: CATS ATTRACT CATS

    Cat scents attract cats. This is why they spray everything, to attract mates and rivals and mark territory. Cat sounds attract cats. Mewing kittens will even attract stray toms who will kill the kittens if they are not their own (basic feline behavior of any cat species).

    If you want more cats, keep some around. More will find you. Get rid of them all and there’s no reason for other cats to come to that area. I proved this myself by getting rid of every last cat on my own land. ZERO cats moved in to replace them.

    Another interesting finding, sterilized cats do not defend their territory. Any new cats see this as easy-pickings and move in to take over. If that cat-colony is being fed then non-sterilized cats will actually overtake the sterilized colony’s food-source because the non-sterilized cats are not as docile and complacent.

    The DEADLY Cat-Attractor Equation

    Another fun kicker. Cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their feces is meant to infect rodents. This cat-parasite alters the mind of any animal it infests (even humans). Any rodents infected lose their fear of cats and are attracted to cat urine. Not only do cats attract more cats, but they also attract more rodents to the area with their slew of flea-borne and other rodent diseases. If cats eat rodents then they contract those rodent diseases to spread those diseases to humans. The attractor-equation is not just CATS = CATS + CATS, it’s actually CATS = CATS + CATS + RODENTS + DISEASES.

    TNR IS 100% FAILURE — no matter which way you try to spin that sorry hole-filled story.

    ANY cat — stray, feral, sterilized, or fertile — is just a magnetic “seed cat”. No matter how they are there or in what state of reproductive-viability that they are in, you’ll attract and grow more of them. Even worse — then you attract cat-advocates that want to turn your life into a living hell too. They’re all part of the same life-destroying equation.

    The FULL cat-attractor equation is actually: CATS = CATS + CATS + RODENTS + DISEASES + LIFE-DESTROYING CAT-ADVOCATES.

    This is why you MUST destroy all cats on your land. So cat-advocates will never be able to control or rule your life ever again. It’s THAT simple.

    I did it on my land. Now it’s YOUR turn.

  39. You really do have your work cut out for you, especially given that you make it so much harder on yourself. The gist of your argument is as follows: childish slur , ridiculous unscientific blah, blah, blah, followed by more childish slurs, throw in a link that no one will click because the previously mentioned childish slurs have immediately eliminated you as a reasonable member of the human race, rinse & repeat. That sounds about right. We’re not the first collection of Woody-proclaimed morons to point out the utter hopelessness of your insanity and I’m sure we won’t be the last. Your current tactic of keying on Chelsea only provides further evidence of your weakness. You see, she’s citing legitimate sources. You are not. All anyone really has to do is point out just a few of the problems with your argument, as has been done here & on a multitude of other sites. Once that is done, the fun is in watching you spiral into little girl fits. Nothing that you say is factual. Yours are the rantings of sad excuse for a man. You must realize this yourself and/or you have far too much free time on your hands to continuously bolster yourself by rating yourself so highly with your various logins. At this point, your ridiculousness is yawn inducing, as you are no where near as clever as you believe yourself to be. You have been helpful, though. A good many people have been appalled by your ramblings & have reached out to support the cause. Thank you for the PR help. You see, when sane individuals read your nonsense, they feel compelled to support the organizations that protect animals from people like you. Isn’t that great? My wife & I will be adding another cat to our barn in support & we have the name picked out already. “Woody”.

  40. Chuck (& your closet-lover John), when you can refute all the facts that I have provided, please feel free do to so. Until then, your insatiable need to get attention from another man is falling on the wrong sexual-orientation.

  41. 1) your sites are laughable, again something you probably created yourself
    2) where are all your supporters? Your comments have all of these high ratings and thumbs up yet nobody is stepping in to defend you. Hmmmm?
    3) you have resorted to poking fun at someone’s sexual orientation which means one thing:
    Congratulations Barn Cat Buddy supporters!! He is done–he has officially run out of (invalid) arguments so he’s hitting below the belt. So sad

  42. Oh, I see your logic. Any man who stands up for a woman being verbally attacked by an internet stalker must be gay. Any woman who can produce facts must be flawed. Gotcha.
    While the average person understands that when a man calls another man out on his behavior against women, it has nothing to do with their sexual orientation, YOU apparently take it as a sexual advance. Interesting. Let me guess… you are a tiny little weakling who was bullied brutally throughout school by more dominant males and by your father (who owned a cat?). Therefore, you hate men, are afraid of them, and seek to insult them by doing what many preteens do: calling them gay. And let me guess… you have been rejected and laughed at by women your entire life (including your mother, who liked kittens), so you seek out forums that tend to be dominanted by females, and go there to try to be top gorilla, hurling insults at them, insulting their intelligence, and otherwise flinging your feces around.
    I think that’s just sad. Sorry if you thought I was coming onto you, but um… not into toddlers. Way too into my wife.

    At this point, do you really think anyone here is taking anything you say seriously? We are all just having fun watching you tantrum. I mean, you can’t help but be amused! Poor Woody, and his war against the world. All those kitten-lovers getting in the way! Waaah….Waaah… Oooo! Look everyone! He’s posting again!

    Woody: “You terminally ignorant and perpetually ineducable moron! You gay person! You freakishly stupid MORON!! You have the kitty cat disease!! You moronic gay person!”

    Everyone else: BWAH hahahahahahaha!!!!

  43. Don’t feed the troll.

    After researching Toxoplasma gondii, Woodsman is correct. Cats are unfortunately the only place where the parasite can breed. However, this does not justify eliminating cats as a species. What Woodsman is not telling you, is that cats don’t directly pass the parasite onto humans, rather, when a cat catches a mouse and gets infected, the feces left by the cat often get mixed in with livestock feed. At that point in time, it is ingested by livestock, which eventually makes its way to our table. According to my research, approximately 30% of the World population has the parasite. Why is it not a big deal? Because it is relatively harmless. Yes, it can cause miscarriage, birth defects, etc., however, so does canned fruit, vegetables, soda, prescription drugs, gasoline fumes, cleaning agents, the list goes on and on.

    TLDR; there are multiple environmental hazards to pregnant women. Take precautions and you will be fine.

    Also, cats are awesome!

  44. Chelsea, nice to see you tighten those blinders even tighter. How’s that bliss of self-inflicted ignorance working out for you? Enjoyable, yes? Not much more than this to be expected from your IQ level. As they say, there’s just no legal cure for “stupid”.

  45. You know Woodsman is getting his rocks off every time someone responds to him. He is probably sitting in his recliner with cats climbing all over him, reveling in the attention he’s getting. Or, he is a sadistic idiot. Either way, he’s getting way too much attention here with his inane drivel. I agree, stop feeding the troll.

  46. Crystal, now address the invasive-species portion of our program. If even ONE native animal is killed by even ONE invasive-species cat, the cat species needs to be destroyed whenever it is found away from supervised confinement.

    May you too enjoy your bliss of self-inflicted ignorance. It is, after all, the only thing you have left in life. Hang onto it tightly. As you must. It’s all you’ve got.

  47. And actually I need to correct myself:

    “What Woodsman is not telling you, is that cats don’t directly pass the parasite onto humans, rather, when a cat catches a mouse and gets infected, the feces left by the cat often get mixed in with livestock feed. At that point in time, it is ingested by livestock, which eventually makes its way to our table.”

    After thoroughly reading Woodsman’s posts, he did in fact give correct information. My apology for making an assumption.

    We all know, without a doubt, that Woodsman doesn’t like cats, and he has a viable reason to not like them. Calling names will not change his mind, so why don’t we drop it, and move on.

    Now let’s all be big kids, don’t make any more negative posts, and be grateful to this organization for getting these cats spayed/neutered and healthy. It is much better than leaving the cats to breed and over populate.

  48. Crystal, tsk tsk. In your insatiable need to back-peddle and retain that immense bliss of self-inflicted ignorance upon which you base all your life, you need to correct yourself again. Cats can and DO directly pass their T. gondii parasite to humans through their oocysts. Any contact with contaminated soils or cat-feces will pass these directly to humans. And not even washing your hands and garden vegetables in bleach will destroy them. Not even temperatures as low as -11 F. (-12 C.) over winter will destroy them outdoors. Do you or your neighbors have a sandbox for your children to play in ? Check it for cat-feces as well. If you had bothered to read any of the links I had provided you’d know all of this. Your reluctance in reading the provided material means you flunked the test when you decided to educate others on your level of stupidity. If you’re going to remain blissfully ignorant, the very least you could do is refrain from making others just as ignorant as yourself in your wake of attempting to remain a fool. How unthoughtful of you.

  49. John, if you ever type anything relevant, true, or valid concerning the topic at hand; I’ll be the first to see if there’s any way to correct your desperate attention-seeking imbecility. Otherwise everything you type is completely irrelevant (as I suspect is your whole life). Until then, perhaps your “wife” should have some concerns over you using the internet to project your childhood traumas onto others, and psychotically net-stalking other men to desperately get their attention, while also using other women to do so. There is something inherently incongruent between your behavior and what you claim and what you want all others to believe through your words. “Words may give weight, but actions give luster. And many more people see than weigh.”

  50. To : Woodsman looking forward to your response. You have spent

    time finding reasons why Barn Cat Buddies is bad news. My

    question : How does BCB or what they do directly affect YOU ? Here

    is my opinion YOU SHOULD BACK OFF !!! YOU ARE A BULLY !!!

    a MAN on a mission against CATS you should pick on someone your

    own size. Let God be the judge of right and wrong . LONG LIVE BARN



  51. Poor poor mentally deficient Chelsea. You already lost your own challenge. Because if the subject is about your invasive-species cats then you’re going to have to discuss the threat of harm to all the native animals that your invasive-species pets cruelly torture to death for their play-toys, and all the animals that are killed (“murdered”, to use a term that cat-c*nt-lickers like to use) to feed your cats, and all the animals and humans that are harmed by the dozen or so deadly and lifelong diseases that your cats are spreading everywhere they step foot.

    Why do you insist on displaying your ignorance and stupidity to the world, time and time and time and time again? Oh, wait, that’s right. Look up the definition of the word “moron”. Someone who is too stupid to even know they are that stupid. If ONLY there was a legal cure for “stupid”.

  52. Dear MORON Cat-Lady,

    It is because of IGNORANT IDIOTS LIKE *YOU* who insist on dumping your disease-infested INVASIVE-SPECIES cats on neighboring farmers, that I had to SHOOT HUNDREDS OF THEM ON MY LAND THAT LEFT THOSE FARMS THAT YOU DECEPTIVELY DUMP YOUR PIECE-OF-SHIT CATS ON.


    I suggest you educate your idiot self on the roaming range of YOUR stray and feral INVASIVE-SPECIES cats.

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