How does the program work?
We run this program through the Grande Prairie Regional Animal Care Facility. Any of the cats that they deem ‘unadoptable’ due to behaviour, can be entered into our Barn Buddy program. Cats that end up in this program are often feral (wild) or have poor social skills. Often these cats are understandably terrified in the shelter setting and have had very little handling from people. Our goal with this program is to place these spayed/neutered cats into farm homes, where they can provide rodent control in exchange for a warm place to sleep, food and water. We are very proud of this program as it is win-win for all involved. The farmers don’t end up with multiple wild kittens as the pets placed are already fixed courtesy of us, and the shelter doesn’t have to resort to euthanizing these otherwise healthy cats. Our Barn Buddies are perfectly content as they don’t really need us for much and are quite happy to have their own space and freedom. Not all of the cats who enter our program are unfriendly. We get lots that end up as indoor house cats as well.
At this time, all of our Barn Buddies come from the GP Regional Animal Care Facility, we can’t take them in from the public.
How can I adopt a Barn Buddy?
We do require all potential Barn Buddy homes to be able to provide adequate food, water, care and shelter. These cats do hunt, but they still require food to be provided to supplement them. If you are interested in adopting, please call Bear Creek Animal Clinic at 780-532-2902 and get your name put on a list. We don’t always have Barn Buddies available and due to their nature, our goal is to get them spayed or neutered and placed in homes as quickly as possible, limiting the stress that they endure by being in the shelter or clinic setting. The quicker we can get them placed, the more we can put through our program. We ask for a donation to Bandaged Paws Rescue Group in place of a formal adoption fee.
Please help us help more pets: make sure your pets are spayed and neutered to decrease pet overpopulation! Help the ones you can!
Melvin is a neutered adult male who is pretty shy but warms up to people well if you go slow. He is more and more interactive everyday!
Pencil is a spayed female. She is a little shy but friendly and loves attention.
Felt is a very friendly spayed female. She came to us with some frostbite on her ears and feet but is recovering well. She would love a little TLC 🙂
Crayon is a friendly young female. She is not spayed yet but will be soon. She loves to cuddle.