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Save The Cats Founder loses battle with cancer

Barney Everett - Photo: Submitted


Save the Cats of Live Oak founder, Barney Everett, of McAlpin, Florida lost his 18 month long fight with cancer on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. 

Barney was born in Memphis, Tennessee and moved to Orlando in 1966 where he raised a family with wife, Sherry, and worked as a Real Estate Broker and businessman until he retired to Live Oak in 2007. Barney and Sherry owned and operated Big Wheel Marketplace in downtown Live Oak until 2017. 

Founded in 2010 as a non profit, Save the Cats has been instrumental in the spay, neuter and vaccination of more than 1300 cats and kittens and found good indoor homes for more than 40 adoptable cats and kittens. One of Barney’s most recent accomplishments from April 2014 to October 2017 included the transport of more than 952 cats and kittens for spay or neuter, vaccinations and left ear “tips” for trap, neuter return of neglected, unsocialized cats. 

The impact from this project alone was of huge significance. If just half of the cats altered were females and each female had only one litter of 6 kittens their entire lifetime, more than 2,856 unwanted kittens would have been born in Suwannee and Lafayette Counties. Barney truly believed that spay and neuter is good for the cats and the community, and the only humane way to reduce the needless killing of healthy cats. Spay and neuter also reduces them being put to death and saves the lives of healthy puppies and dogs in county shelters.  

Sherry Everett plans to carry on her husband’s legacy. The Save the Cats non-profit organization can only continue thru donations and volunteer efforts. There is a rescue housing 29 wonderful cats awaiting adoption, and A Fixed Community Cat Feeding Program that will need more volunteers willing to donate food, work together to feed the cats daily and continue the trap, neuter and return any new unaltered cats that wander to the colonies. Training in TNR will be provided. A needs list is provided on the website for your convenience. 

A Celebration of Life will be held honoring Barney on his day of birth Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 2-4pm at First Baptist Church in Live Oak in the fellowship hall located on West Howard Street, downtown. 

Please do not send flowers.  Donations are welcome to Save the Cats and can be made on the website at or by check to PO Box 124, McAlpin,Fla., 32062 or to Haven Hospice of Lake City.