In 2012, I worked at Smitty’s Cyclery in Fairfax, OH. The road in front of the shop, Wooster Pike, seemed to be under perpetual construction. Or rather, perpetual infestation by orange barrels. There was rarely any construction going on. Our customers complained about it, other shop owners in the area complained about it, I’m sure I even complained about it. The Feral Barrel Adoption Program came about as my attempt to inject some humor into what was becoming an increasingly frustrating situation. The Program amused me for about 2 months, and then miraculously, construction on Wooster Pike was completed. So FBAP went on hiatus. Until now. Let’s see what kind of fun we can have with this program, shall we?

Annie Brown


Important Work

memorialpkwy_003 (1024x595).jpgThese brave barrels are doing really important work. A badly needed sidewalk is being added along Memorial Parkway in Newport, KY. This will give a pedestrian connection from the cities of Woodlawn and Bellevue to the grocery store located in this shopping center. I have witnessed families walking along this busy stretch of road on the shoulder many times, so the addition of a sidewalk makes me very happy. Great work, feral barrels!


We’ve been on hiatus for a couple of years, but after an extensive organizational restructuring, we are ready to relaunch the all new FBAP site! We have lots of exciting stuff coming up, namely our new logo, and your chance to buy FBAP gear! That’s right, soon you’ll be able to publicly demonstrate your support of FBAP! Oh, and we’ll have interviews and in-depth reporting on the plight of the beleaguered Feral Barrels. Because without them, the Feral Barrel Adoption Program wouldn’t exist. Stay tuned!

Why We Do This

Sometimes barrels have a hard time adjusting to a life that’s literally on the street.

Every barrel deserves something better than this. These poor barrels, after facing a life literally on the street, have run away. Our task is to help these barrels turn themselves around and contribute to society. Through self-help classes (using Dr. Phil’s book Self Matters), we walk the barrels step-by-step through the process of turning their lives around.

Our specially trained volunteers lead the barrels through a series of sessions where they answer such questions as:

  • What are the ten most defining moments of your life?
  • What are the seven most critical choices you have made to put you on your current path?
  • Who are the five most pivotal people in your world and how have they shaped you?

Through these exercises, the barrels are able to find their “authentic selves,” the barrels they were before life on the street took its toll. They learn to look beyond the excuses and fears that have masked the barrel they have always wanted to be.

After completing the program, many barrels return to the streets to help other barrels overcome their hardships.

If you would like to adopt a barrel, leave a comment. Remember, SEND NO MONEY. We DO NOT accept money for adoptions.

Portions of this post were lifted from this link: http://www.drphilstore.com/selfmatters2.html

Frolicking Barrels

Mary Ann and Joly, of Tri-State Scuba, have supported FBAP since it started rehabilitating Feral Barrels.

“I know they don’t belong here. But I gotta tell you, I’ve really gotten attached to them,” said Mary Ann. “Joly and I can watch them frolicking all day long. They are so sweet. It’s really a shame that they’re here and not in their natural habitat, wherever that might be.”

Joly agrees with Mary Ann. “For some reason our customers are having a hard time getting to our shop lately, so it can get stressful at times. Watching the barrels play reminds us to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.”

“That’s why we’re helping FBAP in their efforts to rehabilitate the barrels. We will miss them when they’re gone,” Mary Ann continues.

“IF they’re ever gone,” Joly laughs.

If you are interested in adopting a barrel, please leave a comment. We’ll help you out. Remember, SEND NO MONEY. We DO NOT accept money for adoptions.