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WHAT:    A book reading of The Great American Mammal Jamboree

WHERE:  New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville on the Downtown Mall

WHEN:    Saturday, January 27th, at 1:00 PM


The Great American Mammal Jamboree

By Alden E. C. Bigelow


A book for all ages!

Available on Amazon now, or pick up your copy at Caring For Creatures.


“Alden Bigelow weaves a mysterious tale that takes the reader on a wonderful journey, full of lessons learned and special mammal friends, and starring Jessie, the lovable narrator.”

                                                     - Dr. M.E. Adams


“Invisible cloaks, ghostly soldiers, and benevolent sabotage!  The Great American Mammal Jamboree spins a tale that compels us to suspend our disbelief as we root for the good guys to win.  While the animals in this unique fable are witty and entertaining, they underscore the serious theme of  animal cruelty and what needs to be done to combat it.

Animal lovers will delight in this lighthearted tale, but its value as a lesson for humanity makes it required reading.”


– Gerry Kruger, author of On Kruger Pond: Charlie’s Story



ALDEN BIGELOW, the voice of Caring For Creatures, teams up every week with MONTICELLO MEDIA to share news from the sanctuary and feature one of the great CFC animals waiting for his or her forever home.  Alden Bigelow is a creative genius and gifted writer with a passion for and love of animals.  He has utilized those talents along with his advertising/public relations expertise to help the 200+ animals currently in residence at CFC.  All of us at Caring For Creatures are grateful to Alden and his beautiful wife, Marjorie, for their commitment to Caring For Creatures for over seven years.  It is through their efforts that many lives are saved every year.  Alden’s literary genius has led to the publishing of several books:  Growing Up With Jemima, I Have My Reasons, Norton’s Lament and his most recent novel, Killing Time in a Southern Town.  Based on what we know of Alden, we might attribute some of his inspiration to the many animal companions he has had over the years.  Currently, Alden and Marjorie share their lives with canine, Elvis, adopted from CFC.

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Our medical binder for cats whose names begin with S is overflowing. We can’t close the darn thing, and it’s causing much muttering and weeping around the vet tech office.

So, FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF JANUARY, ALL CATS WHOSE NAMES BEGIN WITH “S” WILL HAVE A SPECIAL ADOPTION FEE OF $25. Help us clean out our medical binder! Before our Vet Tech loses her mind!

Simon, pictured here, is just one of many wonderful cats you can adopt through the end of this month for only $25.  Just six months old, people find his precious face and steady purr irresistible.  He loves playing with other cats and once he tires himself out, enjoys a good cuddle.  His best friend, Sebastian, has been adopted, and Simon would really love a home of his own too, especially if it is well stocked with other cats.  Read more about Simon by clicking here.

Below is just a sampling of other kitties who would love to be adopted this month.



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Help Caring For Creatures!



Register on line at

Be sure to use NPO number 86046

New online customer?  Click on ‘Sign up today’ in the ‘New Customer’ box


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Participants can shop at any Kroger store in the following states:


West Virginia

North Carolina

Peggy 15 MayPeggy loves plush toys, car rides and most of all her humans!  Peggy has proven time and again that she’s an easy girl to have around.  She’s our go to girl here at CFC when it comes to car rides and day trips.  Sweet and cuddly, Peggy has never met a stranger, and at this point in her life, would love to settle down in a forever home where she can just love on her humans.

Here’s an update on Peggy’s recent sleepover, and you can read more about her by clicking here.

January 2018 Update:  Miss Peggy is acing her Extreme Sleepover!   Sue, a CFC volunteer, jumped at the chance to take Peggy into her home during the cold weather.  Sue says, “She’s doing wonderfully, and we are totally amazed at how well Peggy has adjusted!  The only time she barked was when she saw her reflection in our living room windows.  Peppy appears to be house trained, with only 1 small accident in 6 days and has done very well walking around the neighborhood, more curious about other dogs than anything else.  She’s very, very loving – giving as many kisses as we will accept.  Peggy is a very smart girl and would take to training very quickly.  If this were the right time in our lives for a dog, this would surely be a lifelong sleepover instead of just an extreme sleepover as my husband and I have both fallen in love with this sweet girl.”

Grant 03Grant first arrived at CFC as a three-day old kitten in 2011 with his two sisters and mom. He was adopted but when his family could no longer care for him, he was returned to CFC 6 years later.

Grant is a peaceful guy who gets along well with his fellow felines. He has a kind heart and delights in receiving affection from people. Let’s get this gentle giant into a home again! Please come and spend some time with possibly your new best friend.

Read more about Grant by clicking here.

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The Dogwood Restaurant and Caring For Creatures join forces to help the sanctuary animals!



Lunch and Dinner (5-8 pm)

Eat In or Carry Out


Order one of 5 great specials (named after CFC animals!) and a portion of the cost of your meal will go to help the CFC animals!  This offer also applies to carry out orders of the five specials.  The specials are now being offered during lunch and dinner!  Eat in or take out!

Bring the family and eat out for a great cause!



The Dogwood Restaurant

10 Centre Court, Palmyra – across from the Lake Monticello Fire & Rescue Squad Building




Sign up for one, or both:

Dogs – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cats – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

To attend, please register by filling out an online application or send an email to

Would you like to help the dogs and cats at Caring for Creatures?  Attend one of our volunteer orientations – you’ll get to meet our awesome animals and learn about the various ways you can help.    Attend one or both of the orientations, depending on whether you’d like to work with our dogs, cats, or both!

Dog walkers and ‘cat socialization specialists’ are always in high demand!  In addition to working one on one with our animals, we need volunteers to help out with various adoption and  fundraising events.

  For more information on volunteering,  click on the ‘Volunteer’ tab at the top of our webpage.


Come join our happy family.  Our animals are waiting for you!



If you own a vehicle of just about any type and it is no longer of use to you, please consider donating it to Caring For Creatures through Donation Line, one of the largest, most visited and trusted vehicle donation centers in America.  This service is hassle-free and there is no charge to you.  All you need is a clear title (for vehicles that are titled) and Donation Line does the rest.

 Click here to go to the Donation Line website and complete the necessary website form.  Select CARING FOR CREATURES from the list of organizations and you will be helping the animals here at Caring For Creatures.

This “vehicle” of donating has been a very fruitful one for the CFC sanctuary.

NickiFebIt’s that time of year!  We’re busy getting our sanctuary ready for the cold winter months ahead.  You can help keep our animals warm by donating a much-needed item from our Fall & Winter Wish List:


INFRARED HEAT LAMPS:  250 watt (available at Lowes and Southern States)

BULBS for heat lamps:  We need about 20 bulbs

FIXTURES for heat lamps:  We could use 6 additional fixtures

 EXTENSION CORDS:  25′ and 50′ heavy duty (for outdoor use)

ELECTRIC HEAT PADS:  Medium  and large sizes, made for outside use for dogs (we need  approximately 6 medium and 3 large)

 ICE MELT:  Preferably the kind safe for dogs’ feet

SNOW SHOVELS:   (We need 2 or 3)

COMMERCIAL MATS:  3’ x 5’, with rubber backing for entry ways.  (We need 6 or 8)  Ex:  Sam’s Club sells these for $20

 YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS:  Lavender, Thieves, Stress Away and Peace & Calming  scents preferred.  For use in diffusers to ease our dogs’ anxiety in indoor kennels.

CANNED AND DRY FOOD:   Extra food is used during the winter (click here to view our complete wish list)

 DOG SWEATERS AND COATS:  Primarily medium and large size

 KURANDA BEDS:  Dogs—medium and large sizes needed



Questions?  Call 434-842-2404, or email us at


Caring For Creatures has an ongoing need for many different types of items – this Wish List will give you an idea of the things we use on a regular basis. Any items that you are able to donate allows us to use those dollars for other expenses!

Download a copy of our wish list here.

Questions?  Call us at 434-842-2404 or send an email to