CFC News

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Celebrate the season of giving with this year’s


Accepting Donations November 1, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Give the gift of a full belly to pets in need!


Drop off locations:

Natural Pet Essentials – 3440 Seminole Trail, Suite 105, Charlottesville

 Canine Campus – 440 Westfield Road, Charlottesville

VETSS – 1540 Airport Road, Charlottesville


Unopened dog and cat food accepted.  Food goes to animals at Caring For Creatures, Ring Dog Rescue and other pets in need.

 Your support was awesome during the 2016 Holiday Pet Food Drive and we’re looking forward to another successful year. The food collected from this drive goes a long way in helping to feed our 200 animals during the winter months. We’re grateful to Natural Pet Essentials, Canine Campus and VETSS for making this happen!

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#AllAnimalsMatter – $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge

October 1, 2017 – November 30, 2017

All Animals Matter… Caring For Creatures has been operating from this philosophy from the moment we opened our doors in August 1988 as central Virginia’s first no-kill sanctuary.  From day one our primary focus is to provide a safe haven for animals with nowhere else to go.  This includes animals abandoned by their humans; animals who have      endured years of neglect and are dealing with multiple medical issues; and animals in shelters who are terrified and have mentally/emotionally shut down in that environment.  For nearly 30 years CFC has given a second chance to animals who otherwise would have been euthanized or would have died trying to survive on their own.

This lofty vision carries with it the need to provide focused health care and loving companionship by dedicated staff and volunteers every day.  It also requires substantial financial resources.  With that in mind, I am pleased to announce our #AllAnimalsMatter $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge!  Beginning OCTOBER 1, 2017 and running through NOVEMBER 30, 2017, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $10,000!   We ask for your help in meeting this challenge!

 The #AllAnimalsMatter $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge is being presented to you by a long-time donor and volunteer.  This individual, who prefers to remain anonymous, has been a part of the CFC family since 2006.  She has donated her time and talents to many endeavors that benefit the animals some of which include dog walking and   bathing, and off-site fundraising activities.  We are grateful to her for this special matching gift opportunity as well as the many varying talents she shares with CFC to benefit the animals.

Please help us meet this important $10,000 #AllAnimalsMatter Matching Gift Challenge by sending your tax-deductible gift, in any amount, today.   Don’t delay – your help is needed to meet the #AllAnimalsMatter $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge.  We are so very grateful for your past support and for being an important lifeline to so many awesome animals.  Thank you.


Mary Birkholz


Please click here to donate online via our secure server.  Under “Donation Designation”, simply choose “All Animals Matter Matching Gift Campaign” on the drop-down menu.  

 Or, mail your gift to CFC at 352 Sanctuary Lane, Palmyra, VA 22963.

Mary’s #AllAnimalsMatter Newsletter will be mailed to you soon.  Click here for a sneak preview:  AllAnimalsMatter Mailing doc (1) FINAL.

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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.

Gryffen 7 Jan When Gryffen’s family lost their home due to foreclosure, he, and his Jack Russell companion, Tinkerbell were “returned” to their original rescue which is no longer operational.   With Tinkerbell re-homed, we spoke up for Gryffen.  A big baby at heart, Gryffen is definitely a follower, not a leader.  He looks to other dogs to guide him and show him the way.  When left to his own devices, he seems lost and confused.  With his penmate, Ginger, getting adopted, Gryffen is not smiling a lot these days.

Gryffen would do best in a home with another smaller dog.  He is fully house broken and will reliably hold it for 8-10 hours. He does not need to be crated as he shows no destructive tendencies. Gryffen has no food aggression with people or dogs. He readily shared his food dish with Tinkerbell. He takes treats very gently from your hand. Gryffen has lived with children who were 6-10 years old with no issues, and even though he is large in size, he is easy to walk and pays close attention to his human’s instructions.

Please help Gryffen smile again.  You’ll find him to be a playful, loyal, devoted companion!

Sebastian 6One of our staff members found Sebastian crying on his back porch. The kitten was covered in fleas and skinny and scared, but he knew where to go for help! The next morning, he was safe at CFC being fed, cleaned, and cuddled.  Sebastian loves his toys, other cats and people!  Now 8 weeks old, this little sweetheart is ready for his forever home.  Come on out and meet him – he’s sure to steal your heart so be prepared not to go home empty handed!

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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