CFC News

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A special message from Mary Birkholz…
“Dear CFC Friends & Supporters,
A Match Made In Heaven… the phrase evokes within us everything good and positive. A coming together of people and circumstances made possible only by the wave of a Divine Hand. Here at Caring For Creatures we see humans matching with animals, humans matching with sanctuary needs and animals matching with the needs of humans. So many times, the circumstances that have come together to create these matches often defies human logic so we classify them as a Match Made In Heaven!
This particular Match Made In Heaven is a $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge presented to all of our supporters by Donna Horan. Beginning now and continuing through July 20, 2019, we need your help to meet Donna’s challenge. During this time your gift, in any amount, will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $10,000!”
Click here to donate on line. Our secure payment page will allow you to select “A Match Made In Heaven” in the drop down menu under “Donation Designation”.
If you choose to mail in your donation, Mary’s Match Made In Heaven Newsletter is being mailed to you soon, and we have enclosed a reply card, order form and return envelope for your convenience.
Click on the link below to read Mary’s newsletter now!
Thank you for your support in whatever amount or form you are able to give. It is a gift of life for an animal who is out of time and hope. 

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Pet Supplies Plus Charlottesville is helping Caring For Creatures!

Donate a 5 lb. (or larger) bag of Redford Naturals and receive a 10% discount off your order!

This offer is on-going and good on Redford Naturals grain-free dry cat food

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Any variety Redford Naturals dry dog food


Pet Supplies Plus Charlottesville
1240 Seminole Trail
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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Just over a year old, Cricket is a pretty Cattle Dog mix with a sleek and shiny white coat with splashes of black. This charming girl is vivacious, happy and fun! She is super sweet with people and loves romping with all other dogs. She also loves playing and would sooner have a fun game of catch than sit in the sun. Cricket is a very smart girl with a willingness to learn. She could live with children and would enjoy being around them because she loves attention. She’s fun and playful with other friendly dogs but a home with no kitties would be best for her.

While at her former shelter, Cricket’s good behavior earned her an outing to an off-site event and she had THE best time!  Lots of kids, adults and other dogs mixed and mingled and took advantage of the live band that entertained all.  Cricket was very much in her element as she took in all the new, exciting sights, sounds and smells.    At any given point in time, she was getting swarmed by folks who wished to meet her…adults and kids alike.  She was like a big ol’ sponge soaking up all the attention she could get.  She was a huge hit!! Cricket also rode wonderfully in the car going to and from the event. She was totally calm and enjoyed her ride, stretched out on the back seat of the car like a queen!

Cricket would make such a wonderful addition to a home looking for a fun loving, happy go lucky dog like her. Check her out and see if this pretty, loving young girl might be a perfect fit – she’s hoping her forever home will come along soon!

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It’s Dawn! Time to wake and meet this dainty, petite brown tabby girl and start a beautiful and rewarding partnership. You provide the love and adoration and she will contribute loyalty, kindness, and everlasting devotion to the union. While she’s always among the first to greet visitors to her room and she welcomes petting and attention, she can’t sit still for too long before she’s off of your lap and on to other adventures. Capturing fuzzy mice and knocking balls around can be awfully time consuming you know. Don’t let her diminutive size mislead you, for she has a big purrsonality full of light and life. She adores people and she delights in being brushed even if her short fur doesn’t demand such grooming. She gets along very well with her roomies and would flourish with another cat, or cats. One of her volunteer admirers says that there is something ethereal about her, tiny and fragile looking but yet quick and energetic. Her name befits her; what day could welcome a fresh beginning without a Dawn? She’s a funny and joyful little one who deserves a loving home of her very own. Could it be yours? Come visit and it’s just possible that it will dawn on you that you just can’t live without Dawn.

Dawn will be a year old in June.  Click here to read more about this precious girl.



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.

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Help Caring For Creatures!



Register on line at

Be sure to use NPO number RN488

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

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Help Us Celebrate our 30th Anniversary!


As a thank you to our community for helping to make the past 30 years possible, we will be offering discounted rates on select adoptions throughout 2019!


Adopt ANY  CAT for $30 – Includes kittens!

(Regular adoption price is $75)

Adopt one of our SENIOR DOGS

(Ages 8+) for $30

(Regular adoption price is $125)

Visit our website to browse our adoptable pets and submit an application.

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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




SATURDAY, JUNE 15th – Dogs from 11 am to 1 pm; Cats from 1 pm to 3 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!

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The Great American Mammal Jamboree

By Alden E. C. Bigelow


A book for all ages!

Order now from Alden’s website –, 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


Here’s Alden Bigelow discussing his new book, The Great American Mammal Jamboree, with Mary Birkholz:


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 and Buddy, both adopted from CFC.


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.  You can listen to Alden MONDAYS/8:30 A.M. with JAY LOPEZ on GENERATIONS 102.3, and

FRIDAYS/8:07 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. – Live with JOE THOMAS, WCHV 1260AM and 107.5 FM