CFC News



A huge thank you goes out to all of you who participated in our Perfect 10 Match Gift Challenge!  Thanks to your support, we received over $25,000 in matching gifts!  A huge shout out goes to our awesome dog walking volunteers – without you, this would not have been possible.  Our hearts are filled with joy and gratitude. Your unselfish generosity means the world to our 200 cats and dogs in residence.  Because of you, bellies will remain full and medical needs met.  Thank you from all of us at Caring For Creatures!

A message from Mary Birkholz:

“Dear Friends & Supporters:

We hope this letter finds you and your family safe and well. As you probably know, on March 20th Caring For Creatures closed the sanctuary to the general public and volunteer visits. Adoptions continued by appointment only for folks with approved applications. Many of our wonderful animals have found their forever homes over the past couple of months which brings us all great joy.

Recently, we began to welcome back our regular volunteers who play such a vital role at the sanctuary. Our volunteers enhance everything we do and all were hugely missed during the lockdown timeframe. Little did I know, however, that a group of our dog-walking volunteers were busy at home working on an idea to help their animal friends at the sanctuary. They did not squander their time away from their beloved sanctuary. Slowly they began collecting money while NOT dog walking…digging deep in the nooks and crannies of their couches, emptying out piggy banks, and even offering up a stimulus check or two. They were like money-seeking missiles and all for one special purpose – to present to you the CFC Dog Walkers Perfect 10! Matching Gift Challenge. You read that right – this group of dog walking volunteers collected $10,000 and they are now presenting their Challenge to you!

Now through July 31, 2020, the CFC Dog Walkers will match your gift, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $10,000! A Perfect 10! any way you look at it.”   Read Mary’s entire letter by clicking on the following link: DOG WALKERS MATCH LTR_may2020 (11)


Donate on line via our website by clicking here. Select “Perfect 10! Matching Gift” on the Donation Designation drop down menu.

Or, mail your check to Caring For Creatures, 352 Sanctuary Lane, Palmyra, VA 22963, and note “Perfect 10! Matching Gift”

Thank you!!

Winston fan Aug 2020


This summer, we find ourselves in need of several items. You can help by donating from our Summer Wish List!  You’ll find many of these items on line.  They can be mailed directly to CFC, 352 Sanctuary Lane, Palmyra, VA 22963. Or, if you wish to drop off your donation, please contact our office to arrange a drop off time.  Thank you!!

Simple Green

Odo Ban

Paper Towels

4′ x 8′ white lattice – We could use another 6 panels

Dog Food:

Pedigree canned dog food, ground variety preferred

Cat Food:

Friskies pate preferred but we do have a few kitties that like the Friskies Shreds variety!

Fancy Feast – Classic


Caring For Creatures is proud to announce our partnership with the Veteran Pet Adoption Program sponsored by Coming Home Well, a veteran hosted radio show in Charlottesville.  Through this partnership we will be offering FREE ADOPTIONS to veterans in an effort to help fulfill the Vet Pet Adoption Program’s mission of connecting veterans to companion animals to assist in easing depression and anxiety and work towards ending the epidemic of veteran suicide. We see first-hand how therapeutic the companionship of animals are and are so happy to have the opportunity to unite veterans with their next pet through this special program.

Veterans are encouraged to visit our website and browse our pets.  We have marked specific veteran companion animals with an American flag graphic, but they are not exclusive to the program.  Veterans interested in adopting an animal will fill out the standard Caring For Creatures application.  Our adoption coordinator will review the application and upon approval will contact the veteran to arrange a day and time to visit the sanctuary to meet possible companion animal matches in the same process as other applicants.

If a veteran finds a special connection with a dog not identified for the program, our adoption coordinator will assess whether or not the adoption will be successful.  Specific feline candidates may be identified, but all felines are available for adoption through the program.   As with all adoptions, pets will be matched with adopters based on both the needs of the applicant and the needs of the animal.  Our Caring For Creatures adoption coordinator will assist veterans in finding the right animal for them and their lifestyle.

All branches of the military are eligible, including National Guard and Reserves members.  Proof of veteran status and a valid ID (driver’s license, state issued ID card, etc.) are required.

For more information about this program please contact:

  • Mallory O’Connor (Adoption Coordinator)
  • 434-842-2404

Read today’s press release by clicking on the link below:

Vet Pet Press release

Splash 7 REVIf you are a committed lover of large dogs, well Splash just might be the guy for you.  As you may have guessed, Splash really loves the water and with a seemingly endless string of very hot days this summer, he was regularly using his pool to keep cool.  However, typical kiddie pools cannot hold up to his heft and robust play; and, once out of the pool, Splash can pick a kiddie pool up and dump it all by himself!  After the destruction of about 3 pools, we fortunately had someone donate a very sturdy, large livestock type “tank” that we decided to try.  Splash took one look at it and said, “Now that’s a pool!”

Overall, Splash is a social young dog.  While the calendar may say he is an “adult”, he is still full of puppy energy and still thinks like a puppy in many instances.  He is always ready for an adventure!  He enjoys exploring the wooded trails at the sanctuary or running and playing with toys in the large play yard.  No-pull leash walking is a skill he is still learning, but Splash is smart and willing to learn from a patient and compassionate human teacher.

Are you the right person for Splash?  If you are willing to commit to providing Splash with a stable and loving home, a high-quality diet and medical care, proper training and exercise and you will always have his back, then you may just be the human Splash has been waiting for his whole life.  If you can bring out the best in Splash, you will have a devoted and loving canine friend for life.  Prior to being surrendered to CFC, Splash spent a brief time with his previous owner’s friend.  In her home he was respectful and played nicely with her dog.  He let her know when he had to relieve himself.  Her parting statement to us was, “he is a really good dog”.  We think so too.  And we are in search of a really good human who can be Splash’s best buddy- for life!

Hank Williams web 800x686Hank Williams, his mom, Patsy Cline, and siblings Reba, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and Willie Nelson were strays found behind Lowe’s in Zion Crossroads. CFC was contacted about the litter needing help and we went and trapped the whole family so we could take care of them until we are able to find them forever homes.  Conway and Willie have headed off to loving homes while Hank, Reba, and Loretta are still waiting for their special person.

Hank is the friendliest of the three remaining 4 month old siblings. He’s playful, energetic and will let you hold him for a bit but soon he’s off on a new adventure!

Reba and Loretta are a little shy but will warm up once they get to know you.

If you are interested in Hank Williams or any of his littermates, please submit an application today!

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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 2019 Wish List by clicking on the link below:

WISH LIST_REV July 5 2019

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

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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



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.


We have temporarily postponed our cat and dog volunteer orientations during the COVID-19 crisis.  Once it is safe to return to our normal activities, we look forward to resuming our orientations and welcoming new volunteers!

Orientations are held the third Saturday of every month.  

Dogs:  11 am – 1 pm

Cats:  1 pm – 3 pm

During orientation, 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, volunteers are always needed 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.

We will look forward to meeting you!

Extreme sleepover collage Dec 2018

The Extreme Sleepover! 

Join our severe weather corps of people who assist our dogs for a brief time when we have extremes in weather.  By taking a CFC dog into your home, you will ensure that ALL of our dogs are comfortable  during extreme cold snaps and heat  waves.

If you are able to help, please send an email to or call us at (434) 842-2404

Thank You!