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Name the Caring For Creatures Welcome Kitty!

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Name the Caring For Creatures Welcome Kitty!!!  We are embarrassed!  We have received the services of this dedicated welcome kitty for over 17 years and yet we never graced him/her with a proper name.  How can that be??  We need your help.

Here’s how you can help the animals at CFC and win the chance of owning a mini “copy cat” of CFC’s official welcome kitty at The Scratching Post.  All you need to do is enter our Name CFC’s Welcome Kitty Contest.

A $5 donation will give you the chance to enter a name you feel would be perfect for our welcome kitty.  At the end of the contest we will do a drawing to select the winning name!  The person who submitted the name will win the mini welcome kitty “copy cat” hand-crafted by Cheryl Falkenburry.

You can donate via our website by clicking here:  Select NAME THE KITTY CONTEST under Donation Designation and provide the name you are entering in the Comments section of the form.  Or, mail your check to CFC, 352 Sanctuary Lane, Palmyra, VA.  Please note that this is for CFC’s Name the Kitty Contest and be sure to include the name you are entering.

Enter as many times as you like, i.e., for $10 you can enter two different names into the contest; enter 4 different names for $20, etc.  Each name will be a separate entry.




“Approximately 17 years ago I made a fiberglass cat for the Scratching Post sign when the new building was built. When I was visiting the other day, I realized the cat was in great need of a makeover. I asked Mary if I could “foster” the kitty for a while and give it a little tender loving care. When I originally made the cat, I had never made a fiberglass sculpture, I decided I wanted to build up the face details a little more and the ears. Since I had the fiberglass materials out, I figured why not try my hand at another sculpture and make a mini Copy Cat of the original Scratching Post kitty. I’m still figuring out how to sculpt in such a difficult medium, but I must say, it does last a long time outside as the original cat sculpture was in good shape other than needing a good painting and one repair from a weed whacker accident!

Inspired by The Parakeet and the Mermaid by Henri Matisse the design on both cats have a little hidden surprise or two. This colorful design will brighten up the garden in front of the Scratching Post and the lucky person who ends up with the Copy Cat can place the cat near a tree or porch post for many years of enjoyment.”

Cheryl Falkenburry

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If you are able to donate one or more of our Wish List items that we use on a daily basis, see our current Greatest Needs list below. You can make an appointment to drop off your item(s) at the sanctuary or perhaps we can make other arrangements with you to obtain the items.


  • Paper towels (to save on the use of paper towels, we are using washcloths and hand towels whenever possible)

  • Libman Wonder Mop (we could use 6 of these)

  • Wonder Mop replacement mop heads (any number)

  • Toilet Paper (if you are lucky enough to find it!)

  • Laundry detergent – liquid for HE machines/free & clear if possible

  • Dawn dishwashing soap

  • Simple Green cleaner

  • OdoBan Sanitizer/Cleaner

  • Canned dog/cat food (we use Friskies Pate, Fancy Feast Classic, Pedigree Ground, Dave’s dog or cat canned food, but open to receiving other brands as well.)

  • Dry Food – we need to have grain free for our cats and for both we do not use food with corn, soy or wheat products.



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

Riley Valentines day 2 CR2Sweet, affectionate Riley would be the perfect fit for a family with children of any size. During a recent meet and greet, she gently went up to each family member, including their small children, and even knew to stop and sit in front of their youngest. A well-balanced lady, Riley nicely sits when asked. She likes car rides too! When she was transported from a high kill shelter in South Carolina to Caring For Creatures, her driver said Riley was the perfect passenger. A very strong girl, Riley needs to continue to work on her leash manners. We feel her gentle, eager to please nature will go a long way in helping her walk on a leash without pulling. As much as Riley would be up for most any adventure, she would also be content to just snuggle up next to her human. If you would like to make Riley part of your family, contact our office to make an appointment to meet her. (434) 842-2404; Email –

Click on this link to see Riley learning leash manners with CFC volunteer, Shanna.

Chrissy Jan 2020Chrissy arrived as a stray at a county kill shelter when she was about 8 wks old. She was very frightened and went to foster care. Returned after a few weeks in foster care, she was even more frightened. The county staff still rallied behind her and found a family to take her home. Despite very clear guidelines on how to introduce a new pet to a new home, the family said she was too shy (she hid all night under a bed!) and she was returned after just one day. Since then, Chrissy has been living her life in a very small wire cage…close to 3 yrs! When we learned of her story, we got her in a foster home for a month and then she joined us where she is doing GREAT!

Chrissy is an amazing little lady.  It’s hard to believe she lived the first 3 years of her life in a small wire cage.  Too shy to be released in a more common cat area at a kill shelter,  she sat day after day wondering if this was all her life would amount to.  The staff adored her and kept her safe from week to week and month to month, but still no takers to offer her a new home.
 When we learned of Chrissy’s plight,  we took action.   Quickly placed in a foster home,  Chrissy was nearly a foster fail as she settled into her new home life so quickly and with such ease.  Who would have thought?
 Chrissy is a petite, super sweet lady, who like most cats, will need some time to acclimate in her new home but then she will blossom and thrive and her loving personality with appear with great gusto.  Chrissy enjoys playing with toys (in her foster home at first they were scary objects that she did not understand) and will swat mice around, chase after balls and follow long, snaking string as it is dragged across the floor.   She is just starting to learn how wonderful human laps are.  She will nicely snuggle and snooze for shorter periods of time and then it’s off to go and do!  Chrissy can be very chatty especially if she hears you coming her way and or if she knows dinner is being served.    This pretty little lady did a nice job in meeting the other 2 resident cats in her foster home.  She was polite and curious and even when greeted with hisses, backed up and later would try again to say “hello.”  Open to sharing her space and home with the foster’s resident dog,  her foster mom was surprised at her level of acceptance of the senior black lab who would stick his nose right in her face!
 Chrissy would be best suited in a more quiet home. Having lived a very sterile, confining existence for so long,  her world is now exploding day to day and as such she can at times feel overwhelmed.  Having a “safe” area that she can call her own (she had a kitty condo in her foster home) will help her greatly as she settles into her new life.   Chrissy is curious and still has a fun, playful kitty side to her.  Likely never feeling comfortable enough to “let herself go,”  it’s beyond rewarding to see Chrissy acting like a kitty, running and playing, exploring and showing love to her person.
 Chrissy is just on the cusp of realizing her true kitty greatness and is hopeful, you will consider adding her to your home.   After being patient for a better life to come her way,  surely she’s waited long enough.   Ask for Chrissy today, won’t you?

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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

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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!

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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!