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Donna and Lulu

Donna and Lulu

Donna Horan has been a really “sweet” volunteer for Caring for Creatures since 2005.  She began making and selling baked goods soon thereafter, donating the proceeds to CFC.  Her baking has satisfied many a sweet tooth and bread lover!  When Donna isn’t baking, she is busy walking CFC dogs, washing them, helping with fund raisers, and transporting dogs to and from CFC’s very helpful Veterinarians.  Donna also sells dog bandanas, cat toys, and she has just added cat nip bags, all of which provide much needed revenue for the Sanctuary.

With all of her caring for Creatures activities, it’s hard to believe that Donna has time for anything else, but she loves cooking and baking, working around her great house, traveling and cruising, and having family and friends come to visit.

Donna and her late husband Bernie lived in Hicksville Long Island, New York before moving to Lake Monticello.  They built their house in 2003 and moved in in 2005.  Soon after, persuasive Sue Scott (see other Volunteer Spotlights) came knocking and asked Donna if she liked animals and would be interested in helping at an animal sanctuary walking dogs once a week.  Donna said yes and the rest is history.

When asked who her favorite dog is, Donna chose Lulu, a five year old black and tan beauty.  “She really is beautiful, she’s house trained and just a sweet girl who needs a loving family,” Donna said.

Donna’s husband died in 2012. She is sustained by the love of her friends at Lake Monticello, her family, and the unconditional love of her four legged friends at Caring for Creatures.  CFC is a peaceful spot to walk dogs, and the rural setting and the quiet helps to reduce stress.  In her words, “you get to escape for several hours from the craziness of the world.”  She especially appreciates the “thank you” and the “I am glad to see you” doggie kisses, and the barking and tail wagging when she arrives at the Sanctuary.  It makes her day!

Come find out for yourself why Caring for Creatures is such a special place.  You can meet Lulu and the other dogs and cats at CFC.  You might even see Donna walking or washing dogs.  You can also check out the dogs and cats at www.caringforcreatures.org.

Caliope_Kenja flags in placeHelp our sanctuary animals by sponsoring a Faces of Love Flag!  Your gift will go directly towards much-needed food and medical care for our 200 residents.

Even though our Matching Gift Challenge has ended, we are continuing to offer flag sponsorships. They make a great gift for loved ones and gift cards will be sent to those you choose to honor.

Our Faces of Love flags are also a wonderful way to honor a CFC animal (current or past resident or someone you have adopted from CFC).  Your tax-deductible gift of $125 goes directly towards the care of our 200 cats and dogs currently in residence.  Order on line by clicking here, or download a copy of our reply card here and mail it along with your check or credit card information to CFC, 352 Sanctuary Road, Palmyra, VA 22963.

Who are the faces of love?  They are animals who have graced the sanctuary over the past 30 years.  A great majority of them endured neglect or mistreatment from a human or were abandoned by them; some were left homeless when their human died; others are dealing with a chronic or disabling health condition which requires daily medication, a special diet or other form of support. After years of helping these animals and being helped by them, we wish to honor these Faces of Love in a way for all to see, enjoy, and respect.

Please consider donating to this worthy cause.  Your beautiful act of kindness will help so many animals with nowhere else to go.

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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

Owen kuranda bed CR“Hi! I’m Owen and as you can see, I love sleeping on my kuranda bed every night! But not all my friends here at the sanctuary are as lucky as I am. They’re hoping they can have a kuranda bed of their very own too! Can you help? Kuranda Shelter Beds has made it easy to order and have a bed shipped directly to Caring For Creatures. Simply click here to order and they’ll take care of the rest: https://donate.shelterbeds.org/23250

Oh, one more thing. I’m here waiting for my forever home! Volunteers say I’m a friendly, fun-loving guy. Click here to read more about wonderful me. http://caringforcreatures.org/owen/


Love, Owen”

VET PET POSTER FINAL FINAL

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
  • cfchome2@gmail.com

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

Vet Pet Press release

Moe BestSept16-778x600A staff pick, Moe is an eight month old kitten from the same litter as Curly, Larry and Frye.  Moe is a bit more reserved than his brother, but compensates for this with a calm, unflappable demeanor.  Once you get past the initial shyness, Moe is quite the relaxed cat! He prefers for you to approach him rather than vice-versa and will reward your pets with quiet purrs.  His coloration is unique, with some staff members referring to him as “the one with the eyebrows.”  Moe also enjoys being picked up and held and is the least squirmy member of his litter.  As with most kittens, Moe is adventurous, curious and playful.  He also, however, understands the benefits of quiet relaxation and naps. Moe can be found lying on a condo with the older cats just as often as on the floor playing with his brothers!  He has grown up with other cats his entire life, so his ideal situation would involve a feline companion. His brothers Curly, Larry and Frye would each be an excellent choice!

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