CFC News

COVID-19 UPDATE

EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2022

Beginning April 1, 2022, Caring For Creatures will reopen the sanctuary to visitors.  We ask that visitors wear a mask when spending time inside the buildings.

Adoptions will continue to be handled by appointment only so we are able to ensure we have an adoption coordinator available to work with you.

Volunteer Orientations will begin once again on Saturday, April 9th.  Dog Orientation 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Cat Orientation from1:00 – 3:00 p.m. After April 9th, we will revert back to our regular schedule of holding orientations the third Saturday of every month. You must register to attend. Please complete the Volunteer Application form on our website prior to orientation day.

Please note that Caring For Creatures may need to adjust these visitor guidelines should a new COVID outbreak threaten our area.  It is critical our staff remain healthy to continue caring for our animals.

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.

Click on the link to learn more about this program: Program details for veteran adoption

 

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Caring For Creatures has also partnered with Gratitude Charlottesville, a foundation that seeks to provide support to military and police personnel. The Gratitude Charlottesville foundation will pay adoption fees for animals adopted by military or police personnel.  In addition, they have a directory of local companies that offer discounts to military and police.  You’ll find it herewww.gratitudecville.com

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For more information about these programs please contact:

  • Alyssa Gulley (Dog Adoption Coordinator), cfchome2@gmail.com
  • David Johnson (Cat Adoption Coordinator), cfchome4@gmail.com
  • 434-842-2404

Dusty NovCFC2-716x600We rescued Dusty from a high kill shelter when space became an issue.  He had been overlooked there for months and rarely got out of his pen for a walk.  No wonder he was craving attention when he arrived at Caring For Creatures!  He has quickly become one of the favorites among our volunteers!  One of his admirers loves taking him on car rides. He’s an excellent passenger and shows his gratefulness with plenty of kisses.  With spunk and enthusiasm, he greets everyone as a long-lost friend! He loves to go for walks; he also loves to be petted and will soak up as much love as you can give him.

Dusty is a sweet dog with a happy go lucky attitude and should be easy to place as he loves other dogs and is such a friendly guy! He will need a good amount of exercise and would do best with an active family who will enjoy taking him for walks and hikes.  Dusty is microchipped and ready to go.  If you are in the market for a best friend, Dusty could be the one!

Read more about Dusty here.

Dixon Theo website 2We just couldn’t resist shining a light on these two besties!  The special bond between Dixon and Theo is heartwarming!  If you happen to be a lover of felines and find your home is cat-less (Alas! Does that ever happen?), you really must consider adopting these two BFF’s.  Both of these guys have tested positive for FIV but they don’t let that stop them from enjoying every moment.  DIXON, was found as a stray at a gas station. This big fluffy ball of love is fond of humans and other cats open to an affectionate friend!  He resides peacefully with numerous other felines in his room.  THEO, was found as a stray in Bremo Bluff area and also tested positive for FIV.  This guy has nothing but love for everyone!  He’s an expert lap sitter and will drink up all the attention you can give.  If you could use a little extra love in your life (who couldn’t?), we suggest you pay the sanctuary a visit and meet these two awesome buddies.  Truly, a match made in Heaven!

 

Read more about Dixon HERE; read more about Theo HERE.

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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 in addition to seasonal favorites. Any items that you are able to donate allows us to use those dollars for other expenses!

View/download a copy of our new Wish List by clicking on the link below:

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Questions?  Call us at 434-842-2404 or send an email to CFCHome@aol.com

Caring For Creatures is dedicated to providing high-quality medical care for each animal who comes to us for help. In addition to routine care such as vaccines, parasite control, regular bloodwork diagnostics, and testing for heartworm, feline leukemia and FIV, the sanctuary also pays for spaying/neutering, treatment for heartworm disease, dental work, x-rays, and any orthopedic or other surgery for which the need arises.

As you might guess, taking care of the animals in the sanctuary through veterinary care and medical supplies is one of our largest expenses!  On average, we spend $3,500 each MONTH on veterinary/medical supplies. That’s $43,000 annually!

Our goal is to maintain an ongoing balance of $4,000 in this fund to help offset these expenses.

Please help us reach our goal!  Donate online today by clicking here.   Select “Nose to Tail Medical Fund” on the Donation Designation drop-down menu.   Please consider setting up a monthly recurring payment – Any amount you can give on a monthly basis would be a huge help!

Or, mail your gift to Caring For Creatures, 352 Sanctuary Lane, Palmyra, VA 22963.  Note “Nose to Tail Medical Fund”.  Your gift of any size will be greatly appreciated!

Be sure to follow our Nose to Tail Medical Fund Campaign daily on facebook!

Kroger_logo.svg.png 800Register for The Kroger Community Rewards Program and

Help Caring For Creatures!

 

 

Register on line at krogercommunityrewards.com

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:

Virginia

West Virginia

North Carolina


OUR VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

After taking a long break from holding orientations due to COVID, we are once again welcoming new volunteers.  Our dog and cat orientations will be held the third Saturday of every month.  You must register to attend.  If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out an on-line volunteer application on our website.  

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 having you become a part of our Caring For Creatures Volunteer Family!

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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 click on the “Adopt/Foster” tab on the top of our home page.

Thank You!

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The Great American Mammal Jamboree

By Alden E. C. Bigelow

$16.95

A book for all ages!

Order now from Alden’s website – www.aldenbigelow.com, 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:

ABOUT ALDEN…

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

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