CFC News

Come enjoy a journey through the hills, down to the river, and through the vines.  

DATE:  Saturday, December 10, 2022

TIME:  Dash begins at 10:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Hardware Hills Vineyard, 5199 W River Rd, Scottsville, VA 24590

DISTANCE:  The run portion of this event is approximately 5K (3.0 miles).  The walk portion is approximately 1.5 miles.  As this is a fun run/walk event, participants are not required to complete every portion of the run if they choose.

REGISTRATION:  Online in advance at or race day registration

COST:  $40/35/20 pre-register (T-shirts guaranteed for preregistered by Nov. 28)
$50 on day of event — no guarantee on t-shirt

TO BENEFIT: Caring for Creatures

THE COURSE: This is a somewhat challenging trek through the Hardware Hills property that includes an inclined gravel drive, grassy hills beyond the cottage and estate home, a sloping drop down to the river and back, and then winding through much of the vineyard past the sleeping winter vines.  The dash concludes at the tasting room where a food truck will be on hand and wine will be available to participants over 21 years old.

LIVE MUSIC:  Make a day of it!  We welcome rising Nashville star Makenzie Phipps back to the Hills for a stunning performance from 2 – 4 p.m.



Over the past several weeks, many organizations and businesses in Virginia have experienced an uptick in COVID infections.  As it turns out, Caring For Creatures is no exception.  In view of this, we are now implementing a requirement that masks be worn by all staff, visitors and volunteers when spending time inside Sanctuary 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.

We still plan to hold Volunteer Orientations the third Saturday of every month: Dog Orientation 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Cat Orientation from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. You must register to attend. Please complete the Volunteer Application form on our website prior to orientation day.

Please check this space and our Facebook page in the event there are updates to our orientation schedule or if there are any other changes to our COVID policy.

For additional information and definitive guidance with regard to COVID, click on the following link:

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


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


For more information about these programs please contact:

  • Alyssa Gulley (Dog Adoption Coordinator),
  • David Johnson (Cat Adoption Coordinator),
  • 434-842-2404

MAVERICK has all the Perfect Pet boxes marked off.  Friendly, loving and engaging.  Check.  Good with other dogs.  Check.   Good with slightly older kids. Check.   Not too needy or clingy and can self-entertain.  Check.   During a recent photo time, Maverick was a super star, once again.  For his initial leash meetings with other dogs, Maverick is such a silly goofball that at times he would simply drop down, roll around on the grass and wiggle his legs in the air while the other doggy wondered what happened to their nicely paced walk. He did a great job off leash mixing and mingling with both male and female dogs and always took the time to check in with his new human friends.  An affectionate and very loving guy, Maverick enjoys leaning into you while you scratch his belly and back area.  Be on the lookout for some sneaky, darting kisses while in this position as well.   Maverick thrives if he’s in the thick of things and would love to be part of the daily family routine/activity.  The more you can book his days to be a part of your life, the more you will wonder what you ever did without him!  Check out Maverick today.  What a catch he is!

Read more about Maverick here!

Our spotlight shines on a very special senior kitty, Agnes! Agnes was once the personal pet of Jackie Meyers of Peaceful Passings. When her husband recently passed away, we welcomed Agnes to the sanctuary. Quite the sweet and gentle lady, Agnes will greet you with a small meow. She loves to be petted and will inch closer to have her belly rubbed. Though we are enjoying seeing more of her personality as she gets comfortable in her new space, what we would really love is to see this special lady in a forever home.


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:

WISH LIST_REV Oct 1 2020 (2)

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

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!

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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


Orientations are typically 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 along with transporting animals to and from vet appointments.

  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!

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

Thank You!