CFC News

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Top L – R:  Peggy, Eli, Jinx, Leah

Bottom L – R: Harvey, Fred, Triscuit, Dani

 Browse our website’s cats and dogs to view these and other adoptable seniors!

 November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month and Caring For Creatures has an abundance of adoptable seniors waiting to prove just how wonderful they will be in a forever home. Come out to meet them and help make their wishes come true.

To find out why a senior pet may be perfect for you, check out the following articles:

12 Reasons to Give a Senior Dog a Chance to Live, from Dr. Karen Becker

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2020/11/23/reasons-to-adopt-a-senior-dog.aspx

Ten Reasons Senior Cats Rule, from Petfinder

https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/cat-adoption/10-reasons-senior-cats-rule/

 

 

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In an effort to protect our staff so we can continue to care for our 200+ residents, we’re taking the following precautions:

We are operating by appointment only.  We are doing our best to receive visitors outside to limit foot-traffic in our buildings.  Any visitors to the sanctuary must wear a mask when entering the office or when in any of our buildings.

Adoptions:

Adoptions are by appointment only.  We are only scheduling appointments for showings with approved applicants. If you are interested in adopting from us, please submit an application on our website – this can be done under our adopt/foster tab located at that top of our website page. Once we have completed review of an application, we will reach out to the applicant to schedule a time to visit sometime during our office hours which are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Due to the high volume of applications we are still receiving, the average time to complete review is 2 weeks. Please do not plan on visiting the sanctuary until you have a confirmed appointment with us.

Volunteering:

At this time, we are not holding our required volunteer orientation for new volunteers, and are not accepting new volunteers or community service groups at the sanctuary.

Donations:

We are still accepting item-donations here at the sanctuary during our regular operation hours.  We do ask that you please call the office at 434-842-2404 to make us aware of when you will be dropping off an item so we can provide further instructions that are dependent on the type of item you are donating.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.  We’re hopeful that by Spring of 2021 things will have improved enough for us to re-evaluate our procedures and open our doors more to the public in a safe and thoughtful way.

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!

DustyMayCFC8Happy-go-lucky Dusty loves everyone he meets!  Friendly and very affectionate, he likes hanging out with other dogs too.  Dusty will do best in a home with a fenced in yard or with an active family who can give him the exercise he needs.   With all his enthusiasm when meeting a human, Dusty is quickly learning to sit instead of jumping up. You can almost see the ‘wheels turning’ as he comes to a dead stop in front of you and sits – Dusty is very smart and wants so much to please. He also loves car rides and is a respectful and oh so grateful passenger. He’ll cover you with kisses as his way of saying thank you – this is so much fun!!

Dusty is conveniently microchipped and will be up to date on everything, so he will be all ready for his new home!  If you are in the market for a best friend, Dusty could be the one!

Read more about this good-natured fellow here.

TatumJulyCFC1Update!  Tatum arrived at CFC in July of 2020 after being trapped in a local colony of cats. In the several months since her arrival, Tatum has made many friends both human and feline! She typically hangs out with fellow L2 residents Kit and Bandit and enjoys visits from staff and volunteers. Tatum is still a bit more of a low-energy cat and prefers to spend most of her time napping. If you want to pet her while she relaxes, even better! She will purr the whole time. Tatum doesn’t really like to be picked up but other than that she enjoys human interaction and contact. She hasn’t shown much interest in toys so far, but given her age, we anticipate this to change as she gets even more comfortable in her environment. Tatum is a sweet, laid-back cat who will likely take some time to come out of her shell once introduced to her forever home. We promise you that she’s worth the wait!

Read more about Tatum here.

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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

DONATE A CAR, TRUCK, MOTORCYCLE, RV, BOAT AND EVEN JET SKIS AND SNOWMOBILES!

 

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.

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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!


OUR VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

With the COVID variant continuing to ramp up and be a risk to everyone, we are delaying our orientations for the time being.  We will continue to closely monitor this situation, and 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 having you become a part of our Caring For Creatures Volunteer Family!

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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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