CFC News

Presented by Caring For Creatures and The HOWS Project

Saturday, October 22, 2022 (Rain Date: Sunday, October 23rd)

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

@The Shops at Stonefield ~ Charlottesville

Trick-or-Treating with your dog around the Shops @ Stonefield

Enter your K-9 companion in the Costume Contest and win great prizes!

Trick-or-Treat Goodie Bag pre-stocked with coupons for you and your dog!

Door Prizes

The BIG Pumpkin Photo Station

Costume Contest


Most Original   

Best Dog/Human Team


Best Dog/Dog Team


Most Adorable

There will be 2 runners up and 1 winner for each category. The six category winners will compete for Best In Show!


Judges’ Special Mention Awards

To participate in the trick-or-treating and costume contest: Early registration: $20 Event day: $25 Includes: One event t-shirt and reusable trick-or-treat goodie bag

Trick-or-Treat Only – $10 – includes reusable trick-or-treat goodie bag

Early registration begins soon! Watch Facebook and websites: Caring For & for more information and updates.

Email: or for more information

Caring For Creatures and the HOWS PROJECT are teaming up to raise much-needed funds to help at-risk animals. We hope you and your dog will join us for our Strut Your Mutt Halloween Pageant.

It will be a HOWLING good time!

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

It’s hard for us to imagine what was going through Barney’s mind when he was left in one of our pens after dark the night of May 4th. The first staff to arrive the next morning was surprised to see a “new” arrival in someone else’s day pen. He was so frightened he was shaking uncontrollably. Within a couple of minutes, however, Barney began to relax once he realized the staff was here to be his friend and would not hurt him.

Since that fateful May night, Barney has accepted his new life circumstances and has begun to show us his true colors little by little.

Barney is incredibly smart and always ready to learn if there are treats and affection to be received. Already grasping the concept of “sit” in a short amount of time, with the right person and some training there is nothing that this intelligent guy won’t be able to accomplish.

He loves to stretch his legs in our large play arena and well, did we mention he is a lap dog wannabe? Love is Barney’s first language, and he is not shy about sharing a hug with you and showering you with kisses should that be your thing. Initially, he may appear shy or uncertain, but once he understands you are there to be friends, he warms up right away. You may even notice the adorable smile that the bully breeds share.

As most bully breeds do, Barney loves to test out his toy’s durability. He enjoys playing with his toys until he discovers that his toys are not as durable as he believed them to be.

Barney is wonderful when walking on a leash. After the initial excitement of going on a walk, he will set himself into a comfortable pace for both you and him.

Quiet and unassuming, Tammie is more than happy to be petted while she’s hanging out with her friends on top of the condos but more recently has been getting more and more comfortable hanging out at ground level and can often be found lounging in one of the cat trees. Due to her plump physique and black spot on her chin which resembles a soul patch, some of us think she looks like a female Guy Fieri. Tammie makes adorable little squeaks and gets along swimmingly with other cats. The way her brow is set makes her look constantly exasperated, but we assure you that she’s calm and happy. Additionally, we think that her unique look gives her a whole lot of charm! An easy-going girl, Tammie isn’t the most active cat but would make an excellent companion to lay around and watch movies with.


  • DSH; black and white
  • ARRIVAL: May 26, 2019
  • HISTORY: Tammie was rescued as a stray.


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!