CFC News

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.  

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!


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

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

Vet Pet Press release


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

Owen 17 Sept.-800x532 (1)It’s Owen’s time to shine! We’re not sure why this incredibly handsome, fun-loving guy hasn’t had more adoption interest, so we’re giving him a moment to bask in the spotlight. Surely the right home is out there for him. Could it be with you?

Owen arrived at CFC three years ago, and we’ve learned a lot about him since then. For example, we just recently learned he LOVES going for car rides! He hops right in and even flops on his back in delight as he settles in for a new adventure.

He gets super excited when he sees volunteers heading his way, and he has mastered the “sit” command. He is treat-motivated, which always makes training much easier, and he takes his treats very, very softly. He can be strong out of the gate, rarin’ to go, but once he burns off some energy, he’s a terrific walking partner. A regular exercise routine would keep him at his best. An old injury limiting the mobility of his left hind leg does not slow him down at all. He is eager and ready to hit the trails.

But what Owen is most famous for at CFC is his love of toys. Give him a toy, and he just lights up. You’ll swear he’s smiling as he runs around gathering all the toys, rolling around with them, and tossing them in the air. He can self-entertain, but he really likes to have a human partner in play. A note of caution though: he will tear his way through stuffed toys pretty quickly, so tough toys (especially with a squeaker) are the way to go, unless you enjoy cleaning up lots of stuffing.

We currently have Owen listed as a hound, but after spending some time with him, it’s clear a flavorful mix makes up his genetic recipe. There might be a pinch of Aussie or Border Collie in there, or even Brittany Spaniel. Whatever his background, we think you’ll agree that the result is one beautiful dog.

Owen is still young–only about five years old–and weighs in at around 53 pounds. He prefers a home without cats. He can get very excited meeting other dogs, and he hasn’t quite mastered the art of politely introducing himself to them, but that is something that can be worked on through training.

If you’re looking for a fun, energetic, happy dog, look no further.  Fill out an on line application today from our website or email us at with any questions.

Rizzi is a brave girl who has endured and has now finally overcome!   When we trapped this sweet, petite girl little did we know that she had a severely damaged jawbone.   We were fortunate enough to get a quick surgical appointment to help her get back on her feet and begin the healing process.   The vet determined she suffered from a blunt force injury to her jaw vs birth defect. We can only imagine which horror she might have endured.   Today, Rizzi is 100% healed and working very hard at settling in and beginning the exciting process of finding her new person.   She is a gentle natured, demure little lady who is non-challenging to her feline roommates.   Rizzi will nicely sit in her perch as you approach to say “hi” and in no time, she will reward you with a subtle purr!  As you gently stroke her stunning tri-colored coat, just watch her lean into your hand as she encourages you to continue this special attention.    Staff and volunteers alike adore this soft hearted, polite lady and admire her desire to only move forward and work on finding a new, loving home.

Covid procedures web rev

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 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.


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.


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.

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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



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!


We have temporarily postponed our cat and dog volunteer orientations during the COVID-19 crisis.  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 to meeting you!