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Donna and Lulu

Donna and Lulu

Donna Horan has been a really “sweet” volunteer for Caring for Creatures since 2005.  She began making and selling baked goods soon thereafter, donating the proceeds to CFC.  Her baking has satisfied many a sweet tooth and bread lover!  When Donna isn’t baking, she is busy walking CFC dogs, washing them, helping with fund raisers, and transporting dogs to and from CFC’s very helpful Veterinarians.  Donna also sells dog bandanas, cat toys, and she has just added cat nip bags, all of which provide much needed revenue for the Sanctuary.

With all of her caring for Creatures activities, it’s hard to believe that Donna has time for anything else, but she loves cooking and baking, working around her great house, traveling and cruising, and having family and friends come to visit.

Donna and her late husband Bernie lived in Hicksville Long Island, New York before moving to Lake Monticello.  They built their house in 2003 and moved in in 2005.  Soon after, persuasive Sue Scott (see other Volunteer Spotlights) came knocking and asked Donna if she liked animals and would be interested in helping at an animal sanctuary walking dogs once a week.  Donna said yes and the rest is history.

When asked who her favorite dog is, Donna chose Lulu, a five year old black and tan beauty.  “She really is beautiful, she’s house trained and just a sweet girl who needs a loving family,” Donna said.

Donna’s husband died in 2012. She is sustained by the love of her friends at Lake Monticello, her family, and the unconditional love of her four legged friends at Caring for Creatures.  CFC is a peaceful spot to walk dogs, and the rural setting and the quiet helps to reduce stress.  In her words, “you get to escape for several hours from the craziness of the world.”  She especially appreciates the “thank you” and the “I am glad to see you” doggie kisses, and the barking and tail wagging when she arrives at the Sanctuary.  It makes her day!

Come find out for yourself why Caring for Creatures is such a special place.  You can meet Lulu and the other dogs and cats at CFC.  You might even see Donna walking or washing dogs.  You can also check out the dogs and cats at www.caringforcreatures.org.

Caliope_Kenja flags in placeHelp our sanctuary animals by sponsoring a Faces of Love Flag!  Your gift will go directly towards much-needed food and medical care for our 200 residents.

Even though our Matching Gift Challenge has ended, we are continuing to offer flag sponsorships. They make a great gift for loved ones and gift cards will be sent to those you choose to honor.

Our Faces of Love flags are also a wonderful way to honor a CFC animal (current or past resident or someone you have adopted from CFC).  Your tax-deductible gift of $125 goes directly towards the care of our 200 cats and dogs currently in residence.  Order on line by clicking here, or download a copy of our reply card here and mail it along with your check or credit card information to CFC, 352 Sanctuary Road, Palmyra, VA 22963.

Who are the faces of love?  They are animals who have graced the sanctuary over the past 30 years.  A great majority of them endured neglect or mistreatment from a human or were abandoned by them; some were left homeless when their human died; others are dealing with a chronic or disabling health condition which requires daily medication, a special diet or other form of support. After years of helping these animals and being helped by them, we wish to honor these Faces of Love in a way for all to see, enjoy, and respect.

Please consider donating to this worthy cause.  Your beautiful act of kindness will help so many animals with nowhere else to go.

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Pet Supplies Plus Charlottesville is helping Caring For Creatures!

Donate a 5 lb. (or larger) bag of Redford Naturals and receive a 10% discount off your order!

This offer is on-going and good on Redford Naturals grain-free dry cat food

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Any variety Redford Naturals dry dog food

 

Pet Supplies Plus Charlottesville
1240 Seminole Trail
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Owen kuranda bed CR“Hi! I’m Owen and as you can see, I love sleeping on my kuranda bed every night! But not all my friends here at the sanctuary are as lucky as I am. They’re hoping they can have a kuranda bed of their very own too! Can you help? Kuranda Shelter Beds has made it easy to order and have a bed shipped directly to Caring For Creatures. Simply click here to order and they’ll take care of the rest: https://donate.shelterbeds.org/23250

Oh, one more thing. I’m here waiting for my forever home! Volunteers say I’m a friendly, fun-loving guy. Click here to read more about wonderful me. https://caringforcreatures.org/owen/


Love, Owen”

 

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 CFCHome@aol.com

VET PET POSTER FINAL FINAL

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:

  • Tina Stephens (Adoption Coordinator)
  • 434-842-2404
  • cfchome2@gmail.com

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

Vet Pet Press release

Princess 7 Nov GOOD 800x694You may have noticed the six pitbull puppies that were recently adopted. Now, we’re happy to shine our spotlight on none other than their mom, Princess!  Princess’ age is unknown, but she’s most likely two or three, and has been at CFC for about two months. Many are struck by just how much Princess loves people. Her trademark happy whine can be heard whenever staff members approach her pen. Her go-to move when someone comes to visit is to stand on her hind legs and gently wrap her front paws around the nearest person to give them a hug. Without a litter of puppies to worry about, Princess has seen a surge in energy and playfulness. She loves fetch and will happily chase ball after ball before rolling over for some well-earned belly rubs. The entire staff has fallen in love with this sweet girl and we think you will, too!

Bronx 10-705x600Our weekly cat spotlight shines on none other than the adorable, energetic Bronx!  Bronx is about a year and a half old and has been with us since June.  He is FIV positive, but doesn’t let it–or anything else, for that matter– keep him down.  Bronx is incredibly curious and playful, even as he begins to grow out of kittenhood.  He has recently taken to climbing the cat condos in R3 so that he can lean over and tap the heads of whoever passes below him.  He also enjoys whenever members of our animal care staff shake out the linens and will try to grab them as they flap back and forth.  Bronx is the youngest of our FIV+ cats and desperately yearns for someone to play with.  He can often be found at the door to his room with a paw extended under it, hoping to catch the attention of one of our kitchen cats.  His other hobbies include hunting any bugs that dare enter his domain.  Despite his high energy level and playfulness, Bronx is gentle, sweet, and calm when he needs to be.  He has no problem with being picked up and even enjoys a belly rub from time to time.  What he would enjoy most, though, is a home.  Since he has so much love to give, Bronx would do best in a home with children or other cats to play with.  FIV is not transferrable to humans and can be spread to other cats only through blood and reproduction.  FIV+ cats can live alongside cats that don’t have the disease as long as they are introduced properly and do not get into any serious fights.  Does this lovable goofball sound like a welcome addition to your family?

Click here to learn more about FIV.

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