CFC News

MCRUDERS_with cats_aug2014 (1024x815) (800x637) CCraig and Cheryl McGruder love the 150 cats and kittens who reside at Caring for Creatures. They have been enthusiastic volunteers for 10 years.  In the beginning, they volunteered the first Monday of each month, cleaning one of the rooms at the Scratching Post.  They helped the staff as they got to know and love the cats.  Eventually once a month was not enough and they started coming every Monday.

It is almost impossible to name the number and variety of tasks and projects that Craig and Cheryl have undertaken for CFC.  They do laundry (and put up a clothes line to help with this task) and dishes (no small task with 150 felines).  They have replaced the countertop surfaces in each cat room.  They built cat steps and benches and patio tables.  They had a Memory Garden constructed in honor of their parents, which provides a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy the peaceful Sanctuary that is Caring for Creatures.

The McGruders clean the leukemia positive room, which contains, in their words, “some of the most awesome cats at CFC. Watching them play and zip around the room is so rewarding and even if we have them for only a short time we know they are safe, warm, well fed, and loved without limits.”

Craig McGruder was born in Richmond and grew up in Henrico County.  Cheryl moved to Henrico County when she was very young.  They met in high school and married in 1969.  They have lived in Goochland County since 1977. They got to know Caring for Creatures initially when they were volunteering with a small cat rescue group in Richmond.  They had a FIV+ kitty named Mr. T and CFC agreed to accept him.  They were so impressed with the Sanctuary and its mission that they promised themselves that they would volunteer at CFC when they retired (a promised they kept!).

When asked about their favorite part of volunteering at Caring for Creatures, Cheryl responds, “The feeling I have at the end of the day that we have helped in some small way.  Mary is such an amazing woman that you just want to help in any way you can.”  Craig adds, “Interacting with all the different kitty personalities.  We mourn when one passes and we celebrate when they go to their forever loving homes.”  They both love watching a shy, scared and sometimes terrified cat realize that everything is going to be OK.  Seeing that stark fear leave their eyes to be replaced by trust and love is so rewarding.  They also have met some very special humans at CFC.

When they are not at the Sanctuary, Craig and Cheryl live with 9 very spoiled kitties ranging in age from 4 to 15.  They also foster a very petite 4 year old FIV+ kitty from CFC named Porsche as she recovers from dental surgery.  Five of their cats were adopted from CFC and four were rescues from Richmond.  Sitting in their sun room reading the Sunday paper surrounded by these wonderful creatures is one of their favorite activities.

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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

 

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1240 Seminole Trail
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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”

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.

Moe BestSept16-778x600A staff pick, Moe is an eight month old kitten from the same litter as Curly, Larry and Frye.  Moe is a bit more reserved than his brother, but compensates for this with a calm, unflappable demeanor.  Once you get past the initial shyness, Moe is quite the relaxed cat! He prefers for you to approach him rather than vice-versa and will reward your pets with quiet purrs.  His coloration is unique, with some staff members referring to him as “the one with the eyebrows.”  Moe also enjoys being picked up and held and is the least squirmy member of his litter.  As with most kittens, Moe is adventurous, curious and playful.  He also, however, understands the benefits of quiet relaxation and naps. Moe can be found lying on a condo with the older cats just as often as on the floor playing with his brothers!  He has grown up with other cats his entire life, so his ideal situation would involve a feline companion. His brothers Curly, Larry and Frye would each be an excellent choice!

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