CFC News

Mary Richmond TimesDear CFC Friends & Supporters,

A week ago, Bill Lohmann, writer for the Richmond Times Dispatch, visited Caring For Creatures for the first time.  We had a great conversation and I gave him a tour of the sanctuary. The article he wrote appeared in this Monday’s issue of the paper (February 20, 2017).  If you haven’t had a chance to read the article yet, we invite you to see it at the link provided  below.   I am grateful to Bill for his time and appreciate his choosing to feature Caring For Creatures in his well-read column!   Enjoy…



Liza 2 MarchMeet Liza!

This 5 year old beauty was an owner surrender, along with her sibling, Lindsey (who had 5 pups in tow) at a high kill shelter.  Luckily for Lindsey and her family, they were all selected to go home but Liza was left behind.  When Liza became at risk, we spoke up for her.

Perfect in so many ways, Liza is ready to go to a home already stocked with kids and other dogs. This low maintenance hound/lab mix doesn’t ask for much – just some love and attention. Gentle, playful and super affectionate, you’ll find Liza to be an absolute delight. Hurry in to meet her – we predict she won’t be around very long before getting snapped up.

Click here to read more about Liza.

Sprite 05Sprite was given his name as a result of being found hiding under a soda machine in a country store. Though he had been part of a local community cat colony, he is anything but feral.  Just 9 months old, Sprite’s sweet, gentle nature, along with his large, golden luminous eyes, is gaining a lot attention here at Caring For Creatures, and he’s loving every minute of it!  Gather him up onto your lap and he’ll give you soft purrs, a happy dance and sometimes will reward you with little kisses on your hands.  Come on out and meet Sprite – he’s hard to resist!

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Support Caring for Creatures simply by walking your dog!  It won’t cost you a cent.  That’s right!  Just download the FREE Wooftraxapp on your smartphone and every time you walk a dog, Caring for Creatures earns money.

Go to, click on ‘Get App’ at the top of the page and download their FREE app on your Android or iPhone.  Choose Caring for Creatures in your set-up, and get walking.  You support us every time you walk your dog.  Take the phone with you whenever you walk your dog. Simply press the START WALKING FOR… button and the app will track how far you walk and add it all up for Caring for Creatures.  The more people walking for us, the more we earn, so please spread the word.

“What if I don’t have a dog? Can I still use the app?” Absolutely! You can walk for dogs at a shelter or rescue by choosing the “Walk for Cassie” option when you install the app for the first time. Or create your dream dog as a walking companion by going to the set-up tab and adding a dog.

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AldenRadioSpot3 (1024x984) (800x769)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. Tune in on the following days/times and stations to enjoy Alden’s quick wit and conversations with Jay Lopez and Joe Thomas:


FRIDAYS/8:o7 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. – Live with JOE THOMAS, WCHV 1260AM and 107.5 FM


Thank you MONTICELLO MEDIA for your ongoing support of Caring For Creatures’ life-saving mission to save homeless animals.


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 canines Quincy and Elvis, both adopted from CFC.



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The Dogwood Restaurant and Caring For Creatures join forces to help the sanctuary animals!



Lunch and Dinner (5-8 pm)

Eat In or Carry Out


Order one of 5 great specials (named after CFC animals!) and a portion of the cost of your meal will go to help the CFC animals!  This offer also applies to carry out orders of the five specials.  The specials are now being offered during lunch and dinner!  Eat in or take out!

Bring the family and eat out for a great cause!



The Dogwood Restaurant

10 Centre Court, Palmyra – across from the Lake Monticello Fire & Rescue Squad Building




Sign up for one, or both:

Dogs – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cats – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

To attend, please register by filling out an online application or send an email to

Would you like to help the dogs and cats at Caring for Creatures?  Attend one of our volunteer orientations – 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, we need volunteers 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.


Come join our happy family.  Our animals are waiting for you!

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Help Caring For Creatures!



Register on line at

Be sure to use NPO number 86046

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

NickiFebWinter has arrived and we need your help in keeping our sanctuary safe and our animals warm and comfortable during the upcoming months.  You can help by donating an item from our Winter Wish List:


HOUND HEATERS:  See or order from Amazon


INFRARED HEAT LAMPS:  250 watt (available at Lowes and Southern States)

EXTENSION CORDS:  25′ and 50′ heavy duty (for outdoor use)

ELECTRIC HEAT PADS:  Medium  and large sizes, made for outside use for dogs (we need  approximately 6 medium and 3 large)

ICE MELT:  Preferably the kind safe for dogs’ feet

SNOW SHOVELS:   (We need 2 or 3)

COMMERCIAL MATS:  3’ x 5’, with rubber backing for entry ways.  (We need 6 or 8)  Ex:  Sam’s Club sells these for $20

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS:  Lavender, Thieves, Stress Away scents preferred.  For use in diffusers to ease our dogs’ anxiety in indoor kennels.

CANNED AND DRY FOOD:   Extra food is used during the winter (see our  complete Wish List for details)

DOG SWEATERS AND COATS:  Primarily medium and large size


Questions?  Call 434-842-2404, or email us at


Sammy Snacks Charlottesville



SAMMY SNACKS in Charlottesville is committed to helping local rescue groups.   Purchase a 30 pound bag of dog food for less than half the regular price - only $25 – and YOU WILL FEED A CFC DOG FOR 45 DAYS OR MORE.


and be sure to note that your order is for Caring for Creatures.