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Lucille Faces of Love


$10,000 Matching Gift Challenge

August 1 – October 16, 2018


A message from Mary Birkholz:

Dear Friends & Supporters,

It gives me great pleasure to present you with our very special Faces of Love $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge! Beginning August 1st and running through October 16th, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $10,000!

This opportunity is made possible by long-time volunteer Connie Seyller, who is sponsoring this Matching Gift Challenge in loving memory of her mother, Anna Ritenour, who died May 23, 2018. Anna was an animal lover and visited the sanctuary animals. She also helped in fundraising by   doing beautiful embroidery on hand towels which we then sold at offsite events. Anna must have embroidered hundreds of towels over the years! We feel Connie’s mom would be delighted to know that this special fundraising opportunity is being done to honor her. Thank you Anna for bringing Connie into this world and for sharing in her great love of animals.

It is through this special Faces of Love $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge that we introduce to you our new and ongoing Faces of Love campaign as a way of expressing gratitude to these wonderful animals who have shared their bravery, kindness, compassion and Love with all of us. We wish to share with all of you their Faces of Love.

CFC will showcase our “faces of love” on garden flags.  Each flag will feature a color photograph and name of a past or present sanctuary resident. The flags will be displayed all around Caring For Creatures for everyone to see. You can sponsor a Faces of Love flag with a tax-deductible donation of $125.00 – AND, during this special matching gift campaign, your gift will be matched up to a total of $10,000! Not only will you be honoring past animals who came to Caring For Creatures for help, but your gift will be put to work helping those animals currently being cared for at the sanctuary.

You will be receiving Mary’s entire newsletter and reply envelope  in the mail soon.  If you wish to receive a copy, please contact us at 434 842-2404, or send an email to

Please click here if you wish to make an on line donation or sponsor a flag now. 

If you purchase a flag, you’ll be able to make one of the following selections on our payment page:

  • Sponsored by (your name)
  • In honor of (name)
  • In memory of (name)
  • You can choose to honor a CFC animal you have adopted (past or present).  A photo of them will be featured on your flag.

*Note:  Space is limitied.  Names only will be included on the flag; there is not enough room for additional comments.

Update:  We have the best supporters ever! Thanks to your generosity, we have received all of the items on Mary’s medical wish list. A huge shout out goes to those of you who donated the table-top scales, large floor veterinary scale and microscope!


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tiger8Meet Tiger!  His adorable almost quizzical expression looks like he’s telling you he’s ready for anything–and he is. Tiger loves going for walks with volunteers, and despite his size and strength, he waits patiently as he gets hooked up with his harness and leash and checks in regularly with his walker to make sure everything is okay. He loves doing zoomies in the arena and can entertain himself with toys and exploring, but he also likes to take time for snuggles. He appears to crave canine companionship, singing and dancing with little chirps and play bows when he sees another dog. On a recent car ride adventure he had a fantastic time and enjoyed every second. Yes, Tiger is ready for anything, but what he’s most ready for is a home of his own. Stop by to meet this wonderful guy. You won’t be disappointed.

Read more about Tiger by clicking here.

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Meet this charming litter, dubbed “The Aristocats!” Thomas, O’Malley, Felicia and Marie have kept us entertained for weeks, but at 9+ weeks old, it’s time for them to move on to their forever homes. Found orphaned alongside a road when they were 3 weeks old, they have blossomed under our care and are well-socialized and litter box trained. They spend their days either climbing around their condo like little monkeys, or curled up together in a heap of fluff and cuteness.  Whenever a friendly face walks past, they beckon with soft mews for someone to come on over and give them some snuggles, and when they are able to lure someone in, that person is rewarded with rumbling purrs and neck cuddles.  You’ll find these little sweethearts to be friendly, affectionate and of course rambunctious!  They will surely be a constant source of entertainment and love for the lucky ones who make them part of their family.


 Babe Ruth enjoying her pool



WHITE VINYL LATTICE PANELS:  4’ x 8’ (smallest opening available in lattice panels).   We use these for shade for our dogs and need at least 10 more of these.  Available at Lowes and Fluvanna Ace Hardware.

TARPS:  8′ x 10′  and 6′ x 8′

BUNGEE CORDS:  18″ and 24″ – or Lowe’s and Wal Mart have containers with several different size bungees that is reasonably priced and what we purchase.

HOSES:  25′ or 50′ – 5/8″ size – non-kinking, animal safe – 6 of each length needed

FANS: We could use about 6 more oscillating pedestal fans

WATER BUCKETS:  Plastic, 8 Quart.  Available at Tractor Barn & So. States.

KURANDA BEDS:   Standard and  Large sizes are needed.  Use this link and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Caring For Creatures: 

HVAC FILTERS:  16” x 20” and 16” x 25”



Questions?  Call us at 434-842-2404 or send an email to








































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The Great American Mammal Jamboree

By Alden E. C. Bigelow


A book for all ages!

Order now from Alden’s website –, or pick up your copy at Caring For Creatures.


“Alden Bigelow weaves a mysterious tale that takes the reader on a wonderful journey, full of lessons learned and special mammal friends, and starring Jessie, the lovable narrator.”

                                                     - Dr. M.E. Adams


“Invisible cloaks, ghostly soldiers, and benevolent sabotage!  The Great American Mammal Jamboree spins a tale that compels us to suspend our disbelief as we root for the good guys to win.  While the animals in this unique fable are witty and entertaining, they underscore the serious theme of  animal cruelty and what needs to be done to combat it.

Animal lovers will delight in this lighthearted tale, but its value as a lesson for humanity makes it required reading.”

– Gerry Kruger, author of On Kruger Pond: Charlie’s Story


Here’s Alden Bigelow discussing his new book, The Great American Mammal Jamboree, with Mary Birkholz:


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.  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 canine, Elvis and Buddy, both adopted from CFC.


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.  You can listen to Alden MONDAYS/8:30 A.M. with JAY LOPEZ on GENERATIONS 102.3, and

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

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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




SEPTEMBER 15th – Dogs from 11 am to 1 pm; Cats from 1 pm to 3 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



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.

NickiFebIt’s that time of year!  We’re busy getting our sanctuary ready for the cold winter months ahead.  You can help keep our animals warm by donating a much-needed item from our Fall & Winter Wish List:


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

BULBS for heat lamps:  We need about 20 bulbs

FIXTURES for heat lamps:  We could use 6 additional fixtures

 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 and Peace & Calming  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 

 DOG SWEATERS AND COATS:  Primarily medium and large size

 KURANDA BEDS:  Dogs—medium and large sizes needed



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