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Join Caring for Creatures on Sunday, April 29th from noon to 4 PM, for the Virginia Loves Animals Scavenger Hunt!  Human and animal teams, equipped with a smart phone, will physically search on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville and virtually search on the internet for answers to scavenger hunt clues.  We promise, no collecting weird things like an old french fry from under your car seat!  The hunt will conclude with a festive gathering where the grand prize winner will be determined, food and drink will be available and all participants will have chances to win door prizes.

Save the date – April 29th – and keep an eye on the Caring For Creatures Facebook page for more details and registration!  Are you on the Hunt?

Jean 9 April (2)Bubbly Jean loves chasing tennis balls almost as much as she loves her humans.  Very cuddly, she’ll smother you with grateful kisses.  Jean has been in foster homes on two occasions and earned high marks each time:

Fall 2016 Foster Update:

“Her sleepover went really well. She made herself right at home after checking the place out. I gave her a bath as soon as we get home and she was able to walk around and check everything out. In the evening she jumped up on the couch beside me and went right to sleep. If I got up, she got up. She was my shadow. No accidents in the house at all. When she needed to go out or when she was hungry she let me know. She slept through the night, but got up once or twice and laid back down in the dog bed we have in the bedroom. She adapted well. It seemed like she had been there before and was very comfortable. I cannot wait to have her sleep over again sometime. She is a great listener too. We usually eat dinner at the couch, not the dining room table. When we sat down to have dinner on Friday night she walked over slowly to me and I told her no and she walked over to the dog bed in the living room and laid down till we are finished. After I cleaned up dinner she was right back on the couch by my side. She is a little cuddle bug.”

December 2017 Foster Update:

Jean went on an ‘Extreme Sleepover’ during a cold spell and her foster mom decided to keep her longer since she was doing so well.  In fact, she said that if she could have a dog at this time, it would definitely be Jean.  The foster mom was looking for a smaller dog who loved walks and car rides, and Jean fit the bill perfectly.

Jean deserves to be in a forever home and is waiting for the perfect person to come along.  She will do best in a home without cats, other dogs or small children.  Read more about Jean here.

Peaches 01 ValentinesPeaches is one of the friendliest cats at CFC.  Recently, a volunteer became quite smitten with Peaches while cleaning her room. “She always reaches out for you to pet her. Really, she grabs your arm and makes you pet her. She is so sweet.”

Living with a group of active youngsters (affectionately referred to as the “Inky Imps”), Peaches’ calm, loving nature is put to the test on a daily basis.  But she has proven to be social, playful and fun-loving and gets along great with all her roommates.

Another one of her ardent volunteer admirers used the words, “all around perfect cat.”   We agree, and we think you will too.  Come out and meet sweet Peaches and welcome her into your heart and home.

Read more about Peaches here.

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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

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!



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


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. Any items that you are able to donate allows us to use those dollars for other expenses!

Download a copy of our wish list here.

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