CFC News


From June 10th to July 10th, we are asking you to give the gift of life by donating just $10.  The weather isn’t the only thing heating up around here.  Summer is traditionally a challenging time financially for us here at Caring For Creatures as our budget is forced to stretch in order to cover the costs of caring for the 200 animals in residence.  We have a number of new animals arriving at our sanctuary, with an even longer waiting list, but our resources are getting low.  We don’t want to turn those away who have nowhere else to go.  But we need your help in order to provide quality food and medical care to those in need.  In the world of animal rescue, summer does not include a vacation from helping animals in need. If everyone donated just $10, it would make a huge difference in the lives of homeless animals. Only with your help can we continue our mission of saving precious lives.

In today’s world, you may think $10 doesn’t seem as though it will help very much!  NONESENSE!  We can do a great deal with $10 (see below) and when many generous individuals give $10 each, THE POWER OF 10 takes on a life of its own and becomes very large, very quickly!

Here’s what $10 will buy for the animals:

16 cans of Fancy Feast cat food

10 large cans of Friskies cat food

7 large cans of Pedigree dog food

2 – 40 pound bags of cat litter

5 – Heartworm Tests

Approx. 5 canine or feline combo vaccines

Please give just $10 today and help support the care of animals like Pipsqueak and Justice.  Neighbors heard eight week old Pipsqueak crying and found him trying to climb the front steps of a vacant house.  He was brought to us malnourished, dehydrated and suffering from intestinal parasites and a severe case of mange. Justice and his four siblings were found in a woodpile and arrived at CFC in a cardboard box.  Mom, Liberty, was found later and arrived with no use of her back legs, having been shot by a bb gun.

As awful as their situations were, they’re the lucky ones – they’re here – and with your help, we can save even more lives.

Donate 1 of 3 ways:

1)  Go to our You Caring page and pay via PayPal by clicking here

2)  *Click here to donate via our secure website   

3)  *Mail a check to CFC, 352 Sanctuary Lane, Palmyra, VA 22963

*Note “The Power of 10”

Reba by Rick Stilling resizedTrue to what we believe to be some Vizsla lineage, Reba is gentle, loyal, energetic and intelligent.  This sweet, sensitive lady is great on a leash – she walks like a hound – nose first with minimal pulling and easy to control.

Reba is an active girl who will do best in a home where she will get an above average amount of exercise.  Are you a runner?  Reba would be a great buddy when you are putting in the miles!  Around the trails at CFC, she has run nicely on a loose leash and been attentive to the person she was running with.

Reba has been out to an event in a park setting and did very well with walking around a large number of people, lots of kids on bikes, meeting most other dogs, and being loved on by children.  She is a strong girl and at this point needs an experienced handler in a situation with this much activity.  However, she is a smart dog, and if you are willing to put in some training time, your effort will be rewarded!  You’ll likely end up with a lady you can have by your side, no matter where you roam.



Meet Willow and her incredible family!  Willow was being cared for by a local family, but when they learned she was about to give birth, they surrendered her to us knowing they could no longer care for her.  Born here at the sanctuary, Willow’s wee ones have benefited from all the love and attention they’ve been receiving from staff and volunteers.

Born April 26th, they’ll be ready to go home the end of June!  When considering a new kitty addition to your household, don’t overlook Mom Willow – she’s a fantastic cat!  Visit us soon to get your pick of the litter!

Without further ado, presenting Walter, Willis, Waffle, Winnie, West, and Wallace (Wallace was actually adopted by Willow.  Found road side just days old, Willow accepted Wallace into the litter and cared for him as her own).



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.

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.





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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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


Janie and Juno in poolIt’s that time of year again and we’re busy making our sanctuary more comfortable for dogs like Janie and Juno when the summer heat arrives.  Donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated!


 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 – we prefer the non-kinking variety.  Walmart has a good one – Camco TastePURE 50′ Premium Drinking Water Hose, 5/8″ I.D.  Model #22853.  Walmart’s on line price is approx. $25.00.  Many of our hoses are in need of replacement and we need to add a section or two to others to make it easier to fill the kiddie pools!  We would like 4 of each length (24’ & 50’)

FANS: We could use about 6 more oscillating pedestal fans

KIDDIE POOLS:  Small and Medium sizes

KURANDA BEDS:   Standard and  Large sizes are needed.

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


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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

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Got a day, a week, a month or more?

Caring For Creatures offers the following foster and foster-related programs:


Our Extreme Sleepover is a short term fostering program developed for dogs during extreme weather conditions. It gives them the opportunity of being in a home environment in addition to freeing up much-needed indoor space at the sanctuary. Depending on the weather and availability of the foster parent, it can be anywhere from 1 night to 1 week, or more.

 Long Term Fostering is primarily used to assist those dogs or cats with special needs whether physical or behavioral in nature.  Animals that must go through a long-term recovery period from a medical condition (such as heartworm treatment, fractured bone, etc.) benefit from a more home-like environment and individualized TLC.

Animals who are shy or under socialized also benefit from receiving the more one-on-one interactions a foster home can provide. This helps to socialize and prepare our animals for adoption into a forever home.  Foster homes also provide senior animals or animals who have lived in a home setting prior to coming to the sanctuary with an alternative living experience.  The time that an animal spends in a foster home can vary, depending on the situation and needs of the animal/foster person.  We’ve had people make a commitment to the animal until he/she is adopted but this doesn’t have to be the case.

Two of our volunteers are currently fostering our pets; one has helped to socialize Helen and Joanie who were trapped from a nearby cat colony and the other has taken in one of our dogs, Scotch, who had never lived in a home before.  Thanks to the efforts of these volunteers, all are now adoption ready.

Day Tripper refers to volunteers who commit to taking one or more of the sanctuary dogs out for daytime explorations and they return to the sanctuary that same day!  This may include a car ride to a park or similar area for a long walk that provides lots of new smells.  It could mean a trip into Palmyra or Charlottesville to an animal-friendly store to buy a special treat and then head home again.  It could mean a visit to the volunteer’s home for a couple of hours to learn about being inside a house and hearing house sounds (TV, phones, etc.).  It could be a walk on the downtown mall just for the fun of it.   The dogs love doing fun and different things and the activities always help round out their personalities and adoption resumes!  Individuals interested in becoming a Day Tripper are required to attend our dog volunteer orientation and work with CFC to select compatible dogs for their off-site explorations!

What are we looking for in fosters:   Prior experience with animals, a home environment that is suitable for our animal’s needs and a commitment to the animal are all qualities we look for in a potential foster parent.

How do people qualify for fostering:  Prospective foster parents will be asked to fill out a questionnaire so that we can match the animal to their home environment. Are there other pets? Children? What form of exercise will be provided? Is there a fenced yard?  How much time will the animal spend alone?  – All of this plus more is taken into consideration when matching an animal with a family.  CFC may require a home visit prior to foster placement.

What are the expectations of fosters:

CFC expects our fosters:

  • to provide a safe and loving home environment for our animals;
  • to follow any medical and feeding instructions provided by CFC;
  • to report any medical or behavioral issues to CFC immediately;
  • to provide regular updates on how our animal is doing – this information is very helpful for potential adopters;
  • to be flexible/available to transport animal to an adoption event and/or make time available for a prospective adopter to meet fostered dog/cat.

CFC will provide contact information – there will always be someone to contact with any questions or concerns. We also provide medical records, ensure the animal is current on all their shots and inform the foster parent of any behavior/medical issues.  Caring For Creatures will provide food, treats, a leash, harness, crate/condo and medical care, if required.

The best way for people to get more information:  Interested individuals should call or email for more information on the above programs.  Phone:  434-842-2404; Email: