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JULY 1—AUGUST 31, 2017

The summer heat doesn’t slow our pets down one bit when it comes to eating.  Every month, this is what it takes to feed our 200+ hungry cats and dogs:

15 – 50# bags of dry cat food

30 – 33# bags of dry dog food

80 cases of Friskies canned cat food

18 cases of Fancy Feast cat food

40 cases of Pedigree canned dog food

We spend $3,500 each month on food!


Look for our donation boxes at the following stores.   Participating stores will be offering special discounts and promotions on items purchased for our sanctuary.  Be sure to pick up a copy of our wish list while shopping!


Happy Tails – 194 Turkeysag Trail, Palmyra (Food Lion Shopping Plaza)

Pet Supplies Plus - 1240 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville (enter parking lot from Greenbriar Drive)

Animal Connection LLC – 1701 Allied Street, Charlottesville


Prefer to shop from home?  You can donate via our secure website by clicking here.  Type FOOD in the comments section.  Or, mail your tax-deductible gift to Caring For Creatures, 352 Sanctuary Lane, Palmyra, VA 22963 and note that this is a FOOD donation.



Rosie 6 AprilHi Everyone!  Rosie here!   I’m writing you from my foster home in Charlottesville where I’ve been living with Chip (adopted from CFC), Adam and Annie.  They took me in for an extreme sleepover almost a month ago and they like me so much they decided to let me stay a little while longer.  I love playing with Chip (we play for hours on end) and I get along just fine with their cats.  These kind humans have been taking me on hikes and long walks down by the river and are helping me with my house manners.  They say I’m beautiful and that I’m making great progress!  Blush

I can’t wait to show off my new skills in a forever home. If you’d like to meet me, just call or email CFC – 434-842-2404;

 Click here to read more about wonderful me!

Kevin and Vanessa 2Born 3/25/17, Kevin and his sister Vanessa have recently been returned to CFC after living with foster parents. Their temporary caretakers report that both kittens are very alert, watching and noticing everything and everyone around them. These are two extremely agile and energetic kittens! “They are fun and extremely playful like no other kittens we’ve fostered before. Very entertaining to watch!”

VANESSA loves toys, especially balled-up paper and cat dancers. It seems that she loves nothing better than leaping straight up into the air. Vanessa can be a wee bit shy with people at first, until she senses that you are willing to play gently. Then her confidence kicks in and she’s warm and outgoing.

Vanessa is tolerant of dogs, but cautious. She loves other cats and stuffed animals. She would really like to sit beside you and snuggle up after wearing herself out playing. She’s not quite ready to be a lap cat, but she is not against a little cuddling. A fuzzy blanket is Vanessa’s idea of paradise.

Vanessa is a beautiful, unique-looking kitten with the markings of a wildcat and the heart of a true friend. She would love to find her forever home with someone as special as she is.

KEVIN enjoys running laps around the house, then jumping and leaping high in the air…very much like the wild cats he resembles. He loves toys, and his favorite is a small, balled-up piece of paper. He would chase it all day if he could! Of course boxes and paper bags are also a big hit with him.

Kevin is affectionate so long as he’s not smothered. He’s not a lap cat yet, but prefers to cuddle after he’s tired out. He also likes to snuggle with stuffed animals and cozy blankets. When it comes to dogs, Kevin is fearless in approaching them and playing with them. He also loves other cats, even older ones. He’s a non-stop source of joy and amusement, and he’ll bring lots of happiness to any home.






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.



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It’s that time of year again and we’re busy making our sanctuary more comfortable for dogs like Janie and Juno during the summer heat.  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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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

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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: