CFC News

In the spirit of Valentines’ Day, we are holding a FACEBOOK PET KISSING CONTEST.  Participants have submitted their photos and the voting has begun.  From February 9th through February 13th, all 14 entries will be posted daily on our facebook page. 

The first place winner receives a CFC 25th Anniversary long-sleeve t-shirt; person submitting the second place photo wins an insulated CFC mug! 

Winners will be announced February 14th on our facebook page and in our Valentines’ Day edition of our e-newsletter. 

Go to our facebook page and  ‘LIKE’ your favorites!  


 Join our severe weather corps of people who will assist one or more of our dogs for a brief time when we have extremes in weather. By helping, you will ensure that ALL of our dogs are comfortable during extreme cold snaps and heat waves.

It’s cold outside!   NOW is the time to help. Contact us and we’ll arrange for you to take one of our dogs home for a brief period.  We’ll send you a questionnaire to fill out so that we can match the right dog with your home environment, or, let us know if you have someone in mind!

If you can help or have any questions, please contact Diane White at, or call Caring for Creatures at 434-842-2404.
Also, please ask us about our longer term foster opportunities for both dogs and cats!


JEAN has lived in a home and is fully house and crate trained.  She recently aced a sleepover with one of our volunteers!

CALVIN is a low-key guy who recently lived in a foster home with dogs of various ages and sizes.  And he’s house trained!

No stranger to sleepovers, ROOK has proven to be an excellent house guest.  Gets along with other dogs and cats.

Sweet, gentle AUTUMN is very respectful of indoor spaces and appears to be house trained.  

Funny, affectionate TRAPPER lived in a home for 4 years, is house trained and gets along well with cats.

Super sweet PEGGY knows no strangers and sleeps with a stuffed toy every night.  She’s best suited in a home without other dogs or cats.

This list is not inclusive.  Please inquire with us if you are interested in fostering a dog who is not listed above.

To learn more about our long and short term foster programs, please click here:  FOSTER PROGRAM

Gryffen 4 by SMDo you have room in your heart for Gryffen? Gryffen’s family lost their home, leaving Gryffen and his Jack Russell companion, Tinkerbell, with nowhere to go. When Tinkerbell was recently rehomed, we spoke up for Gryffen.

Weighing approximately 80 pounds, this chocolate lab mix is affectionate and friendly, has lived amicably with male and female dogs and gets along well with cats. He has also lived with children who were 6-10 years old with no issues. Gryffen is completely house trained and non-destructive in a home.

He would do best in a home with at least one other dog. Gryffen is definitely a follower, not a leader. He looks to other dogs to guide him and show him the way. When left to his own devices, he seems lost & confused. Gryffen currently resides with Ginger here at the sanctuary.  His favorite thing is romping in the arena with his buddy, then flipping over for belly rubs!  And he loves cheese!  His former foster Mom left us with 2 pounds of cheese so that he could enjoy his favorite snack every night before going to bed.

Sweet, loving, gentle and well mannered, what’s not to love? Come out and meet Gryffen and offer him your heart and home.

Paisley 01Hello all!  Paisley here.  Some may say I’m very gorgeous, well of course! Just look at my coat of rich calico colors! I’m a friendly girl too – I simply can’t resist an open lap and adore being loved on. Now that my kittens have been adopted, it’s my turn for a forever home.  I’m grateful to CFC for rescuing me and my kitties from a high kill shelter, but I’m a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of roommates, and I would be OK with just one or two understanding housemates.  I’m one very loving and social girl who would make a wonderful life companion for one lucky soul or family. Come on out and meet me –  I think you’ll be glad that you did.

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.




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!

Bring the family and eat out for a great cause!


Enter to win a beautiful, heart-shaped basket of gourmet goodies for your sweetheart!  This lovely Valentines basket will be on display at Happy Tails now through February 13th.  Stop in and purchase your raffle tickets – Tickets are $2.00 each or three for $5.00.  All proceeds will benefit the animals at the Caring For Creatures animal sanctuary!  On February 13th, tickets will  be on sale during lunch and dinner at the Dogwood with the prize drawing taking place at 7:00 p.m.  Thank you for your support.  Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day!


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!

Kroger_logo.svg.png 800Register for The Kroger Community Rewards Program and

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.