The newsletter of thanks from grateful animals to their beloved rescuers
brought to you by Vincent D. Cat
We are the happy animals of Rikki's Refuge who so thank you for giving
us the gift of our lives. We represent all the animals, the world over,
whose lives have been saved by kind and loving people just like you.
Thank you for being an animal rescuer.
My friends, I was in the hospital last week. I have to go back in for a
check up Monday. And I'll be needed at least a couple more check ups
and some lab work. I'm having a real hard time covering my bills.
Could you please help me? I'd appreciate it very very much.
FRIDAY, EVERY FRIDAY http://www.freekibblekat.com/giveaway.asp
On Fridays, simply email Giveaway@freekibble.com with the words "Shelter
Giveaway" and you're entered into the contest! A winner will be chosen
at random every Saturday for a $50 PetCo gift card. Lots of Fancy Feast
for $50 !!!!
Fall is really here. The leaves are turning. It's getting cool at
night. And we're eating more food. Please bring canned dog food and
dry cat food this weekend. We also need laundry detergent, nice
smelling floor cleaning stuff and a few scrub brushes.
Want more space in your garage or basement? Got an old chest freezer
you aren't using? We need one. If you haven't used yours for awhile,
plug it in for a day or two before bringing it out to make sure it
works! If you don't have one you don't need and you can donate would
you check around at second hand stores and see if you can find one for
less than $100 so mommey can buy it. Thanks so much.
The next Shelter Challenge starts September 20th - get ready to VOTE.
Judith be ready to get that $100,000 banner and link up on the web site!!!
NOW - October 30 - Enter your Craft for a Cause and help Rikki's Refuge
JoAnn Fabrics is having a contest called "Craft for a Cause." Make any
item using supplies purchased at Joann Fabrics, photograph it, and enter
September 17th, Friday, all day, Culpeper, Chili's Restaurant, Dining
You must take our flyer, you can download it from the web page
www.RikkisRefuge.org 10-20% of your ticket will be donated to Rikki's
Refuge. EAT !!!! Great day to take a friend out. The more people
eating with a flyer, the more money for Rikki's!
September 25th, Saturday, 11 am - 4 pm - Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival
lots of fun and good food, meet Vincent and visit our booth.
October 23rd, Saturday, noon - 5 pm - Fall Furr Fest at Rikki's
rain date 10/25
Meet Vincent the Fortune Teller (bring can of Fancy Feast if you want a
long life line)
Scarecrow Competition, Pie Walks, Cornhole Tournament, Game Booths,
Craft Tables, Face Painting, Visit all of Rikki's Animals, Tickets go on
sale Sept 1st, Admission $3 pre sale, $5 at the door, game tickets one
can of cat food or 50 cents. info? Katarina Galvin email@example.com
October 23rd, Saturday, 5 - 8 pm - Haunted Forest at Rikki's
October 31st, Sunday, noon, Tour the Refuge
November 13th, Saturday, noon, Tour the Refuge
November 13th, Saturday, 2 pm, Nature Hike at the Refuge
December 25th, Sunday, noon, Tour the Refuge
See www.RikkisRefuge.org for additional details about events.
I was feeling well enough that I got to go to the National Capital Cat
show last weekend!!! I love getting to go out and meet my friends and
fans and have fun. Some kitties think it's scary to travel. But I love
it. I have a car seat that I can sit next to mommey (she won't let me
drive in the big city) and I watch out the window. I love to meow at
passing cars and when we're going slow I can meow at doggies and
Everything is bigger in the city. Big cars, big busses, big roads, big
houses, and so much cars and people and oh my so many everything in such
a small space. It's fun to visit but I think I like living in the
country where I have lots and lots of room!!!!
The very first excitement at the show was meeting Jessie. I was having
breakfast while my road crew was setting up when suddenly a scream went
up, "Cat Loose!". Uh Oh Jessie had made a break for it. He went this
way and that way and under one table and out another. Mom and Candy
said, "everybody hold still", and they circled round and mom pounced and
His mommey was real glad to get him back. She told us he's famous and
gonna be on the October cover of Cat Fancy. I think I should be on Cat
Fancy, don't you? I think if all of you wrote to Cat Fancy and asked
them to interview me maybe they'd put me on the cover!!! Please, what
do you think, will you try?
This is what our set up looked like, with lots of posters, and some of
my friends looking for a forever home.
I'm all ready to greet visitors!!!
I just love this pretty boa I got for the show!!!! Purple is my
favorite color and I love to dress up in purple!!! Don't you think I'm
pretty in purple?????
Remember my sisfur Polly Anna? She's the one who was who'd been
abandoned in a rough neighborhood in Waynesboro and a nice lady was
putting food out for her. One day the lady got up and there on her
porch was a paper bag. And inside that bag was most of Polly's tail.
Ouch. Poor Polly. Well our volunteer Barbara went to help the lady and
ended up trapping Polly. Poor Polly needed surgery and then had a long
healing time at Rikki's.
Once she was all healed up she went to live with Cindy and alumni
SpokesDog Walker and Gatto Noir. Polly wants to be a SpokesKitty now.
Well .... she says she's willing to give it a try to make her new mom
happy. After all she's gotten a wonderful new home and it's the least
she can do to help return some of that love to her new mom.
Polly also wants to help raise funds to finish paying off her medical
bills at Rikki's and when she finishes that, help her friends still
there. Can you help her finish paying off her debt, please?
This was the first time Barbara saw Polly since she brought her to
Rikki's right after the tail surgery. She was so happy to see her happy
and well and even adopted!!
Barbara helps us with the Kroger Care Program.
It's a really good program and doesn't cost you anything, but helps us
get money to feed the animals.
IF it cost you NOTHING to SAVE a dog or a cat at Rikki's Refuge No Kill
Animal Sanctuary would you do it? Your Kroger Cares Gift Card does just
At NO COST TO YOU Kroger Grocery Stores will give 5% of your grocery
bill to save a cat or dog or pig or goat or chicken or ... at Rikki's
Refuge. Here's how it works!
•You just purchase a $5 Kroger "gift" card from Rikki's that is
specially encoded with our information. You can then use that card to
buy $5 worth of groceries at Kroger stores.
•The serial number on your card is linked to Rikki's Refuge No Kill
Animal Sanctuary's account at Kroger. (Note that other Kroger gift cards
will not be linked to Rikki's Refuge. Only the cards you purchase from
Rikki's Refuge will benefit the animals.)
•To support Rikki's Refuge on an ongoing basis, add money to your card
("reload" your card) and then use your card each time you buy groceries
at Kroger. Use it at any Kroger or Kroger Affiliate across the US,
including purchases at Kroger gas stations. It does not cost you
anything to do this.
•You can add money to your card ("reload" your card) at the Customer
Service desk at Kroger before shopping or you can ask a cashier to
"reload" your card, BEFORE you check out with groceries.
•When "reloading" your card, you can pay with cash, use a debit card or
use a credit card just like you would to buy your groceries.
•When paying for groceries with your card, you can still use your Kroger
Plus card to get Kroger specials.
•Every four weeks, Kroger reviews Rikki's Refuge No Kill Animal
Sanctuary's account and sends a check for 5% of the money that has been
"reloaded" onto the cards.
•The more YOU eat, the more ANIMALS you save!!!
•Summary: Each week (or once a month), when you go to any Kroger, stop
at the service desk and " reload" your card with the amount you usually
spend in a week (or month) then simply use your card to pay for your
groceries. Have the satisfaction that you are helping the animals of
Rikki's Refuge No Kill Animal Sanctuary every time you "reload" your
card with money.
And best of all - it costs YOU nothing!!!
NOTHING --- FREE just do your regular shopping, remember to reload your
card before checking out, and you feed the happy animals at Rikki's Refuge
Gift Cards can be used at the Fuel Centers to purchase gas!
And are good at all Kroger affiliates nationwide: Kroger, Ralphs, King
Soopers, City Market, Dillons, Smiths, Fry's, QFC Quality Food Centers,
Bakers, Owens, Jay C, Hilander, Gerbes, Pay Less Super Markets, Scott's
Food, Kroger Fresh Fare, Food 4 Less, Foods Co, Fred Meyer and these
convenience stores Turkey Hill, Kwik Shop, Loaf n Jug, Quick Stop and
Just tell me if you'd like a card and you can buy it thru paypal
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate.php or send a check to Rikki's
Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960 or see us at the Vegetarian
Festival in Charlottesville on Sept 25th.
Eight of my friends wet to the Cat Show with me hoping to get forever
homes. And they are now crying. Nobody picked them as their very own.
They're very sad. Don't you NEED a kitty? Or two or ... gosh it'd
be so wonderful if all 8 could stay together.
Madonna isn't quite a year old yet.
She ended up in a pound with the other seven here. Her three kids and
her cousin and her two nephews and niece. Madonna is quite frightened,
but she'll be a wonderful kitty when you let her know she'll always be
safe. She'll purr for you. She was sick when she was dumped at the
pound and she lost an eye from an infection. This shouldn't cause her
any problems. Just be careful about letting her drive since it may
distort her depth perception a bit.
These are her girls, Tippy with a little light tip on her tail, Bandy
with an orange mask and Punky the littlest of the gals. They're really
timid and afraid to be away from mom. Maybe you could adopt them with
Loretta is about a year old and this is probably her second litter of
kittens this year.
She's really happy that it will be her last too! All "fixed" up and
ready for a forever home. A little feisty just like a calico should be!!!
Buffy is all well ... buff!!! Bootsie is buff with white boots and he's
the most playful. They're both boys. Tabby is a gal, and a cutie.
Everybody's getting Kitten Love! Get in line to adopt your new purrfect
Tabby, Buffy and Bootsie want a home!! Can they go home with you!
Melanie got this wonderful huggy carrier for me to ride around with her
at shows. Isn't it cool!!
I need somebody to examine it and figure out how to make them so I can
sell them. Everybody asks about them at shows and they all want one for
their kitties!!! I think I could have sold 100 at the Cat Show.
Melanie and I got to walk all around the cat show and meet all the other
Candy and I got lots of snuggle time together.
Ms. USA East Coast Autumn-Skye came to visit me and we got to greet
PS I'm sorry about that little accident. Thanks for always being so
good natured and loving me no matter what!
There was a fabulous artist at the next booth. She paints the most
Isn't that lovely? And she does scarves
and ties for real men who love cats!
I just couldn't stop going over to visit and look at her lovely cats!
This is her store http://www.angelcatart.com/prints.html
She's a really nice lady too! Tell her Vincent D. Cat from the National
Capital Cat Show sent you!
Lots of the kitties had strollers to ride around in.
I didn't understand cuz they all had four legs so what was wrong with
them walking about? I think I'd like to get a stroller. But I don't
need netting on it cuz I wouldn't try to run away. Maybe I would if you
just shoved me in a box and only let me out when the judge wanted to see
me. But I get to go out and meet my friends all the time! Hey, stop in
at your local thrift shop and get me a little stroller I can ride around
in at the Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival next Saturday 9/25. I'll
repay you in kisses!
LOOK!!!! The Purrfect climbing Buddhist Temple just for me !!!!!
Mommey said that with all of us around it'd smell about gross in less
then two weeks. She says we have to stick to toys and climbing things
that can be power washed all the time!!!! Speaking of that, do you have
a power washer you don't use? The little electric kind won't hold up to
what we do! We're industrial strength mess makers! If you have an old
one taking up room in your garage, it'd be nice to have a gas powered
one at the refuge. Bob brings his out to do spring and fall cleaning
This is a toy they were selling for $1 at the show. I think if you're a
smart hooman and you look real close you could figure out how to make
them real easy. I tried but I think it will take opposable thumbs or
something. Hey!!! Can you make up a batch for me to sell to raise money?
And tell me - is this about the coolest cat tree you've ever seen???
Hey Rene, can you think of a way to make one that doesn't have smelly -
or yet to be smelly - carpet on it? See how the branches all come off
for easy cleaning or replacement? I'd love to have one and see if we
could get all the cubbies and branches filled for a great photo?
It's not just for dogs anymore!!! There was an Agility Course at the
Cat Show. Some silly hoomans said it was mean to "make" me run it. As
if anybody could "make" me do anything!!!! Ha ha ha. Just look how
well I had my hoomans trained !!!!!
I won a ribbon for my hard work!!!!
But the real reward came when I convinced the hoomans that I'd used SO
much energy that I just NEEDED more num nums!!!!
Mmmmm Mmmmm Good
And there's nothing like a little warm cat nip tea to wash it all down!
I just love it when my friends come to see me at shows and events and
even at the refuge. I can work the crowd and love and hug for hours on
end and I never stop purring. You already met Barbara.
And this is Linda.
I just love getting pats from everybody!
And chin rubs.
OK, hooman, I taught you sit down. Now let's work on pat the nice kitty!
Loves and hugs just make my day!
I never stop purring.
I love everybody, big and small, young and wise!
Mmmmm I love you!
This is such bliss.
No time for a nap in between visitors. We were busy from open till
close both days.
Saying a prayer with a friend.
In case you had any doubt that I won the most ribbons at the show!
Sigh .... time for a nap. Gonna make a blanket out of these ribbons and
catch a few winks!
I just can't stop admiring my winnings! Aren't you proud of me?
Ron had wheels for my car seat so we could travel safely out to the truck.
I got to stay up in the big city over night. Lushka invited me to her
place! Cool huh? She's got a rocking palace she shared with me.
Buggs and Smudge are inseparable and they were really nice to me. They
even shared their nums.
Guin was a bit shy but we got along well. Doesn't she have really
pretty blue eyes?
Jack Daniels ... well he was another story. That's one big dude. I'm
like no midget, but look at the size of that beast! He's 30 pounds!
Yeah 30! WOW. There's a lot of fat but he's really long and tall too.
He told me to stay out of his food bowl. And he said it in a very
rude way too.
Mommey had to intervene and tell Jack to be nice to visitors.
Well my wonderful friends, that's it for this week!! I so much
appreciate you. I work as hard as I can to make enough money to feed
all my friends here. I can make that much. But then when they need
extra things like medicine and flea drops and laundry detergent and
winter bedding, I just can't do it alone. So I thank you so very much
for your help. http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate.php
Think about signing up as a monthly donor. It's easy, read about
recurring donations at that link above. You sign up and it happens
automatically! You don't forget and we get to eat every month!! Cool
I appreciate you more than you'll ever know!
Until next week, I love you, and may the force be with you!
The Fine Print
Rikki's Refuge in Orange County, Virginia, is a 367-acre, no-kill, all
species, peaceful sanctuary supported solely by donations from kind and
loving individuals just like you! We help farm animals, domestic
animals, and wildlife. Over 1200 individuals of 22 different species
now reside at Rikki's Refuge. Please continue to help us help the
animals. For more Rikki's Refuge and Vincent D. Cat go to
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/, http://www.rikkisrefuge.blogspot.com/, and
and ask for my inspirational and uplifting daily e notes Good Morning
We survive on donations from kind and loving people, just like you. We
live on a shoestring and make it on less than one dollar per day, per
animal. So if you can spare a couple of bucks to buy a few meals,
please go to http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate.php . We do accept
checks, money orders, cash and stuff, too! Thanks for your support.
Rikki's Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960
Your donations directly support the Critters of Rikki's Refuge. Rikki's
Refuge is owned and operated by Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc., an IRS
501(c)(3) not-for-profit Virginia Corporation. Federal Tax-ID
54-1911042. We hold membership in all Combined Federal Campaigns in
Virginia #77674, Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign #3163, PetsMart
Charities #1377, iGive, Benevolink, paypal.com (firstname.lastname@example.org),
your donations provide direct support. A financial statement is
available upon written request from the State Office of Consumer Affairs.
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