Saturday, February 19, 2011

I’m Vincent D. Cat and here to make you happy!  You are HEROES!  You work hard every day and you deserve to smile every day!  Those of you working to save us animals hear so very many very sad things.  And there’s lots of very glad things too and that’s what we talk about here!  All pawsitive all the time!  I want my friends to be happy and smile and know there’s a lot of good - including YOU - in this world!!  Be kind and pass it on!  Please send me your Good New and Fun Stuff to share, personal or global. Let’s keep it fun and interactive!!  After all, if we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane!

Happy Presidential Weekend
We are here to serve you!

Round the Refuge
It’s a super busy weekend at Rikki’s Refuge - and a long one too.  I don’t know who I’m writing to this morning cuz it seems like all of you are already here!!!   Don’t miss the tour Sunday and the events planned for President’s Day Monday!!! 

Hi Vincent!
I just got home from shopping the PetSmart sale on Cat Chow. I picked up 22 bags for you and your friends, and, guess what? 13 of them were free! How, you ask? 

Your friends who care for you every day cut off the weight circles from each and every bag of Purina brand cat and dog food that comes to the refuge.  Then, they are mailed in to Purina, and Purina sends your mom checks for $6 to be used towards more food!  Plus, some of your friends bring, or mail, manufacturers coupons for $ off of Cat Chow, or any Purina dry food. And they really add up! 

If more people would save the weight circles and the manufacturer's coupons, you could get even more for free!

Now, this next thing may not be nice to tell you, considering that you are on a diet from Fancy Feast until enough money is raised to pay for the repairs on the cat runs, but Fancy Feast has come out with more flavors -- they have mixed cheese in with some of the favorites! Tuna with cheese, chicken with cheese, turkey with cheese, and whitefish with cheese. 

Maybe, just maybe, someone will pick up a can or two for you when they go shopping for their own kitties.  Even on a diet, you need a treat once in a while.

Remember when I came out with my camera the other day? I took a bunch of pictures of the beautiful peacocks.  Well, I used one of the pictures, and made a beautiful pillow out of it, and listed it on e-bay. Hopefully, it will sell, and that will mean more money for the cat runs! 

Love, Melissa

Oh, Melissa, that’s so beautiful!!!!  I just love it.  WOW who’ll be the lucky person to get that?  A pillow with Rikki’s Refuge’s very own Mr. Peacock on it!!!! 

Cheezy Fancy Feast ....  grrrrr  my tummy growls ...  it’s been two days since I’ve tasted delectable Fancy Feast.  It’s been nothing but kibble and slop for me.  I’m so weak I can hardly write .....

I wonder how I’m doing on raising the funds for the materials for the cat houses?  Guess I should check.

$1,887 here

$130 here

Gosh, gotta take my shoe off to do this math ....  one little, two little, three little .....

WOW That’s $2,017 !!!!   Almost half way there!!!!  

Please please help me reach the goal of $4,179.22 so mom can buy the materials Monday and I can EAT MY FANCY FEAST !!!!!

I love you, and thank you for helping me.  Please share these links with all your friends.  I’m giving up Fancy Feast to help my friends in the cat houses, will you give up a cup of coffee, dessert or just one small item for me?

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My Favorite Quote, Today
Move, Move, Move - You CAN do it,
You can do anything you can dream!

It’s true!!!  Once upon a time I was laying in a bed, alone, abandoned by the people I loved, in pain, and I couldn’t walk.  And I began to dream.  I dreamed of healing.  And I dreamed of being loved again.  And that happened!!!  A whole new chance on life and here I was loved and happy!!!

And then I began to dream of walking again.  And I dreamed.  And I did my physical therapy, even on days it hurt.  And I dreamed.  I dreamed of traveling, of meeting wonderful people, of changing the world for all my kind!!!

And now I can scoot all over, I can run when I hear a top being popped, I travel to schools and to events, wonderful people come to meet me and I get to travel to meet them, and I’m making a difference in the world, yes I am, a great big huge difference.

Me, just an itty bitty handicapped alley cat.  And if I can do that!!  Just think of what you can do with all the resources you have at your finger tips!!!  Everything’s easier with opposable thumbs!!  Come on!!  Help me change the world!!

The Cats of Cod
Artwork by Wayne H. Morris of New York
photography and art
visit to see more of his spectacular work

Wayne loves to study an animal and capture their essence which he then turns into a whimsical work of art depicting them at work or play.  Your pet’s whimsical custom portrait available for only $300 (donated to Rikki’s Refuge). Contact me and I’ll put you in touch  Prints available, 8” x 10”, on heavy stock, suitable for framing, $25 each, resolution may vary so you may want to ask first.  Specify which print you want and shipping address.

Live from Vincent Video
Meet Jessie the Dog

Fun and Inspiring

Swimming with a squirrel?
(Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A competitor takes part in the bi-annual Cold Water Championships at Tooting Bec lido outdoor swimming pool, South London. Participants braved the pool's cold water to compete in swimming races sometimes wearing eccentric costumes or hats.

Music and Motion

Creature Feature - Kangaroos?
That’s JC riding in Billy’s overalls to keep warm.
He spends the entire day helping Billy care for the farm animals.
The two of them are inseparable.
Nothing like loving your job!

Love them Rafters!
Especially when I see Lena coming with the worming meds!

Cats were meant to climb!

House for Rent

The 24th Species
Rikki’s Refuge’s Human Habitat
Teen Care and Summer Camps
Toni talks about what Rikki’s taught her daughter at summer camp

Upcoming Events
SATURDAYS    DONATION DROP OFF,  noon - 2 pm,  got something to drop off quick?  The gates will be unlocked.  No tour at this time, just drop off.  Donation Drop Off will be available every Saturday from noon - 2 pm in 2011

SUNDAYS        TOUR THE REFUGE - NOON, mini tour, take a walk around and see the animal neighborhoods.  Every week on Sunday you can join a mini tour where you can walk around from animal neighborhood to neighborhood, from Piggy Paradise to Horsey Haven and see the animals.   One tour only, starts at noon.  Please be prompt.

SATURDAYS ON OR BEFORE THE FULL MOON           FULL MOON WALK, Bon Fire, vegan bbq, pot luck 2/19, 3/19, 4/16, 5/14, 6/11, 7/16, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10

NEXT TO LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH     VOLUNTEER TRAIN BASIC 11 am- 3 pm, Learn the basics about volunteering at Rikki’s Refuge. Help with donation logging, washing dishes and liter boxes, socializing the animals and much more.   2/19, 3/19, 4/23, 5/21, 6/18, 7/23, 8/20, 9/17, 10/22, 11/19, 12/24

SATURDAY    February 19, 11 am - 3 pm   PICK YOU SPECIES -  bring something special for them and help make their neighborhood extra special.

SUNDAY    February 20, 11 am - 3 pm   POPCORN DAY - On February 22 back in 1630, the Indians introduced the Pilgrims to popcorn. Today we honor the natives of Rikki's by offering them popcorn, fruits and nuts. Bring yummies for the wild ones. We'll take a walk and scatter them for the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, possums, raccoons and all the small forest animals.

MONDAY    February 21, 11 am - 3 pm   PRESIDENT'S DAY - make the animals feel like kings!  Bring delicious food, warm bedding and help us make them comfortable for the winter.

MONDAY    February 21, 11 am - 3 pm   BIRDHOUSES AND MORE - Build birdhouses and other habitats for wildlife.

Love you whole lots,

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Rikki's Refuge, supported solely by private donations, houses over 1200 animals of 22 species. On line at Checks, money orders, cash, items at Rikki's Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960

Rikki's Refuge is owned and operated by Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Virginia Corporation, tax-id 54-1911042. Combined Federal Campaigns #77674, Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign #3163, PetsMart Charities #1377.  A financial statement is available upon written request from the State Office of Consumer Affairs.

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