Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! March 16, 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!


Here's my HERO list !!!!!
Who donated cans for March Madness?

My TOP HERO is Jan Chetnik with 1,996 cans!!!
Jan wins a Rikki’s Tshirt !!!!
and a big hug from ME !!!!
Jan, 1996 cans
Vicki, 900 cans
Judi, 900 cans 
Michelle, 900 cans 
Martha, 750 cans
Phyllis, 600 cans
Alyce, 600 cans
Beth, 300 cans
Sherri, 300 cans
Nancy, 300 cans
Dennise, 300 cans
Winging Cat Rescue, 300 cans
Karen, 300 cans
Cindy, 252 cans
Suzette, 150 cans
Susan, 150 cans
Feed the Dawgs, 150 cans
Alicia, 150 cans
Niko, 150 cans
Marie, 150 cans
Jim, 75 cans
Jamie, 75 cans
Sharon, 75 cans
Diana, 75 cans
Kathy, 75 cans
Debra, 75 cans
Diana, 60 cans
Sarah, 60 cans
Patricia, 30 cans
Christiann, 24 cans
Kathy, 9 cans

Your kind donations have put cans in our
dog and cat pantry for

This is REALLY a Good News Day
I’m so excited I’m happy dancing all around the farm today !!!!
Your clicks are turned into $s.  THANK YOU for voting for me at the Animal Rescue Site’s Shelter Challenge.  Because YOU voted so hard, YOU have just won $1,000 for Rikki’s Refuge!!!  Happy News, Happy Dance !!!!

It only costs $1 per day per animal to run Rikki's Refuge. Pretty amazing huh??? I think we do the most on the least budget of any animal place ever. With 1259 animals, this will feed and care for everybody for most of a day!!!!

Please keep voting Rikkis Refuge in VA and keep helping us win $s to feed animals. We are a no-kill, multi species, sanctuary housing 1259 critters each and every day and we feed & love every one every day. The shelter with most votes by March 20, that’s Sunday night at midnight, wins the most $s, please vote daily thru 3/20, only 5 days left, please "share" this with all your friends.  We so much need $s to care for our animals, you know how tough the economy is, donations are down, we need to make it up in prize winnings

Please please help us, and all animals, in these contests where companies are giving away the money - it’s easier to click and vote than to click a pen and write a check !!!  Your votes DO COUNT.  They COUNT BIG TIME. 

VOTE TODAY   Rikkis Refuge, Orange, VA, USA
The Animal Rescue Site - Shelter Challenge
YOU voted Rikki’s Refuge #1 in Virginia in 2010
Let’s do it again for 2011
quick, simple, free
Your daily vote can win $1,000 - $5,000 for Rikki’s Refuge’s Animals!


There’s lots of ways you can vote
as long as you remember to enter
Rikkis Refuge, Orange, VA, USA
click on any of these and take it from there !!!!

Your Votes Help to Pay our Bills!

Round the Refuge
False alarm on the Purina delivery for this afternoon.  You all should have - I hope I hope I hope - gotten my email last night about that.  The trailer Mike was going to rent to do the hauling can’t be loaded with a fork lift and the factory requires that.  So he’s got to rent a different truck.  So it’s probably gonna happen next Wednesday.  Let me know if you can come then, in the afternoon, to help unload. 

It’s like getting Christmas presents.  We don’t know what it is till it’s here.  10 pallets of something for the kitties and the dawggies.  Could be dry food, moist food, pouches, and or treats.  Sometimes it’s just what we need.  One time it was thousands of pounds of treats!!!  We didn’t mind!!!  What ever it is, we’ll use it!!!  Num num num.  And it’s just for us kitties and dawggies.  We don’t have to share one little bite with them herbivores!!! 

Rabbit Rotunda II Roof Raising Schedule.  David was the only hooman working on it last Sunday and he gots lots done for a one hooman show.  KiKi helped, and when she finished helping David eat his lunch (did you get any David?) she napped with an eye half open watching him work.  Jessie and Joey BadGoat tried to help by trying to eat tools.  And Betty climbed the ladder and supervised with a purr. 

This Sunday March 20th David needs 8 good, hard working, strong hoomans to help him out.  Tember, special request for YOU!!!!  Starting about 8 am and working during daylight hours.  Please come and help.

Then the following Saturday March 26th, he’ll need 6-8 of you again.  Please sign up!! 

There are pigeons and rabbits and guinea pigs that have been on the waiting list since fall, all hoping we’ll have room for them to live happily ever after at Rikki’s Refuge.  Please help their new home get ready!!!

We’ve got a special Girl Scout trip coming out today!!!  Yeahhh  I love Girl Scouts.  And Boy Scouts too!!!  If you have a group or club, Rikki’s is a great place to spend the day, do some work for the animals, have some fun, get tail wags and purrs.

On April 16, Saturday, it’ll be BUNNY BONANZA at Rikki’s Refuge.  Our first big event of 2011 !!! 

Would you be willing to volunteer for the day??  For part of the day?? Help with baked goods for the sale??  Any other way you’d like to help.  Please contact Katarina

Pokey needs a home
Pokey is a very senior cat.  He has been in Orange County Animal Shelter since November 23rd.  Consistently underweight, has had to be shaved down several times, does not use his litter box, hates wearing his sweater, very friendly, very laid-back, not getting any adoption interest whatsoever.  Lately seems a little disoriented and will just stand there, staring at something the rest of us can’t see.  I don’t want him to spend the rest of his life in a cage here, he deserves better than that.  If you can foster or adopt Pokey please call Beth 540-672-1124

Or if you’d like to add on some rooms at the 9th Life Center we’d love to have this guy live at Rikki’s.  This is the kind of guy we love to take care.  The 9th Life Center is at max capacity we simply cannot add more residents to the current space with out jeopardizing everybody’s health and sanity.  Please help Pokey.

Waugh Harley Dealer Pet Days, April 16th
We’ve been invited to attend again his year.  It’s right down the street from Rikki’s, in Orange.  The date conflicts with Bunny Bonanza so we’re limited on sending the folks who usually do our events. 

I won’t be able to go cuz I already promised I’d be at Bunny Bonanza.  I’m trying to convince mom to let me “work” in the bunny pen.  Heee hee hee.  Lady Godiva has volunteered to be our spokes animal of the day.
Would you volunteer to come and help her?  Just let me know

Bissell MVP Contest
Vote daily Wednesday March 16 thru Tuesday March 22nd for Sugar
quick, simple, free
Your daily vote could win up to $10,000 for Purr Angels
Click here to Vote for Sugar
Sugar is a therapy cat for my 12 y/o Asperger's Syndrome son. He teaches my boy it's ok to have emotions and taught him about body language. He is 4.5 yrs. old and neutered. His organization is PURR ANGELS.

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.


Aladdin Boo loves snowball fights!

Live from Vincent Video
Meet Scampi

Scampi gets a Belly Rub

Music and Motion
You asked what they want?
Listen to the answer!

The Brady Bunch - it’s out of control !

Dog Rides Bike

Great Purrchases / Donations
Take a look at what’s on ebay!!

Pair of Beanie Babies CATS - click for more info or to buy it now $10

Upcoming Events
Here’s a run down on March and april so you know what to mark off on your calendar.  You can always check
for up to the minute info & details

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.

Once a month,  we’ll have an EXTENDED TOUR where you can visit the animals in their neighborhoods and have the chance to interact and give them treats.  These tours also start promptly at noon, and there’s only one tour for the day, so please be prompt.     3/27, 4/17, 5/22, 6/12, 7/4 Monday, 9/4 Monday, 10/31, 11/12 Saturday, 12/25

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

2nd SATURDAY OF THE MONTH     SINGLES DAY - 10 am - 4 pm
Something for everybody. Come and do a day of service at the refuge and meet like minded souls. The leader who puts together the biggest work party wins.     4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 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.   3/19, 4/23, 5/21, 6/18, 7/23, 8/20, 9/17, 10/22, 11/19, 12/24

LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH        VOLUNTEER TRAIN SELF SERVICE 8 am - 1 pm, Learn to earn your Self Service Volunteer Badge.   3/26, 4/30, 5/28, 6/25, 7/30, 8/27, 9/24, 10/29, 11/26, 12/31

March 19, 2011              SATURDAY       ST. PATRICK'S DAY IS FOR GREEN - Come and help make the refuge green again. Everything is so muddy after all that rain and snow this winter! Bring a bag of grass seed (the legal stuff!) and help spread it. It will grow year after year and give lots of your friends something to chew on, to roll on, to scratch on, and to p......p on !  

March 20, 2011              SUNDAY           JOIN THE PEACOCKS - Celebrate the Vernal Equinox, and watch as Mr Peacock's fancy turns to…Mrs Peacock, hens, roosters, dogs, sheep, lawn mowers. Watch him fan his magnificent tail feathers and shake them at any potential mate. 

March 26, 2011  sat, last in month           SATURDAY       Volunteer Appreciation Day

March 26, 2011              SATURDAY       DOG MUCK OUT DAY - Rake out the old ground covering in the individual pens and give them new, you'll get a chance to socialize with them and feel their appreciation for a clean home.

March 27, 2011              SUNDAY           CAT MUCK OUT DAY - Rake out the old ground covering in the cat houses and give them new, you'll get a chance to socialize with them and feel their appreciation for a clean home.

April 2, 2011                  SATURDAY       SILLY SPRING PHOTO CONTEST - Come with your camera and see who can get the best spring shots of the critters acting all silly and happy, finally glad to be warm again.

April 3, 2011                  SUNDAY           Warming up for Spring, help the animals get ready for the season change

April 9, 2011                  SATURDAY       DADS & DAUGHTERS DAY - come out as a team and see how much you can accomplish in one day.  Who can do more?  Moms and Daughters?  Dads and Sons?  Moms and Sons?  Or Dads and Daughters?

April 10, 2011                SUNDAY           Honey Do Day - a little bit of this and a little bit of that, no matter what your talents we can use you!

April 16, 2011                SATURDAY       Bunny Bonanza 1 pm - 5 pm

April 16, 2011                SATURDAY       Waugh Harley Pet Day 9 am - 4 pm

April 17, 2011                SUNDAY           DOG DAY CHANGING OF SEASON - Clean out the winter bedding and prepare for the warm weather.

April 23, 2011                SATURDAY       EARTH DAY GARDENING -  Pick a garden spot you can call your own and cultivate it into everlasting beauty. Grow a beautiful display of flowers, maybe one aimed at attracting butterflies or bees or birds. How about a rock garden? Veggies for the critters? We need to plant trees and ivy and grape arbors for future shade. What ever you like to grow - would like to grow at Rikki's! How about stopping by your favorite nursery and asking them to donate a plant or tree or shrub or some flowers or seeds for the refuge?

April 23, 2011                SATURDAY       RABBIT & GUINEA PIG BIRTHDAY PARTY - Celebrate for all the rabbits, help beautify Rabbit Rotunda - paint the rabbit house, bring a small can of your favorite color and a brush, donate or transplant a bush or tree or even a berry bush, build shade areas, donate and plant ivy or grape vines for natural shade cover, use your imagination and do something great for the rabbits.

April 24, 2011                SUNDAY           Easter Sunday - special treats for bunnies and chicks and all their friends, help give them fresh bedding

April 24, 2011                SUNDAY           MOMS & DAUGHTERS DAY - come out as a team and see how much you can accomplish in one day.  Who can do more?  Moms and Daughters?  Dads and Sons?  Moms and Sons?  Or Dads and Daughters?

April 24, 2011                SUNDAY           PHOTO CONTEST DAY - in honor of the first Polaroid camera being sold
April 21, 1948, come and get your best shot of your favorite critter - winner's photo on the web.

April 30, 2011                SATURDAY       CAT DAY CHANGING OF SEASON - Clean out the winter bedding and prepare for the warm weather.

April 30, 2011                SATURDAY       NATIONAL ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING - Donate or dig up and transplant a tree to provide future shade for the animals. We have plenty of small trees at the wood line that would love to be relocated. Bring just yourself and work gloves, we have the shovels.

Thank you for making this a wonderful
Fancy Feast Filled Morning for ME !!!!
Your kind and generous support of my March Madness Can Challenge was just wonderful  I’d hoped to fill the pantry with a two week supply - and YOU gave me a three week supply!!  I love you!!
PS You tell me what you want!  Email me at with instructions to change your subscription: additions, deletions or modifications!  Subscriptions:    Vincent’s VIPs - up to the second alerts about issues at Rikki’s Refuge for those who care and want to be intimately involved.  Scheduled as needed.  Good Morning Good News - a little something to get you going in the mornings, for those of you who want to keep smiling with us!  Scheduled daily.  Hairballs - so you know what’s coming up at Rikki’s!  Scheduled weekly.

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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