Friday, March 25, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! March 25, 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!

Round the Refuge
Where did spring go???  

Saturday is Volunteer Training - check the events further down for all the details!!!

Saturday late afternoon / evening is Volunteer Appreciation with bon fire and cook out.  Details here:    Please RSVP !!

Come help Rabbit Rotunda Roof Raising on Sunday !!!  Check the weather first - it’s raining or snowing, it’s off for the day!!!  But if it’s decent - come out and help.  Can enough of you come so we can finish the rafters?

Sunday NOON - Tour !!!!  Meet all the critters of the different neighborhoods.  Our beautiful spring is turning back into winter, so this may be cancelled in the event of snow or rain!!!!

A couple months ago I promised to send pill poppers to some of you.  I have two on my desk so either I miscounted (easy to do with only three limbs and five on some and four on the other) or I missed two of you.  If YOU were supposed to get one and didn’t - tell me now!!!

Do you know what the most important part of taking care of the animals is??

It’s feeding them!!!  So it’s a great big help when food gets donated.  Donate your left overs, stale crackers, blemished fruit, day old bread.  Ask businesses to donate to us too.  Every time you’re in a store ask if they have any expired or nearly expired product, damaged product, broken bags, returned items.  So much stuff is wasted and tossed out.  That’s bad!!  Collect it for the animals to eat - that’s GOOD !!!!!

Healthways Food Store donated a lot of expiring soy milk.  The piggies thought this was pure paradise!!!

Another way to help feed the animals is to do pick ups!!  Dennis and the REACH kids picked up $500 of canned cat food AND they came to help unload it.  Forming a brigade it becomes an easy job, from wagon to storage!

Earl has been coming out to Rikki’s Refuge to help out for several years now.   
The animals love Earl.  Especially Taco!

Peek A Boo
Am I the CUTEST dog on the planet?
Make your Clicks count!!!
Vote for Duke in this photo contest
Rikki’s Refuge could win $10,000
Click here to Vote for Duke
♫♫ Oh, the noble Duke of Rikki's
He had ten thousand friends
Who all voted for him
Over and over agains ♫♫

♫ ♫ Oh, A-voting we will go
A-voting we will go
We'll vote for Duke in flocks
And put him on the Bissell Box ♫♫

Bad Ting Ting, Bad,
anybody want to adopt Ting Ting, I'm putting her up for adoption 1 penny .... I ship anywhere

Vinspirational Visions
We all have ability.
The difference is how we use it.
Duke and I believe this!!!  Just think of the life that could have befallen Duke.  He could have roamed the streets, begging for handouts, never getting anywhere in life.  Instead, when he was abandoned in a city park in Baltimore, a mere 6 months old, blind and alone with no friends; he went seeking for help and offering his unique service in return.  He sniffed his way to one person after another, he smiled and he flopped his adorable little ears and said can you help me?  Soon one person invited him into their car and helped him get to the Baltimore Shelter.  There he explained to them about his special needs and asked for help being placed somewhere that he could work for the world.  They immediately thought of Rikki’s Refuge and soon Duke was on his way to the life of a Spoke Dog, reaching out to make people happy and to smile!!!

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.
Tabby Air Pilots

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.

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

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 26, 2011            sat, last in month            SATURDAY            RAISING THE ROOF AT RABBIT ROTUNDA II  8 am till 4 pm, strong individuals willing to listen, learn and take direction, need 6-8 people

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.

Because I Love YOU
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 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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