Monday, January 03, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! January 3, 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!

My Favorite Quote, Today
and maybe forever

Refuge News
It’s CFC time.  That’s the Combined Federal Campaign.  I need your help.  I need you to write a paragraph or more about the value of Rikki’s Refuge.  This is the time of year we have to write that really tough essay justifying Rikki’s existnace as a Human Health and Welfare Organization.  If you can gear your paragraph towards the benefits YOU as a human have gotten from your association with Rikki’s or the value you see Rikki’s giving other humans that’s the best!!!   Or simply tell us WHAT RIKKI’S REFUGE MEANS TO ME! 

We need that CFC and CVC funding so we have to prove to them we are worth keeping!!!

Please send your testimonies to

Thank you, your efforts will help us very much!

Hey WALKER, can you learn to do this?
Dogs, wearing hats and sunglasses, are used by their owner to beg for coins in Manila. (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Live from Vincent Video

Katarina and Grace were on hand yesterday to give a tour at noon yesterday. 

Every Sunday someone will be on hand to give a tour at noon.  Join us at noon on Sundays for a mini tour where you can walk around from animal neighborhood to neighborhood, from Piggy Paradise to Horsey Haven and see the animals. 

Would you like to learn to give tours of Rikki’s Refuge?  Doesn’t that sound like fun volunteer work?  Drop Katarina a note and let her know you want to be a tour guide, then devote two hours a month, a week, or just a time or two a year and let people experience the joy of meeting the animals!!


That’s really what it takes to run Rikki’s Refuge.  Everybody working together.  Everybody doing what ever their skill is.  If everybody did the same thing, we’d never get it done!!  But when each one of you contributes what you can in your way then we make a great Team of HEROES and we save more and more animals!!!! 

Thanks for being a HERO on Vincent’s Team!

Did You Know?

A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.

When you go to a Mexican restaurant and see MOLE SAUCE on the menu - don’t worry, it’s NOT cat food!!  It’s a Spanish sauce made out of peppers and tomatoes. 

in 1959 Alaska was admitted as state!

Good Times in the News
A New Job for Pearl
From: The Animal Rescue Site

Pearl is a three year old Labrador retriever who found her calling after the recent earthquake in Haiti left people scrambling to find their loved ones, reports the Contra Costa Times.

She was discovered in an animal shelter by the California Task Force 2 search and rescue team after having runaway from her home several times. They adopted her and began to put her through training to become a search and rescue dog.

When the earthquake struck Haiti, Pearl and the other dogs on the search and rescue team were put into action. Pearl helped volunteers locate and save survivors who were trapped under the rubble after the earthquake devastated the country.

Pearl is now the subject of new a book, A New Job for Pearl, that was written by students in California. The book is the brainchild of Allyn Lee, whose daughter is one of the students who collaborated on the book, and Connie Forslind, the teacher of those students.

"I really wanted to find a dog that had been adopted and likely (would have) been euthanized," said Lee when explaining why she chose Pearl to be the subject of the book, reports the news source.

Pearl is a shining example of what animal shelters can provide and the service they offer. Animal shelters are always looking for people to adopt animals to help better their lives.

Upcoming Events
January 8, is the 2nd Saturday of Month and that means ... SINGLES DAY!
10 am - 4 pm - Something for everybody. Come and do a day of service at the refuge and meet like minded souls. What a great way to learn more about somebody in a safe and friendly environment. If you're an animal lover you'll want to make friends with other animal lovers. What a good chance to observe someone doing what they love and interacting with the creatures you love. You'll learn more about their true nature working side by side than over a candlelit dinner or in a dark movie theater. This is one of those "Feed two cats out of one bowl" opportunities. You know what they say about two birds and one stone? Such talk is improper at a no-kill animal sanctuary. So here we "Feed two cats out of one bowl". And that's just what you can do. Benefit yourself, meet new friends. Benefit the animals, make their lives better, make your life better. Put together a group of people to come for a work party on Singles Day. They can meet the animals and meet each other. Invite that guy or gal you've been to shy to ask out for dinner. The leader who puts together the biggest work party wins.

Singles Day - a great place to pick somebody up !

January 8 SATURDAY            Donation Drop off noon - 2 pm

January 8 SATURDAY            HOUND DOG DAY - In honor of the birth of Elvis Presley on January 8, 1935 we celebrate all Rikki's Dog's Birthdays today. Come and honor Rikki's Hound Dogs, bring them treats, take them on walks, adopt one.

January 9, SUNDAY            TOUR THE REFUGE - NOON Sunday mini tour, take a walk around and see the animal facilities.

January 9, SUNDAY            ADOPT A REFUGE DAY - help clean up the refuge like others clean up the highways.  Sign in and get your garbage bags.  Who ever can fill the most from debris that's been blown about and has migrated from the woods, wins.

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.

Learn more and help spread the good word, tell everyone you know about Rikki’s Refuge