Friday, February 04, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! February 4, 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!

Dawgies are trying to bite my remaining tail off ....
Only 6.5% ahead in Virginia
don’t miss a day and let that gap close .... 
2/4  we’re only 0.12% behind slot number 6 !!! 
we can do it - Vote for a touchdown!!!!   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!

Face it - you’re my HERO!

Bissell MVP Contest

Vote daily thru Tuesday February 8th for Guido Cat
Animal Assisted Therapy Meowster
Running on behalf of Rikki’s Refuge
quick, simple, free
Your daily vote could win up to $10,000 for Rikki’s Refuge
Click here to Vote for Guido
Read the Guido Gazzette it’s a great way to start your day!!!
Between Guido and Vincent, we’ve got you covered!!!!

I’ve got to submit my best photo for the Bissell contest.  I’m up next week !!!!  Vote for me for Valentines!!!  I’ve picked 9 photos and I want YOUR votes to know which ONE to submit. 

Please tell me which you like best.  Either comment on the blog or send me an email

Vincent Classical Left

Vincent Hoodie

Vincent Sitting

Vincent Face

Vincent Classic Right

Vincent Bed

Vincent Bandana

Vincent Yard

My Favorite Quote, Today
Happiness is appreciating what you have

No need sitting around complaining about the leg you lost.  Every time somebody looks at me and says, “Oh poor Vincent, you lost a leg.”  I look at them and say, “hee hee hee I got one more than you do!!!!!”  And that’s cuz it’s only da hoomans who ever say stuff like that.  Us animals, we take it like it is, and we’re happy.  We don’t bemoan what was, what could have been, what.  We rush out to greet each day for what wonders it brings!!! 

Join us animals at Rikki’s the weekend BE HAPPY and HAVE FUN!!!!

Refuge News
Ferry God Mother Candy made a trip from DC to bring Gwen who’d been a stray and is feluk positive and 3 year old Jessie James who tested positive for FIV, to live at Rikki’s.  They’re comfortably resting in quarantine waiting the prescribed time to join their groups.

Barbara writes in: Trapped 10  cats so far tonight...1 new female who just showed up today for the first time at this feral colony, plus 9 from the original colony...1 female left to completely speuter that colony...hope she jumps in the trap tonight... still have all day tomorrow...that would be 11 cats...we only have reservations for 5, but historically the clinic has had room for extras ...  worse case we hold the remaining cats until the next clinic or use the certificates...(this is the colony that Pegasus came from...) :-)

This leaves about 14 kittens at the 2nd site...will go for those at the Feb 24th clinic...then the next colony for March...  and then a few cats at several other locations, and I will have met my goal of shutting down (all fixed with caretakers assigned) these stops that have been allowed to continue to breed for years...whew...does this mean I will finally be able to retire??? ha!  barb  :-)

Pegasus update - doing great, gaining weight, still skinny but not like he was.  Still doing snake posturing and threatening but will let mom pat him when he’s eating.  Not ready to go home to his feral colony yet.  Nest to gain a lot more weight to be ok in the cold.  He was just skeletal when he came.

Patches update - doing fine in general population.  Has lots of friends in the 9th Life Center.  Hasn’t warmed up to hoomans yet.  Seems to have quite a bit of sight.  Though certainly not purrfect.  Hopefully it’s continuing to improve daily.

Rene is on her way over today with more kitty nesting boxes!!!  They’re the best!!!  Cozy and warm.

Come out and help tomorrow.  Bring 4x4 x 12 foot PT lumber and 2x4 14 or 16 foot PT.  Bring your post hole digger too.  The center line in cats was constructed years after the fencing so the vertical supports don’t match up.  Can’t put in a proper weight bearing rafter system like that.  So we’re having to add posts to the center line where needed.  Bummer, lots of hard work, digging and pounding.  But kitties need it sturdy to protect them from snow.

Jan and Larry have offered this wonderful gift of up to $2,222.22 in Double your Love Donations for Valentines!!!!   You’ve donated $260 to date - that will mean $520 to the animals - come on folks drop in a penny or two!!!!

Click on Jan or Larry to toss in your two cents!

The Cats of Cod
Artwork by Wayne Morris

Come ....  take a walk down Calico Street  ...  where you’ll see The 1st National Bank of Trout, Bandit’s Trucking Company, Nippers Bar and Grill, The Flower Shop and more .....

As you follow our journey thru the town of Cod, you’ll meet the shop owners and their patrons, all kitties!!

Live from Vincent Video
Meet Timmy - the Feral
who Tried to Turn Rabbit Rotunda
into a Cafeteria

This is Timmy.  You read about him last year when mom found a cat slinking around on top of Rabbit Rotunda looking at all those delicate morsels: rabbits, guinea pigs, pigeons; and trying to find a way in.  It took about forever for Timmy to walk into a trap.  And he got netured at our Speuter Clinic at Culpeper Hospital in December.  He’s turned into a love bug.  Most of the time. 


Music and Motion

In honor of February - National Speuter Month

Voices For Animals from Invisible Dog Productions on Vimeo.

Great Purrchases / Donations
HEY check it !!!!  Rikki’s has their very own Ebay store now!!! 

Ok, so only one item!!  Don’t laugh at me.  You gotta get started somewhere.  You got something you’d like to see auctioned off to benefit Rikki’s?  Let me know.  If you’ll send photos, description, and shipping info, we can put it in Rikki’s Ebay Store!!!!  

Or if you like to list your own things - check out everybody who’s selling things to benefit Rikki’s gthru Mission Fish!

It’s Friday and it’s Free Food Friday num num num
send an email to with the subject "Shelter Giveaway" on Fridays to enter PetCo’s drawing for a $50 PetCo Gift Card every weekend.  A winner will be chosen at random every Saturday.  It may as well be YOU!


Today we bring Section 4 to you.   Sorry for the long gap between section 3 and 4 - but hey they say better late then never - right?

Animals provide such Companionship

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.

SATURDAY    February 5, 11 am - 3 pm   CAN DAY - bring cans of food for your cat and dog friends who need to eat a lot more this time of year, stay to help us clean up!

SUNDAY    February 6, 11 am - 3 pm   PICK A PET DAY - If you aren't ready to adopt another one yet, then pick one and help them get adopted and into their own new home.  Become the adoption sponsor of a cat or dog, make posters, tell every one about this one special animal. There's a home for everyone, we just need to find them. Come and meet the wonderful animals waiting to meet you.

SUNDAY    February 6, 11 am - 3 pm   SUPER BOWL SUNDAY - please come and fill our bowls and help with our chores.

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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