Saturday, February 26, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! February 26, 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!

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Between TODAY and Feb 28th post a comment about Rikki's Refuge on GuideStar's site  - and the nonprofit with the MOST comments wins $5,000!!!!    

So, my motivated, remarkable friends -  just - click and write a quick review - one word, one sentence, one paragraph.  Like: TERRIFIC!!! or  COMPASSIONATE or WONDERFUL!!  Are you glad Rikki's was here to save me - your beloved Vincent - then say so.  Or write something like:  "GREAT home to Vincent the Best SpokesCat Ever!"     



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Round the Refuge
Sorry I’ve been missing you so much this week.  We’ve been short staffed.  And today we’re two short !!!!  Yikes I gotta hurry up here and get back to feeding my friends!!!! 

Well Now it’s Saturday - that’s as far as I made it before having to go off and save the day for the hoomans!! 

Here we are today with a beautiful sunny day !!!!!!!    Gezzzz  working really hard.  Short staffed by one today.  Seems to be the story of the week.  Glad it’s only one today.  Have several volunteers out helping.  Yeahhhh!!!! 

All the lumber for the cat roof project got delivered yesterday!!!  Yippeeee.  I get to go do a photo shoot with Sedwick’s during the week.  That’ll be fun.  maybe we can be in the newspaper!!!  Yippeee !!!!!!   I like to be able to help our friends who like to help us. 

I know I must have so much to tell you but all I can keep thinking is I gotta go do this and I gotta go do that so I’m gonna be quick, and just say HI and I’ve been really missing you this week!!!  And I Love you purrry purrry much!!!


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My Favorite Quote, Today
YOU are the sunshine of MY life - and yours too!!
Yes YOU are!!!  Without YOU my HEROES, I’d be living under a dark dark could!!!  Thank you for loving me!!!

Live from Vincent Video

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Meet Mommey and Sonny

Meet Mountain

Music and Motion
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Great Purrchases / Donations
Vincent be sure to let all your friends know this week at both CVS and Walgreen's they are having a sale on laundry detergent for $1.99 a bottle! I think one is the Xtra brand, not sure the other but it's a great price for like 32 wash loads...that's a lot of clean bedding! I'll bring you some next time I am out at the refuge!

Take a look at what’s on ebay!!
Here in our shop!

And here to benefit Rikki’s Refuge thru Mission Fish
Lots of new and fun listings - check ‘em all out !!!

On your way to Rikki’s
Please show your support of Village Farm Feed and Garden Center.  Thhey’re right down the road, a great place to stop off and pick up some cat or dog food to bring out to Rikki’s. Best prices to stock up on your wild bird seed too.  Please tell them Vincent sent you!

Between Route 3 and 522 when you’re coming to visit us and headed out of Fredericksburg.  They’re about 10 miles away at 28284 Constitution Highway, Rhoadesville, VA 22542.  If you get a chance, stop in and say, “Thank you for feeding Vincent’s Friends!” and pick up something for your cirtters or bird food for our wild friends, or grab a few cases of canned cat or dog food or some Fancy Feast!!!  They did send two cases of Fancy Feast out yesterday too that somebody had stopped in and bought for me!!!    (540)854-8888

Canned Cat food
Canned Dog food
Dry Cat Food
50/50 Spring mix with spinich (the only kind of salad, prepacked, that Iggy eats)
Laundry detergent
30 gallon black trash bags min .7 ml thick
Paper Towels
Garden Hoses & Nozzels

Don’t look so shocked!
I’m telling you, that’s the news.
We’re out of cat and dog food.
They said all that’s left is hay.
So get used to it buddy!

No, it’s not tasty, but it’s what I’ve got,
so get off my hay bale, dawg face!

Wonder if I’ll finish off this bale before a
kind person donates some moeny for cat food?
Click here is you can’t deliver nums this weekend and want us to pick it up for you!!!  We’ll even feed the animals and clean up the poooooo......   Now that's a bargain you can't resist!!!

The 24th Species
Rikki’s Refuge’s Human Habitat
Use of the grounds for Birthday Parties and more

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.     2/27, 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.   2/26, 3/26, 4/30, 5/28, 6/25, 7/30, 8/27, 9/24, 10/29, 11/26, 12/31

SATURDAY    February 26, 11 am - 3 pm   RABBIT & PIG MUCK OUT DAY - Rake out the old straw and bedding and give them fresh, a chance to socialize and feel their appreciation for a new clean home.

SUNDAY    February 27, 2 pm   WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - Join us at 2 pm for a prayer and meditation for all of the worlds creatures. Speakers welcome. RSVP early.

Love from your favorite furry critter,
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

Culpeper Pharmacy

(540) 825-7576 • 261 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA

Culpeper Pharmacy has been providing for our furry families’ prescription and home care needs since 2003 (and before that when they had a pharmacy in Orange). Located in the Southgate Shopping Center, next to the Culpeper Regional Library, Culpeper Pharmacy has been proud to help Rikki's Refuge and all their other customers with a full range of home health care needs. From prescriptions and diabetic supplies to Power Wheelchairs, Lift Chairs and more. How can they help you today?

Bill Morris and Gordon Atkins have been taking special care of the critters in the 9th Life Retirement, Assisted Living and Psychiatric Center for almost as long as Rikki's Refuge has been here.  Sometimes it's filling a normal prescription.  Sometimes it requires research to find the right variation of the medication our veterinarians want for us.  Sometimes it's adjusting the dosage for us little guys.  Sometimes it's answering our questions.  Always it's researching to find us the best possible deal and placing special orders for us.  

Bill and Gordon and Culpeper Pharmacy are one big reason we're able to take care of so many on such a short little shoestring.

And, this Christmas, they helped us stretch that shoestring even further.  They donated a whole month of pharmacy supplies to Rikki's Refuge, all the routine things used by the patients of the 9th Life Retirement, Assisted Living and Psychiatric Center.  That amounted to a whole lot of money, hundreds of dollars, and a great big huge help to us at Rikki's Refuge.

Thank you Bill and Gordon for taking care of me and all my special needs and for running such a wonderful business and being so kind and compassionate to all your customers.  If everybody knew you, there wouldn't be any other pharmacies for 100 miles around!

Culpeper Pharmacy is good people running a good business.  Tell ‘em Vincent sent you!


Vincent D. Cat
Official SpokesCat of Rikki's Refuge