Monday, March 07, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! March 7, 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!

Great Big Red Alert!!!!
are YOU on board
aren’t YOU?

I need your help BIG time.  The Animal Rescue Site is having problems interacting with some browsers.  Internet Explorer we know is a big problem.  If you try 100 times you might, just might, be able to get a vote in.  More likely than not you’ll get a time out message and your vote won’t be counted.  Well over 200 of you supporters are having this problem.

The solution is to vote using a different browser.  Firefox is working, aol is working, chrome is working.  You can serach for any of these browsers on line and download for free.  And you’ll be back on the voting circuit.

If you’re having trouble voting send message to and tell them.  Maybe a lot of notes will help them to get it fixed quicker.

I’d hate to ask you to go to the trouble of down loading anything but we’re gonna get trounced if we don’t do something and do it quick.   Rikkis Refuge, Orange, VA, USA

YOUR VOTE IS DESPERATELY NEEDED.  This morning we’re still at 8th place on the planet, 0.8% of the over all vote.  The cockers are catching up and catching up fast, we guess they don’t have as may supporters on Internet Explorer - they’re right behind us, breathing hard on my tail with 0.79% of the planet’s votes.  Here in our home town of Virginia, we have 25.12% of the votes and they have 25.02%.  Just a smidge. 

With YOUR HELP we can surge ahead.  We have only till the 20th to get out there in the front.  GO GO GO GO.   Rikkis Refuge, Orange, VA, USA

Round the Refuge
Yeahhh the rain stopped!  Yikes was that a flooder!!  The guinea pigs had to wear life jackets.  An inch or two of rain is really scary when you’re only 3 or 4 inches tall!!! 

Been trying to catch up from two weeks ago when one of the staff was out for a full week when he had to move suddenly.  Now he’s out again today.  So behinder we get.  Grrrrrr. 

And that means I haven’t had time to download more photos and fun for you.  I WILL get there sooner or later - I promise !!!

Julie sends in a particular fitting quote today ‎"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." ~ George Washington Carver

And so I must be quite again today and can’t stay to chat with you.  I’m missing you a lot!!!

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 !!!!

Vote like there’s no tomorrow!!  Enlist friends!!

Bissell MVP Contest
Vote daily thru Tuesday March 8th for Bela
quick, simple, free
Your daily vote could win up to $10,000
for Rikki’s Refuge
Click here to Vote for Bela
Formerly feral, now a much-loved indoor kitty

Story Contest
Nobody got a story in for Rikki’s so we’re not in this competition.  Let’s vote for Magic representing FIV kitties.  He can win $3,500 for FIV kitties  - click on Magic!

My Favorite Quote, Today
United we are a force to be reckoned with !

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

Easter Egg necklace, "pawtographed" by Rikki's Mystique

This listing is for your choice of color (shown in pictures) of Easter Egg necklaces. The pendant is made from a 1 3/4" wooden egg, which has been painted either green, pink, peach, blue, yellow, or purple.  Then, Mystique, a feline resident of Rikki's Refuge, added her paw print in black. I wrote her name, and Rikki's Refuge on the back of each. Then, a clear sealant was added. Each comes on a 26" ribbon, the color of which coordinates with the color of the egg. You choose the color of egg that you would like.  I have 4 of each color, so you tell me how many of each color you would like. Colors may sell out fast, so act fast!
Mystique is one of a litter of 5 who came to Rikki's Refuge.  Only she and one of her brothers is still surviving.  They have a genetic heart defect, and Mystique, at age 7 months, has lived far longer than anyone would have expected.  She is petite for her age, but otherwise shows no hint of having a problem. Her brother, who is a black and white tuxedo, is the same.  Mystique is one of the favorites at Rikki's, and likes to ride on the shoulders of Valerie, one of the employees at the Refuge. She will also volunteer to eat anyone's food, whether they want a volunteer or not.  Heaven forbid that anyone is eating cheese -- Mystique won't beg, she will simply jump on the table and try to help herself!
Proceeds from the sale of these necklaces will help Mystique and the other 1200+ animals at Rikki's.

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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March 7 - 15, 2011


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

My TOP HERO is Jan with 1,996 cans!!!
Jan, 1996 cans
Vicki, 900 cans 
Judi, 900 cans 
Michelle, 900 cans 
Martha, 750 cans
Phyllis, 600 cans
Alyce, 600 cans
Cindy, 492 cans
Beth, 300 cans
Sherri, 300 cans
Nancy, 300 cans
Dennise, 300 cans
Winging Cat Rescue, 300 cans
Karen, 300 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 

Dear Incredible Friends,

This is March Madness Month and 
I have a MADCAP idea!!! 

I am going to give away a Rikki's t-shirt - (yes, Kerry I am!!!) - to the GENEROUS human who donates the most cans of food to Rikki's critters -  starting today until midnight March 15th (the Ides of March)!!!! 
Why did I come up with this PURR-fectly MADCAP idea - well, we have had a TOUGH few months and I need the food for all my friends (dogs too!!!) - so - I put my thinking cap on (and I do look cute with it on) - and I just know that you will HELP ME HELP THEM!!!  

If you can't make it to the Refuge with the car loads of canned food - you can donate online - one dollar for 3 cans of cat/dog food -- so 5 dollars - will equal 15 cans!!!!   See - I can add - as long as it adds up to 15 - can't help it - I only have 3 paws and one tail!!

And remember - you could never have enough Rikki's t-shirts - just ask Jan!!!!

So I challenge you!
During this crazy month of March - your t-shirt is waiting - let the fun begin!!!!!   

YOUR Vincent  

Every kind of canned cat and dog food qualify, tuna too, be sure you log your donations with Kerry or Lena or Valerie to make sure it goes down on Vincent’s Heroes List.  Can’t make it to the Refuge before March 15th?  I’ll do the shopping - just click 

and I’ll see you get can credit!