Thursday, March 31, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! March 31, 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
A couple real important things to start with.


Vincent’s going Viral
Lena thinks I should be in the movies!!!!  Or is that the Moovies.....

And not the kind of show I had in mind!!! 

Lena has a crazy idea!!! She says let's make “Vincent Taking a Shower” go viral !!!!   

If we can get 1,000,000 viewers she'll donate her paycheck!!! This is embarrassing but let's go for it!!! Her paycheck will buy lots of Fancy Feast!!!   So please send the link to my video:
to everybody you know and ask them to watch it and to send the link on.

When a video goes viral you get a lot of notice and that notice will be for Rikki’s Refuge.  This brings in money in lots of different ways.  You know how hard it is to make ends meet around here - so we’re doing crazy things to get money coming in from lots of different places!!!

Help me spread this about!!!

Today and Today Only we have a Chance to WIN
Discount Pet Medication is having a contest and the groups with the most votes by the end of this month TODAY will win some bucks!!  It’s really simple, no signing up, just click and vote for Rikki’s Refuge and be sure to answer the question at the end of the page, something like what is 7 minus 4, they’re just checking it’s not automated votes.

Please ask everyone to vote for Rikki’s Refuge today.  It’s only one vote per person per month!!  And this is the last day.  Winning money is a great way for us to get help!!!

Charity Giveaway by Discount Pet

Rikki's Refuge
Vote for me!

Cat Food Sale
Mary has alerted me to a great deal.  Food Lion and must use your MVP card - if you don’t have one you can get one at customer service.  The big bag of Purina Cat Chow for $8.99 this Friday, Sat. and Sunday; $9.99 the rest of the week (through 4-5-11)   AND if you’re up to doing some shopping for Rikki’s Refuge - I have 11 $1 off coupons in the office - mix and match and that’s only $7.99 each for 11 bags of cat food!!!

Who can come grab the coupons and do some shopping - not enough time to mail them to you.  You do need to be present for Rikki’s to win!!!

Feral Cat Lady Needs Vehicle
A lovely feral cat lady who TNRed 100+ cats already this spring, is in desperate need of a car.  Her car got mushed in an accident, thankfully all the kitties were ok and someone lent her a truck to get to the speuter clinic on time.   She needs space for traps, lots of traps, does lots of TNR work, small suv, station wagon or hatch back, limited budget so inexpensive and not too hard on the gas, runs decent but cosmetics not a concern.  If you have such a vehicle you’d like to sell, let me know.  This cat person in need is in Waynesboro.

On my visit to the North Pole around Christmas

Can Somebody Start a Chip-In for the Orthodontist?

Gideon Healing Wonderfully, 2 weeks after surgery

Happy to be on the Prowl Again
For Gideon, the worst part about losing his eye to cancer was house restriction!  First day home in a cage he screamed and beat his cone (e-collar) against the cage door till we let him out.  Then he behaved nicely in the 9th Life Center for a couple days recuperating.  Then he began to scream and howl and want back outside.  Cone or no cone, he wanted OUT.  We made him wait two weeks, and now he can come out with supervision.

Gideon and Lena have always been Best Friends

Duke Kisses New Volunteer Robin

Be Here SATURDAY and / or SUNDAY
to help with Rabbit Rotunda Roof !!!!!   Lots of easter bunnies are begging for your help!!!!

Bissell MVP Contest
Vote daily Wednesday March 30th thru Tuesday April 5th for NeeNee
quick, simple, free
Your daily vote could win up to $10,000 for the animals
Click here to Vote for NeeNee
Don't tell this little ball of purring love that she's blind - she'll never believe you!

Interview with NeeNee
Vincent: Hi NeeNee, I'm so very glad to meet you! Were do you live?

NeeNee: Hi Vincent! Right now, I live in Champaign, Illinois.

Vincent: I'm so happy to see a black and white kitty running! I think we're especially puuurty! How did you come to live in your current home?

NeeNee: I agree with you! Mom seems to have a thing for black and white kitties - My "grandpa" Kona was all white, my "uncle" Spatz was a very handsome tuxedo kitty that looked a good deal like you! They are both over the bridge now but I remember them in my heart. My sister Moo is black and white too!

Normally, I live with my Mom but right now, my sister Moo and I are being fostered with the VERY kind Appleby family. Mom had a bit of tough luck but we hope that we will be back with her before you can say "MWAH!"

Vincent: You’ve picked a rescue to give your winnings to, tell me about them and why they were your choice.

NeeNee: We have picked MEOW Rescue in Washington. Mom's friend, Miss Nydia White volunteers there and she tells mom about some of the animals that they rescue some times. They are a small rescue and do so much already, so this kind of money would mean that they could do SO MUCH more!! Oh, and don't let the name fool you, they help other animals besides cats.

Vincent: If you could change something on the planet - what would it be?

NeeNee: Wow... only one thing huh? Hmmm... I'll skip the opposable thumbs request and get serious for a minute. I suppose that I would make it so that nobody was ever mean ever again, no more hate or fear. That way, there would be no more abandoned or abused animals - or humans! But then again, sometimes good things can come from bad... I came to my mom because someone taped me up in a box and left me on a doorstep of a business. Those people had some friends that introduced me to my mom! And... I love her so much.

Vincent: Do you have a special message, or anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself?

NeeNee: Well Vincent, some times people look at me funny because I'm blind and I'm told that my eyes don't look like other kitty's eyes. Honestly though, I scurry around just fine and can even chase Moo! Mom says that I have extra whiskers and REALLY sensitive ears to make up for being blind. Besides, I've never been able to see so I don't know what I'd do different if I could! I'm happy as long as I have love! I guess that I'd just like to say that there are a lot of humans and animals out there and being different is a good thing! Just think of how boring it would be if we were all exactly the same!

Thanks Vincent! Mwah!

Vinspirational Visions
Great ability develops and reveals itself
increasingly with every new assignment
The kitties of Rikki’s Refuge have a new assignment.  We all worry about companies that test on animals.  Usually that’s a really bad thing.  But sometimes it’s a really good thing!!  Fiddler in the Box, brand new, organic, all natural, bio-degradable kitty litter has asked ME and the cats of Rikki’s Refuge to test their new product. 

As I wrote to you, the hoomans are waiting for the truck to arrive.  The company has asked for an honest opinion.  How do the kitties like using this new product?  How do the hoomans like working with it?  Is it better than other products?  What’s good about it?  What’s bad about it?  Do we think it’s good enough to recommend to others? 

We won’t know the answers till we’ve done a lot of pooping.  And so I need YOUR help, send more Fancy Feast that I can churn up and turn into poo so I can do my job and test this litter out!!!

Stay tuned .....

Trivia question ......   Robert, no fair, you can’t answer!!    What do you think this kitty litter is made from?  It’s something I’ve never seen used before and it’s a really cool idea.  Can you guess what it is???

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.

Captain Vincent
Flies Rescue Missions

Tails of Trivia
Fish or fishes?? Though often used interchangeably, these words actually mean different things. Fish is used either as singular noun or to describe a group of specimens from a single species. Fishes describes a group containing more than one species.

A tuna fish can swim 100 miles in a single day!

There is a species of clam that can grow up to four feet long and weigh up to 500 pounds.

The average life span of a hermit crab is 75 years!

At 188 decibels, the whistle of the blue whale is the loudest sound produced by any animal

A blue whale's heart is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle!

On this Day
March 31, 1959 Dalai Lama flees China and is given political asylum in India.   Yeah India!!!!

Music and Motion
Beautiful, happy animals, plus nice music ♥

I Want Cookies

Because I Love YOU This Much

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