Friday, May 13, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! May 13, 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!


Remember me???  Vincent??  Your favorite kitty???  I sure hope you remember me!!  I remember you!!  I been real worried that you might a forgotted me after this long.  I’ve missed you so very very much!!  Oh my it’s been just horrid.  I’ve been locked out the office.  These hoomans gotta get their thinking straight.  What could possibly be more important than a kitty talking to his best friends!!!!

I do love you so and I’ve really been missing you!!!!

to all you who rescue us and are our mommeys!!!  We love you.  Even if I’m late - I love you even more !!!  Thank you Mother Rescuers !!!!!   Mommey’s are GOOD!!!

Friday the 13th!!  Yeahhh for Black Cats!!!  Black Cats are good.  They are very lucky too.  Did you know if you share your home with a black cat good luck and good things will come to you?  I hear that once upon a time bad people tried to convince everyone that black cats were bad luck just so they could keep all the black cats to themselves!  Isn’t that crazy?

Do you have a Black Cat?  Tell me a story about how YOUR black cat has been lucky.  Let’s share our stories.  If you send me enough maybe I can even make a little book!!!

If you don’t have a Black Cat - rush out to a shelter today and adopt one.  I promise, 2011 will be the bestest ever if you do!!  Just tell ‘em Vincent sent you!!!!

Oh Poof ... looks like it’s going to be a wet weekend.

But it will take off with a vengeance next week!!!   David is planning on working on the roof starting noon on Friday the 20th and working till dark!!!  Back again Saturday May 21st at 8:30 am and going till 5:30 pm.  Again Sunday from 8:30 am till 5:30 pm!!!  And if YOU will come out and help - maybe, just maybe we’ll be done !!!!!  

There’s work here for everybody!  High work and low work.  If you like heights you can help on the tippy top of the roof.  Bring high step ladders.  Those kind that fold into 1/4ths are really good!!! 

If you’d rather work on the ground - lots for you to do too!!! 

If you’re an artist, here’s your chance to have a big mural for all to see!!!  Submit your designs to me - I get to pick and approve!!!!  Gotta be happy, bright and fun.

Please help David organize the days by CALLING him - he doesn’t get a chance to use email much so PHONE please.  David 202-445-7821 Monday thru Friday any time between 6 am and 6 pm.


We can’t seem to catch up.  I guess it’s all my fault cuz I haven’t written to you much lately.  Please help me out and vote every day.  Ask your friends to vote.  When we win money it really helps us take care of the animals!!!  HELP - VOTE !!!!!

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 !!!!


Laurie needs YOUR help, Saturday, May 21 meet me at 8:00 am at the Front Royal Wine/Crafts Festival for set-up.  No more than 30 minutes of your time is needed if you don't want to stay.  Please help Laurie!!!

Come visit out booth too!!!!   Please sign up with Laurie, our Director of Festivals and Events to help out at these kind of fun events!!  Help hooman our booth and get free admission to events all over the state.  Laurie needs your help every where every weekend - pick one weekend a year and help out.  Laurie

The 25th Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival will be held
Saturday, May 21, 2011 in historic downtown Front Royal, Virginia.
The festival hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

I need your help.  I keep hearing about something going on in the barnyard.  A little birdie told me to check this web site.  But I can’t get on it.  Every time I try to log on it says - NO CATS ALLOWED .....  Can one of you hoomans check it out and report back to me???

Sunday May 22, at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Fairfax, Virginia.   9 am - 5:15 pm    put on by Petfinder and Petco - sounds like a good one.  Can YOU go and represent Rikki’s?   

All across the country shelters are in need of barn homes for kitties.  If you wouldn’t mind having a kitty, or two or a few, living in your barn AND if you have a safe environment for outdoor kitties, you can easily help us to save lives. 

Some barn kitties are feral and will not want contact with you, they’ll be happy to live in your barn or outbuilding and in exchange for a home, they’ll provide rodent control. 

Others are a bit friendly, they’d like a nice pat every now and then, but they much prefer their own kind.  They, too, will work for a home.

Yet others are very friendly but just hate being inside.  They probably were never indoor kitties and for some reason just don’t want to learn about being indoors.  They’ll usually work for a living too!!!  And they’re lovely lawn ornaments!!  They bring joy and good luck to your home.

If you can provide an outdoor home or barn home to anybody please let me know. 

I’m working in three areas right now where I really desperately need help.  Near Richmond, Waynesboro and Orange, Virginia, USA.  The caregivers of these kitties are all willing to travel to find a good outdoor home.  And best of all your new kitty comes all FIXED UP, yes that’s right, speutered and up to date on shots.  The caregivers will help you with acclimation and fill you in on the relatively minimal care you need to provide. 

Please, can you take just one?  Anywhere in the world!  If it’s not an area I’m working with someone in, I’ll connect you to a care giver in your area!!  Thanks so much.  It’s so easy to save just one more life!!!

Vincepurrational Visions
When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees

Tails of Trivia
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee

Hippo milk is pink.

Anteaters prefer termites to ants.

To burn off one plain M&M candy, you need to walk the full length of a football field.

There is more real lemon juice in Lemon Pledge furniture polish than in Country Time Lemonade.

The average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it.

The 7-Eleven Extreme Gulp is 50% bigger than the volume of the human stomach!

7-11 sells 10,000 pots of coffee an hour, every hour, every day.

Each year 96 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S.  -- Gee now that’s about sinful isn’t it??   You can help lesson that impact.  Ask your local grocery store or farmers market if they’ll donate left over produce, bread and so on to Rikki’s Refuge.  If you’ll make the commitment to help deliver it to the animals, you can save the waste and help the animals!!!

Days I Missed
April 27 was National Hairball Awareness Day
April 30 was Hairstylists Appreciation Day - Thank you Theresa!!!!
May 5, 1961 First American astronaut in space, Alan Shepard Jr
May 9, 1914 Mother's Day first proclaimed

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, take a walk around and see the animal neighborhoods.  Every week on Sunday you can join a 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.

SATURDAYS ON OR BEFORE THE FULL MOON            FULL MOON WALK, Bon Fire, vegan bbq, pot luck
5/14 (cancelled in case of rain), 6/11 (Special Vegan Night)

2nd SATURDAY OF THE MONTH     SINGLES DAY - 10 am - 4 pm
Something for everybody. Come and do a day of service at the refuge and meet like minded souls. The leader who puts together the biggest work party wins.     5/14 (probably cancelled for the rain)

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!

Because I Love YOU
Hope to see you this weekend!!!

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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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