Friday, May 20, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! May 20, 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!

And HAIRBALLS TOO ........

We Are The Happy Animals Of Rikki’s Refuge who so thank you for giving us the gift of our lives and the tools to build our Refuge.  We represent all the animals, the world over, whose lives have been saved by kind and loving people just like you.  Thank you for being an animal rescuer.

Sure Hope You All Can Come on Down to the Ranch This Weekend
I Gotz Lotz Exciting Going On

Help the Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Pigeons and more!!

This is the BIG push for Rabbit Rotunda II to get all done so the animals can move in. 
FRIDAY - at noon, the work starts, come on down to help out!!  Gate will be open!!  Bring tall step ladders if you have them.  If not that’s ok, we can use YOU.  Scared of heights?  No problem, work on the ground with me.  I don’t do no high ladders either.  Lots to do readying the Guinea Pig Houses and the Ponds for the birds.  Please Please come and help.

We’ll catch a nap overnight and be right back at work by 8:30 am Saturday .... and again Sunday.

Surely you can pick at least a few hours out of all that time to come and lend a paw!!!

Come on down Paul and Candy!  We miss you!

Saturday from Noon - 2 pm is Donation Drop Off
Please bring out canned cat food.  The pantry is BARE.  Please help out.

Sunday at Noon - Tour the Refuge, one tour only and it takes off at noon so please be prompt!  About two hours and it’s all outdoors so dress for the weather and BOOTS for the mud from all this rain.  The combination of hooves and rain = a whole lot of mud!!!

Wednesday and Thursday May 25/26
Need Help Unloading
Wednesday and Thursday next week I need help unloading trucks of cat litter.  Each day the first truck will come in around 11:30 am.  Then we'll have a two hour break, and the second will come in.  While we're waiting for that second truck, you'll get a special private tour!!!  AND you can play with me, and if you're really lucky, you can feed me!!!


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Check it NOW for all the contests!!!!

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The Animal Rescue Site
Shelter Challenge

Benefits:  Rikki's Refuge, a grant of $1,000 - $5,000 and  
                   named Number One Animal Facility in Virginia or if we win top prize 
                   Number One Animal Facility on the planet!  
When to vote: Every day thru June 19 at midnight PST
How to vote: click any of these links
Then enter: Rikkis Refuge, Orange, VA, USA
follow the prompts and click to search, then click to vote,
then enter the coded word, and click confirm.



Theresa Spears Presents
Earl Worick’s Personal Art Gallery
May 21  5-8 pm
22319 Lahore Rd, Orange Va 22960
Earl Worick  540-854-7348

Earl’s works are constructed from gourds!

It is my utmost pleasure to personally invite you to a special showing of this unique art at the home of Earl Worick.  Please join us for an evening of hors d’ oeuvres and leisurely enjoyment of Earl’s artistry.  His outstanding collection has been in the making for fifty-some years.  His knowledge and perception in multiple aspects of art set him aside from many artists who specialize in one particular style.  Earl grew up in a world that he viewed differently from his peers.  He visualized most everything in a dissimilar light from those around him, and this strange view only enhanced his basic ideas that resulted in art of a special nature.

Gourds - not JUST for Halloween

Over eleven years of military and civilian assignments in the Far East, plus thirty-some years in California further improved his perception of art in many and unsuspected ways.  The result of it all culminates in his remarkable collection of art in gourds and wood that he proudly displays at his residence.

Each Piece the artist has on display is one-of-a-kind and not for sale.

Three pieces of art will be given for door prizes

Please RSVP by Phone or Email to
Therese Spears of LaRue DeBeaute
540-672-5336, 540-672-0632,

Very close to Rikki’s Refuge and a purrfect after work exhibit for our volunteers!!! 
Donations for Vincent’s Cat Food Fund and Rikki’s Refuge will be accepted.

See More of Earl’s work here:

Adopt-A-Pet Contest
It’s FREE and NO you don’t have to adopt to vote!!
We’re listed as Rikki’s Refuge, Orange 22960

The "America's Favorite Shelter" Contest, sponsored by Care2, ASPCA, and, is a chance for animal lovers to rally behind their favorite shelters. These shelters are often the last chance and refuge for thousands of animals. Now's the chance to celebrate the work they do and help them win crucial funding. What makes your favorite animal shelter special? Say it loud, say it proud, and help them win $15,000.

Benefits:  Rikki’s Refuge $3, 000 - $15, 000  for the entire contest
                $500 randomly selected each week
                 YOU can win too!!!  If you’re one of the top 20 Recruiters 
                 YOU win $50 gift certificate
                     In the upper right by the orange block,
                     where it says enter YOUR zip code ENTER 22960 
                           it really means OUR zip code
                              remember zip code is OUR zip code, not yours!

Scan down to the Rs for Rikki’s Refuge - Click on Rikki’s Refuge

answer the questions
enter the jumbled up secret code
click on the green block that says REQUEST BALLOT

THEN: You will then get an email
From: America's Favorite Animal Shelter Contest
Titled: Finalize your vote for Rikki's Refuge!
            click on the link in the email: verify your email address
            and you’ve successfully voted

NOW: Select the option to email your friends (orange block to the right) about this contest and you’ll become a recruiter and they’ll give you a link that you can share with your friends.  Even if you don’t want to email friend now, clicking will give you your recruiter link which you can pass on.

YOU CAN WIN $50 as one of the top 20 recruiters!!

Or if you don’t want to be an official recruiter, Let Vincent do the recruiting for you! 
Just share his link with all your friends and co-workers.

No kidding about being really desperate
about cat food.  Lena ran into mom’s office yesterday screaming, HELP HELP HELP I’ve only got enough canned cat food to make it thru Friday Morning!!!  What am I going to do?

So mom called Candy and she ordered just over $1,000 of canned cat food from Wegmans.  Their 13.2 ounce big cans used to be the best deal in town.  And now the price is up again.  Booo  But we are desperate and no time to shop around.  So the order went in.  It’ll take a few days, as soon as it’s in, Dennis will treck to town with his truck and trailer and haul it all back. Num Num Num it better hurry cuz them chickens is starting to look mighty good .....

Ken discovered that Martin’s has 5.5 oz cans of cat food for 25 cents.  He’s buying it all up in the stores on his way down to Rikki’s.  Can you stop at any Martin’s near you and grab it up too??  Num num num

Also this weekend Lena is begging you to bring dish detergent, bleach (I know, I know, we use a lot, but it’s for my sanitation), trash bags, paper towels and canned dog food.  Better feed them, they might eat me if they run out!  Oh no!

So if you can’t bring me some canned cat food, could you help me out with the bill on the huge order mom placed.  SHE’s the one who authorized it, so why am I the one who has to pay for it?  ((((Vincent, ... it’s you and your kind gonna eat it .....))))  Oh.  Ok mom.   If you can spare enough dollars to just buy a couple cans I’d really appreciate it.  But don’t you buy this if you don’t have enough to eat.  I need you to eat too.

You can click here to help me out.

Or check out this cool raffle, the cost of all the tickets goes towards cat food too!!!!

First Time Ever ! ! !
Raffle for an Original Customized Totally Unique
Wayne H Morris
of YOUR beloved pet
all proceeds benefit Rikki’s Refuge and are fully tax-deductible
$10 per chance to own your very own
Customized Original Totally Unique
Wayne H Morris

Drawing will be held LIVE on Facebook at 10 am on Saturday May 28th
You do not need to be present to win.  But you can be if you want to!!
Each $10 of any donations to Rikki’s Refuge thru this site, between now and 8 am ET Saturday May 28, 2011, will give you one chance in the raffle.  Buy as many chances as you like!  Be sure to include your email address or phone number in the comments so we can contact you when YOU WIN !
The more tickets - the better your chance!

The winner will need to send a high resolution digital photo to
of their pet.  Please pick your best picture, and one that is very clear and sharp. 

You will receive your artwork as a high resolution digital jpg, either by e-mail or on a cd, your choice.  AND you will receive a printed 8x10 copy suitable for framing, by standard mail.  Please allow up to six weeks for delivery as this is unique art work being created just for you.

Meet Wayne H. Morris
of Bayport, New York, man owned by two cats.  He loves to study an animal and capture his or her essence which he then turns into a whimsical work of art depicting them at work or play.

You’ve seen his wonderful artwork of ME on facebook and my blog.


Here's a small sample of Wayne's Work 
Take a close lookat these, you can see them blown up to full screen size here,
just look at all the detail, especially the thoughtful detail in the backgrounds.  The colors!  The textures!  The details!  Can you look at these pictures and not smile?

Bella on Her Way Home from Her Shoppe

Boomer at Spring Baseball

Diving Buddies

Getting the Flowers Ready

Ginger out Shopping

Inky’s Spring Break from The Kitty Marines

Kiss the Cook

Lola Playing on her Big Wheel Trike

Major and His Remote Control Boat

Marianna Gal Stefan

Sasha Grabs the Brass Ring

The Gypsy Lead Member of the Group, Rock Bones

The Secret ADMIRER

The Shell Seeker

Urban Bird

Willikins Feeding the Birds

Zoe Rows Her Boat

Each $10 of any donations to Rikki’s Refuge thru this site, between now and 8 am ET Saturday May 28, 2011, will give you one chance in the raffle.  Buy as many chances as you like!  Be sure to include your email address or phone number in the comments so we can contact you when YOU WIN !
The more tickets - the better your chance!

Not convinced yet? 
See some more of Wayne’s art work here!

Each $10 of any donations to Rikki’s Refuge thru this site, between now and 8 am ET Saturday May 28, 2011, will give you one chance in the raffle.  Buy as many chances as you like!  Be sure to include your email address or phone number in the comments so we can contact you when YOU WIN !
The more tickets - the better your chance!

Oh, and what if I told you, proceeds of this raffle is going to be used to buy canned cat food for Vincent and his friends!!!!

           LOVE, VINCENT and DUKE

Each $10 of any donations to Rikki’s Refuge thru this site, between now and 8 am ET Saturday May 28, 2011, will give you one chance in the raffle.  Buy as many chances as you like!  Be sure to include your email address or phone number in the comments so we can contact you when YOU WIN !
The more tickets - the better your chance!

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.

DISCOUNT Pet Medication
2011 Pet Charity Giveaway
The pet charity with the most votes will recieve a $500 donation.
Two pet charity, chosen at random from the 5 runner ups, will each recieve a $250 donation.
Voting ends on June 30, 2011 at 11:59pm (pacific time).
Each participant may vote once per month.
Participants must provide their valid email address.
Only legal US residence may vote.

Benefits:  Rikki’s Refuge, $250 - $500
When to vote:  Once duirng the month of May AND once duirng the month of June
and look for the Green Square mid way down on right side,
Scroll down past the doggie and click on “Vote for me!” under Rikki’s Refuge
OR click on “Vote for a Charity”, scroll down the list to Rikki’s Refuge, and click 
Answer a question down near the bottom, something like what is 4 + 7, to prove you’re a hooman
If you have trouble with the question, ask you hooman, or ask me.
I’m a calculating cat!
Enter the answer and click on vote!

OR click "Vote for me!" below Rikki's Refuge and follow the instructions!

Charity Giveaway by Discount Pet


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???

Reesie's Challenge - Best in "Dog Gone" Fun Show
Sunday, May 22 12:00p to 5:00p
at Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Warrenton, VA
Price: $25 to enter events $5 Adult Admission at gate Kids under 10 free to watch
Phone: (540) 219-9802
Age Suitability: All Ages

A dog show not about showing pure breeds,but about showing off the dog that you love. Having fun, being proud And supporting a great cause! Show events include
1) A salute to the Red, White, and Blue is the dog that can dress the best in red, white and blue
to honor America
2) Best Pooch Smooch is for the dog that gives the best and the most unique kisses.
3) Most Adorable Includes dogs that are up for adoption; seeking a loving family and a “forever home”.
to name a few!


Have you SEEN what’s new in our E-Bay store?
These items benefit Rikki’s Refuge, so please bid generously.  Do you have an item you’d like to sell for Rikki’s?  We can do the auction for you, or you can do it yourself and designate Rikki’s refuge thru Mission Fish.  Questions? Melissa

Andis AGC2 Super 2-speed Horse Clipper. Brand new!

Vintage Cat Postcard Trio Cats Scales & Packing String

Boyds Bears~Bearwear~Mini Collectors Bear~1998


WalkieWay - Collar and Leash in One
new product announcement
To celebrate our WalkieWay product launch, we’re giving away $2011 to the top three shelters of YOUR choice.  WalkieWay Facebook fans will choose which groups split the cash.

1. “Like” the WalkieWay fan page on Facebook.
2. Write the name of your favorite shelter on the wall, that’s your vote.
3. You can only vote once.
4. Share the page with your friends and get them to vote too.

When we reach 10,000 fans (as of May 17th we have 4,046) we will tally up the results and give the shelter with the most votes $1,000 and $505.50 to second and third place.  Please vote and check out the WalkieWay - Collar and Leash in One!

This one only works if you’re on Facebook

Benefits:  Rikki's Refuge, cash $505.50 - $1,000 
When to vote: Right now, but only once during the contest
How to vote: go to  and "like" their page,
then go to their wall and enter "Rikki's Refuge, Orange, VA"


I’ll share my dinner with you if you’ll come visit me!

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