Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! May 25, 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!

We’re working every day, in every way, to make Rikki’s Refuge a better and better place!!!!  YOU are my HEROES for all the hard work you do, and all the help you give us.  Without you we’d be ....  well ...  let’s not think about that.  WITH you we have a home and the chance to live our lives in peace and happiness and surrounded by LOVE!!!!

I’ve got to be quick this morning cuz I got to work out and get strong to get ready to unload trucks full of litter.  Mom says if I use it I gotta help.   .....  Hmmmm that floor is looking awfully nice ....

TODAY Wed the 25th and TOMORROW Thurs the 26th, I really really need your help.  You don’t want to see me smushed under a 40 pound box of cat litter do you?  Don’t make me unload the trucks all by myself - PLEASE come and help me!

TODAY Wed, the first truck could roll in around noon, or it may be a bit later.  Mike can schedule when he’ll arrive at the litter packaging plant, but he can’t know how long he’ll wait in line to get loaded till it happens. 

I NEED you here about noon, waiting with me for that first truck.  We’ll form a fire brigade, passing the litter from the truck to our storage trailer.  Please be in that line - I’m so scared if I have to fill in somebody will drop one of those boxes on me!

We’ll have to unload the first truck fast so Mike can drive back to the plant for the second load.  It will be in 3 pm or later. 

Tomorrow Thurs, the first truck will roll in 11 am or later and the second 2 or later - same drill !!!! 
Please come and help.

April needs help shearing the sheep on Saturday morning. Starting at 8 am, need to do it before the heat of the day sets in.  The sheep are elderly and need extra special love and attention.  Please sign up or show up to help.  It takes a couple of folks to hold the sheep gently while April clips.   

Rabbit Rotunda II is so close to being done ....  SO close .....  Help make it happen!!!!!

The roofing was finished last weekend!!!!  Yeahhhh.  Thanks to all the folks who came out and worked hard, hard HARD.  Two ponds were dug and the pools set and the plumbing for draining installed.  I need help filling in the ditches, not hard work, just a bit of shoveling dirt back in the hole and packing it down. 

The house in the center of Rabbit Rotunda needs to be painted - inside and out - before the rabbits, guinea pigs and pigeons can occupy!!!!  I know YOU can wield a paintbrush or roller!!!!   Anybody out there with professional spray equipment who could do it or lend the equipment (and give me a quick lesson)?  Once it’s painted for protection of the wood - then we’d love murals all over it!!!!   But it needs that good solid coat of paint first - murals can be done after the animals move in.

The individual small houses will arrive next weekend and then ........  we should be ready to move in!!!!  YEAHHHHHH....

Village Farm Feed and Garden Center
Village Farm Feed and Garden Center once again showed up with a truck heaping full of bags of grain and even some dog food!!!!  All to give to the animals of Rikki’s Refuge.  Great big huge thank you to these wonderful people.

Please show your support of Village Farm Feed and Garden Center. They’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 critters 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

And LOOK - we’re right there on their front page!!!!

Rikki’s Refuge was announced as THE weekly WINNER in the Shelter Challenge contest this week.  That’s all cuz YOU have been voting everyday!!!!     That means $1,000 to feed the animals.

See how easy it is to turn your clicks into food for us!!!!  Keep Voting.  Here’s the four contest we’re in this week.  PLEASE VOTE DAILY!!!

You have only until 8 am Saturday morning to get your $10 raffle ticket to win a personalized, unique Wayne H Morris hooman caricature of your pet!!!!   Funds from the raffle will be used to buy canned cat food.  Get your tickets NOW!!!

We bought $1,092.96 of canned cat food and now we’re having to pay for it !!!!!  So buy your ticket today!!!!!

Thank you Jon for picking it up and bringing it out.  It took two trips in Jon’s van!!!!!  Lots and lots of cases of food.

Thank you to all of you who brought food and tuna last weekend too.  We really appreciate your help so so so so much!!!!

Upcoming Events

CAT LITTER - need help unloading one truck around noon and another later in the afternoon.


CAT LITTER - need help unloading one truck around 11 am and another later in the afternoon.


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

VOLUNTEER TRAIN SELF SERVICE 8 am - 1 pm, Learn to earn your Self Service Volunteer Badge. 

SHEEP SHEARING - starting at 8 am.

RABBIT ROTUNDA II - painting and ditch fill in

SUNDAY May 29th

TOUR THE REFUGE - NOON, take a walk around and see the animal neighborhoods. 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.

RABBIT ROTUNDA II - painting and ditch fill in

MONDAY MAY 30th Memorial Day

TOUR THE REFUGE - NOON, take a walk around and see the animal neighborhoods. 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.

RABBIT ROTUNDA II - painting and ditch fill in

And remember EVERY DAY is Bring Vincent Something to Eat Day!!!!!

Vincepurrational Visions
The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.

I’m sitting here listening to a bob white outside my window!!!!  How lovely.  I promise YOU a lovely time at Rikki’s Refuge, just hold me and let me snuggle into your neck and purrr you full of happiness!!!!!


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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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