Friday, September 30, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! September 30, 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!

I’m dedicating today to my goat friend Mike.  He needs help.
Please help me till I can get back to work!

Mike was injured during the week of the earthquakes.  Perhaps, as the ground shook underneath him, terrified of the motion and the roaring sound, he leapt without looking.  His right hind leg was broken. Very severely broken at the hock.  After examination and x-rays, he was sent to a specialist with the hopes of saving his leg.  Could they?  Or would they have to amputate?  It took three tries to set the broken leg and have it hold. 

Poor Mike is on restricted movement, spending short bouts in a small fenced area, much of his time in a dog crate.  After three weeks the cast came off, more x-rays were done.  The leg was healing!!!  It looked like Mike would not loose his leg. 

Mike wanted to jump for joy, but the specialist said, “Not yet!”  Another cast went on, three more long weeks of restricted movement.  On October 18th Mike will go back in to have the cast taken off, x-rays done and then he’ll find out if he has to stay in a cast longer, or if he’ll get to run and play!

Mike has really racked up the bills.  Don’t you agree that saving his leg was worth it? 

Mike’s gotta pay off the current vet bills before he can go back for his check up on October 18th.  He  cannot get a job before he’s well. 

Can you please help Mike Heal? 

If you prefer to help by check
Rikki's Refuge
for Mike's Leg
PO Box 1357
Orange VA 22960

Thank you for making it possible for us to help the animals!

Haunted Forest
You DO plan to be there the eve of Oct 22nd, don’t you?

Come this Saturday October 1st - help prepare the trail in the woods!!!!  9 am till 3 pm

Thank you Barbara
We ran out of cat food after breakfast this morning.  OUT.  Like in no more.  No more canned cat food.  Oh No.

My friend Barbara is loading up her car, and she really knows how to load up, in Waynesboro and driving over the river and thru the woods - but the good cat food store don’t open till 9 am and she has to be at work by noon - so mom’s gotta take MY truck and meet her half way.  Thank you so much Barbara!!

Our pantry is really bare.
If you’re coming out this weekend, please grab something of the list to bring:

Online jigsaw puzzles from

Pumpkin Season Officially Opens Tomorrow !!
Our beloved Candy usually puts on her pumpkin hat and takes over!  Unfortunately she’s wearing a hospital gown this year and won’t be able to be the Pumpkin Coordinator.  Please keep up your prayers for her continued healing.

I need a Pumpkin Head Person

We got our first inquiry about picking up yesterday

I need some one to be in charge of the coordination -
coordinating site pick ups with the volunteers who can pick up.

Would you like to be the coordinator?

I also need drivers, lots of drivers, all over, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Fauquier, Fairfax. 
Can you be a driver?

The Pumpkin Coordinator will talk with all the locations, coordinate pick up times, broadcast this information to the drivers.  The drivers will pick up and deliver to Rikki’s. 

The pumpkins save us thousands of dollars in feed every fall.


Hunting Season Opens Tomorrow Too
and we need your help to keep the poachers away.  We need help improving the perimeter trail.  ATVs and small off road vehicles welcome.  You can do it on foot too!!  Please come out and help Joe patrol and work on the path.  Saturday and Sunday.

Yard Sale
At the intersection of 20 and Zion, by the Exxon known as BJs 8 am - 3 pm  Please stop in to help Kim if you can.  Bring items to sell on behalf of Rikki’s.  Thanks for your support.  Kim is working hard to make money to buy food for the animals.

I hope you can come out to visit this weekend. 

Saturday noon - 2 pm Donation Drop off at Rikki’s
yard sale at BJs Exxon rt 20 and Zion Rd 9 am - 3 pm
prepare the Haunted Forest Trail 9 am - 3 pm at Rikki’s
improving the perimeter trail 9 am - 3 pm

Sunday noon - tour
improving the perimeter trail 9 am - 3 pm

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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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