Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! November 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!

Good Morning !!!!  My goodness what a lovely November we’ve been having!!!!   It’s felt like spring !!!!  Got a little more seasonal last night yet with a still lovely forecast in sight!

I hope you’re enjoying this time as much as us critters are.  Thank you, nice hoomans, for making Rikki’s Refuge for us!!!  Without you ...  well we don’t think about that!!  With you, we have love and friends and family and a place to call our own!!!  Thank you for feeding us and buying us the meds we need and coming to visit us.

I had so many wonderful visiting friends last week!!!!  Purrrzzzzz  I love sitting in your lap and purring.  That’s my favorite thing to do.  Well except for maybe eating Fancy Feast.

It sure can take me all day writing these notes to you, sometimes my paws go so slow on the keys, I mean these are really big keys for a little kitty!!!!  And sometimes the hoomans keep shouting at me, Vincent, get over here and clean this up, one of YOUR friends gacked .........    

Oh and guess what ???
Fancy Feast is having a contest.  This is really important.  Here, are the details .  The IMPORTANT part to remember is to be ready to VOTE on Dec 6th - we only have 24 hours to get the most votes.  I didn’t even know about this contest and my friends voted for me in the first rounds!!!  YOU made Rikki’s Refuge one of the top four!!!   Now the challenge is down to number 1 -- can we do it??  With YOUR help, YES we can !!!! 

The voting is only on facebook - and it’s worth setting up a facebook page just for this event if you don’t already have one.  It’s quick, and it’s free.  And if you need help I can help get you set up.  You can even use a separate email address - lots of ways to create one for free - like !!!!

You and all your kitties and your doggies and your goats and your cows - they should ALL have facebook pages!!!  Yup, um hum, all the critters should have their own !!!  Just like me and Duke and Petunia and India do !!!!  

Spread the word - get all your friends mobilized!!  Let’s win!!!  This could mean as much as $20,000 !!!!!

YOU have voted me back into 7th place
in the Animal Rescue Site’s Shelter Challenge
You’re the BEST !!!

Very Important - Today and Every Day
thru Dec 18 VOTE !!!!
help me win $1,000
Please click and enter Rikkis Refuge in VA in the USA
It’s FREE to vote !!!!
You click - we critters eat!!!!

Mariza, thank you for the hooman nums!!
The hoomans report back that they had a wonderful time and a spectacular Thanksgiving Dinner at Mariza’s.  As always Mariza had dozens of delicious vegetarian dishes !!!  Lots and lots to make every body happy!!!

Look at all those Pumpkins!!!
This is gonna feed most everybody here well into the winter !!!!  YEAH and HURRAY to all the pumpkin pickers this year !!!!!   You all are awesome.  That was really hard work they did.  Picking up pumpkins, loading them into their vehicle, driving to Rikki’s, unloading them pumpkins.  And they’re heavy!!!  I stayed out of the way so I wouldn’t get smushed by any pumpkins falling out of vehicles!!!

UH OH Mike’s Truck Got Broke
Mike drives all the way to Pennsylvania with a rented trailer on his truck or with a great big truck he’s rented to pick up food that Purina’s donated to us.  He was headed out this afternoon to pick up the trailer so he could go on a long road trip tomorrow for food.  And his truck broke down.  Can YOU rent a trailer and make the trip?  If you can please let Mike know - it can be done any day except Saturday.  So YES that means it CAN be done on SUNDAY. 

If you can help tell Mike:

This is the last delivery Mike made .........
It’s due to wonderful volunteers like Mike who spend a lot of time, and their own money renting trucks and things like that, that make it all possible for us to survive on $1 per day per animal at Rikki’s Refuge !!!!!   Yeahhh Volunteers!!!!!
Unloading is an “all hands on deck” job
Ting Ting is pretty new and was relieved
to find out us kitties don’t have to do the unloading --- just the eating!!!

Are YOU one of my Generous friends?
I told the PR director at Fancy Feast (who says she loves my emails) that my friends send me monthly subscriptions of Fancy Feast from Amazon!!!  She said, that’s wonderful, but WHY?  I’d love to understand why your fans do that for you!  SO in my ever persistent effort to get on the label of Fancy Feast would you write me a quick note about WHY you like to send me Fancy Feast.  Or how I’ve inspired YOU to buy Fancy Feast for your kitties.  Anything nice you can say about Fancy Feast and ME.  Hint hint hint, why I should be on the label, I want fancy Feast to know it’ll be a win win situation if they support me and Rikki’s Refuge.  Send me your note:

I Love YOU,

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

For Katarina

Fancy Feast Contest, Dec 6

 Hi Rikki’s Refuge –

Congratulations and thanks again for participating in the Fancy Feast cat charity organization poll. As a quick reminder, your organization was nominated by the Fancy Feast Facebook community to take part in a community vote on Fancy Feast’s Facebook page. We were touched by the comments the community made about your organization. You do fantastic work, and we want to help you earn donations to continue helping cats in your community.

Fancy Feast will tell the Fancy Feast Facebook community this Friday, Dec. 2 that the vote day is Tuesday, Dec. 6. Consumers will have 24 hours to vote on Dec. 6.

The organization that receives the highest number of votes from the Fancy Feast Facebook community will receive four wedding gowns featured in the Fancy Feast Storybook Wedding TV commercial and sweepstakes that took place this summer. Each is valued for retail at approximately $5,000. If your organization receives the highest number of votes, your organization will receive the gowns. The votes are tallied through the poll on Facebook. A person can only vote once in a Facebook poll.

What will you do with four exquisite designer wedding gowns? That’s up to you. You can auction them off to brides-to-be to raise money for your organization. Or work with an organization that would want to auction them off in return for a donation. Or whatever wonderful idea you may create. It’s up to you to make the most out of this opportunity.

Here are a few tips:
-          Notify your supporters and include the link to the Fancy Feast Facebook page:
-          Ask them to vote for your organization on Tuesday, Dec. 6. People will have 24 hours to vote.
-          Ask them to ask their friends and family to vote too.
-          Post reminders each day from Friday through Tuesday.  
-          Have signs or handouts for visitors and friendly businesses in your community who may want to help your organization earn votes.
-          Post messages about your organization on the Fancy Feast Facebook page to get the word out about the great work you do.
-          Put a link to the voting page on your organization’s website to show your fans and friends where to go to vote.
-          Have fun with it – this is a friendly competition. Please be respectful!

We’ll notify you by the end of the week – by Dec. 9 at the latest –  after the votes have been counted and the winner has been determined. From there, we’ll be in touch to work on details with the winning organization.

Most important,  thank you for all the wonderful work you do to help cats in your community and for having such vocal supporters in the online community who want to share what you do with others who are committed to celebrating amazing acts of devotion. We sincerely appreciate your efforts and wish you all the best.

Please confirm for me that your URL is; and please include your preferred contact information – name, email and phone.

Many thanks for your participation – please let me know if you have any questions.


Julie Voss Catron
Fancy Feast
Marketing Public Relations
Nestle Purina PetCare Company
314-982-3064 office
314-614-2553 mobile