Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Good Morning Good News !!!! January 3, 2012

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! Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

You are absolutely wonderful!!!!  YOU chipped in and helped out and shared and spread the word and YOU made us meet our goal.  At midnight you had raised $15,159.50 and when the buzzer went off our donor wrote a check for the matching funds !!!!  This is a great big help for the animals.  It keeps us safe and secure, fills the propane takes to keep us warm, lets us buy the extra feed and bedding needed for all 1,289 animals all winter and is just WONDERFUL!!!  Thank you so much for being Rikki’s Refuge.  It’d be nothing without YOU !!!

Thank you Kate Viscardi, Nora Eldridge, Missy Burns and the Wagglebutts, Janet Duran, Katherine Reynolds, Debra Berry, Nancy Mottershaw, Karen Friedel, Theresa Leppley, Mary Lou Pizzio, Vicki Gielen, Denise Halderman, Sue Banning, Dennis Nagy, Amy Madson, Deborah Jameson, Stewart Business Services, Inc., Betsy Brown, Beverly Cain, Martha Girdany, Theresa Loretto, Jayne Ashmore, Harold N, Deborah Forrest, April Nelson, Robert Tringali, John Bowman, Konstantin Shepelev, Suzanne Bolton, Sharon Dyer, Ann Claassen, Roberta Finkelstein, Suzette Haile, Elizabeth Gaver, Linda Downey, Amanda Bumpus, Douglas Michel, Erin Higgins, Jennifer Stocker, Jennifer Dorr Ziegenmeyer, Amanda Lea, Jeffrey Carey, Marlin Leonard, Lisa Millhorn, Wes Boyd, Lia Federico, Jean Evans, Robyn Schnellenberger, Claudia Espana, Mary Walker, Torre Taylor, Jill Pfeiffer, Winging Cat Rescue Inc, Barbara Lowe, Vicki Gielen, Carol Boyse, Marie Shirey, Lois Angeletti, Beverly and Jim Flynn, Amy Griffin, Jennifer Gundersen, Diane Thibault, Cynthia Scheel, Patricia Nelson, Greta Bollinger, Christine Kent, Sarah Cummings, Emily Elder, Morrigan Benton-Floyd, Melanie Jones, Jon O'Connor, Jae Berry, Nick Guagliardo, Margaret Shelbourn, Leigh Goodwin, Joanne Whalon, Martha Girdany, Cassandra Vago, Karen Friedel, Gigi Dul, Donna Bruno, Carolyn Demorest, Jeanine Van Voorhees-Bright, Sue Banning, Grace Lamoree, Elizabeth Mustakos, Craig McGruder, Diane Olin White, Paul Totten, Julie Sahlin, John Cann, Kathy Sheffield, Denise Harper, Alicia Boyd, Susie Jeddygirl, Barbara Brogan, Dianne Inman, Deb Lavoie, donor making a tremendous tribute to Catnip Candy, Dorrel Edstrand, Martin & Helen & Adam Hauser, Cindy Richards, Kathryn Jones, Julie Wilhite & Jupiter Wilhite & Samet Maxudov, Susan Harrison, Kathy Miller, Anthea Homer, Smokey Joseph, Ann McBride, Andy Thomas and Patty Walker and Gibson and Kiwi and Starr, Janet Lundy, Cavell Kopetzky, Pamela Donald, Alison Endicott and Ali Cat, Mary Ann Bernald, Judith & Abram Peele, Jeff Green, Al Kent, Kristina Zanotti, Vivian Kincheloe, Ann Eleanor, Liz Marcus, Jenna Watts, Lisa DeFilippo, Diane Thibault, Jae Eun Kwak, Karen Friedel, Kristie Blizzard-Warner, Lorraine Selwyn, Mary Ann Stanners, Elizabeth Crawford, Joyce Richardson, Gail Lowe, Kristen Outten, Carole Springer, Dennise LaBarre, Dara Goldberg, Autumn Port, Guido and Judith Basolo, Sarah Tulman, Joann Packard and Ally, Chloe, Lily, Taji and Yog, Lisa Kerns, Susan Hamilton, Patrick Defur, Sherry Rhodes, Darlene Cole, Laura Kovalik, Deborah Paradis-Keith, Patricia Nathan, Anne-Marie Mckechan, Julie McKnight, Bill Pullen, Maike Liekweg, Nancy Shearer, Ellen Olander, Lisa Meow Walsh, Deirdre Schwartz, Bonnie Kohlligian, Vicki Wright, Susan Fisher, Stacey Freed, Scott Barton, Cindy Richards, Susan Weiss, John Fairty, Kathy Russell, Helen Torosian, Kathryn McLean, Sara Arason, Eve Allen, Jane Marden, Virginia Brock and Patsy Shiflet !!!   This list is in chronological order of the time of the donations.

And my Volunteers Who’ve Kept Us Going
We’re short two positions now!!!  Need a job?  Just call 540-854-0870 x8

A huge thank you to Nora Eldridge, Ann McBride, Jennifer and Thomas Ziegenmeyer, Karen, Andy Thomas, Anja Hollinger who’ve been helping with the dishes, laundry, dog runs, cat runs, winter bedding and all kinds of great help.  We couldn’t do it without you. 

If you’re a self service volunteer come on out and help.  If you’d like to learn how - ask!  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

Thank you Tour and Hiking Guides and Volunteers
Melanie, Vincent, Jon, Paul, by Ron

Traditionally we’ve had a Nature Hike every New Years Day since 1999.  This year we added a New Year’s Day Tour of the Refuge.  Thank you Jan Chetnik, Laurie Karnay, Nora Eldridge, Mary Walker, Gussee Lamoree, Fred Friedman, Paul Erhard, Ron Herfurth, Kristina Anderson, Melanie Hansford, Jon O’Connor, and I know more of you were there, thank you all !!!!  

Know what this is?  To the left is a Bear Tree.  You know how your kitties like to scratch on Kitty Trees.  Well ......   Yup, that’s right!!!   We didn’t get to see the bear on the hike but I bet she was watching you !!!   

To the right is Joe Callahan who works day and night to keep trespassers and poachers off the property.  And he NEEDS YOUR HELP next Saturday, January 7th.  That’s the last day of hunting season and it’s going to take a lot of work to keep the trespassers and poachers off the property.  You can ride atv or dirt bike or mud bogger, bring your own.  Or you can ride with Joe.  The more in the group the better.  If you can help please let me know Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org and come on out early in the day.

January 2nd = TWO Adoptions !!
Trill with her new mom Laurie!                                And Frost.
What a wonderful way to start the new year !!!!!

These kids came in with a feral group in October.  Turned out they weren’t very feral after all!!   Come out and meet some of their friends in Cat House Number 1, pick one out, to adopt !!!!

I need a cage to put mom in
to make her keep her paws off MY puter.     She was messing around with my ‘puter yesterday and busted it.  There were NO cats involved.  Honest!  This was strictly a hooman problem, and if she tells you otherwise don’t believe a word of it. 

The corner is busted and a hinge damaged, the data cable to the screen must be damaged.  It flickers, the back light goes off, the whole thing goes off, and so on.  For minutes or hours at a time.  I’m working now with it hooked to an external old crt, and keeping everything on an external back up disk, and have an old laptop I can use too - all together I’m getting tuff done but it’s a pain!!!!

It’s a Dell Inspiron 1545 and we got lots of software that takes days to load back up and all kinds of stuff.  May even have to buy a lot of it if we switch computers.  Takes so long to move to new computer. 

So I have two questions for you?  Do you know how to fix something like that cable in there?  It doesn’t look easy to even take the case apart to get to it.  It’s a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. 

Second is do you have an old Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop you’d give me for parts???? 

Daddy is working on getting one too and working out the details and should have me running like a real cat by Saturday.  If you know anything in the meantime ....  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org


Help Stop The Bad Guys
Please help me share this around anywhere that it might be seen by people in and around Newark, Delaware. Very, very good friends and really wonderful animal people and members of Rikki's Refuge's board were the victims. They even hurt one of their dogs they’d adopted from Orange County. Help get these bad, bad people caught and locked up. My friends lives have been horribly affected. They're going to be ok though the guy was very seriously hurt.

You know how many criminals get caught because somebody recognizes them or their car?  All it takes is one person who says, HEY, isn’t that that person or car and picks up their cell phone and dials.  Tons and tons of bad people are being stopped thru social media.

The theory of seven degrees of separation says that you’re only seven introductions away from the entire planet.  The people you know, and the people they know, and the people they know and so on, down seven levels and you’ve covered the world.

Well social media has shortened that gap.  You’re constantly seeing people get arrested after someone looking at facebook or youtube or myspace saw them and turned them in. 


Here’s the story, pictures, videos, sketches, pictures of the car ....  more detail when you follow the links.  Please check it out and share it with everybody you know everywhere.

I’m putting it all in one simple blog entry to make it easy to share.  I’ll add any new information that turns up.  Please help lock these creeps up.


(please note - there is a fee for the rabies license, but the vaccine is FREE!)
The Hoboken Health Department will host a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 11 am to 2 pm. The clinic will take place at the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. All dogs and cats must be securely fastened with a collar and leash or in a carrier and accompanied by an adult. Dog owners must have a 2012 Hoboken dog license which can be obtained on site. Proof of Hoboken residency is required. License fees are $10 if the pet is spayed/neutered and $14 for non-spayed/neutered.

Do you have experience
with Virtual PBX services, virtual phone systems or services, things like halloo.com, RingCentral.com, grasshopper.com, virtual call system and the like?  I’d like to hear your comments about these services, please!  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

Caution - if the volume is up, you kitty might get upset!!

I Love YOU,
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Rikki's Refuge, supported solely by private donations, houses over 1200 animals of 22 species. On line at http://bit.ly/Give-a-gift-to-Rikkis 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 www.RikkisRefuge.org and help spread the good word, tell everyone you know about Rikki’s Refuge

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