Monday, June 04, 2012

Good Morning Good News !!!! June 4, 2012

We are Vincent D. Cat and adopted sons Opie and Timmy and we are 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! We want our 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 us 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!

It be Monday!! Oh my two days to the BIG Toyota contest.  Gee if we win, think I'll have my new vehicle in time for my first birthday?    You all ready?  Read all about it !!!!

Did you voted yet today?  Only thru the 17th on the Shelter Challenge.  So do it NOW - it be very easy, so easy this here little kitten wif no feet can do it !!!!  Yes I can!!!  Alls I gotta do is cliks here and puts in Rikkis Refuge in VA in the USA and vote and then answer a silly question and iz all voted!!!  How about you? 

I know sos many of youz thinkz I be lazy kitty.  But I not.  Vincent made his job look easy.  Iz still catching up on things he didn't get to finish, and all his emails and messages and letters and all.  You knoz this not easy when my fingers no stretch across the letter pad on da puter.  I need iPhone, it be easier on my fingers I think.  I was gonna grow my claws real long to help reach those far out letters, like da A and da L but Lena done cutted my claws so I no make da puncture wounds on da visitors.  Do you tink dat be fair?  I lose my long claws so nobody get da little holes?  Just little holes dey be?

You got any Good News for Good Morning Good News tomorrow?  You tell me - please share your Good News and make everybody smile with you !!   Grandma says I have to do Hairballs today too.  I think she make me work too much.  I just a kitten.

Did you see the beautiful autograph quilt Melissa Felts made-ed for us?  You can see it AND you can get a raffle ticket here too  It be very cool.  But Melissa no let me nighty on it.  I no understand dat.  What it for if not to snuggy?  Maybe you buy ticket and you can snuggy!

Ok, I see youz tomorrow - you let me know your good news now, ok?

Can YOU Imagine needing all of this
I DO !!!  And I need YOUR help to buy it all !!!!  
Thank you for your help to support the animals of Rikki’s Refuge

32,850 pounds Cat Food, dry
20,531 pounds Cat Food, canned
48,125 pounds Cat Litter

19,300 pounds Dog Food, dry
7,300 pounds Dog Food, canned

1,369 pounds Rabbit Food, dry
2,336 pounds Carrots
146 pounds Apples
394 pounds Spinach

1,979 pounds Cracked Corn
584 pounds Mash for Birds
18 pounds Pigeon Seed
3,823 pounds Bird Seed
9 pounds Pigeon Gravel

42,890 pounds Mixed Grains
29,145 pounds Random Fruits/Veggies

1,477 bales Hay
1,235 pounds Salt Blocks

2,105 bushels Shavings
507 bales Straw

12,960  Puppy Pads for hospital cages
180 gallons Laundry Detergent
720 gallons Bleach
23,400  Trash Bags, 33 gallon size
1,080 rolls Paper Towels
1,800 gallons Gasoline for vehicles
540 gallons Gasoline for equipment
540 gallons Diesel

5,820 Tubes Advantage/Frontline

Friends Share Good News

Did you know that Rikki's collects MyCokeRewards?  Collect the codes from any Coke product (Coke, Sprite, Fanta, Nestea, Minute Maid, PowerAde, Mello Yello, Fresca, Seagram's, Mr. Pibb, Barq's, and Dasani Water), and e-mail them to Melissa at  She will turn them in to great items that Rikki's will use for fundraising!

Autograph Quilt Raffle -   If anyone locally has a business, and would like to host a 1/2 day fundraiser with the quilt and a bake sale, contact me Melissa at  ALSO if you’d like to sell tickets !!!!   Great to sell at work, school, clubs and more !!!!

But It Now - Check out items in our store:  Rikki’s Marketplace on Facebook. This is where you can get things like Rikki's t-shirts, animal equipment like pill poppers and all kinds of good things.

Auction Items Needed - We’re gearing up for another auction - got items to send??  Rikki’s Refuge, 10910 Barr Ln, Raidan VA 22733 or email good quality photos if you’ll mail items to the winner.  HURRY!

Summit Recycling - take your metal - any metal - to Summit Recycling and tell them it’s for Rikki’s.  They’ll say think you.  You’re helping th3 environment and earning money for the animals.

Virtual Volunteers - got a little bit of spare time?  I need Virtual Volunteers.  Easy, no exercise involved, no poo-er scoop-er in, work from the comfort of your home or office.  Opie needs help keeping up with his one line work, posting and sharing information on social medias.  Let me know if you can help,

Cathy Dyson - writes about Rikki’s in the Free Lance Star

Orange County Supervisor’s Letter, by Lee Frame, District 5 Supervisor
June 19 has been set as the date for the new Walmart groundbreaking.

At a recent Supervisor’s meeting, we conducted a public hearing for a Special Use Permit (SUP) for Rikki’s Refuge.  The permit would allow placement of two office trailers for use by staff and volunteers. Rikki’s Refuge is an all-species animal sanctuary located on a 367-acre site here in Orange County. It provides food and shelter for over 1200 animals of over 20 different species.

I have visited the refuge and was amazed at all of the different types of animals. What I was not aware of, however, was the degree of widespread support for Rikki’s. For a relatively minor land-use issue, I received a significant number of emails in support of the SUP, and one Supervisor received over 200 emails including some from other countries.

There were a number of speakers at the public hearing with several traveling from as far as Reston and Richmond. The speakers said that Rikki’s Refuge had received support from 37 different countries and had a large number of people who came long distances to help as volunteers. The refuge holds open houses, and you can learn more at I should not have been surprised that Rikki’s Refuge gets lots of support in this county. There is widespread support for animal care in Orange County.

The county’s animal shelter is actively supported by volunteers and with donations. The county received one donation of about $30,000 for a needed expansion, and almost every Supervisor meeting includes an appropriation decision for the donations received. The county also has an active local humane society which works closely with the animal shelter on spay and neuter services, adoptions at pet stores and other businesses, and caring for the animals at the shelter. Other organizations such as Cause for Paws and various breed rescue groups are also active in Orange County.  Given the minimal requirements for animal shelters in Virginia, the people of Orange County go far beyond those requirements in caring for our animal friends.

Donna Savory shares a lesson

Sharon Dyer donated $25 to help with tractor repairs.  Thank you Sharon !

Beauty Complains about Discrimination I was injured protecting the refuge two weeks ago and I had very serious surgery on May 25th ....  I’m yet to see Opie try and help me raise the funds to pay my hospital bills.  All I hear is cats cats cats --- click my photo to read more
(Uh Oh I sorry Beauty.  Iz a kitty, I thought I supposed to do kitty things.  Why don’t you dawgies help raise some of the money to keep things running around here?  Love, Opie)

Deb Lavoie - A week ago, Ashley (our kitty who has CHF) needed to go back to the vet. Today, she looks so good and acts so normal (for her) that you'd never know she's not a perfectly healthy kitty! ♥   (Yeahhhhh  Ashley !!!!  I’m so happy.  Opie)

Ashlee Lee - Oh you guys must have been doing Vincent's poopy dance for Sweetness cause she finally did her first poopy since she got sick!!! Horray!!! The plumbing is working.  (I’m very glad to hear that Sweetness!!!!  Love, Opie)

Click to Learn More !!!
Autograph Quilt Raffle  

World's Best Cat Litter - arriving WEDNESDAY !!!!!

Toyota 100 Cars - Help Rikki’s Win a New Toyota !!!

Horace the poetry writing dog, next royalty check for Rikki's:

2012 Cats vs Dogs :  -- extended thru the end of JUNE !!!!

Carolyn Friedrich Memorial

Photos from Vincent's Birthday Party

Vincent D. Cat - Memorial
            From Alley Cat to World Renown Spokes Cat
            April 30, 1998 - April 30, 2012
            Vincent was the inspiration and the evolution of Rikki's Refuge
            Read the story of how his life brought so many together in good

Lots of love,
     Opie and Timmy !!

PPS 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.

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