Monday, January 09, 2012

Good Morning Good News !!!! January 9, 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!
Hurrah !!!!  I’m Back !!!!
Thanks to Daddy the puter guru I got my puter back !!!!!!   He had a whole pile of equipment and he did all kinds of things and ended up doing a total brain transplant from my puter into a body that wasn’t broke.  Yippee!!!!   I’m so happy.  No have to load all the programs again and no worry about this is incompatible and that don’t work no more and learn how to do this and that different.  Daddy did it and it all just works like nothing ever happened!!!  Thank you Daddy!!!!

Two Exciting Contests YOU can win!!!

$5,000 of FOOD!!!   I'm the ONLY CAT in the contest, so you can't miss me!  Can you imagine $5,000 of Fancy Feast?   I promise to share with the other kitties of Rikki's Refuge.  Please vote for ME, Vincent, in this contest, it's quick and free, one vote per person!

and then "like" the page and then vote by clicking on the dot in front of my name VINCENT under the pictures, then click "vote" on the bone to the right.  You can click on the picture to see more but you can’t vote that way!  

You have to VOTE by clicking on the dot in front of my name VINCENT under the pictures, then click "vote" on the bone to the right.

Thank you very much. Love, Vincent

The Shelter Challenge is on ......  Go Team Vincent !!!
This year’s rules only allow one prize per shelter per challenge, so the best one for us to go for is the weekly!!!  That will give us $1,000 if we have the most number of votes in a week. 

The really good news about this, is that once we’ve won our week, we can all vote to help another needy shelter win their week!!! 

Or the short link:

Then select Rikkis Refuge, VA, USA and you’ll search and then click VOTE and then have to identify 5 letters/numbers.

The new Shelter Challenge starts today and runs thru March 18th. You can vote once a day from each of your computer, home, office, etc. The total number of votes count, so remember to vote daily.

Vote for Rikkis Refuge, in VA in the USA

As soon as Rikki's Refuge wins a weekly challenge (the most number of votes in a week) we win $1,000. And then we'll vote for another shelter that needs help. If we all work together we can win $1,000 for 10 different shelters!!! Let's get Rikki's Refuge’s win done this week!!!! VOTE VOTE VOTE and share the word!!!

It takes a lot of food to keep everybody at Piggy Paradise happy!!!   Pig food is packaged pellet stuff just like for everybody else.  Fresh fruits and veggies are certainly much better for them, both in terms of health and their enjoyment.  Imagine if all you ever got to eat was crackers packed with all the nutrition you needed, but no variety of flavor or texture!  Ick!

Jack has been a great big huge help in 2011 getting the Piggies and the Rabbits and the Guinea Pigs wonderful delicious nums.  A couple times a week he’s been picking up produce at Costco, 3102 Plank Rd 600 Fredericksburg VA, 22407.  Unfortunately he’s not going to be able to continue it in 2012.

Can YOU help?  Petunia and the other pigs will be SO happy!!

It’s very simple.  Here’s all you need to do.  Any day they are open YOU can call 540-785-1160 between 9 am and 9:30 am and ask for a manager.  Tell the manager that YOU are associated with Rikki's Refuge Animal Sanctuary in Orange and ask if there is any produce that can be donated for that day.  If the answer is yes, YOU will need to be there be at the side warehouse door between 10:45 am and 11 am.  They have to have the produce picked up by 11:30 am.  Costco has to make arrangements for a manager to leave the floor and come unlock the warehouse door.  It's best to have a pickup truck, van or large SUV.

As you look at the entrance where Costco is, to the right you see the automotive bays, farther to the right is the loading docks for the semi trucks, around the corner there is a single garage door and next to it a single door with a buzzer.  YOU will need to ring the buzzer once and wait for them to open up, it could be a few seconds or 10 or 15 minutes, just be patient.

Will you be Petunia’s friend and pick up one day a week?  Please let me know

Secrets in the Sand

Dear Vincent
Rikki, Ricky or Ree-kee?
Questions about Rikki’s Refuge, me, your animal friends? Need advice from Wise Old Vincent?  Just ask!  Ask your questions in the blog comments or sent to me at

Dear Vincent - So I have a question, is Rikki pronounced like Ricky or is it Ree-kee? I'm known for pronouncing unfamiliar names from books in my own way and just want to know the "real" way to say Rikki.   Jennifer

Hi Jennifer!  Rikki is from Rikki-tikki-tavi by Rudyard Kipling here's the story of why we're called Rikki's Refuge and who Rikki was, written by Rikki’s Refuge’s Benefactor, Louise A. Hilliard

But to answer your question. It's like Ricky. Are you thinking of Reiki, the healing art, which is pronounced Ray-kee?. If you are, note Rikki's paw position where he's poised over "Rikki's Refuge" in the logo, healing all the animals of the peaceful sanctuary.


JANUARY 21, 2012
Location: Bucks Mill Recreation Center, Bucks Mill Road, Colts Neck, NJ 07722
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Colts Neck Dog and Cat Owners: Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic. All dogs must be 6 months old or older and on a leash. All cats must be in a portable container. Licenses may be obtained at Town Hall Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Written proof of spay or neutering must be shown to qualify for reduced license fee.

Clinton, Illinois, USA (DeWitt County) - Monthly/2012
For residents of Clinton, Illinois and DeWitt County, Illinois!
Second Chance for Pets will be transporting dogs and cats to the Animal Protective League in Springfield, Illinois for low-cost spay and neuter clinics in 2012. If you have a pet that you would like to have spayed or neutered for a very low cost ($25 for pit bulls and pit bull mixes/$50 for other breeds), please call us at 217-935-3488 at least 24 hours in advance to get on the transport.
Upcoming dates for 2012:
January 25
February 22
March 21
April 18
May 16
June 13
July 11
August 8
September 6
October 3
October 31
November 28

If you hear about events that will benefit animals that we can share please let me know.  This newsletter goes out to 5,000.  Hairballs goes out less frequently to over 50,000 internationally.   Share the news!!!

Alumni Paddy Kat
Paddy Kat was critter number 1,940 when he came to Rikki’s Refuge in 2004.  His only problem was testing positive for the fiv virus.  A virus, that we’ve found over the years, seems to have no affect on the kitties health.  Yet so much fear and the element of the unknown, still make these cats almost unadoptable.

But not for lucky Paddy Kat!!!  Here he is at home, where he’s very happy as a member of Ron’s clan.

Your generous support provides for about 60 cats with the fiv virus, so they can live happily at Rikki’s Refuge.  Most shelters kill cats that test positive for fiv.  At Rikki’s they get a happy home for the rest of their natural lives.  Except when they find an open minded adoptor like Ron!

Click here if you’d like to help support a kitty with fiv:
For $47 a month you can support an fiv kitty.  That’s only $564 a year!!!   Help brighten the life of someone special at Rikki’s Refuge today!!  Make a donation for Mr. Darcy, Baby Elliot, Velcro, Vista, Utah, Chubs, Sunshine and many more.

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 Checks, money orders, cash, items at Rikki's Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960

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