Saturday, October 12, 2013

Good Morning Good News !!!! October 12, 2013


Morning !!!!   You know .... those of you who do a recurring monthly donation subscription are such a HUGE help !!!    Knowing I can count on you to help me feed the critters every month is so wonderful. 

I don't get here to thank you folks often enough, and I'm sorry ....  but believe me ... we're chowing down on your gifts every day !!!  Thank you ....  today Sara Whipple Coles and Donna Thomas Smith have chipped in to feed us breakfast !!!!

I’d love to add you to the list so more of us get nums on the 12th of every month !!!  Would you sign up for a small automatic monthly donation?  It’s real easy!!  You just fill out the info once and it’s all automagic after that !!

You can sign up right here !!!!  all by yourself !!!!! See the second paragraph “Recurring Donation” you just sign up there !!!!   $5 to buy some meds, $50 to see the doc, what ever works for you !!!!  Every little bit really helps here at Rikki’s Refuge and we can s..t..r..e..t..c..h.. out your help to make it HUGE !!!!

Next to LAST day of the Shelter Challenge
Please vote daily thru the 13th !!
You’re voting to feed the cats and dogs and everybody else at Rikki’s Refuge
Winning contests is a big part of our budget
Please help out !!
Your clicks translate into food !!!
You DO NOT have to use Facebook for voting --- you can use any EMAIL ADDRESS instead !!!   OR vote without signing in !!!

Remember to always vote “Rikkis Refuge, VA, USA” ... if you’ll please, please log in every day and vote for me you’ll be helping me to win food for the animals !!! 

Remembering Catnip Candy
It was two years ago that Catnip Candy went to the Rainbow Bridge and left all of us behind to miss her.  And miss her we do !!!   Her smile, her joy for life, it was infectious to us all.  You could never feel bad for long with Candy there to cheer you up !!!  

Add your fondest memory of Candy in the comments below.  Let’s remember her and share her memory today as we keep Paul in our prayers.

How fitting to remember our Pumpkin Princess Candy now, just in time for Pumpkin Pickin season.  You see all the pumpkin stands out there selling pumpkins for Halloween?  Ever noticed how quickly they disappear after Halloween? 

Wonder where they go?  To Rikki’s Refuge !!!  At least if we’re lucky they do!!  All the animals ... except the cats and dogs ... love chomping on healthy nutritious pumpkin ....  and so our volunteers round up and start hauling as soon as it’s dark Halloween night. 

And we keep hauling, load after load, all day long for a week till we’ve cleaned out all the pumpkin patches we can.  We need YOUR help in Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, Spotsylvania, Culpeper and anywhere else you can drive from. 

Join one of our Pumpkin  Pickin teams by emailing me now at or stop by the stands, nurseries and stores you see and ask if you can collect those and bring them to Rikki’s.  Be sure to let us know when you’re coming as the gate is kept closed to keep the animals in and we’ll need to open up for you !!!

Thank you Pumpkin People!! 

A great big huge thank you to Girl Scout Troop 3797
for raising the money to buy water troughs for the pigs and cows !!!! 
You all are awesome!!  Thank you for all the work you did sprucing up Rikki’s Refuge too !!!!
Rikki’s is a great place to do a scouting project !!!

What's coming next to a Kindle near you ???
We are working on an Animal Friendly Thanksgiving cookbook next and want to feature recipes from Opie's friends. .... and I don't think they mean Fancy Feast. Got great recipes that don't include animals ... that you'd like to share .... also send me a pic of you or your kitty (or other critter) trying it ... or any pic you'd like with it !!!! Thank you -- you can attach here as a comment, post on my wall, tag me, or send to me at

"Please be sure not to copy a recipe out of someone's cookbook. We need main dishes, side dishes, desserts, appetizers, drinks -- the whole shebang. Submission deadline is October 15 so that we have time to format the book and get it into the Kindle store before Thanksgiving."

Sometimes in the Animal World
.... well maybe most of the time, you should expect the unexpected and never take your eyes off your back !!!!  

It’s like volunteering Rikki’s Refuge .....  the unexpected always happens ....  and the cows sneak up from behind and give you a “gentle” nudge ..... the cat sails across the room and lands on your shoulder ... with claws extended to grip on ... wouldn’t want her falling off now, would you  !!!   It’s all in the normal day volunteering at Rikki’s Refuge.

I’ve got some fun coming up for you at Rikki’s Refuge.

Saturday, October 19, Full Moon Walk
Saturday, October 26, Halloween Tour at Rikki’s and Nature Hike
Saturday, November 16, Nature Appreciation Day, Tour and Nature Hike at Rikki’s Refuge and Full Moon Walk

Contact us by email  for details, times and tickets, all events at Rikki’s require tickets in advance.

Thank you for working with us, hand in paw, day in and day out, to care for the critters of Rikki’s Refuge .... we couldn’t do it without YOU!!  Thank you for saving our lives.   

Please help us our at this difficult time of year !!!   Every penny counts ... if you can spare $1 or $5 please help the animals today.   Winter is just around the corner ... we’re getting ready to buy winter bedding and stocking the pantry in case of bad weather ....  would you ... could you ... please ... help us out just a little bit?  Every penny counts ... 25 of them add up to feed one of us a meal !!!!

Love you bunches,

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