How You Can Help!
Please donate - Caring For Creatures is a non-profit,
charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible
to the extent allowed
The Caring for Creatures sanctuary is home to over 200 animals. As a non-profit
organization, we support our work entirely through tax-deductible donations
from individuals like yourself. Each month we must spend a minimum of $5,000
to cover the basic expenses involved with caring for these animals: food, veterinary
care, housing, litter, part-time helpers, utilities and other administrative
costs. That is approximately $50.00 per animal, per month.
A sponsor is an individual or group of individuals that is willing to financially
support one or more of our animals on a monthly basis. Each sponsor receives
a Sponsorship Certificate with a photograph of their "adopted" animal along
with a brief resume and history about them. We also provide a Sponsorship Coupon
Book and return envelopes for sending in the monthly donation. Throughout the
year we provide you with regular updates on your new friend.
In addition, for
IRS purposes, at the end of the year you will receive copies of receipts for
the total of that year's tax-deductible donations.
If your sponsored animal
is adopted, we select another deserving animal for you to sponsor. We also encourage
our sponsors to visit the sanctuary and meet their four-legged friend in person
Becoming a Sponsor is EASY!
here to open a printable form.
A Provider is an individual who pledges to financially support one or more
“staples of life” each month for the sanctuary dogs and/or cats. These “staples
of life” include dog and cat food and cat litter.
On average, the monthly expense
just for these supplies ranges between $2,000 - $2,500, depending on the number
of animals in residence. At CFC we choose to purchase as high a quality of food
for our animals as we can. Rarely do animals arrive at the sanctuary in robust
health; in fact, usually it is just the opposite. It is imperative that we provide
them with nutritious meals to first restore their health, and then to maintain
it. It is our experience that what we do not spend for healthy food, we will,
at some point in time, spend in veterinary care.
Listed below are the “staples of life” we purchase every month along with the
quantity needed and our cost for each one.
DOG FOOD (Dry) $17.00/ 40 lb. bag 20 Bags/month needed Cost: $340
DOG FOOD (Canned) $14.00/case (24 cans) 15 Cases/month needed Cost: $210
CAT FOOD (Dry) $14.50/18 lb. bag 28 Bags/month needed Cost: $406
CAT FOOD (Canned) $11.00/case (12 cans) 60 Cases/month needed Cost: $660
CAT LITTER $5.00/30 lb. bag 100 Bags/month needed Cost: $500
a Provider is EASY! Click here to download a
We have many jobs that are available and projects that we hope to undertake. As with most non-profit organizations, we do not have the funds to hire staff to take all these projects on. That's where you, our volunteers, come in.
Please look through the list and see if there is any area where you may be willing to help. Remember that we do not expect you to do it all alone. We have staff members that will help you to help us reach our goals. No matter where you live, near or far, with Internet access, we can find a volunteer job for you.
Click HERE to see our Volunteer Opportunities
Eat at Ruby Tuesday in Charlottesville
on the second Wednesday of every month!
The second Wednesday of every month, all day,
is the day that Caring For Creatures gets 20% of the cost of every meal for every person
who mentions us. That's right - no flyer needed, just MENTIONING us brings in the cash, and
fills your belly!
Same for Take-Out!
To make a reservation, call Ruby Tuesday at 434-295-9118 or visit them on line at
Honor a Loved One with a Memory Wall Tile or a Memory Garden Brick
More information on Memory Wall tiles HERE!
More information on Memory Garden bricks HERE!
Shop Amazon using the link below and the Sanctuary will receive a portion of the monies spent!
Use this link:
Food Lion's Shop & Share Program
Most likely you visit a grocery store at least one a week, and if you shop at Food Lion, you can help Caring For Creatures at the same time.
Each time you shop at Food Lion and use your MVP card, a portion of your total grocery purchase will be donated to CFC if you designate us as your charity in the Shop & Share Program.
Here's how you sign up:
Call the Food Lion Customer Relations line at (800) 210-9569 or visit
the website. You will need to provide your Food Lion 12-digit MVP#, name
and address, and the charity you would like to support.
Caring For Creatures has registered as one of the program's charitable organizations.
Please take a few moments to register with this wonderful program. Just think,
whenever you buy groceries for your family, you can help CFC buy groceries for
the animals at the sanctuary. Sign up today!!
Charlie's Gift is a special reserve fund that is used to cover emergency medical
expenses for homeless, abandoned, and/or abused animals. Providing prompt medical
care to a dog or cat that has been hit by a car or otherwise injured usually
involves treatment for shock, x-rays, expensive surgery to repair broken bones,
reconstructive surgery, and a rehabilitation period that also includes an overall
rebuilding of the animal's total state of health as a majority of these creatures
are suffering from varying forms of neglect. Paying for these medical expenses
can be devastating to an already stretched budget.
To assist in these situations,
Caring For Creatures has formed this special fund in memory of a former CFC
Charlie, a black Lab mix, was brought to CFC in March 1990 at 8 weeks of age,
after being hit by a car. He was rushed to the emergency vet and diagnosed with a broken front leg. The vet had indicated
that Charlie was very lucky to be alive. Several days after arriving at the
sanctuary with his leg in a cast, it became evident that Charlie was also suffering
from mange as well. Needless to say, Charlie was miserable.
But Charlie was a tough little puppy-his leg mended and we treated the mange.
At age 7 months, Charlie was adopted. A year later he returned to CFC when his
family was forced to relocate and could not take him along. Everyone at the
sanctuary welcomed Charlie back with open arms. He matured into 112 pounds of
pure love! Charlie's exuberance and zest for life was contagious and his sweet,
smiling face brightened our days. In fact upon his return, Charlie went into
training as "official greeter" at the sanctuary.
A year later Charlie began experiencing seizures. Initially we were able to
control them with medication. But in the end, the seizures worsened and would
not respond to increase medication. Charlie was only 3 years old when we made
the difficult, but necessary decision to euthanize him.
Charlie's spirit lives on here at Caring For Creatures and in his memory we
created the fund, "Charlie's Gift" - a gift of life for other animals in need
of emergency care.
This special reserve fund is used only for emergency medical expenses for homeless,
abandoned and/or abused animals. Our goal is to maintain a minimum balance of
$1,000 in this fund.
Funds will be used to cover costs such as: Emergency vet calls, X-rays, Surgery,
Medication, Rehabilitation expenses You can be a part of Charlie's Gift by making
a tax-deductible donation to this special fund. Your gift will save an animal
that has no one but us to help it. Your sharing will make a difference.
To donate online via the Sanctuary's Secure Server, click the DONATE button BELOW!
Donations may be sent to the Sanctuary at:
352 Sanctuary Lane
Palmyra, VA 22963