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Life Unlimited of Virginia Inc

Rating: 4.97 stars   186 reviews 16,187

Address:

7321 Franklin Rd Annandale VA 22003 USA

Mission:

Rikki''s Refuge is an independent, all species, no-kill sanctuary located on over 330 acres of land in Orange, Virginia. Most of this land, which includes streams and beaver ponds, is set aside as a protected area for native Virginia plants and wildlife. The remaining acreage is used to house and care for companion and farm animals who have been abandoned or displaced. From the very beginning, Rikki''s Refuge has accepted animals into the sanctuary without discriminating against age, health condition, breed, adoptability, or any of the other labels that often warrant a death sentence. All are welcome to live a comfortable life at the refuge.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Over 1200 animals of various species and special needs

Geographic areas served:

Virginia. United States

Programs:

Rikki's Refuge provides homeless,abandoned and abused animals with a safe and loving place to stayuntil they can be adopted into permanent, caring families. Thosewho can not be adopted receive a permanent home at Rikki's. Weprovide all animals with traditional, homeopathic, and holisticmedical care.

Rikki's Refuge rescuinghomeless, abandoned, abused and or injured domestic and farm animals,providing medical care (traditional, alternative and holistic), findingsuitable homes for adoption, and for many (the handicapped, the elderly, theunsocial, those displaced due to the death, incapacitation or displacement oftheir human companion) providing permanent shelter, care, love andcompassion.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love Rikki's Refuge !!!! Saving the animals nobody wants, like the elderly, the ill, the handicapped .... what a wonderful mission !!!!

 
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Rikki's Refuge provides a forever ( or fur-ever) home for over a thousand animals of 20 species that have nowhere else to go. The injured, ill behaved, unwanted and otherwise unadoptable. Not to mention the wild animals that live there. And volunteering there helps the volunteer as much as it helps the animals. It's one of the greatest places around.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

How can you put into words the amazing things Rikki's Refuge does. It has saved thousands of animals from various situations and gives them happy forever homes. The care the staff and volunteers offer is heart warming. Rikki's is my favorite place in the world.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Rikki's Refuge is one of the most outstanding places I have ever been to. I can not offer anything to make the place better except to try to be there more for them. The first time I went was for a tour of the facility and now I give them for others to discover Rikki's and the wonderful things they do. Going out there and working and knowing that you are a small part of the amazing help they give to animals is all the reward I can ask for. Every creature no matter how old, cripple, forgotten, dismissed, deserted are welcome here to live out the rest of their days with love around them. Maybe for some of them for the first time in their lives. Keep up the excellent work Rikki's.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The eyes of the creatures they help. In the difference they make for each animal and even in the people like myself who benifit from being able to help.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have no chance of doing the incredible job they are doing. I read and hear some of the efforts put into this organization and I am awed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Rikki's Refuge is the most peaceful place on earth! With over 1200 animals, many of whom are "differently-abled", the animals get marvelous care, and lots and lots of love. Duke, the spokesdog (pictured here) was born without eyes. In a shelter situation, he would have been euthanized. But, at Rikki's, he's living a wonderful life! Boomer, an aussie mix, has made himself Duke's guide dog! And Duke goes to schools and events to teach people how to be kind to others who are different -- they are all the same on the inside. Rikki's teaches care and humanity and love to humans, as well as animals.

 
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The care that is given to the animals at Rikki's Refuge is incredible! All of the staff and volunteers truly love the animals. And the animals are happy, too! The people are the most hard-working people that I've ever met. They certainly care for all of the needs of the animals.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This animal sanctuary takes animals that most other rescues would euthanize. They take the elderly, and they take the sick. That have the love and patience and knowledge that it takes to heal the animals. The animals are treated as they should be -- as one of God's beautiful creatures.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have adopted 2 dogs from this sanctuary.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've met many wonderful people through Rikki's.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It feels great to know that helping, even just a little bit, can make a big difference to the people and the animals of Rikki's.

 
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Rikki's Refuge is one of the most beautiful places in the state of Virginia!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I like to go out and hug the goats! Nanny is my favorite. I take them Nilla Wafers every time I go.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish that there were no more unwanted or abused animals in the world so that Rikki's (and every other animal rescue and shelter) would not be needed.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

What can you say about an organization that takes in animals with disabilities, animals who have been so badly abused that they no longer care to trust people, animals with chronic medical conditions that require care and medication which their original owners don't want to provide, animals who are "too old and won't play anymore; we want a kitten/puppy," animals who have lost their homes because of illness, death, divorce or financial woes? What can you say about an organization that gives all of these creatures a for-ever home, with food, shelter, medical care and huge whopping doses of love every day? What can you say about an organization that is no-kill, that promotes cruelty-free eating for us humans that advocates tirelessly for spaying and neutering of your pets and ferals? What can you say about an organization that exists on private donations, money from bake sales, yard sales, a thrift shop and various events and doesn't take one penny of government money? What can you say about the people who work everyday in all kinds of weather and conditions to care for 1,300 animals of 22 different species? You say: This is Rikki's Refuge and I'm proud to be associated with them!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My first visit to Rikki's Refuge was on Christmas Day, 2010, for the tour. I was amazed at the number of animals who call Rikki's home and astounded by the compassion, caring, love and expert care each member of each species receives. Differently-abled animals are helped to live out their lives as fully as they can instead of being euthanized. Abused, unwanted and abandoned animals are gently nursed back to health and every effort is made to help them regain their trust in humans. I came as an interested animal-lover and began participating in events with my massage chair and cake-baking skills. Now I'm a proud board member and help spread the word about Rikki's. Kerry runs this sanctuary on donations, winnings from contests, volunteers and love. This is a great organization not only for the animals that land there, but for the people who come to help. I wonder who saved who.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Rikki's Refuge is a no-kill animal sanctuary that does outstanding work for so many animals. They all have names, up-to-date on shots, etc., all neutered. When you drive up, be prepared for one or two gorgeous white guard dogs, some goats and cats to meet your car. It's plainly obvious how loved, cared for and safe these animals feel. When I win a lottery jackpot, I have plans to make the lives of the wonderful people who run this facility much easier. And you have to meet the best spokescat on the planet - Vincent! Bring Fancy Feast!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being greeted by happy, well--cared-for and well-loved animals lifts my spirits.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fix the road coming in! When I win the lottery, they'll receive enough money on an on-going basis to never worry about funding again.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Rikki's Refuge is one of the best sanctuaries in the USA that I know of! Every life counts at Rikki's and they are doing everything to make sure their animals get the very best of lives! Taking care of well over 1200 animals, and paying attention to all of their (often special) needs on a daily basis, is a miracle not many rescues or sanctuaries can manage. Rikki's does!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Rikki's Refuge/Life Unlimited takes in and cares for many kinds of animals, large and small. They do amazing work and deserve any help they can get. Community outreach is a huge part of what they do, and Virginia is better for being home to this fantastic organization.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Rikki's Refuge stepped in to save a kitty that was abused and neglected by its owner. Rikki's took all the responsibility to make sure this kitty is safe and would find a loving home. I happen to see the post on Facebook and Rikki's made all things possible with the help of the volunteers involved. The kitty is safe now. Very well taken care of and since day one, she touched our hearts and our home is her new forever home. I will be forever grateful to Rikki's for the unconditional love they are giving these pets and animals everyday of their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more volunteers to help and support this organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Rikki's Refuge cares for over 1200 animals and is a no-kill shelter. Everyone there is friendly and loves animals. They are very active in the community and deserve as much support as they can receive from us all. I highly recommend them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Rikki's Refuge is an incredible no-kill sanctuary for animals of all shapes and sizes. The dogs, cats, pigs, horses, emus, guinea pigs, sheep, goats, etc., live out their lives in a safe and caring environment. Considering that there are over 1200 animals that call Rikki's home, it truly takes a village of dedicated volunteers. Having spent many hours there, I honestly am in awe of how well they keep everything running so smoothly. But, none of this would happen without those willing to give of their time, resources and help from others. I believe in Kerry and her vision of what Rikki's Refuge stands for and for those who support her every step of the way.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

As a volunteer for Rikki's, I can say with absolute certainty that this is a place that goes above and beyond to help any animal that comes into their care. From cats to dogs and horses to guinea pigs, no animal at Rikki's goes without the proper care or love. I have enormous respect for everyone who works so tirelessly at Rikki's.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rikki's Refuge is the most honest animal rescue that I have had the honor of being associated with. The love and compassion they give to each and every animal that comes into their care should be used as a guideline for every animal rescue in existence. I am proud to be a volunteer at Rikki's.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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