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Life Unlimited of Virginia Inc

Rating: 4.97 stars   199 reviews 16,270

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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540-854-0870
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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife discovered Rikki's many years ago and we became donors first and then active volunteers. It is a wonderful place that brings hope to many animals and humans as well. I have heard it called a magical place and I believe it. There is a peace associated with visiting the animals and getting involved with the loving residents of Rikki's. It is very satisfying to know that these animals have found a safe, forever home.

 
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Almost every day at Rikki's sees a new animal saved. What happened this year? An animal got hit by a car and brought in ... saved, recovered. Animals coming from hoarding situations (several!) ... acquired, rehabbed, now happy members of the group. Animals of many different species ... yes, a lot of cats, but also sheep, goats, pigs, cows, emus, ducks, dogs, don't stop me now! ... the list goes on for 22 different species! The love that the staff shows to all these animals is amazing ... every animal has value ... every life is precious. And it's good for people, too ... Rikki's helps distressed pet owners keep their pets, provides programs for children to learn to respect animals, and spreads an awful lot of happiness all around.

 
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Rikki's is growing! They just added 64 acres, bringing their total land for keeping animals safe to 450 acres -- 100 acres for world-class managed care animal neighborhoods and 350 acres for native Virginia wildlife! And they're international! Rikki's got their Combined Federal Campaign national and international level certifications! More and more people are coming to know Rikki's ... coming to respect Rikki's ... coming to love Rikki's! Be a part of it today!

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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If there is a heaven on earth, it is sure to be Rikki's Refuge, a beautiful 450 acre animal sanctuary in central Virginia. If the 1200+ animals saved by Rikki's could talk, they would tell you that it is a glorious place with loving, compassionate people changing the world, one critter at a time. I work with the dogs, all who had a very sad life story before they found their way to Rikki's. Now they flourish in the green fields with a second chance in life. So many of the animals never knew what kindness was, until they entered the gates here. Rikki's Refuge has never met an animal that was not worthy of living a full and happy life, no matter what it takes. Truly heaven on earth!

 
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You will fall in love with Rikki's Refuge as soon as you pass through the gate and see how many wonderful animals have been saved -- who thrive and live in peace and harmony. The large farm accommodates so many of God's creatures that have been abandoned or tossed aside. Rikki's Refuge is a sanctuary where everybody, every animal on 4 legs or 2 legs, is loved and given a second chance at life. Over 1200 animals, each with a story of past abuse or neglect that will move you to the core. But the best part? That there are over 1200 happy endings that will warm your heart. And feed your soul. And inspire you to do what you can to help. I am inspired every day I spend at Rikki's Refuge, working with the dogs and sharing that bond that for centuries has evolved and created the term "Man's Best Friend". And at the end of the day, you too will feel that you have helped make for a better world, hlped create a better life one loving, beautiful animal at a time.

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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Rikki's refuge is unlike any sanctuary I have come across in many years of domestic and international travel. The emphasis it places on all living things, the rally cry that all life is sacred and worth saving is extraordinary. No animal is too old, too sick or too disabled to be treated with kindness and respect, and all efforts are made to provide comfort and a sense of love and belongingness to all who come through the gate. The core values of compassion and humane treatment for all animals are demonstrated in word and action by the Director, Ms. Kerry Hilliard, and all who donate time and energy to this magical place.

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

..every trip to the Refuge, which is almost every Saturday for tha last 3 years. I have seen miracles happen right before my eyes - an old dog that is given a week or less to live goes on to live well beyond a year; a cat who is given a death senstence of FeLuk lives years beyond what could have ever been expected. I have seen how animal compassion can change the life of a veteran or a teenger.

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

I would try to increase the revenue and resource stream to ensure no animal would ever be turned away from the gate...

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a donor and supporter for sixteen years. And sometimes I volunteer too. I just love Rikki's Refuge, it's my most favorite place on earth. When I'm sad I go to visit the animals and it makes me happy. Everything about Rikki's makes me happy. I love the lesson of compassion they teach everyone by example. It's just a good good place.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Great place, they are so caring to both the animals and the humans!

 
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I was looking for a place to volunteer my time and make a difference. i knew i wanted to work with animals but i couldn't bear the thought of walking into a shelter. i heard of Rikki's Refuge and as soon as i walked on the property i knew i found the right place. Their mission is "everyone and everything deserves to live a long, happy, peaceful and, loving life; no matter how old, how disabled, or how temper mental they are." The animals at Rikki's Refuge are actually "HAPPY". They have wide and bright eyes. You don't leave there sad or guilty for not taking anything home with you, because you can just see and feel how well they are being taken care of and more importantly how much they are LOVED. Thanks to the employees that work so hard caring for the animals in the middle of snow storms, rain and unbearable heat 24/7, the dedicated volunteers that help get funding to keep the refuge going and Kerry (the refuge executive director) who can make a dollar stretch so far is impressive. 15 years later and the refuge still takes my breath away. Not only do they believe in human compassion, peace and love for all the creatures on earth...but they actually live it. Too bad we don't have more places like Rikki's Refuge, if we did, maybe we could finally find "peace on earth".

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

nothing

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?

2016

 
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Awesome. Just awesome. Visit a couple times a year. Take out of town guests. Animals are fun and friendly and so very well cared for. Love the philosophy to allow the elderly and the handicapped a happy life. Some one on a tour once asked how Rikki's found all these handicapped animals, saying they'd never before seen an animal with a birth defect. Well you know why not? Cus most people just kill them. But Rikki's gives them a home. And thru these happy, though handicapped, animals, they teach visitors, especially kids, how to be kind and compassionate to all. I never leave Rikki's not feeling a lot happier then when I got there. I'll see you for the next holiday tour!

 
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I've been supporting Rikki's Refuge for many many years. For several years now I can no longer walk around on tours and though I'd have to stop taking my grandchildren to visit. But you know what? Rikki's arranged to give me an escort who could drive me around to visit the different animals. I take all my grandkids to Rikki's when ever I can. I've watched them grow up to be kinder more loving human beings because of Rikki's. Rikki's has a real emphasis on teaching love and kindness to what they call the "differently abled". I thought it was cute when I was younger. Now that I'm differently-abled just like some of their elderly animals, I really appreciate that ! Rikki's teaches everyone to be just a little bit kinder, just a little more compassionate. They teach so many kids thru programs with subtle lessons in treating others just like you want to be treated. The basic golden rule ... but somehow it means more to the kids when it's taught by a disabled cat or dog or goat or pig ..... I love RIkki's and I know they have made my grandkids into the wonderful people they have and are growing up to be. Thank you for your mission of love and caring Rikki's Refuge. Please never stop.

 
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I'm an assistant in a special ed class and we take kids out to Rikki's Refuge during the school year. We've been doing this for years. The kids get to interact with the animals, and to do useful things like helping to clean up that gives them a lot of self respect. We have emotionally, intellectually and physically challenged kids ... and it's really wonderful to see them grown and learn and to feel so appreciated at Rikki's Refuge. Knowing many of the animals had sad stories too gives the kids something to relate to and it helps them open up and talk out some problems. Rikki's has given us a wonderful opportunity to help hundreds of kids over the years. They may be there for the animals .... but they really help the people too.

 
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Rikki's Refuge saved my family. When mom died, dad had to go to assisted living. They had lots of animals, cats, dogs, goats, pigs. None of us kids could keep them cuz we didn't have land and you can't put those kind of animals in apartments. We had to sell dad's little farm to pay the expenses and he begged us not to sell his animals to market. I spent days and days trying to figure out what to do with those pets. And I found Rikki's Refuge. I was so amazed when they helped us and they gave the animals home and now the animals can live there for ever and ever -- they never kill them. I go on tours when I come to visit dad and I get pictures of his favorite old pets to show him. It makes him so happy. I think he might of died too if we'd had to sell his animals at the livestock market. Thank you Rikki's Refuge for saving those animals and saving all of us from watching our dad die of grief.

 
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