LIFE UNLIMITED OF VIRGINIA INC

Rating: 4.97 stars   181 reviews

Issues: Animals, Religion

Location: 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  

Rikkis refuge and the home of vincent cat is a wonderful place saving all types of unwanted animals and our lost little ones thank God there is a place like this in our world they deserve so much respect and all the help they can have

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

I have seen in action the help love and care this group gives

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for about 5 years. Rikkis Refuge is the most wonderful place. Kerry and all her workers take such good care of all the animals. Most of them are special needs animals that no one else wants, but we love and cherish them forever. I wish I could give more time and more money to help these wonderful people and animals. I truly love them with all my heart.

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

in the blessings I have received just knowing these people and animals

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

nothing. I only wish we had more money to improve some of the housing that needs minor repairs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rikki's Refuge gives the few lucky ones a sleep safe at night, away from those who hurt them. I hope the dedicated people who wake up everyday to help the injured, hug the broken, and kiss the abandoned, get all the blessing they bestow on those without a voice. This goes out to all volunteers all over the world who's work and love for animals goes undeclared.

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

Seeing how much it helps animals through news organizations.

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

Global.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A terrific animal refuge for all sorts of animals; often the last resort for some abused and abandoned helpless ones. The director and staff go beyond all expectations to take care and provide love as well as food and medical care to those at the shelter. They help other rescue groups with animals who have run out of options. It truly is a wonderful caring shelter for these little creatures.

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

Organization has helped a family member who sponsors a small cat rescue in Georgia - the shelter has take in several cats who would otherwise been euthenized because of medical conditions.

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

Find a way to enhance their fund raising program.

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15 people found this review helpful

Rikki's Refuge Animal Sanctuary is "Heaven on Earth" to animals that have been abused, injured, neglected and/or abandoned. I have seen the angels at Rikki's perform so many miracles with animals that have been so horribly abused and malnourished resulting in happy and healthy animals under the compassionate care of Kerry Hilliard and her staff. Kerry Hilliard, Director of Rikki's Refuge, is the most unselfish, kind, caring, and remarkable human being that I have ever met.

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

the over 4,000 critters that have or are still living at Rikki's Refuge.

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

I could not run this organization - it takes a "Kerry Hilliard" to do that - she is an exceptional human being.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I know that my donations are being responsibly used and that the critters at Rikki's are being loved and taken care of in the most compassionate and professional way.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

and are so dedicated to the animals at Rikki's Refuge.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

SAVE MORE CRITTERS!!!

Ways to make it better...

I were a millionaire so that I could be a patron for Rikki's Refuge.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

like all animal shelter/groups - there is a need for donations and more volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Visit the Refuge - the critters will touch your heart and you will want to be part of the Rikki's Team!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Rikki's Refuge fills a niche in animal welfare that is sadly small. They take the hard to place of all species and care for them. From cats with FIV, to dogs that are too old to place in most shelter adoption programs, to creatures like emus and pigs that most shelters cannot house, Rikki's takes all that they have space for.

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

being able to save harder to place animals.

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

leave running it to Kerry. I know when I'm out of my depth!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

visiting the Refuge.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

lovely. There is no one more fun to shoot the breeze and talk shop with than Kerry!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build permanent housing and medical facilities for the animals and finally move Kerry out of a trailer!

Ways to make it better...

they had the time, space and money to take ALL of the animals that need their kind of help!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money and facilities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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16 people found this review helpful

Rikki's Refuge is beautiful haven for unwanted animals to find their peace. All the animals at Rikki's have their own sad stories but they've all ended happily in a place where they are loved and cared for every day. This organization truely puts the needs of the animals before anything else. To care for 1200 animals is no small task and the staff at Rikki's works tirelessly day in and day out. They won't stop till they see each animal is happy and healthy no matter the cost. What's wonderful is that they have a vision to save every unwanted animal and they strive for that everyday.

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

All the animals that have been loved and cared for.

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

not be able to without the expertise of Kerry and Lena.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Teaching young people how to be compassionate towards animals and how to care for them. Going to events and spreading our mission.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

sweet, kind, very passionate about what they do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make Kerry's (our executive director) dreams come true! It would expand, build, and save thousands of more lives!

Ways to make it better...

we had more volunteers willing to help with fundraising and recruiting others to our cause.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

needing more money and more willing volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

every single talent that a person has can be used to help Rikki's. We need people who are willing to do the dirty work with animals but also carpenters, builders, singers, crafters, bakers, painters, gardeners, any talent would be a gift to our animals!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I have been an active supporter and donor of Rikkis Refuge Animal Shelter for over three years. This shelter is home to many, many wonderful animals that otherwise would not have a home. Handicapped, abandoned, abused, aged and anything else that has no one to love and care for them are welcomed here. In addition to a loving home, each animal is given medical care and put on a special diet if need be and all of this is done for a cost of only $1.00 per animal. The volunteers who care for the animals give freely of their time and quite often their money. Thank you Rikkis for being such a God send to these amazing animals.

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

making close friendships with the volunteers involved and listening to their praises. All are commited to help Rikkis provide the best care possible for all the animals that need it.

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

unfortunately, without extra funding there doesn't seem to be any changes that could be made at this time.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

sharing with others. Interacting with other volunteers. Participating in fundraisers. The list is endless.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, loving, dedicated people who give of themselves to help support this shelter.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help even more animals. Build bigger and better housing. Not worry about paying medical bills, food bills, electric, etc, etc.

Ways to make it better...

I had known about this wonderful organization ten years ago.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

time and money. We all need a lot more of both.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have never seen anyone like Kerry. She is one devoted lady and I admire her. People should be treated the way this woman treats animals. She certainly has my love and admiration.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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11 people found this review helpful

For me, Rikki's Refuge is a lesson in faith, hope and pragmatism. Rikki's is Eden on a very tight budget, with even a place for serpents if they need a home. With enormous dedication, creativity, and hard work, both regulars and volunteers accomplish seeming miracles of good care for over 1200 diverse animals as common as cats and as exotic as emus. At Rikki's, there's no doubt that every much-needed and much-appreciated donation goes straight to the animals' care.

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

hundreds of healthy, relaxed, natural-acting, well-fed, well-housed animals, and in people, especially children, enjoying themselves while engaging in acts of kindness.

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

try to be exactly like Kerry Hilliard, the founder and current director.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing such a huge benefit to so many animals that would have suffered or died without Rikki's.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard-working, dedicated, knowledgeable, kind, friendly, creative, innovative, inspiring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do what it's currently doing, but on a larger scale.

Ways to make it better...

more animals were being adopted and fewer were coming in.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, money, and money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if the world were run like Rikki's, it would be a much-improved place. But as a start, every one who can should visit Rikki's for inspiration and for proof that what is best in humans can not only survive, but prevail.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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