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Review from Guidestar
April 13, 2010

I first learned of Rikki's Refuge through an adoption placement of a wonderful Siamese kitten that I found with Winging Cat Rescue in Griffin, GA. While visiting the rescue in GA, I asked what happens to the kitties that don't find homes soon, such as the blind or Feline Leukemia pets? Donna told me about Rikki's, a place where these pets are cared for the remainder of their days with love and comfort. Being a Virginia resident, I volunteered to bring back from GA (about 600 miles) to this shelter a full truckload of supplies to help the animals that had been donated. In doing so, I got to tour this amazing place---gunnea pigs and bunnies and birds that can't fly all living in complete happiness in safety out in nature, available for adoption and cared for better than many private homes I've seen...pigs of every kind, Sally the loving goat, Kikki the dog...I saw animals of every kind that were turned away as "unplaceable" and given a place and a home. Even more impressive, Rikki's places animals such as emu, Easter chicks that "grow up", lame horses, and other wildlife in an environment where they can be happy as Nature intended. Not everyone understands that some animals are not suited to be pets, and have special requirements. Rikki's strives to give those animals the home they really need and freedom to roam in safety. Those who are pets, many of them DO find a forever home and my heart was touched seeing these animals cared for so well and known by name by the volunteers...no small feat with this many mouths to feed! Until every pet is born into a forever home already, the work Rikki's does will continue to be necessary and touch many, many lives.

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

how many "unplaceable" pets have found forever homes and how all the others still have a home at Rikki's, no matter how long it takes--even if all their lives, NO animal is put down.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to increase public awareness and fundraising efforts so that more pets & animals from surrounding states can be saved.

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

How the volunteers know all the animals by name, and their stories and special needs.

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

terrific! Mary was awesome and I was impressed by the compassion of all the staff.

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

probably save every pet on the east coast and help ease the load on many of the smaller one or two-person shelters that are desperately trying to save lives without a place that can take enough of them in time. Rikki's is that place they need.

Ways to make it better...

Vincent tbe Cat had been there--he was traveling at a show the day I was to see him and his story is inspiring.

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

awareness. I didn't know until adopting a pet myself that this place existed and all the wonderful work that they do. Funding and awareness of the work they do (and the need for funding to do it) are their biggest challenges.

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

please spay or neuter your pet, so that kittens and puppies are not born just to die.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 13, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 13, 2010

Hello, I have been donating to Rikki's Refuge for several years, My beauty pageant girls, bring pet food and toys, for the animals there, and we give a small monetary donation ( comparatively). It is a wonderful acreage there, accepting all the animals, that still smile and play, and have purpose, that no one wants, or have been neglected, or abused. It takes special people, to care as much as the regular volunteers do there. 367 acres, with so little developed, could be a tremendous refuge, self supporting in some areas, with the right planning and long term goals ( not that they haven't done some of that. It would take a big chunk of money to get the place, to be the best refuge in Virginia. Kerry it totally dedicated, caring and gives her time, to these animals, along with the dedicated volunteers, and contributors, but most is spent, finding enough money and food, and simple things like gravel for the driveway. I have planned to help more, in finding donations for them, but I am just one person, with a computer, and letters, and I am a busy mom. I do my little bit, wishing I could do so much more. Someone with a dream and a big heart, to do something terrific, could do this, with a maye 5-10 year plan, starting with nice buildings, a road, that doesn't turn to mud, planting veggies and hay to feed the livestock, etc. It can be done. Well, this is more than saying, I think what they are doing is great, and the time I took something there before Christmas, I had one cat climb nonchalantly in my car seat, and I have a photo of a big gray tomcat, lying on top of my car. I wish I could have taken a few home with me, but I have my quota. I hope sincerely, that someone, can help, more for them. Dovie Craun, Regency Pageant of Virginia, Director, I am a nurse also.

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

the animals there, are relaxed, and I can see the love just with how the animals and volunteers respond to each other.

Ways to make it better...

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

gosh, I don't know, find a day just to make an overall plan with a developer, of all that could be done with all those acres, and then chip away at the plan, little by little, until someone gives a chunk of $ or Extreme Makeovers come

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

they are accepting and positive to all my stupid questions, and have the patience of Job,they are so grateful for all that anyone does. and find time to thank you,even if it is just $25, and let you know that you just have fed like 120 meals to animal

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

Extraodinary, I wish I could be just one minute like them.

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

Take those acres, have a planner help them, build a good size small animal shelter, a proper office and volunteer, greeter center, Planned roads, and storage for food, make their own hay and have a veggie garden, and so forth....

Ways to make it better...

If they didn't look so poor and needy. it breaks my heart, that they try so hard, and have so much to give these animals, and spend so much time, getting donations, just so they can feed the animals.

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

Funding and a plan, and getting rid of the junk cars there, that they think are valuable.

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

they are deserving and have the heart, but money is an obvious need, I hope I have not offended them, by saying so. I just want so much for them, and wish I could do more. I love animals, and especially one that has had a tough life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 12, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 12, 2010

Wonderful animal refuge. Caring and dedicated staff for over 1200 all species animals. The founder, Kerry Hilliard is the most dedicated and driven individual I have ever met. She is there for the animals 24x7. While Rikki's refuge is always short of funds, there is never an animal that goes without. Kerry will see to that.

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

the care of the animals. 110% ALL the time.

Ways to make it better...

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

change nothing.

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

seeing the animals cared for and thrive.

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

Simply outstanding. They work hard and more importantly, care about the animals welfare.

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

take more animals. Their mission is to take animals that nobody else wants due to sickness, abuse, physical defects, etc.

Ways to make it better...

funds were not constantly an issue.

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

of course, obtaining funds to operate.

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

that it should be noted that Rikki's is a no kill refuge. Once animal is placed there, it has care for the rest of its life no matter its medical or physical problems.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 12, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 12, 2010

Rikkis is a remarkable refuge for animals, run by an incredible group of individuals who manage to survive on a shoestring all the while maintaining the dignity and humanity of the animals. They need more money, more volunteers and more exposure so that more people can see what a difference Rikkis is making to both animals and humans.

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

the number of animals that have found their forever homes or that have been able to live out their lives with dignity at Rikkis.

Ways to make it better...

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

try and get them more national exposure and grants to ease the financial burden of constanting searching for funds.

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

knowing that the animals are being cared for and that I have had a (small) part in it.

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

unfailing kind and dedicated.

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

probably change the world for the better.

Ways to make it better...

I had been sure they had enough money to survive, especially during the recession.

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

money, money, money and its lack of recognition.

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

I'm grateful Kerry and her helpers are there for those inhabitants of the earth that are voiceless . . . or at least voteless.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 12, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 12, 2010

Not only is the care of provided to the animals who reside in the refuge top notch, but so are the managers and care givers.

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

save a huge number of animals of all shapes and sizes and promote awareness of the care, feeding and needs of our non-human friends and neighbors through educational programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 12, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 12, 2010

From vacant land and a dilapidated farmhouse 12 years ago, to a world-class facility housing over 1,250 animals of 22 different species (as of 4/2010; numbers always going up), Rikki's Refuge (operated by Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc.) has shown phenomenal growth, staying power, and service to community and animal kingdom. With 367 acres pledged to stay in their pristine state (other than about 70 acres already cleared and/or cultivated), Rikki's serves wildlife as well as domestic and farm animals. Educational programs teach budding young citizens, as well as adults, the value of kindness and compassion, which is a hallmark of Rikki's Refuge. Rikki's Refuge is a tribute to the generosity of Louise & Bob Hilliard, and thrives because of the vision, dedication, and organizational acumen of its Executive Director, Kerry Hilliard. It has attracted hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers, whose tireless efforts have built infrastructure, raised funds, provided day-to-day services, and engineered special events, making it all possible.

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

the wonderful friends I've made, and all the nice people I've met.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 12, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 12, 2010

As founder and director of Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc and it's divisions Rikki's Refuge and Wild and Feral, I've seen us grow from nothing but a corn field to a fabulous organization who houses 1259 animals daily. 22 different species. Well over 3,000 domestic and farm animals have been housed here since our inception. Thousands of native wild animals and been relocated here or returned to the wild here after rehabilitation. The tiny staff works hard from sunrise to sunset to provide the best environment possible to the residents. Dozens of hard working dedicated volunteers strive to improve every aspect of the organization every day. Our funding in minimal, $1 per animal per day - yet we are able to provide clean, spacious housing, food, medical care and preventative care in a warm, loving, kind environment. For the animals in our care, this is their last chance. No one and no other organization would help them. They all have "problems". Some social issues. Some health issues. Some are just elderly and needed a retirement home. The one thing they have in common is they all needed US to save their lives. Thank you to the thousands of wonderful people that make this refuge possible through hard work as volunteers or through generous donations.

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

every possible way. Volunteers tackled corn fields & scattered trash to built a haven for 1259 animals of 22 species and maintain 300 acres of pristine woods and wetlands for native wildlife. Every penny & every volunteer hour saves another life.

Ways to make it better...

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

do exactly as I do !!!!!!

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

saving the lives of so many animals. And all the loving kind individuals I have met who have come to help.

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

OUTSTANDING !!!!!

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

improve the current facility, add space for live in caretakers, save the lives of more animals, help other organizations working towards the same goals who so desperately need funding too.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more funding. That's the number one thing we've needed. Secondly more dedicated volunteers willing to donate one day a week. That's all it takes to save lives. Money and time. Both of wish are provided by YOU!

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

financial expenses. With so much land the opportunities are endless. The reason we must turn away so many animals, who are then most likely killed, is lack of funding. Saving lives takes money and time. Money can hire time. More money = more lives saved.

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

life matters! Donate and/or volunteer today. Here or at your local shelter, sanctuary or pound. YOU can make a difference in the world. Just $5 a week or an hour of your time can save a life!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 10, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 10, 2010

AKA: Rikki's Refuge. Rikki's is an amazing place, taking in every species of animal, animals that wouldn't survive elsewhere because they are elderly or have special needs or because they aren't a "typical" animal for a shelter. Rikki's takes them in and loves them all, giving them a forever home or helping them find one.

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

the happiness of the animals there. Some people think animals don't have feelings. They should volunteer at Rikki's for one day. It would change their minds.

Ways to make it better...

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

not survive. I don't know how they do it. They are amazing, gifted people who can make a dollar stretch farther than I could ever imagine.

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

bringing my children to Rikki's to interact with the animals and the volunteers there. Letting them see from a young age how doing something small can change the world is so important.

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

passionate, dedicated, and devoted to the animals.

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

pay its bills, expand, and help even more animals.

Ways to make it better...

I knew that the people who run Rikki's didn't have to depend so vitally on the donations of others. They do so much good with so very, very little.

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

financial.

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

if you live in Virginia and want a life-changing experience, spend a day at Rikki's Refuge. You won't forget that day.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 8, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 8, 2010

I first found out about Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc. (Rikki's) when I had a cat (Bogart)with feline leukemia for whom I had to find a home. I wanted to find a place that would be his forever home since I was unable to provide that for him. All my dealings with Rikki's, were great. Timely responses to all my questions and conerns. The people who I dealt with were aware that it was not easy to have to surrender Bogart but it was the right thing to do for him.

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

When I went back to visit my cat, I found him as well as the other kitties thriving. The organization really does run on a shoestring budget. It is amazing what they can do with so little.

Ways to make it better...

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

If I ran this organization, I would hire someone to write grants so that money would be less of an issue. I would lobby pet food companies for food. Good PR for them as well good for Rikki's critters.

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

What I have enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is how the people involved with the organization give so much to the lives in their care.

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

Kerry and volunteers.

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

do what it is doing now but in a bigger way.

Ways to make it better...

It would be wonderful if the organization just had to worry about how to care for the animals and not so much about the money.

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

money, money, money. Other big challenges are educating the community and finding ways to feed all their charges.

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

with the recession, animal care organizations are especially hard hit just when they need support the most. It would be great if they had what they needed to do their job, did not lack for anything.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 8, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 8, 2010

I am a volunteer and a supporter of Life Unlimited, aka Rikkis Refuge. As someone who has been a volunteer in wildlife rehab/rescue and pet animal rescue for thirty years, I am all too familiar with the problems that can plague such organizations. To anyone thinking of supporting this worthwhile organization, I say give as much as you can and know that every penny, literally every penny of your donation will go to the care, feeding, housing, medicating, and resocialization of the animals they take in from other shelters that are unable or unwilling to care for those animals considered not adoptable.

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

the number of "unadoptable" animals rescued.

Ways to make it better...

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

give the very small and dedicated paid staff a raise.

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

that they accept all the help that their volunteers are valued for what they can give. You are not judged to be a dedicated volunteer by how much time or money you donate or do not, but the simple fact that you help is all that matters to them.

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

people that I would leave my animals to in the event of my death.

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

rescue so many more animals from shelters, expand the cat houses, pay off its vet bills and put in a security system to keep out locals who still will not accept that it is an animal sanctuary and not a hunting lodge.

Ways to make it better...

I had millions of dollars to donate so staff could concentrate 120% on the animals and not just 100%.

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

the lack of dedicated financial support to allow it to increase the number of animals they rescue.

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

supporting Life Unlimited is knowing that your money is going to an organization that does not waste a penny of its donations.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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