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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

April 8, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 8, 2010

Rikki's Refuge saves the lives of any animal with conviction, passion and humor. A wonderful organization of caring people! The 'no kill' policy saves countless animal lives.

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

The hundreds (maybe thousands) of animal live saved

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to replicate what they do today

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

Their energy and enthusiasm

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

Warm and friendly

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

Save even more animals!

Ways to make it better...

No way to improve!

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

Raising needed $$

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

I support Rikki's!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 8, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 8, 2010

Rikki's refuge is one of the best run non-profits I've had the pleasure of seeing. Great, dedicated warm-hearted people working to make life for abused, abandoned, and disabled animals better.

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

Aid and love for the animals, without exception.

Ways to make it better...

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

Recruit more volunteers! :-)

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

Friendly people. Loving animals

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

Friendly, easy going and industrious.

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

Create a world class facility for the care of animals of every kind. Something akin with Best Friends Animal Society in Utah.

Ways to make it better...

More donations required.

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

Money. Apart from more volunteers, the organization needs donations.

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

Take the time to volunteer and donate. You will be well rewarded.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

These are fantastic dedicated individuals who take excellent care of disabled/abandoned and uncared for animals. I know I can trust them with my donations to put them to the best use. Thanks Rikki's Refuge! We love you!

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

dedicated and caring people who wanted nothing more than to give a comfortable life to animals that had been otherwise discarded by the human world. This is a FANTASTIC organization! I can't say enough good things about Rikki's Refuge!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

Rikki's is a deeply dedicated group of people who provide a healthy, safe, and loving environment for a variety of unwanted animals. They rely on donations and the strong spirit of many volunteers to attend to every detail of the facility and all the animals.

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

friendly, warm, and extremely dedicated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

The people running Rikki's are Angels and I admire the strength and dedication they have for their Animals.

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

Could be better with more financial aid.

Ways to make it better...

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

I couldn't run this organization.

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

Adopting the sweetest cat!

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

wonderful people.

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

save more animals.

Ways to make it better...

i could get connected with a local person to volunteer.

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

financial needs and more volunteers for work load.

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

I hope to help Rikki's for years to come.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

My family visited Rikki's a few weeks ago. We were greatly impressed! The volunteers were the heart of the refuge. Their kindness, generosity and love for their animal family members was evident in their actions. No matter how hot, tired or stressed they were, each volunteer greeted us with waves or a smile. Even the dogs and cats greeted us! Each of the animals have a story and a history. They are each survivors. A tentative, hard-earned, new-found trust shone from their eyes. They have a home. They have food. They have LOVE. This is what we took away with us after our visit. We found the Spirit of Rikki's!

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

The good care, health and contented manner of the animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

market Rikki's nationally via media to recruit donors!

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

the time that the volunteers took with we visitors and with the animals.

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

hard working, patient and kind people.

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

Feed, house and protect more animals with less worry!

Ways to make it better...

We could have stayed longer!!!

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

the funds needed to take in all the animals that need a good home.

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

My family wants to go back to volunteer our time!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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