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April 8, 2013

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1 previous review
February 28, 2011

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 wo... more

April 8, 2013

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.

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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

February 28, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

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.

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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.

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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...

April 6, 2013
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April 6, 2013
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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!

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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

January 8, 2013

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February 20, 2012

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 an... more

January 8, 2013

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.

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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

February 20, 2012

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.

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

I have adopted 2 dogs from this sanctuary.

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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.

February 15, 2011

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

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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.

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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.

February 20, 2012

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1 previous review
February 26, 2011

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... more

February 20, 2012

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.

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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

February 26, 2011

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!!!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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.

April 14, 2010

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April 14, 2010

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.

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

All the animals that have been loved and cared for.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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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

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 2, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 2, 2010

Rikki's Refuge is a non-profit, no-kill animal sanctuary located on 367 acres in Orange, VA. There are over 1200 animals of 22 different species. Rikki's provides a permanent and loving home to the forsaken. The majority of the animals are elderely, handicapped, or require ongoing medical attention. Rikki's is run by a small staff of hardworking and dedicated individuals, a board of directors, and volunteers.

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

the happy, loving animals I have met there.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue the mission of providing a comfortable, loving and permanent home to as many animals as possible.

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

meeting and interacting with so many of God's beautiful creatures.

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

outstanding.

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

save many more lives, expand upon housing and build a new animal hospital.

Ways to make it better...

my grandmother had not had a stroke preventing me from volunteering for a couple of months.

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

lack of funds.

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

Animals have an enormous capacity of love and compassion, and we humans should follow this example.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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