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
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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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rikki's Refuge is one of the best sanctuaries in the USA that I know of! Every life counts at Rikki's and they are doing everything to make sure their animals get the very best of lives! Taking care of well over 1200 animals, and paying attention to all of their (often special) needs on a daily basis, is a miracle not many rescues or sanctuaries can manage. Rikki's does!

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I love the work that Rikki's Refuge, aka Life Unlimited of Virginia, does. They save and provide a safe harbor for countless number of rescued animals that otherwise would be euthanized in shelters and farms. The refuge provides a safe home for 22 species of unwanted animals. The tireless work that the volunteers and staff do to feed and care for these animals is amazing and worthy of my donations throughout the year. I've been supporting Rikki's for over 10 years and look forward to supporting the work that they do for many more to come. I tell all my family and friends to support them, and I say to them - don't worry about me and gifts - give what you can to Rikki's and I'll be happy for that. It's just a great charity doing great work for the animals that I love. The ratio of funding going directly to the animals compared to the administrative or overhead costs is really good. I know my support is going for what I intended and the work done with my donations is outstanding, kind, considerate, and so important. I love Rikki's!

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Rikki's Refuge is my favorite charity, and I have been supporting them since they opened in 1998. Rikki's takes in animals that would otherwise have been destroyed: old, disabled, behavior problems. With 1300 animals of 22 different species, and over 600 cats, Rikki's is a wonderful, live-filled sanctuary. ALL operating expenses for Rikki's come from donations, and it takes a lot of funding to keep the sanctuary open 24/7/365.

I retired and moved to Kauai, from the DC metro area, one year ago. Rikki's continues to be a big part of my life, and has been a major influence in my new life as a retiree: I now work with a non-profit feral cat organization. I am involved in fund raising, trapping cats to be spayed and neutered, and fostering kittens. I have been able to reach out to Rikki's Executive Director, Kerry Hilliard, for advice on my new "work." Ms. Hilliard has always taken the time to provide encouragement and helpful hints about rescuing and working with feral cats, and she has shared the joys and sorrows I've experienced with that work. Ms. Hilliard is a font of information on cats, given that there are over 600 cats at Rikki's, and she is always, ALWAYS there to share that information with anyone who asks -- either via email, or through Facebook.

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

Find some way to make sure Rikki's Refuge ALWAYS has the funds needed to feed and care for all of their animals.

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Rikki's Refuge is a no-kill animal sanctuary in Virginia that is home to nearly 1300 animals of 22 different species. I have been a donor and supporter of Rikki's since its inception in 1998. Rikki's takes in animals that would otherwise be destroyed, especially those who are disabled, elderly and/or with behavioral issues. Rikki's is staffed almost entirely with volunteers, so that for any donations made to this 501(c)3 charity, well over 95% goes towards food and shelter and veterinary care for the animals. Rikki's also does a great deal of community education: traveling to local events with several of their "differently abled" animals, to demonstrate that all animals, and be inference, all humans, have value. Rikki's also has a "spokescat" and a "spokesdog," both of whom are differently abled. The spokescat is missing part of his back legs, and the spokesdog is blind: both of these wonderful animals would have been destroyed had some kind soul not contacted Rikki's to give them a home. I have visited Rikki's a number of times. and I am always truly overwhelmed at the feeling of love that is everywhere. Rikki's operates solely on donations, and because of the nearly all-volunteer staff, they somehow manage to get buy on about one dollar a day per animal. Because of Facebook, Rikki's also has a world-wide following. This nonprofit organization is nothing less than wonderful, and I am proud to be a part of their family, and a supporter and donor.

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Rikki's is an amazing place, full of love for all living beings -- no matter how many legs, whether they have fur or feathers. I have been contributing to Rikki's since its inception over 10 years ago. It's great to have a sanctuary that absolutely will not kill, that will take care of animals of all species, no matter what their problems. I found Rikki's over 10years ago because I had a 13-year-old Shepherd-Husky mix female who had become mentally unglued following my divorce. It had become impossible for me to take care of my best friend, and so I embarked on a search to find someone or some place that would take care of my friend for the rest of her natural life. I found Rikki's on the Internet, sent Kerry -- who runs the place -- a note, and then went to visit. I then made what was one of the most difficult decisions of my life -- to give away my best friend, instead of putting her down. Kerry and company took my Sheba in, and loved her and cared for her for about six months, until she died of a series of strokes. Ihave been a contributor to Rikki's ever since, because I know that such places are needed and that they are always, always short of funds. It's nice to know that Rikki's is there, and that it will take in animals of all species -- I think there are 24 species there now, and over 1200 animals. Other shelters and sanctuaries usually deal with only one species, such as a certain breed of dog or cat. But, Rikki's does not discriminate, and that makes them a model of what a sanctuary should be. I am thankful every day that Rikki's is there, and that it provides a "live your life by our example" model.

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

Taking care of my aged dog, and witnessing the good will spread when Rikki's animals conduct fund-raising events.

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

Make sure that it had the funds needed to sustain it all the time! Expand the faclities for cats with various medical issues.

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I have been a donor to Life Unlimited of VA, aka Rikki's Refuge for many years. Living more than 400 miles away though, I only saw their facilities via pictures. I finally was able to make the trek this year and had the best time of my life. My first vacation in 16 years!
The people who work and volunteer at Rikki's are amazing individuals. They care so much for each and every animal. they know all their names and when there are almost 1300 animals of all kinds, that's a lot of names to remember! The work is physically demanding and the hours are long but each person gives their all with a smile and a kind touch.
They do their very best and run on donations alone to feed and care for those that would not even be alive if Rikki's didn't exist. Differently abled, unwanted, ill, and old will find a home at RIkki's. The animals know they are safe. The animals know they will be fed and cared for until the end of their earthly days. I saw with my own eyes how well the animals are cared for and would trust one of my own to them any day.
They tirelessly fundraise and apply for grants so they can continue to care for the animals in their care. They promote education so today's children will continue their good work in the future.

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Increase funding and grants so the organization wouldn't have to struggle to get what they need.

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Rikki's Refuge is unlike any other place I've ever heard of. they go far beyond just saving cats and dogs. Twenty two species of animals call Rikki's home. The volunteers are amazing...they never say "we can't". They somehow make great things happen and overcome problems where other rescues would say no, we can't help. Differently abled animals that would be killed anywhere else live and thrive there. Throw away animals with no place to call home now have wonderful lives because of Rikki's. I have been a supporter for quite some time and my first vacation in 15 years will be this year and I'm going to Rikki's!!

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I, too, learned about Rikki's Refuge through Wayne Morris on Facebook. Ever since I check on Rikki's daily through Facebook and I've donated many items for them. They are such wonderful people. They are kind and make sure that they keep in touch. They have helped so many cats and dogs in need and they are a no-kill rescue. Since I am too emotional to work at rescues, I try to do as much as possible for them by networking and getting their message across to as many people as possible.
Just by daily voting, we can all help Rikki's feed the many animals that live there.
Rikki's is one of the BEST rescues in the country!

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do nothing. They are great the way they are. I wish that I could give them millions to feed all of their rescues.

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I have known of and been a supporter of Rikki's Refuge, Life Unlimited of Virginia INC, for many years. I recently moved down to Orange County, VA and now live within 15 minutes of Rikkis so I feel so blessed.

This animal sanctuary is incredible. Animals of all kinds - healthy, sick, old, and young - are treated with kindness, dignity, and LOVE. The owner, Kerry, is a rock star! The employees and volunteers are just amazing - caring for so many animals is HARD grueling work in any and all kinds of weather conditions - and they do it with LOVE. I was most recently at the Refuge on July 4, and when you are there, surrounded by the animals (cows, sheep, goats, dogs, cats, donkeys, chickens, ducks, pigs, emus and so many more!) it is immediately evident that these animals are HAPPY and cared for with love and respect. I think the animals KNOW and can sense how very lucky they are to have landed in this place, for whatever reason, and will be allowed to stay there for the rest of their lives.

That's why I will always support RIkki's Refuge, Life Unlimited of Virginia INC, with my money, my time, and my voice.

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Rikki's helped me by accepting a FELV positive kitty when I could find no where else to take her. I made the trip all the way from Indiana to Virginia, and I was amazed at the numbers and kinds of rescued animals and the tender care and love they recieved from the whole staff. Kerry Hilliard knows the name and story of each and every animal! She is amazing, and the refuge she leads is awesome! Kerry has also given me wonderful advice with regard to my personal cats when I have sought her ideas. This is a truly wonderful organization. In addition to caring for all their 1300 or so rescued animals, they give programs in the community to educate children and adults about the importance of spaying and neutering pets, proper animal care, and they creatively use disabled animals as a bridge to show all living beings deserve love and respect, no matter what their health status or age or color! Truly, if I could give 10 stars, I would!

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Life Unlimited is a wonderful organization. I have visited their main branch, Rikki's Refuge, and it is an amazing place. This organization survives solely on donations, and 96% of all donated funds are used directly in the rescue and care of their almost 1300 animal residents. They also do great community outreach and teaching of the public on the care, welfare and treatment of animals and through the use of differently abled animals demonstrated to children that any and all differently abled beings can live rich, full lives and should be treated with dignity and respect. Life Unlimited of Virginia is very worthy of any and all support you can give them!

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this is a wonderful refuge that provides care to over 1200 animals. They spend 96% of the funds they take in on caring for the animals...they REALLY care! They deserve everyone's support and contributions.

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

They accepted my FELV postive rescued kitty when no one else would.

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Give them more money so they could expand!

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I have supported Rikki's Refuge for several years. They care about all life, opening their doors and their hearts to the creatures who have no hope, welcoming them, tending to all their needs. These animals may go on to find a home with someone else, but if they don't, they are cherished at Rikki's for the rest of their lives. And Rikki's also has a wonderful program of humane education so that children (and their families!) learn how important it is to treat others kindly, both animal and human. Rikki's is making the world a better place.

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Rikki's has saved so many animals who would have had no chance without them. They not only take in those in need, they are proactive in educating the public, especially children, about the importance of humane treatment for all species. Teaching compassion changes the world for everyone

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They have taken in cats from the rescue group I support, cats who most would consider unadoptable.

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increase their income to a million dollars a year!

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Rikki's Refuge is an amazing place with volunteers that have hearts of gold. They rescue so many unwanted, injured, senior, and handicapped animals and give them the life they would've never had before, and I can't thank them enough for it! If I lived closer, I'd volunteer there as well!

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I support Rikki's because of all the lives they save! They take what are often the unwanted and give them a fulfilling life. Just because the animals aren't perfect doesn't mean they don't deserve a chance.

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