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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Christianity, Religion, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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.

Community Stories

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Rikkis through my childrens dance studio. My children and family have been so taken by the good work this charity does. So many animals with so many needs all im a safe place with wonderful people that care. Animals are a gift from God, these vulnerable creatures give so much love and happiness to so many people. My kids are states away but love to hear the stories of the animals at Rikkis and see all the pictures of the animals. I believe that Rikkis may be one f the most unique charities I have ever encountered, any donation to the is pricledd in the amount it can hep the animals..

1 Tari O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to Rikki's on countless occasions. The wonderful people there have always been so kind and let me know the best place to put my donation as sometimes the needs in other areas are greater than others.

I have donated cash, cat food, dog food, and a dog house. I thought I was doing so well, until I realized just how much they go through of each of those. However, no matter how small the donation (even $1) they are VERY thankful for. It is obvious that those who volunteer or work there care so much about the animals.

They provide a service that not many would do. How fantastic for all those animals. All 1300 of them :)

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed by the extraordinary care Rikki's Refuge gives to each and every animal in their care. They tirelessly help the hurt or sick animals, no matter what species. They have given physical therapy to a chicken, saved a baby pig with homeopathy, take in cats with feline leukemia when any other shelter would euthanize them, and keep all animals for life if they don't get adopted out. Reading emails from Vincent and Opie makes me smile when I read the things that go on at Rikki's. They took in a cat I had found which had feline leukemia and nursed him to health and he actually got adopted out to a volunteer who had other cats with feline leukemia. I will always be in debt to Rikki's and will always support them. Rikki's Refuge is what love and compassion is all about. Thank you so much to all at Rikki's Refuge and also to all who donate to Rikki's.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki's Refuge volunteers and donors, helping homeless and handicapped animals, are what the word "compassion" is all about.

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Kath J.

Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki's Refuge is an amazing place with fantastic people, they save countless lives and never turn an animal in need away. I came across them via the internet and am planning a visit this year, I live in the UK. In a round about way they have helped animals here also as I now volunteer in this country. Long may they be able to continue there work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Through reading about the animals and everyone at Rikki's I have learnt so much about what we can do help each other. Through looking at the problems that can happen to our lovely animals I have learnt that by pulling together we can help our animal friends and each other. I take a keener interest in my local animal centre volunteer and raise funds. I would not be doing this if I had not come across a cat called Vincent and through him met some truly amazing people.

Wayne12

Donor

Rating: 5

I can only say, they are an organization that saves lives of all and any animal of any type. They are sent from heaven, they work countless hour to preseve lives that have only a voice that is herd with ones heart. God bless Rikkis Refuge and all the fine people that work there.

3 Sirikit L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in Spain and know Rikki's Refuge from Facebook. I've seen lots of videos of how they are great with animals and I decided to help them with money because I'm to far away to volunteer. If ever I go to the US I will sure visit them. The great thing is that there aren't oy cats and dogs but all kind of animals.

1 Theresa Lorenzo

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Rikkis a number of years ago by a friend. I am so impressed with how much work they do with what they have. It is amazing to hear how they work with so many different kind of animals and do so much for each one. It is also wonderful to be part of a network of friends - people who are all working towards the same goal. It is a phenomenal group of volunteers, Board members and donors who all help in their own way. My husband and I are proud to be a part of this and call these people friends.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The only thing you can really say about Rikki's is that they never stop doing good works. They have taken animals in that no one else wants and keeps them until their time with us is over. There is no better bang for your buck than contributing to Rikkis. They use coupons, shop well and don't turn down offerings of food and supplies. They have a wonderful group of volunteers who are there day in and day out. Rikkis is the most together group I have ever had the privilege to support. I love them.

Dianne I.

Donor

Rating: 5

A land locked Noah's ark. You drive down a dirt road past cows and chicken pens (one has a dog peacefully sleeping inside with chickens around him) and you pass a large goat resting in a goat/dog house. You are greeted by a large turkey and his "wives" and then the tour begins. Brightly painted cat houses with large fenced yards and peacocks strutting alone the ridges of the houses. There are huge pigs, small pigs, horses (one an abandoned movie star), cows, emus and then the dogs. You will meet an abandoned police dog that had been injured on duty, now living his life at Rikkis. Huge blood hounds, coon hounds and multiple mutts all happy to see you. It is a huge undertaking to care for all these once unwanted creatures, but you will see volunteers and those that can be hired working continuously to keep everyone fed, clean and healthy (and most come to Rikkis sick and injured). Kerry Hilliard's spirit and energy and dream made this a reality. When you see the reaction of those that visit you realize the magic of this sanctuary. Hundreds of acres with sanctuary for natural wildlife and education on humane treatment for all creatures. Yes, there is a rainbow .There is no other refuge like Rikkis. Those of us who support Rikkis know that there is no waste of any funds, any food, any donation of any sort that is given to the refuge.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My first trip to Rikki's Refuge (Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc) was in 2003. I am a volunteer for a cat rescue group (CARE) in Richmond and one of our volunteers was donating a SUV. We stopped by Ukrop's and filled the back with donated day old vegetables and found our way to the refuge. When we arrived I was delighted to see many species of creatures all living in harmony and safety. Nanny the goat must have smelled the carrots and other good food because when opened the tail gate she jumped in and started choosing her favorites. I am a responsible business woman but on this day I became a little girl trying to absorb a peacock romancing a goat, pigs that just wanted to be petted and a bevy of cats and dogs. The cats had tables and chairs and those wonderful wire cages with space to interact and/or have privacy. I loved the dogs and saw a very frightened border collie in the corner. He watched me cautiously but would not trust himself to come to me. I have no idea why I chose this little dog but I knew he was coming home with me. After some checking of my animal rescue background, Kerry said that I could take Popei home that day. She had driven a long way to a rural area to rescue him from being put to sleep. The vet just could not bring himself to kill this frightened little dog and called Kerry. As usual, she would not or could not say no. Popei came home with me and it took a year of patience and love before he would come when called or even consider coming in the house. He preferred his large, heated doghouse. I cannot even imagine how Kerry manages all the rescues, the daily maintenance and the demands of caring for so many creatures. She is a woman with a big heart and so much talent. Can you believe she said yes when my rescue group called her to ask if she would take a cat that had one leg removed, part of another, no control of body functions, etc. and let him live in her bit of heaven? She said yes and Vincent has become a spokescat for those who cannot speak and a symbol of a true animal rescue refuge. Please anyone reading this - do all you can to support this unique refuge - you will probably never find another like Rikkis. Dianne Inman, Richmond, VA

Nanette

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful way to spend your day just walking around visiting a little piece (and getting bigger!)of heaven here on earth .The volunteers are the angels tending to Gods special creatures!