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February 20, 2012

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February 20, 2012

Rikki's Refuge helped me find transport for a cat I adopted from New York and I live in Michigan. They are one of the most caring and loving animal rescues I have ever known. Not only do they take incredible care of their own animals, they are always willing to help anyone else in need as they did for me. They all work incredibly hard to make life better for every animal they meet. They are an organization that you can trust and if you donate to them, it goes directly to the animals. I have made several donations and will continue to donate to them. This is an excellent organization.

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Rikki's Refuge is an amazing place that is home to nearly 1300 animals of 22 species. It is a no-kill refuge, and it takes in animals who are inured and disabled -- the ones nobody wants. Rikki's spokescat in VIncent D. Cat, a differently-abled cat who travels all over to show people that differently abled animals are worth saving because of the love they return to the humans who own them. The CEO and Director, Kerry Hilliard, is VIncent's mom, and she has the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met: she loves all animals and will always take the time to help animals in need. She has arranged freedom-train-like rides -- a series of drivers who are each willing to drive a rescued animal part of the way to Rikki's to get love and proper care. Also, more times than I can count, Kerry has taken time to answer questions about problems I'm having with my cats. Taking care of over 600 cats makes Kerry an authority on just about any cat issue, and I am always amazed that she takes time from her incredibly hectic scheduled to counsel me on whatever issue I need help with. I first met Kerry right after Rikki's opened because I had an older Shepherd-Husky mix who had become unglued and unhandleable after my divorce. Although friends and family urged me to put my Sheba to sleep, I couldn't do this to my friend of 13 years. I happened upon Rikki's website one sleepless night, and wrote to Kerry with my story. She responded and said that she would be able to take my Sheba in. So I went to visit and see Rikki's and to meet Kerry. And shortly after than, I made the incredibly difficult decision to give my best friend away. Sheba only lived another six months or so, but I knew that she was with people who loved animals, and that gave me a great deal of peace of mind. Since that time, I have been a regular contributor to Rikki's. And I am about to adopt one of their rescue cats. Rikki's is a wonderful place that operates on a shoe-string, from day to day. I wish Rikki's had all the money it needed so that it would never have to worry about expenses again, and so that it could take in even more homeless, abandoned and different-abled animals. I love Rikki's!

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February 28, 2011
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February 28, 2011
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I'm involved in animal rescue in Northern VA and am often contacted by people with heartbreaking situations with animals they've found or sometimes have to give up. I've made it my business to find and know rescue agencies, shelters and sanctuaries that I can feel good about referring people to. Rikki's is the best of the best. It is a truly remarkable, loving place that provides the best of care and a second chance to over 1100 animals. I feed 10. They feed 1100 DAILY. That inspires me every day.

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visiting the Refuge and meeting the scores of beautiful lives that are living happily, inspiring and bringing joy to countless volunteers and visitors.

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Generously fund them so that they could spend less time worrying about how they will pay for the next day's meals and more to build an recondition existing structures, provide critical medical care for the aged and sickly among their charges, and provide education and outreach to the people of Virginia about animal cruelty, compassion and the healing role animals play in the lives of humans, particularly the aged and those who suffer from loneliness, physical and mental disabilities.

February 26, 2011
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February 26, 2011
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I first became aware of Rikki's Refuge when Vincent friended me on FB. The more I learned, the more impressed I was with RR. I tell everyone I know about RR. They ROCK!

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I've seen many animals' lives saved!

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

make a Rikki's Refuge in every state in the US!

February 26, 2011
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February 26, 2011
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Best spokescat ever. I love how Vincent on Facebook cares about all of the people who try to help out in some way, big or little. I've seen pictures of Rikki's Refuge and all the animals look so well taken care of.

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great spokescat in Vincent

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send more money.

February 26, 2011

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February 26, 2011

If God were to create a type of Eden for the animals with broken bones, tearful hearts, and down-trodden spirits, where their bodies and souls could be healed, I think that Rikki's Rescue might be that place. Rikki's is sanctuary for ALL the forgotten and lost animals.
The people who work for
these animals are the most kind hearted and hard working individuals that I have met. They can do so much with their limited resources. Truly, Rikki's Refuge is a Miracle of Love. It has even healed quite a few human hearts!

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Seeing the animals cared for and loved. Excellent professional health care when needed.

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

Make sure that more people were aware of its existance!

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

Rikkis refuge is amazing. They do so much with so little!

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Every day a email comes from Rikkis with much humor and information about the refuge.

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

Nothing. That is the appeal of the refuge, very grass roots.

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

What places like Rikki's Refuge do for so many homeless & unwanted animals is indispensable, fighting against the odds & going to financial extremes to save these helpless creatures is a true measure of a modern, caring society. Bless them for all they do.

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Constantly watching their results & how they help other rescues as well.

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Wouldn't except to see Bill Gates donate a huge sum of money to them.

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

This is an amazing rescue organization. One visit to Rikki's Refuge will leave you wanting to return over and over. Everyone who works and volunteers at Rikki's is incredibly dedicated and caring.
Kerry Hilliard is an inspiration to me! She has devoted her life to caring for her family of
1,200+ animals. She knows the name of every animal---and his/her story. There aren't enough adjectives to describe her!

My first experience with Rikki's was when I was trying to find a home for a feline leukemia positive cat. No one would take the cat and I was advised to have it euthanized. Kerry took this sweet kitty in and gave him a home and love for the remainder of his life. After he died in the arms of Kerry's brother, I received a long e-mail from Kerry that was so heartfelt-----I kept that e-mail and re-read it many times.

Another example of how caring Kerry is: very recently, a stray kitty I had been caring for showed up in my yard, obviously very ill. I e-mailed Kerry for advice; without any hesitation, she told me that she would try to help the kitty if I could get him to her. She offered a lot of advice and support, which helped me through a very sad experience.

Rikki's Refuge does more than just provide a home for abused, abandoned, sick, and homeless animals. With Vincent as Spokes Cat, they serve as educators----and so much more.

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The ways I described above

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The only thing that would improve Rikki's would be if they had the finances to improve the housing for the animals and other things that the animals need. Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

The need to help animals is so important. Rikkis refuge provides care for so many creatures that would surely no be part of this Earth. For my vote they are tops.
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There kindindness.

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