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April 6, 2013
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April 6, 2013
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I found out about Rikki's Refuge through Facebook. Despite being incredibly busy, they take the time to reach out with advice and kindness to their correspondents, wherever they are.

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April 6, 2013

Rikki's Refuge is awesome! I have followed them on Facebook for a few years now, and I have donated to them regularly. The animals that they save are precious, and are forgotten by much of society. They provide a save haven for them, and I am forever grateful for that. I will continue to support, financially and otherways, Rikki's Refuge.

I was so enamored by them, that I named one of my one dogs, Vincent (Vinnie) after Vincent Cat, their spokescat!

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January 2, 2013

We visited Rikki's on Dec. 25, 2012, all I can say is that these people and the animals are awesome! It was an amazing experience to see the dedication. I only wished I could volunteer, however, my job takes me to No. Va. almost every day, so I did the next best thing, gave a donation, next time I can make it out will be with food, and fruit for Petunia!

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February 20, 2012

I regularly support Rikki's Refuge as a donor, voter (on sites like Animal Rescue Site & facebook contests to help them win donations of both money and goods) and wholeheartedly promote them whenever ... more

April 6, 2013

My family & I are active in animal rescue & rights. Rikki's is one of the most far-racing & dedicated animal sanctuaries we've come across & we are honored to help them in fundraising & awareness efforts. Kudos to all at Rikki's for their kind hearts & endless hard work on behalf of all...fur, feathers or scales, differently abled or older, previously unwanted or in need, they now know love.

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February 20, 2012
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I regularly support Rikki's Refuge as a donor, voter (on sites like Animal Rescue Site & facebook contests to help them win donations of both money and goods) and wholeheartedly promote them whenever I can. I use GoodSearch & GoodShop to benefit Rikki's. As a no-kill shelter where animals of any age, ability or background are accepted with love and understanding, they are very deserving of assistance wherever and whenever possible. Interacting with spokeskitty Vincent on facebook, I have witnessed the good they do for differently-abled animals as well as those who've been abused, abandoned or simply had no home to begin with. I am confident that whether you give $3 or $3000, buy a t-shirt or bid on auction items for Rikki's, volunteer personally with the animals or send supplies, that every kindness counts toward helping the animals.

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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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February 20, 2012

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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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

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

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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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

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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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

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

send more money.

February 26, 2011

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

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!

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