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April 13, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 13, 2010

Hello, I have been donating to Rikki's Refuge for several years, My beauty pageant girls, bring pet food and toys, for the animals there, and we give a small monetary donation ( comparatively). It is a wonderful acreage there, accepting all the animals, that still smile and play, and have purpose, that no one wants, or have been neglected, or abused. It takes special people, to care as much as the regular volunteers do there. 367 acres, with so little developed, could be a tremendous refuge, self supporting in some areas, with the right planning and long term goals ( not that they haven't done some of that. It would take a big chunk of money to get the place, to be the best refuge in Virginia. Kerry it totally dedicated, caring and gives her time, to these animals, along with the dedicated volunteers, and contributors, but most is spent, finding enough money and food, and simple things like gravel for the driveway. I have planned to help more, in finding donations for them, but I am just one person, with a computer, and letters, and I am a busy mom. I do my little bit, wishing I could do so much more. Someone with a dream and a big heart, to do something terrific, could do this, with a maye 5-10 year plan, starting with nice buildings, a road, that doesn't turn to mud, planting veggies and hay to feed the livestock, etc. It can be done. Well, this is more than saying, I think what they are doing is great, and the time I took something there before Christmas, I had one cat climb nonchalantly in my car seat, and I have a photo of a big gray tomcat, lying on top of my car. I wish I could have taken a few home with me, but I have my quota. I hope sincerely, that someone, can help, more for them. Dovie Craun, Regency Pageant of Virginia, Director, I am a nurse also.

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

the animals there, are relaxed, and I can see the love just with how the animals and volunteers respond to each other.

Ways to make it better...

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

gosh, I don't know, find a day just to make an overall plan with a developer, of all that could be done with all those acres, and then chip away at the plan, little by little, until someone gives a chunk of $ or Extreme Makeovers come

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

they are accepting and positive to all my stupid questions, and have the patience of Job,they are so grateful for all that anyone does. and find time to thank you,even if it is just $25, and let you know that you just have fed like 120 meals to animal

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

Extraodinary, I wish I could be just one minute like them.

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

Take those acres, have a planner help them, build a good size small animal shelter, a proper office and volunteer, greeter center, Planned roads, and storage for food, make their own hay and have a veggie garden, and so forth....

Ways to make it better...

If they didn't look so poor and needy. it breaks my heart, that they try so hard, and have so much to give these animals, and spend so much time, getting donations, just so they can feed the animals.

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

Funding and a plan, and getting rid of the junk cars there, that they think are valuable.

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

they are deserving and have the heart, but money is an obvious need, I hope I have not offended them, by saying so. I just want so much for them, and wish I could do more. I love animals, and especially one that has had a tough life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 12, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 12, 2010

Rikkis is a remarkable refuge for animals, run by an incredible group of individuals who manage to survive on a shoestring all the while maintaining the dignity and humanity of the animals. They need more money, more volunteers and more exposure so that more people can see what a difference Rikkis is making to both animals and humans.

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

the number of animals that have found their forever homes or that have been able to live out their lives with dignity at Rikkis.

Ways to make it better...

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

try and get them more national exposure and grants to ease the financial burden of constanting searching for funds.

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

knowing that the animals are being cared for and that I have had a (small) part in it.

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

unfailing kind and dedicated.

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

probably change the world for the better.

Ways to make it better...

I had been sure they had enough money to survive, especially during the recession.

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

money, money, money and its lack of recognition.

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

I'm grateful Kerry and her helpers are there for those inhabitants of the earth that are voiceless . . . or at least voteless.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 12, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 12, 2010

Not only is the care of provided to the animals who reside in the refuge top notch, but so are the managers and care givers.

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

save a huge number of animals of all shapes and sizes and promote awareness of the care, feeding and needs of our non-human friends and neighbors through educational programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

These are fantastic dedicated individuals who take excellent care of disabled/abandoned and uncared for animals. I know I can trust them with my donations to put them to the best use. Thanks Rikki's Refuge! We love you!

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

dedicated and caring people who wanted nothing more than to give a comfortable life to animals that had been otherwise discarded by the human world. This is a FANTASTIC organization! I can't say enough good things about Rikki's Refuge!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

Rikki's is a deeply dedicated group of people who provide a healthy, safe, and loving environment for a variety of unwanted animals. They rely on donations and the strong spirit of many volunteers to attend to every detail of the facility and all the animals.

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

friendly, warm, and extremely dedicated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

My family visited Rikki's a few weeks ago. We were greatly impressed! The volunteers were the heart of the refuge. Their kindness, generosity and love for their animal family members was evident in their actions. No matter how hot, tired or stressed they were, each volunteer greeted us with waves or a smile. Even the dogs and cats greeted us! Each of the animals have a story and a history. They are each survivors. A tentative, hard-earned, new-found trust shone from their eyes. They have a home. They have food. They have LOVE. This is what we took away with us after our visit. We found the Spirit of Rikki's!

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

The good care, health and contented manner of the animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

market Rikki's nationally via media to recruit donors!

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

the time that the volunteers took with we visitors and with the animals.

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

hard working, patient and kind people.

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

Feed, house and protect more animals with less worry!

Ways to make it better...

We could have stayed longer!!!

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

the funds needed to take in all the animals that need a good home.

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

My family wants to go back to volunteer our time!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

Without Rikki's we would have never had our dogs, Rachel, Schnappsy and Miss Daisy. All were old when we adopted them, and Rachel is going strong after 9 years with us. She loves life. Miss Daisy has been with us for a year. We would encourage everyone to adopt an older animal. There is no greater love.

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

the many lives they have saved.

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

bringing home some great companions.

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

very loving towards the animals.

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

help even more animals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 7, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 7, 2010

wonderful, hardworking, compassionate and professional organization that puts the animals first! they have boundless energy in ensuring all the creatures there are properly cared for and are excellent in approach to volunteer efforts

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

how well they care for a wide variety of animals

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the amazing way they bring each animal's story alive

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

amazing, kind, deciated

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

help even more animals

Ways to make it better...

they were just a little closer to my house! (not their fault of course.. but I could help more)

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

infrastructure and winter!

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

never saw a vision translated so well into reality before

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 6, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 6, 2010

I found Rikki's Refuge when I tried to find a "no kill" home for two dogs I loved after their owner cruelly sent them to the local animal shelter and branded them as vicious. My plea for help was greeted with absolute kindness and understanding from the management of the Refuge. Although already having so many animals to care for, they gave these adorable dogs a new life! It was a joy to visit the Refuge and see so many animals living happily together with people who care so much for them. During my first tour, a big sheep took a liking to me and followed me throughout the tour! It is truly a unique and wonderful haven for unwanted, injured and sick animals for their entire lives! I will never forget them and will always help financially as I am able to do.

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

as the very best compared to many other fine organizations that I have helped through some 45 years in several parts of the US. It is simply amazing to see what they have accomplished. What an example to all of us.

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

hire the current manager (Kerry) to help me. Although I have a great deal of management experience, I doubt that I could keeps things running so well on a shoestring budget. The management is so creative with respect to getting support for the Refuge.

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

seeing the vast number and variety of animals living peacefully together in the beautiful setting. Seeing disabled animals able to enjoy a happy and safe life. And knowing that the animals at Rikki's Refuge have a home for life.

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

very friendly, energetic, knowledgeable and caring. They interacted very well with their colleagues, visitors and most importantly, the resident animals!

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

make changes that they know would improve the Refuge and have a financial nestegg to ensure the safe future of the organization. They could also do more to share their success and serve as a model for other organizations to be a "no kill" refuge.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to provide more support for this worthwhile and heartwarming organization. Since I live some distance from the Refuge, my only means of support is financial. But I will never forget their kindness to a total stranger with two little dogs.

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

maintaining the financial support, donations in the form of food and medicine and facilities to support their residents. It is especially difficult when the economy is poor. Some people can no longer keep their animals. And donations drop off.

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

in a world that is so often harsh and cruel to animals, it almost takes my breath away to know what a difference a few dedicated people can accomplish. I few so privileged to count myself among their supporters and know what they are doing for animals.

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 the sanctuary of Life Unlimited of Virginia Inc. is a God-send for animals of all types in need of a home. The wonderful staff and volunteers give all the creatures living at Rikki's a place to call home and provide the care and attention needed to make that home safe and secure; they work tirelessly to promote animal welfare through community/public education.

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

make a TREMENDOUS difference for the community and all the creatures who need a Rikki's Refuge to give them a chance by being able to implement a number of programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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