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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