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LIFE UNLIMITED OF VIRGINIA INC
April 6, 2013

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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LIFE UNLIMITED OF VIRGINIA INC
February 23, 2012

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

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