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Life Unlimited of Virginia Inc

Rating: 4.93 stars   204 reviews 16,384

Address:

7321 Franklin Rd Annandale VA 22003 USA

Mission:

Rikki''s Refuge is an independent, all species, no-kill sanctuary located on over 330 acres of land in Orange, Virginia. Most of this land, which includes streams and beaver ponds, is set aside as a protected area for native Virginia plants and wildlife. The remaining acreage is used to house and care for companion and farm animals who have been abandoned or displaced. From the very beginning, Rikki''s Refuge has accepted animals into the sanctuary without discriminating against age, health condition, breed, adoptability, or any of the other labels that often warrant a death sentence. All are welcome to live a comfortable life at the refuge.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Over 1200 animals of various species and special needs

Geographic areas served:

Virginia. United States

Programs:

Rikki's Refuge provides homeless,abandoned and abused animals with a safe and loving place to stayuntil they can be adopted into permanent, caring families. Thosewho can not be adopted receive a permanent home at Rikki's. Weprovide all animals with traditional, homeopathic, and holisticmedical care.

Rikki's Refuge rescuinghomeless, abandoned, abused and or injured domestic and farm animals,providing medical care (traditional, alternative and holistic), findingsuitable homes for adoption, and for many (the handicapped, the elderly, theunsocial, those displaced due to the death, incapacitation or displacement oftheir human companion) providing permanent shelter, care, love andcompassion.

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Rating: 5 stars  

An amazing Refuge. A place where four legged friends great and small receive a permanent home or a second chance at finding a forever home.
My sister's sweet kitten with feline leukemia had to be removed from the other house cats in her home.
Rikki's provided a permanent home for this little kitten. We will be forever grateful.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am in love with this spectacular animal sanctuary. I have been following and supporting Rikki's Refuge (Life Unlimited of Virginia) for more than 15 years. They are an amazing life care sanctuary for both farm and domestic animals and the beloved critters at the sanctuary are so loved and cherished.

They specialize in caring for the sick, the old, the disabled animals. Also, another blessing to this vegetarian of more than 30 years, they save farm animals from being sent to the prodution market. Thank you!

I enjoy going on tours and have brought many friends over the many years who have also fallen in love with the place. It is peaceful and calm and loving...exactly what the animals that come to spend the rest of their lives deserve.

As an elementary teacher, I also appreciate that Rikki's Refuge is so active in education and they work so hard to educate the public on animal safety, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), as well as teaching children, through classroom education and various events, about compassion, kindness and caring for animals. Knowledge and power starts at an early age and I love that Rikki's Refuge gets it.

I rate them 5 stars but would happily give 10 stars if that were an option. Keep up the great work guys and gals and I'll be back next month for another visit.

Give a kiss to my Sally the goat!

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

I only want to see the animals receive the best care. When I arrived at Rikki's Refuge, I thought I could make a difference and I did my very best, arriving half an hour early everyday, took no lunch break, and stayed as late as I could to accomplish as much as I could. With time, I noticed a drinking culture developed and it was prevalent at Rikki's Refuge, and it was encouraged by Sanctuary Manager.

Then a drunk employee ran over a napping cat. I was absolutely furious. The person who hit Rocky showed no remorse. I couldn't talk to this person for days. This was the first time in ages I had to fight so hard with myself to keep my rage under the lid. The CEO was there the day happened and saw the cat for herself. I thought the CEO would recognize something was wrong. Days, weeks, went by nothing happened; but the sanctuary manager has had an ongoing sexual relationship with the same employee, which continually resulted both of their departures from the property (almost) all day. While these two employees were off the property, being paid for it, the rest of the staff struggled to keep things going. Morale suffered.

A person on meds reported to the CEO what had been happening and nothing happened. Meanwhile, animals were dying (are dying). The young employee (Cat Killer) recommended to medical staff members to throw away meds instead of administering them and she was found by other staff members to have actually done this. While animals are dying, this staff member is actively and continually ignoring them. This staff member needs to be fired and she needs to be in prison for animal cruelty and neglect.

This was my breaking point as an employee. While this was happening, while CAT KILLER and Animal Neglecter are drinking on the property, and frequently disappearing, while I kept finding animals without food or water down in cat runs, or filthy unchanged water in Doggie Downs, with piles and piles feces, WHILE ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING, the CEO had the gull to send ME a letter (no criticism ever, ever happens face to face. Could there be a major flaw in communications at Rikki's?) for coming in late and leaving early???? When I had put in the 40 hours a week she took away my earnings?? How dare I be an honest employee! How dare I not have sex with the sanctuary manager! How dare I give the animals their food and water! How dare I not partake in consuming alcohol and marijuana! How dare I try to contact my sanctuary manager that I had to get my teeth pulled, which my dentist suggest was as an emergency, and have the paperwork and mouth to prove it! I was not fired for being a bad employee! I walked out! I left! And then I felt guilty when I thought about how the animals would be alone if I left! I turned around and went back! And then! My "boss" told me I was not welcome because I left without telling anyone even though he did that everyday! Also, he was holding a beer in his hand when he told me I was terminated! You know! That is fine! Rikki's Refuge can step on me, when I know, and the other ex-Rikki's employees know, I have a good heart! Cat Killer does not and will never have a heart! She clearly does not have a conscience!

I will fight everyday until Cat Killer and Animal Neglecter are gone from Rikki's Refuge! I can't get my teeth pulled but that girl can run over a cat and it is fine! So yes, I am disgruntled! These animals deserve better and Rikki's Refuge refuses to improve! Rikki's refuses to open its eyes and see the truth that the animals there are dying because these two people do not care and this girl is actively letting them die! But that is fine! I hear animal cruelty is in these days!!

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

fire Lauren Todd and Doug. These two individuals do not understand animal empathy and Justice For Rocky will do its power to ensure these two individuals never work with animals ever again.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This" non-profit" organization needs to be shut down. Please help. The animals are dying due to neglect. They know their legal loopholes, but we can do this, too. All animals have the right to be healthy with clean food and water.

 
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Sadly this review was posted by a young lady who was fired due to her performance and behavior on 7/30/16. IN the two days since, she has been very disgruntled and has tried to cause trouble for our 5-star animal sanctuary.

Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned about Rikki's while helping Winging Cat Rescue make a transport of supplies to them after adopting a baby kitten in GA. Bringing 800lbs of supplies, I was offered a tour and gladly accepted. I got to see firsthand how much they do with EVERY bit of food sent, every dollar raised. I saw happy, loved animals everywhere given a second chance at life.

I also have seen them help countless other shelters with social networking and even overload. Rikkis is everything a sanctuary should be and I believe in it so much I later joined the Board of Directors and it was my platform of choice as Mrs Virginia US 2014. Animal rescue is my passion and Rikkis does it right as a no kill sanctuary!

I am not paid and the money goes to the ANIMALS care and ongoing quality of life, no matter if they are old or undesirable-Rikkis is heaven on Earth for countless animals of over 20 species. I can't think of a better place that does more to save lives with the money they receive . Call for a tour and see if you don't become a believer too!

 
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I first learned of Rikki's Refuge through an adoption placement of a wonderful Siamese kitten that I found with Winging Cat Rescue in Griffin, GA. While visiting the rescue in GA, I asked what happens to the kitties that don't find homes soon, such as the blind or Feline Leukemia pets? Donna told me about Rikki's, a place where these pets are cared for the remainder of their days with love and comfort. Being a Virginia resident, I volunteered to bring back from GA (about 600 miles) to this shelter a full truckload of supplies to help the animals that had been donated. In doing so, I got to tour this amazing place---gunnea pigs and bunnies and birds that can't fly all living in complete happiness in safety out in nature, available for adoption and cared for better than many private homes I've seen...pigs of every kind, Sally the loving goat, Kikki the dog...I saw animals of every kind that were turned away as "unplaceable" and given a place and a home. Even more impressive, Rikki's places animals such as emu, Easter chicks that "grow up", lame horses, and other wildlife in an environment where they can be happy as Nature intended. Not everyone understands that some animals are not suited to be pets, and have special requirements. Rikki's strives to give those animals the home they really need and freedom to roam in safety. Those who are pets, many of them DO find a forever home and my heart was touched seeing these animals cared for so well and known by name by the volunteers...no small feat with this many mouths to feed! Until every pet is born into a forever home already, the work Rikki's does will continue to be necessary and touch many, many lives.

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

how many "unplaceable" pets have found forever homes and how all the others still have a home at Rikki's, no matter how long it takes--even if all their lives, NO animal is put down.

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

continue to increase public awareness and fundraising efforts so that more pets & animals from surrounding states can be saved.

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

How the volunteers know all the animals by name, and their stories and special needs.

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

terrific! Mary was awesome and I was impressed by the compassion of all the staff.

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

probably save every pet on the east coast and help ease the load on many of the smaller one or two-person shelters that are desperately trying to save lives without a place that can take enough of them in time. Rikki's is that place they need.

Ways to make it better...

Vincent tbe Cat had been there--he was traveling at a show the day I was to see him and his story is inspiring.

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

awareness. I didn't know until adopting a pet myself that this place existed and all the wonderful work that they do. Funding and awareness of the work they do (and the need for funding to do it) are their biggest challenges.

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

please spay or neuter your pet, so that kittens and puppies are not born just to die.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife discovered Rikki's many years ago and we became donors first and then active volunteers. It is a wonderful place that brings hope to many animals and humans as well. I have heard it called a magical place and I believe it. There is a peace associated with visiting the animals and getting involved with the loving residents of Rikki's. It is very satisfying to know that these animals have found a safe, forever home.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Almost every day at Rikki's sees a new animal saved. What happened this year? An animal got hit by a car and brought in ... saved, recovered. Animals coming from hoarding situations (several!) ... acquired, rehabbed, now happy members of the group. Animals of many different species ... yes, a lot of cats, but also sheep, goats, pigs, cows, emus, ducks, dogs, don't stop me now! ... the list goes on for 22 different species! The love that the staff shows to all these animals is amazing ... every animal has value ... every life is precious. And it's good for people, too ... Rikki's helps distressed pet owners keep their pets, provides programs for children to learn to respect animals, and spreads an awful lot of happiness all around.

 
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Rikki's is growing! They just added 64 acres, bringing their total land for keeping animals safe to 450 acres -- 100 acres for world-class managed care animal neighborhoods and 350 acres for native Virginia wildlife! And they're international! Rikki's got their Combined Federal Campaign national and international level certifications! More and more people are coming to know Rikki's ... coming to respect Rikki's ... coming to love Rikki's! Be a part of it today!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

If there is a heaven on earth, it is sure to be Rikki's Refuge, a beautiful 450 acre animal sanctuary in central Virginia. If the 1200+ animals saved by Rikki's could talk, they would tell you that it is a glorious place with loving, compassionate people changing the world, one critter at a time. I work with the dogs, all who had a very sad life story before they found their way to Rikki's. Now they flourish in the green fields with a second chance in life. So many of the animals never knew what kindness was, until they entered the gates here. Rikki's Refuge has never met an animal that was not worthy of living a full and happy life, no matter what it takes. Truly heaven on earth!

 
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You will fall in love with Rikki's Refuge as soon as you pass through the gate and see how many wonderful animals have been saved -- who thrive and live in peace and harmony. The large farm accommodates so many of God's creatures that have been abandoned or tossed aside. Rikki's Refuge is a sanctuary where everybody, every animal on 4 legs or 2 legs, is loved and given a second chance at life. Over 1200 animals, each with a story of past abuse or neglect that will move you to the core. But the best part? That there are over 1200 happy endings that will warm your heart. And feed your soul. And inspire you to do what you can to help. I am inspired every day I spend at Rikki's Refuge, working with the dogs and sharing that bond that for centuries has evolved and created the term "Man's Best Friend". And at the end of the day, you too will feel that you have helped make for a better world, hlped create a better life one loving, beautiful animal at a time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rikki's refuge is unlike any sanctuary I have come across in many years of domestic and international travel. The emphasis it places on all living things, the rally cry that all life is sacred and worth saving is extraordinary. No animal is too old, too sick or too disabled to be treated with kindness and respect, and all efforts are made to provide comfort and a sense of love and belongingness to all who come through the gate. The core values of compassion and humane treatment for all animals are demonstrated in word and action by the Director, Ms. Kerry Hilliard, and all who donate time and energy to this magical place.

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

..every trip to the Refuge, which is almost every Saturday for tha last 3 years. I have seen miracles happen right before my eyes - an old dog that is given a week or less to live goes on to live well beyond a year; a cat who is given a death senstence of FeLuk lives years beyond what could have ever been expected. I have seen how animal compassion can change the life of a veteran or a teenger.

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

I would try to increase the revenue and resource stream to ensure no animal would ever be turned away from the gate...

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a donor and supporter for sixteen years. And sometimes I volunteer too. I just love Rikki's Refuge, it's my most favorite place on earth. When I'm sad I go to visit the animals and it makes me happy. Everything about Rikki's makes me happy. I love the lesson of compassion they teach everyone by example. It's just a good good place.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Great place, they are so caring to both the animals and the humans!

 
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