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Life Unlimited of Virginia Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Christianity, Religion, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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.

Community Stories

258 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rene L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rikkis Refuge located in Orange County Virginia has been around for a little over 20 years helping take care of various species of wildlife, farm and domestic animals. I have volunteered there almost 13 years and enjoy seeing my murals and items I have built mean something to others. Rikkis Refuge is a peaceful place and you can feel the love the animals have to share. Come see them!

Melissa F.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The lifetime care and love that they give to the animals heartwarming! There are very, very few rescues that will take over the care of your beloved farm animals when you can no longer do it, without the fear of slaughter. Rikki's Refuge will give them great care and lots of love, just like you'd want!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The animals at this sanctuary feel so loved that you can see it in their eyes! None of the sadness like you see at shelters. They help those who are sick or abused, as well as those who were simply no longer wanted by their previous families. Sometimes the families were simply no longer able to care for their beloved animals and wanted a safe place for them to live out the rest of their lives. And that place is Rikki's. I've adopted dogs and cats from them.

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LegMassageGoddess

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first time I got out of the car at Rikki's Refuge, a huge white dog, some goats and a bunch of cats ran up to me. They all looked well-cared for, well-loved, friendly and very well-fed. I thought, "This is a good place."

Rikki's is currently home to 1,300 animals, many of them there because of chronic illness, disability, personality problems, "too old to play," or their owners can either no longer care for them or have died. Others are there because their owners can't take care of them for various reasons and say, "Rikki's Refuge is the best place for my dear friend. I know he/she will be loved and cared for, because Rikkis has that reputation." No matter what the reason is that brought them to the door, they have a life-long home.

A cadre of amazing people care for the animals of twenty-two species in all kinds of weather and with all types of challenges. That level of caring comes from deep inside. Someone may be cleaning cat litter pans one moment, then called on to help round up the sheep and fix a broken fence. When they say, "There's always something happening at Rikki's!", they mean it!

To clarify a point: the phrase "disabled" isn't used at Rikki's. There are "differently-abled" residents whose lives are still valuable and meaningful. Rikki's teaches this lesson to the children who come to tour the sanctuary and meet the animals, showing them that people are just the same, even when they walk with a cane or are in a wheelchair.

I've been a volunteer at Rikki's Refuge since 2011 and encourage others to do the same. Hey, where else can you come help paint the porch at the Life Center and get kissed by a cow on the same day?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rikki's Refuge is a magical place! Many animals (1,300 spread among 22 different species) have found their forever home here. Rikki's is a no-kill, all-life sanctuary and many of the residents are differently-abled; some are missing limbs, paws or eyes, some are blind, some have chronic illnesses. All of them are loved and cared for until they cross Rainbow Bridge. Rikki's works it's unique magic on the humans who work and visit here, too. Come see for yourself!

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Lolly B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Rikki's Refuge is my happy place! My spirit is happy when I can visit the animals that have been saved and have found sanctuary at this amazing refuge.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a very lucky girl who has the privilege of being a Board member/devoted volunteer for this wonderful animal life care sanctuary. When I became differently abled some years ago, I was searching for what my new normal would look like. I have followed Rikki's Refuge (Life Unlimited) for so many years and just knew it was time to devote what I could to this amazing non-profit. Their values align with mine in that they believe that ALL species deserve respect, love, and a place to call home.

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Mary D.9

Board Member

Rating: 5

This entity operates Rikki's Refuge, an animal sanctuary in Orange VA. There are well over 1,000 animals living out their lives there, including farm animals. It specializes in caring for the unadoptables that regular shelters would euthanize. This includes cats with only 2 or 3 useable legs , FIV and FeLuk cats, old or unrideable horses, male dairy calves (who would have gone to the veal crates otherwise) and "miniature" pigs, who were never going to be small and grew too large for their owners. Also there are hundreds of acres left in the natural state, so wildlife have a permanent home.
I have been associated with this place for over 12 years and have seen how hard the director, employees, and volunteers work. It is a very special place.

2 Forester W. I.

Advisor

Rating: 5

In 2003, a friend of mine rescued a feline leukemia-positive cat, and her vet recommended that the cat be euthanized. She did some research via internet, having heard that there are such things as animal refuges with colonies of cats having diseases such as feline leukemia and Feline AIDS. She identified Rikki's Refuge (corporate name, Life Unlimited of Virginia), about 80 miles from her house, as just such a place. We were able to place the cat at Rikki's Refuge, and three of us began volunteering there once per month on weekends, doing things of a small nature, such as organizing a room full of disassembled dog crates, etc.. Other larger projects followed over the years. In the past 20 years since Rikki's Refuge was founded, more than 10,000 animals that in all likelihood would have been euthanized have been saved and permitted to live out their natural lives. Animals have come from around the world and across the US to live out their lives at Rikki's. They are well-cared for and maintained by an attentive staff. The budget allows for few if any frills--the vast majority of donation funds go directly to caring for the animals. I know of no other organization that saves more animals per dollar of donation than Rikki's Refuge. In addition, they visit schools and educate children about animals and their plight, trying to promote kind behavior and empathy towards all animals. Volunteering for this organization has changed my life, from how I spend spare time and money, to how I vote.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My kids and I have been frequent visitors to Rikki's Refuge for the past 10 years. We try to visit all areas of the refuge but always seem to be drawn to the felines. The animals, as well as the grounds, are well-managed by a caring staff - many of whom I've come to know as friends. Keep up the good work!

Amethyst Di A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had connections with those who run Rikkis Refuge in Virginia for several years now and I know they do the most amazing job at homing all animals that come their way and feed and care for them all the best they possibly can. I have no hesitation in recommending Rikkis a refuge for their constant diligence and caring nature and wish them continued success.

2 Kathy99

Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki's is one of those few rescues that takes in the "unadoptable". Animals that have no chance at so many other rescues can live out their lives here. They truly care for the animals. This was Kerry's dream so many years ago and it has come true with all her hard work and help from so many others. It started a just a couple cats and has grown to around 2k animals. It's a place where people can forget their problems and be inspired by animals that this was their last hope and have flourished. Rikki's deserves the highest praises. Thousands of lives have been saved and it wouldn't have happened without Kerry putting her heart and soul into it, without all the volunteers and workers and the donors that truly believe in the efforts there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rikki's is one of the few rescues that takes in all animals. I was looking for a home for a minature horse that was owned by a kill buyer. Rikki's has close to two thousand animals that Kerry and her people care for. I had wanted to keep this little one with my horse, but there is too much acreage for a mini to be on. I had contacted Kerry to see if she knew of anyone that could take her. First thing she says is "send her on down". Not, how much will this cost, what health is she in, how is she with people...just send her on down. That is the way so many thousands of animals have lived at least the last part of their lives, with caring & complete love. They take animals that other adoptions & many rescues wouldn't touch. Rikki's deserves every metal, every honor that can be given to a rescue.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rikki’s is amazing and the ladies there are true animal lovers
Recently they took in 4 pigs that were a year old and became pets after a greased pig contest at our county fair . They never questioned taking them and have since given them a great place to live . I’ve been to Rikki’s and wow is all I can say . The dedication shows and so do the kind hearts

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A true no kill sanctuary. The animals there are very well taken care of. The staff loves the animals and it shows in the animals face. I have been volunteering there for about 18 years and loved every moment of it. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Gilly L.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best example of 'sanctuary'. Volunteers going that extra mile to ensure all are cared for ... loved ... and safe. All are welcomed ... no one is turned away. Thanks to Rikki's, there are second chances; thanks to Rikki's, there is treatment for pain; thanks to Rikki's, the unwanted and/or lost find a home ... a home with a HUGE ❤. Can you support them in any way to continue the fabulous work? Rikki's is a 'living ARK' ... a non-floating Act of Real Kindness ... Bless you all at Rikki's ... x

Bonnie60

Donor

Rating: 5

How wonderful it would be if there were more no-kill rescues like Rikki's Refuge, Life Unlimited Of Virginia Inc. The animals are cared for as family. Your donation goes a long way at Rikki's Refuge. They have a handful of employees who work very hard to care for the animals. The annual budget is minimal, with almost no overhead. If you love animals, please try to come by for a tour. Their location is Central Virginia, in what is mostly an agricultural area. I bet most people have never seen a real peacock up close. So happy the time I was able to be there for the “peacock parade.” As a supporter & volunteer, I have helped with many events. Thank goodness for all the volunteers who help. As a result, all events & functions are handled by people who donate their time and talents. All donations to Rikki's Refuge far exceed other nonprofits. Your money is put to good use here. If anyone would like to know more, please have them contact me. Thank you for Rikki’s Refuge.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

How wonderful it would be if there were more no-kill rescues like Rikki's Refuge, Life Unlimited Of Virginia Inc. The animals are cared for as family. Your donation goes a long way at Rikki's Refuge. They have a handful of employees who work very hard to care for the animals. The annual budget is minimal, with almost no overhead. If you love animals, please try to come by for a tour. Their location is Central Virginia, in what is mostly an agricultural area. I bet most people have never seen a real peacock up close. So happy the time I was able to be there for the “peacock parade.” As a supporter & volunteer, I have helped with many events. Thank goodness for all the volunteers who help. As a result, all events & functions are handled by people who donate their time and talents. All donations to Rikki's Refuge far exceed other nonprofits. Your money is put to good use here. If anyone would like to know more, please have them contact me. Thank you for Rikki’s Refuge.

Gail D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thrilled to bits that I found this amazing sanctuary! It is the best in the U.S, with the most caring intelligent humans around. I'm always amazing at the different types of animals here and they can take care of all!!! Any animal is lucky if they are here. Loving care! I know of many "unwanted" cats that have gone here and thrived thanks to all who run this amazing place!

Oker G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the very best sanctuaries in the US that I know of! Their heart is definitely in the right place! They have the love AND the knowledge to take excellent care for over 1300 different kinds of species! And not only that! Whenever I have a question about care for an animal unknown to me, I can just ask the director of Rikki's. She ALWAYS makes time to explain everything to me and helps me out in so many ways. I love Rikki's refuge!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The hardest working, best animal help group I know. Have known them for almost 20 years. Wonderful place and people.

Lauren T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Without Rikkis, so many animals would have nowhere to go. You can see the love everywhere you go on the property!

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve stopped by Rikki’s and seen the animals and how they are cared for. I’m very impressed with the work that is done by Rikki’s for all animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Opie stories are my favorite
Someday the other animal will get a voice too but Kerri hasn't figured out how to be a octopus yet
Rikkies is in desperate need of hands on volunteers because Opie uncle can't do it all so if you read this please
Contact
volunteer@rikkiesrefuge.org

TenTen

Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki’s Refuge is such a wonderful sanctuary for all types of “critters” although mostly cats. They have worked with me in my area and accepted many a feral cat that needed to be relocated. I personally know Kerry, the founder and director, and she gives 100% every day to be sure things run smoothly. The staff are great folks. Every animal should be so lucky to have a wonderful home; but if not, Rikki’s is there.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Vincent is my idol! I am also a b/w kitty and I hope to somedays be a spokeskitty like Vincent D. Cat - he is pawsome. Tennesse Tux in Richmond, VA