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.
Awesome. Just awesome. Visit a couple times a year. Take out of town guests. Animals are fun and friendly and so very well cared for. Love the philosophy to allow the elderly and the handicapped a happy life. Some one on a tour once asked how Rikki's found all these handicapped animals, saying they'd never before seen an animal with a birth defect. Well you know why not? Cus most people just kill them. But Rikki's gives them a home. And thru these happy, though handicapped, animals, they teach visitors, especially kids, how to be kind and compassionate to all. I never leave Rikki's not feeling a lot happier then when I got there. I'll see you for the next holiday tour!
I've been supporting Rikki's Refuge for many many years. For several years now I can no longer walk around on tours and though I'd have to stop taking my grandchildren to visit. But you know what? Rikki's arranged to give me an escort who could drive me around to visit the different animals. I take all my grandkids to Rikki's when ever I can. I've watched them grow up to be kinder more loving human beings because of Rikki's. Rikki's has a real emphasis on teaching love and kindness to what they call the "differently abled". I thought it was cute when I was younger. Now that I'm differently-abled just like some of their elderly animals, I really appreciate that ! Rikki's teaches everyone to be just a little bit kinder, just a little more compassionate. They teach so many kids thru programs with subtle lessons in treating others just like you want to be treated. The basic golden rule ... but somehow it means more to the kids when it's taught by a disabled cat or dog or goat or pig ..... I love RIkki's and I know they have made my grandkids into the wonderful people they have and are growing up to be. Thank you for your mission of love and caring Rikki's Refuge. Please never stop.
I work in the county social services and often call Rikki's Refuge to help a client. A juvenile who's been in a little trouble and needs community service hours. Unemployed people who need a job, or who need to learn some skills and can volunteer. Families who need help with pets when they've been displaced from their homes. Handicapped clients who need a place who'll love them and appreciate them and Rikki's has special programs for them. I'm so glad we have Rikki's Refuge, they are a huge asset to our community.
I am so proud of everyone I've watched make Rikki's Refuge come to life. Every time I visit I'm more impressed what a group of dedicated individuals with a dream can do. I've been watching Rikki's Refuge when it was just two people talking about it, before they had land to begin to make it happen. I've seen so many people from so many walks of life join in to make a safe haven for the animals. And one thing I find so wonderful is all the people they reach out to. The love you feel as a visitor and volunteer can bring a tear to even an old man's face. No matter who you are or how much you can contribute, you are welcomed with out stretched paws !!! Following Rikki's and listening to their philosophy of life about kindness, sharing, helping .... it's made me more conscious of those around me and a kinder gentler person. Thank you Rikki's Refuge.
Rikki's Refuge/Life Unlimited takes in and cares for many kinds of animals, large and small. They do amazing work and deserve any help they can get. Community outreach is a huge part of what they do, and Virginia is better for being home to this fantastic organization.
Rikki's Refuge cares for over 1200 animals and is a no-kill shelter. Everyone there is friendly and loves animals. They are very active in the community and deserve as much support as they can receive from us all. I highly recommend them.
Having been a fan of the larger animal refuges, like Farm Sanctuary, I was happy to find that there is one local to me; but I was awestruck when I saw how much they actually do & how many animals they've saved. Amazing organization. - Elijah Aust, Charlottesville, VA
Rikki's Refuge provides love and care for all species of animals. Many of these animals would end up euthanized if Rikki's did not take them in.
The staff are lovely and the care and love shown to the animals is fantastic.