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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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki's Refuge is an amazing place that does amazing things - helping animals in a caring and loving environment - animals that might not have a chance to live or thrive in any other place. The Refuge takes in all sorts of critters and provides them a safe and nurturing haven in which to live. I give as much as can and always encourage others to do so too.

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CatAnna

Donor

Rating: 5

There aren't many rescues that does what Rikki's Refuge does. They specialize in special needs animals... the abused, injured, handicapped, elderly. They are constantly looking for forever homes for them, many are adopted, and those who aren't have permanent shelter, care, love and compassion at Rikki's.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki's Refuge is the most amazing place. They help so many kinds of animals -- from the typical cats and dogs found at many shelters to peacocks and iguanas and emus and goats....and, well, I'm sure if it has feathers or fur or feet Rikki's will try to help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thank goodness for Rikki's Refuge! I first heard of them when my high school son's club volunteered to unload a truckload of kitty litter for them. He's been out of high school for 10 years, and I'm still donating to them. They do a much-needed service for our area.

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Mr.Twister

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that takes in animals with special needs or for whatever reason have been unadoptable and allows them to live out their lives in a safe, relaxing environment.
Their spokescat, Vincent is a wonderful tool they have to educate the public about humane treatment of all animals. Vincent teaches that education is the first and most important step in humane treatment of animals. He teaches that all animals can feel love and pain, are intelligent beings that protect and help people heal, and most importantly that we need them as much as they need us!

Donor

Rating: 4

I love that Rikki's Refuge cares for all animals. I have been donating now for over a year and I wish I lived closer to bring Vincent Fancy Feast myself! I look forward to the newsletters that are sent out giving updates on all of the animals and the happenings of the shelter. I like the pictures too! Keep it up!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki's Refuge is one of my favorite charities because they give so many wonderful animals another chance at a happy life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki's is amazing. They offer homes to the homeless, love to the unloved, and offer hope to all those who are affiliated with them. I only wish I lived closer so that I could volunteer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki's is an awesome place. A relatively small property in rural central Virginia that is home to more than 1,000 otherwise homeless and unwanted creatures. All are homed and welcome here, the halt, the lame, the blind and deaf - and despite their numbers all of them are loved and treasured.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki's sees the value in all life and opens its heart to all species!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki's inspires me every day because they do so much with so little!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Although I live 400 miles from the shelter, I am very involved and only wish I lived closer, in order to help first hand. The shelter is well run and helps animals no matter how severe their problem is

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Mrtaylandlady1900

Donor

Rating: 5

A terrific animal refuge for all sorts of animals; often the last resort for some abused and abandoned helpless ones. The director and staff go beyond all expectations to take care and provide love as well as food and medical care to those at the shelter. They help other rescue groups with animals who have run out of options. It truly is a wonderful caring shelter for these little creatures.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For me, Rikki's Refuge is a lesson in faith, hope and pragmatism. Rikki's is Eden on a very tight budget, with even a place for serpents if they need a home. With enormous dedication, creativity, and hard work, both regulars and volunteers accomplish seeming miracles of good care for over 1200 diverse animals as common as cats and as exotic as emus. At Rikki's, there's no doubt that every much-needed and much-appreciated donation goes straight to the animals' care.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hello, I have been donating to Rikki's Refuge for several years, My beauty pageant girls, bring pet food and toys, for the animals there, and we give a small monetary donation ( comparatively). It is a wonderful acreage there, accepting all the animals, that still smile and play, and have purpose, that no one wants, or have been neglected, or abused. It takes special people, to care as much as the regular volunteers do there. 367 acres, with so little developed, could be a tremendous refuge, self supporting in some areas, with the right planning and long term goals ( not that they haven't done some of that. It would take a big chunk of money to get the place, to be the best refuge in Virginia. Kerry it totally dedicated, caring and gives her time, to these animals, along with the dedicated volunteers, and contributors, but most is spent, finding enough money and food, and simple things like gravel for the driveway. I have planned to help more, in finding donations for them, but I am just one person, with a computer, and letters, and I am a busy mom. I do my little bit, wishing I could do so much more. Someone with a dream and a big heart, to do something terrific, could do this, with a maye 5-10 year plan, starting with nice buildings, a road, that doesn't turn to mud, planting veggies and hay to feed the livestock, etc. It can be done. Well, this is more than saying, I think what they are doing is great, and the time I took something there before Christmas, I had one cat climb nonchalantly in my car seat, and I have a photo of a big gray tomcat, lying on top of my car. I wish I could have taken a few home with me, but I have my quota. I hope sincerely, that someone, can help, more for them. Dovie Craun, Regency Pageant of Virginia, Director, I am a nurse also.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rikkis is a remarkable refuge for animals, run by an incredible group of individuals who manage to survive on a shoestring all the while maintaining the dignity and humanity of the animals. They need more money, more volunteers and more exposure so that more people can see what a difference Rikkis is making to both animals and humans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Not only is the care of provided to the animals who reside in the refuge top notch, but so are the managers and care givers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

These are fantastic dedicated individuals who take excellent care of disabled/abandoned and uncared for animals. I know I can trust them with my donations to put them to the best use. Thanks Rikki's Refuge! We love you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rikki's is a deeply dedicated group of people who provide a healthy, safe, and loving environment for a variety of unwanted animals. They rely on donations and the strong spirit of many volunteers to attend to every detail of the facility and all the animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family visited Rikki's a few weeks ago. We were greatly impressed! The volunteers were the heart of the refuge. Their kindness, generosity and love for their animal family members was evident in their actions. No matter how hot, tired or stressed they were, each volunteer greeted us with waves or a smile. Even the dogs and cats greeted us! Each of the animals have a story and a history. They are each survivors. A tentative, hard-earned, new-found trust shone from their eyes. They have a home. They have food. They have LOVE. This is what we took away with us after our visit. We found the Spirit of Rikki's!

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