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Review for Life Unlimited of Virginia Inc, Annandale, VA, USA

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!

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Life Unlimited of Virginia Inc, Annandale, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

Role:  Volunteer & Brought supplies, met and worked with the pets at feeding time.