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Life Unlimited of Virginia Inc

Rating: 4.93 stars   269 reviews

Nonprofit Issues (NTEE):

Animals, Christianity, Religion, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

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  

I have been volunteering for Rikki’s Refuge for the last 20 years. It is the best place to volunteer to help animals live a nice long fruitful life

 
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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.

 
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The best ever! I've traveled all over the country to all kinds of animal sanctuaries and Rikki's Refuge is my absolute FAVORITE. They do a fabulous caring and really sincere job of taking care of the animals. It's their heart, not their job. You can tell that every person there really truly cares about every single animal. They time their time to let them know they're loved, they work like crazy to help the new ones who come in scared and alone or hurt sometimes. They just really care. And the animals are so happy. Some have been in bad accidents before they came and are missing a leg or an eye or have crippling injuries. They spend hours taking care of them and giving them physical therapy. And all of them are so happy and so thankful to be alive. It's the best place on this earth.

 
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I went to Rikki's Refuge to volunteer with the cats. I loved cats. I still do. But when I met the dogs, I fell in love with them too. And then I met turkeys and they make me laugh. The people I volunteer with are really great too. It just makes me so happy. I've been going there for 15 years now and I hope to go forever.

 
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I love Rikki's Refuge more than any place on earth !

 
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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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I love working at Rikki's Refuge. It's fun to be with the animals. I get to use my building skills to help them. Fences, houses and I hope to build a nice big pond for the birds one day. The only bad thing is there are never as many volunteers or as much money as they need to make all their dreams come true. Come on out and help us all.

 
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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!

 
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Cats Cats Cats ..... and some of just about everything too. I spend most of my time with the cats. Lots of the cats are friends with other species and that is so much fun to watch. The amazing thing is how much all the people here really love the animals and how much they care about taking really good care of them. They'll even stay up all night with somebody who's sick. They take care of feral cats even when they get bit. They just love everybody. And that makes it such a wonderful place to visit.

 
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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.

 
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If that doesn't say it all. I still have this christmas card from Rikki's Refuge hanging over my desk at work. It makes me so happy to look at all those animals I watched go from sad to glad at Rikki's Refuge. If you want to be happy then go volunteer there. Being with the happy animals who have truly found peace on earth at Rikki's Refuge is the most wonderful thing in the world. I'm going to volunteer there as much as I can for the rest of my life.

 
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Rikki's Refuge. What can I say except WOW. Just WOW. When I'm able to visit I see the changes, the improvements, more animals, more houses. It's bigger and better every time I get to take my family for a visit. I always knew they were doing wonderful work for the animals. I never thought about the people they help too. Not until my mother's condition meant she had to move into an advanced care facility. They would not allow her pets to come. I didn't know what to do. I could not take them home because I have pets that might have killed them. I could not take somebody my mother loved to a pound and risk them being killed. Most organizations said they were too old to be adopted. Rikki's is letting them live their retirement years at the refuge. I think that is so nice. I can visit them and was even able to take them to visit my mom a few times before she passed. I will never forget the relief for me and my mother when Rikki's opened their doors for us. I can't wait to visit again. I just love that place.

 
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I'm an assistant in a special ed class and we take kids out to Rikki's Refuge during the school year. We've been doing this for years. The kids get to interact with the animals, and to do useful things like helping to clean up that gives them a lot of self respect. We have emotionally, intellectually and physically challenged kids ... and it's really wonderful to see them grown and learn and to feel so appreciated at Rikki's Refuge. Knowing many of the animals had sad stories too gives the kids something to relate to and it helps them open up and talk out some problems. Rikki's has given us a wonderful opportunity to help hundreds of kids over the years. They may be there for the animals .... but they really help the people too.

 
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Eddie and Lucy are my favorite new couple. Rikki's Refuge saves all kinds of animals that are lonely and sad. Watching them make new friends and become happy just makes me feel so good. These two came from different places and both were lonely and sad because they lost their family. Then they found each other and now are inseparable forever. Even the national geographic wrote a story about Bub and Goose a donkey and goose who bonded. It's so wonderful to volunteer here and be with all these animals.

 
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I will never forget the day I found a frightened skinny injured little black mommey cat and her 4 little babies. Everybody I called said they'd kill them if I brought them in. I had no money to help them. I begged several vets and they all refused. One of them told me about Rikki's Refuge. And they jumped up to help me. Somebody came over and helped me get them. The mommey kept trying to bite and they said it was because she was feral (that means wild) and hurt and could not walk. The lady who came was so nice and talked nice to the mommey cat and got her and the kittens and told them it would be ok. She promised not to kill them if they could be saved but she told me the mommey cat was very badly hurt. And can you guess what happened? Rikki's Refuge spent a lot of money and saved the mommey cat and all the kittens. I was so happy. I went to see them later. The mommey cat hissed at me and the people at Rikki's Refuge said it was ok, not all cats like people very much, maybe they were hurt by a person when they were younger, or maybe they never knew one. But even cats who don't like people are allowed to live at Rikki's Refuge and the people there take care of them just like they were nice cats. I think it's really amazing how many animals of so many kinds they take care. It's hard work. I wanted to help them, but it's so much work, and it was so hot in the summer I just couldn't. They are very good people to be so nice to animals.

 
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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.

 
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This is my place to volunteer. I know my time here is well spent. I have been helping for over 20 years. Hard to believe it's been so long. I came to the first volunteer work day when there was nothing here. Now I help care for 450 acres of land, lots of space set aside for the wildlife, and over 100 acres for housing for the domestic and farm animals. There are always projects to do, dogs to walk, cat to hold, and so much to do.

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

win the lottery and give it all to Rikki's Refuge

 
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I'd visited Rikki's Refuge a time or two in the past. Then this year I needed their help. I never thought I'd be in such a position. I was scared and facing homelessness and my animals had no where to go. Rikki's Refuge was so kind and wonderful to me. They lovingly accepted my animals and they even helped me in so many ways. I don't think I would have made it with out them. The volunteers were so kind and loving. Calling me a few times just to check on how I was doing. They didn't have to do that. But it made a world of difference to me. I hope to start volunteering soon. they really deserve your support in every way possible.

 
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Rikki's Refuge saved my family. When mom died, dad had to go to assisted living. They had lots of animals, cats, dogs, goats, pigs. None of us kids could keep them cuz we didn't have land and you can't put those kind of animals in apartments. We had to sell dad's little farm to pay the expenses and he begged us not to sell his animals to market. I spent days and days trying to figure out what to do with those pets. And I found Rikki's Refuge. I was so amazed when they helped us and they gave the animals home and now the animals can live there for ever and ever -- they never kill them. I go on tours when I come to visit dad and I get pictures of his favorite old pets to show him. It makes him so happy. I think he might of died too if we'd had to sell his animals at the livestock market. Thank you Rikki's Refuge for saving those animals and saving all of us from watching our dad die of grief.

 
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Oh my gosh !!! Where do I start? PIGS !! Just wow. The pigs are my favorite I think. Where else can you hug pigs, roll around in the mud with pigs, and watch them smile while they take fruit out your hands !!! I think I spend more time in Piggy Paradise than anywhere else on the refuge. Though I love the cats and dogs and horses too. And they have birds. All kinds of birds. The turkeys talk to you, the pigeons coo at night, the geese honk and follow you around. I love to help out on projects when I can. You should too. They need all the volunteers and donors to really put in time and effort to keep on making it the most wonderful place on earth. If you haven't been there you really need to schedule a visit.

 
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I just love Rikki's. I travel over 200 miles a couple times a month to visit and volunteer. I love bringing my friends. The animals are so much fun, so happy and well cared for. Just being with such wonderful people and wonderful animals makes me happy. I've been visiting for about 18 years now, when I retire I want to move closer so I can be there more often. I visit lots of animal places because animals are my heart, but this is my most favorite of all !!

The photo is Volvo. I was visiting when he came in to Rikki's. I didn't see how he could possibly survive his injuries. I watched him heal, I watched the therapy he was given for a traumatic brain injury, I watched him turn from untrusting and biting his care givers to a loving trusting very very happy cat !!! That just fills my heart with joy. I know most of the animals have this kind of story at Rikki's. But Volvo is my special boy because I was there and I saw how his life at Rikki's began.

 
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