Welcome to Rikki's Refuge

A multi-species sanctuary for the medically and socially challenged,
          supported solely by donations from kind and generous people like you!


There's always something going on at Rikki's!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Good Morning Good News !!!! August 20, 2014



It’s a foggy fall morning.  The fog is swirling all around.  Lifting off the ground.  Slowly climbing the trees.   The kind of fog where there be dragons.  Swirls of blue.  Swirls of pink.  Swirls of purple.  It rises up to meet the sunrise.  The kind of fog where heaven meets earth.  There is no divide.  A time when the dragons, the fairies, the mystical beings can mingle with earth creatures.

As the fog rises ..  there ... there ... there comes one ....  legs firmly planted on earth ... walking out of the fog ... towards me ...   


The nights have gotten cool ... the leaves are changing ....  the world is turning round towards autumn. 

It’s been a lovely peaceful summer.  Wonderful weather.  Wonderful animals.  Wonderful happenings.

Life at the refuge has rolled along in peace and quiet.  No great and exciting happenings, no great and exciting disasters.

No new species, no new emergencies. 

When the routine, day in and day out, runs smoothly, a moo here, a bark there, a pat here, a hug there ......  you know this is the way it should be!!

The new species, the disasters, the changes .... it’s exciting to read about ... it urges donors to help out.

But the routine, the peace, the love .... that’s what we strive for every day ....  and when we accomplish that  ....  it a good solid feeling of peace and happiness for all.   For the animals, for the caretakers, for volunteers, for donors.


Sometimes donors forget us when life is peaceful and calm.  When there is no urgent and expensive surgery, no materials to buy for a broken fence, no urgent care for a new comer.  Peaceful day to day life, everyone is fed, the houses are cleaned, the routine medications are given, the flea and tick and worm meds go down, are dropped on, are sprayed on, everyone lies down in a comfy bed for the night ....  all is calm. all is right.

The cost of giving one of our almost 1300 animals a clam, peaceful, happy home is about $1 a day.  A cow may cost a little more than a guinea pig, a dog more than a cat ....  but when we mix it all up, like the big happy family we are, it rounds out to $1 a day for basic food, housing, medication and love. 

It’s only when you add everybody up all together that the number gets big ....  awfully big.

We need your help for survival each and every day.  In the nice easy peaceful times and when disaster or emergency strikes. 

You have so much on your mind, summer adventures of your own, kids out of school, travels, relocating, new jobs, your family, your own furry friends, volunteering, projects.  Just like us, with longer daylight hours, you work to accomplish so much more, lawn care, landscaping, painting, repairs.

Knowing we have the money to care for the animals this summer has been the one thing that has filled us with worry, caused restless dreams, and some days left us downright scared.  It’s a usual summer thing.  The expenses are always there ....  donations drop off as folks have more to do in the summer.   

We compensate the lean summer months by letting accounts run up ....  yet we have those nasty credit limits too, just like you !!!!   And now we must start catching up before winter brings bigger food and housing costs !!


Will YOU help us?  Pick one critter and help them with only $1 a day.  Skip the fancy coffee and help several animals.  Eating out tonight?  Plan to skip dessert and do us and YOU a favor !!!   www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe

There’s an easy way to help out every month.  So easy not to forget the animals in your busy lives.  So easy, you’ll almost forget it’s even there.  Recurring donations.  You can sign up to make a donation once a month.  And that’s such a huge help.  To know you care and to know you’ll be there.

It breaks the peace and the calm and the happy, gentle routine of caring for the animals when I have to worry so about where the next meal is coming from, how I can pay for a vet visit, if I can afford subq fluids so the kidney patients feel like eating, asthma medicine so many will breathe easier, arthritis relief medication for the stiff old knees, the farrier to trim the old donkey’s fast growing hooves. 


Think about a recurring donation .... right here www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe

To the left, you see One Time Donation where you can help with a special item, or make a donation today.

Next is Recurring Donation where you easily enter how many animal days you’d like to help.  Enter 1 to care for one animal for one day a month.  Enter 10 to care for ten animals for one day a month.  Enter 30 if you’d like to care for one animal everyday, every month !!   You can enter any number from 1 thru 10,000 .....  10,000 cares for everybody for a little over a week ...  even at $1 a day, 1300 animals use it up quick !!

The next slot let’s you specify how long you’d like to make the monthly donation.  It’s best for the animals if you leave that blank!  That means forever (or until you tell it to stop) !!   Or you can enter 12 for a year, 24 for two years and so on. 

Hit subscribe ...  and you’re almost done ....  I think it’ll ask you to prove you’re a hooman with a credit card or bank account or somethin like that !!!

Thank you !!!!!

Thank you for saving MY life today !!!

and EVERY day of the year !!!!!



Please get your VOTE in EVERYDAY!! 
The Shelter Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to help the animals with only a few clicks !!!!  Totally FREE and EASY and QUICK ....  turn your clicks into meds to prevent ticks !!!!

Please vote today and every day  ...  Just go to this link http://www.shelterchallenge.com/web/charityusa/nomineehome?userId=53331&nomineeId=17448
and enter Rikkis Refuge (no ‘ ... see ??)  in VA in the USA and that’s it !! Thank you
Please vote today and every day  ...  Just go to this link http://www.shelterchallenge.com/web/charityusa/nomineehome?userId=53331&nomineeId=17448
or click the guinea picg and enter Rikkis Refuge (no ‘ ... see ??)  in VA in the USA and that’s it !! Thank you


What ‘ch doin’ Labor Day ?
Trying to get a head count to see who’d come on a tour at noon on Labor Day.  Would you like to come and get up front and purrsonal with the cirtters?   Tours are really IN YOUR FACE !!!!    Get licked by cows, butted by goats, jumped on by cats !!!!   Our animals really love to interact.  Tours start at noon, run 2-3 hours, and involve 3+ miles of walking on natural (read uneven) terrain.

If you’d be interested in a tour let me know:  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

If you’re a certified Rikki’s Tour Guide and you’d be interested in leading or helping with a tour, let me know:  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

How bout nums?   Would you like to have a get together, veggie bar-b-q, pot luck ...  at the education center after the tour???   Let me know what you’d like to do: Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

We’d sure like to see YOU !!!


NUMS for YOU
brought to you by Maria Appleby, Rikki’s Social Media Director
you share with me, and I’ll share with you
try this wonderful vegan recipe today



Stock up NOW for Saturday !!!




This Sunday at 7 pm..... Come and join us ....
.....   vegan or vegetarian please !!!! We'll be opening with a meditation and then discussing the second agreement from The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz --- some very valuable lessons we cats are born knowing and you hoomans would do good to learn from !!!!   You’re welcome even if you aren’t reading the book.  If you enjoy discussions about personal growth, spirituality, and reaching out to be the best you can be -- you’ll love this group!





THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME TO
SAVE SO MANY LIVES
... with your support we’re able to help so many into their new furrever happy homes ....  and to give that life long home to those not quite so fortunate ...  Thank you for your support

Without YOU

none of us would have been alive

to enjoy this beautiful summer !!

THANK YOU !!!!!!
Your donations have saved the lives of every animal featured here today !!!!   AND your donations are giving them happiness today !!!   Please make a donation in honor of the animals you have loved to give everyone here a happy tomorrow !!!  www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe 

Love,
    Vincent and Mom
Join us on Facebook:              https://www.facebook.com/RikkisRefuge\
                                                   https://www.facebook.com/vincent.cat
                                                   https://www.facebook.com/Kerry.Hilliard
Rikki’s Web Site:                     www.rikkisrefuge.org
Blog:                                          http://rikkisrefuge.blogspot.com/
Help the Animals:                    http://rikkisrefuge.org/FeedMe
Re-Tail our thrift store:             https://www.facebook.com/ReTail.org
             Web Site:                    http://rikkisrefuge.org/?page_id=6330
             Location:                     3503 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg VA 22408  
             Phone:                        540-891-5300
              Hours:                        10 am - 6 pm Monday - Saturday
                                                 noon - 5 pm - Sunday

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Good Evening Good News !!!! July 9, 2014


See Astro’s left ear?  That’s called an Ear Tip.  That signifies that Astro if a speutered feral cat.  It’s very important to use this universal symbol of a Cared for Community Cat so the caregiver knows when a new un-speutered cat shows up.  Everybody in a Cared for Community Cat Colony must be speutered.  When a cat with an ear tip is turned into a good shelter or pound, they try to find the caretaker for local colonies so they can get the kitty home to his Community Colony where he belongs.

But sometimes the kitty isn’t so lucky.  Sometimes they end up in a not very caring shelter or pound, or their caretaker can’t be found, or they come from a location that is being closed.  Sometimes new owners of properties aren’t very nice and they won’t allow the Community Cats to continue to live there.  Sometimes construction or destruction gets in the way. 

Then the lucky Community Cats without a Community join us at Rikki’s Refuge.  We’re happy to allow feral kitties to live with us.  Just cuz you don’t much like or care for hoomans is no reason to die.  Feral kitties are purrfectly good kitties with a wonderful life to live. 

At Rikki’s they live in social family groups in their Cat Houses where they have a kitty door to a large expanse of protected play yard.  They are fed, given warm beds and the medical care they need.  They are loved, even if they don’t want to love the hoomans back! 

And sometimes one gets sick.  Astro had an illness that he just couldn’t shake this winter.  Soon as he was off meds, he’d be sick again.  At first this was really difficult for him cuz he had to be handled by hoomans several times a day.  Neither of them liked that.  In this case, Astro’s treatment really did hurt our hoomans a lot more than it hurt him !!!  

But gradually Astro got used to letting people handle him and he got all well too.  And now he’s an almost friendly indoor outdoor kitty at Rikki’s Refuge !!!!

Thank you for saving Astro and letting him and his friends live out their lives in peace and happiness !!!    By clicking here, you can help Astro and his friends www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe
Thank you !!!




Today’s Facebook Trivia Question
How many 5.5 oz cans of cat food do we use every year? Who can get the closest ?
What you guessed!

Donna Savory 9,125
Christopher Robbins 10,000?
Ron Herfurth 50,000 ?
Deb Forrest 109,500? 55,000???
Rene Luther 219,000 for 600 cats then. I thought there were more cats than that!
Sherry Chumley Brockner 219000 if you have 600 cats
Martha Girdany 246,000??
Heather Gonzales 250,000 cans
Lia Federico 268,000
Merrie David 365,000
Don Appleby 428,000
Arlene Cummings-Markowski 1 million
Kathy Doucette One 5.5 ounce can per cat per day X 365 days -- what do I win?
Nora Eldridge I'd say, using a mathematical formula, well - A LOT!
Carol Blasin Tons

The Answer: Rikki's Refuge uses 78,708 cans (5.5 oz) of cat food a year or 3,279 cases (24/case), that's 9 cases of canned cat food we need every day !!!   Ron and Deb you’ll have to share the Winners Circle today !!!!   Since I can’t split a cat in half ....  I’ll send a whole one to each of you !!!!

Tune in to facebook
https://www.facebook.com/vincent.cat
for the daily trivia question -- see instantly what the animals are up to all day long as photos are uploaded -- and MORE ...



Re-Tail needs volunteers
We REALLY need more volunteers at Re-Tail!  The pictures below are of our stockroom. The first picture is of donations that came in TODAY -- yes, between noon and 2:00, this much came in! The 2nd picture is the pile of clothes that need to be sorted. The 3rd and 4th are simply the shelves and boxes FULL of items to be priced and stocked on the sales floor.

Can YOU help for a few hours here and there? Our biggest need is on the weekends, especially between the hours of store opening (10:00 on Saturday, and noon on Sunday) until about 3:00. We quit accepting donations at 2:00, so, in theory, that's adding another hour to get things sorted and on to their respective shelves.

If you can help, stop in for an application (it will tell you the type of help that we need, and you can circle the areas that you are willing to help in) and we can schedule an orientation!

Teenagers are welcome IF AND ONLY IF they can work independently. There will be no one to help them, or keep an eye on them, and, as you can see, we need people who will roll up their sleeves and WORK. Thanks!!











NUMS for YOU
brought to you by Maria Appleby, Rikki’s Social Media Director
and Lia Federico Chef 
you share with me, and I’ll share with you
try this wonderful vegan recipe today



Join us every Saturday for
also at the Education Center every Saturday

Job Interviews:  promptly at noon, orientation, weight lifting, running/sprinting, written applications, private interview.

Meet Adoptable Kitties:  Noon - 2 pm.   This Saturday features
Hairy Toes, a long hair, black and white gentleman
Calvin, a lovely Siamese kitty with an ever so slight head tilt, a birth defect that doesn’t bother him at all
Carla, a petite Siamese kitty with a few stripes
Tangy, a petite orange tabby kitty gal



This Sunday at 7 pm..... Come and join us ....
.....   vegan or vegetarian please !!!! We'll be reading from The Four Agreements --- some very valuable lessons we cats are born knowing and you hoomans would do good to learn from !!!!

1) Be impeccable with your word -- Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of Truth and Love.

2) Don't take anything personally -- Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. When you are immune to the opinions and reactions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

3) Don't make assumptions -- Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.

4) Always do your best -- Your best is going to change from moment to moment, it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstances, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Later we'll get to the fifth lesson  (a sequel book)
5) Be skeptical, but learn to listen -- Don't believe yourself or anybody else. Use the power of doubt to question everything you hear. Is it really the truth? Listen to the intent behind words and you will understand the real message.

Join us and learn to embrace these lessons and become more cat like and less hooman like !!!! Love, Vincent I shall be there in spirit with you


Flash and Friends Thank you !!!



On the 4th of July
there was a lot of land to cover
and a lot of animals to meet.

Smoky Joe is all ears waiting to hear what the visitors have brought for dinner


















Bo didn’t want to get out of his pool to play





















Sammy loves pats

 












Feeding emus and pigs is always a favorite












The cows are HOW big ??




     

Opie hugging






















Sylvestra’s debut as a hugger








Did I mention that Tours at Rikki’s Refuge are
UP CLOSE
and
IN YOUR FACE ?




























And at the end of the tour, when all the food was gone,
every one was as happy as a pig in mud !






THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME TO
SAVE SO MANY LIVES
... with your support we’re able to help so many into their new furrever happy homes ....  and to give that life long home to those not quite so fortunate ...  Thank you for your support

Without YOU none of us would have had a second chance at love !!
Your donations have saved the lives of every animal featured here today !!!!   AND your donations are giving them happiness today !!!   Please make a donation in honor of the animals you have loved to give everyone here a happy tomorrow !!!  www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe 

Love,
    Vincent and Duke
Rikki’s Web Site:         www.rikkisrefuge.org
Help the Animals:        http://rikkisrefuge.org/FeedMe

Monday, July 07, 2014

Good Morning Good News! Monday, July 7, 2014

OPIE'S WEATHER REPORT!
Rikki's Refuge, Rapidan, VA.
MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
THIS MORNING: Mostly sunny with temperatures warming into the mid to upper 80s. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
TODAY: Mostly sunny. Hot. High 92F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph
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TONIGHT: A few clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 69F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
HIGH: 92F. LOW: 69F.
Sunrise: 5:56 AM Moonset: 1:45 AM
Sunset: 8:38 PM Moonrise: 3:42 PM
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Print Sunshine out for your kids to color! If you mail your coloring back to us, we will display it at Rikki's and online!
Rikki's Refuge
PO Box 1357
Orange, VA. 22960 

THE ABC'S OF RIKKI'S REFUGE! 
"W" IS FOR WALKER!
Did you know we're working on a whole album of ABC'S?

ABC's On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152064010042391.1073741861.169651012390&type=3 
ABC's On Pinterest:
http://www.pinterest.com/RikkisRefuge/the-abcs-of-rikkis-refuge/ 
ABC's On Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rikkis_refuge/sets/72157645133144876/ 


Animal Facts & Trivia - COWS!
Rikki's Refuge, Rapidan, VA.
www.rikkisrefuge.org
Cows are also known as cattle. Cows are herbivores meaning they eat grasses, plants, corn. They do not eat meat. There are many types of cows. Cows are smart and intelligent animals. They are also social animals and interact with other cows. A male is called a bull. A female who has given birth is called a cow. A female who has not given birth is called a heifer. A baby cow is called a calf. There are over 1 billion cows that live in the world! Cows live on every continent except Antarctica. In India where they practice the Hindu religion cows are sacred and are allowed to roam the streets free. Around 300 million cows live in India! Cows weigh between 400-1,600 pounds! Cows have 32 teeth. Cows drink 35 gallons a water a day. They eat 50 pounds of food a day. Cows live up to 25 years. They can run 35 miles per hour. In deep mud cows can run faster than horses! A cow has one stomach with four compartments. The rumen, reticulum, omasum and the abomasum. Cow are ruminates meaning they can digest food that can normally not be digested. Like a human’s fingerprints no two cow’s spots are exactly the same. Cows first came to America with pilgrims. They arrived in the colony of Jamestown in 1611. Until the 1850′s most American families owned their own cows.


My name is Flash! I live at Rikki’s Refuge! I have 37 other doggie friends living here with me, and we share this wonderful refuge with over 1300 animals of 22 species! WOOF! We sure need help with food and supplies this summer! Can you help us by donating, or telling others? 

1. To make an electronic donation:
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate
2. To mail a check or money order:
Rikki's Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960
3. To send food/supplies via Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/LI8PP4S40XZD/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o


"If you're alone, I'll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile... But anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me." 
 ~~Author Unknown~~


EASY VEGETARIAN PASTA WITH TOMATO SAUCE 
 1 (16 ounce) package pasta
8 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup Italian dressing
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place the pasta in the pot, cook 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta with the tomatoes, Italian dressing, basil, red onion, and Parmesan cheese. 


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SHARING A FEW PHOTOS FROM OUR FOURTH OF JULY TOUR! WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND ENJOYED OUR VISITORS!










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 WHERE TO FIND US ON THE INTERNET: 

1. Rikki's on the Web:
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/
2. Rikki's on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/RikkisRefuge
3. Rikki's on Twitter: 
https://www.twitter.com/rikkisrefuge
@RikkisRefuge
4. Rikki's Blog:
http://rikkisrefuge.blogspot.com/
5. Rikki's on Pinterest:
http://www.pinterest.com/RikkisRefuge/
6. Rikki's on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rikkis_refuge/sets/
7. To make a donation to Rikki's:
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate
8. Rikki's Refuge Amazon Wish List:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/LI8PP4S40XZD/ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_o


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