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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!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Good Morning Good News !!!! April 22, 2014



Happy Earth Day   ---  I love my earth !!!!

It’s the best planet I’ve ever lived on.  I like to try and keep my earth happy and healthy.  How about you?  Are you nice to our earth?  We have a special fruit tree program going on.  We’re planting an orchard as a border between the Education Center and a neighboring house ... it’s nice to give both of us some privacy ...  they have a great huge fancy house and probably don’t want the piggies right up against their fence ....   so we’ve put in a bit of a buffer and we’re planting fruit trees there.  If you’d like to donate one in honor of your favorite planet today, for a donation of $50, we’ll be able to get and plant a fruit tree in the orchard !!!   Thank you for helping to keep our planet nice and green and for letting there be yummy fruit for all the animals !!!   www.RikkisRefuge.org/Donate


Get your Daily Vote in !! 
Help us win the grant to buy a pallet of cat food ....   please vote today and every day thru June 29 !!!   It’s easy, simple and FREE to vote ....   you 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 ...  they’ll ask you to copy in a secret word ....  sometimes it’s a cool word ... like feast ... and some times it just a bunch of letters !!!!   But if you can copy it right .... than you’ve voted right !!!!   Thank you


Well ... she who bes the Great Rule Maker ....
didn't follow the rules this morning ...
and she got a good reminder why there is rules ....
(ps.  this is not an actual photo of the bear, just a representative of what he looked like, no time to grab camera!)

it was still dark when she went out .... or tried to go out .... to take out the trash ... she'd just cleaned the poopy boxes and was taking it out to the truck .... the rule says ... "Before opening the door in the dark, turn on the light and look out the long window next to the door .... look specially down near the bottom to see if skunks might be thinking about coming in for cat food .... it's real easy for them to come running in by her feet .... so far .... only opossums have, but still, it's a job to get them out and it just scares and worries and upsets everybody ... opossum ... cats .... hoomans .... but oh no .... she who makes the rules thinks she's above following the rules .... and so she just opens that door and starts out ..... and there was a baby bear looking in the window .... she did a back up real quick and shut the door !!!! No fair, I thought it'd be fund for the bear to come in and play with us ... he was just a little bitty baby bear .... His mama was in the driveway at the bottom of the steps and made a gerrrruuuppppmmmmhhhh sound and baby turned to look ... then she said geeerrrrrrooooooowwwlllllll hhhhheeerrrruuummmmpppphhhhhh reared up and headed around the house and off down the back yard ... baby flew after her .... mom decided to leave the trash by the door till it got a bit light outside. Heeee Heeee I think that's funny !!!!!


Meet Bubba and BeeBee
the oldest residents at Rikki’s Refuge ....
if we don’t count a couple of the hoomans !!!
Prayers for BeeBee today please.

Bubba (the shaggier guy on the left) and his wife BeeBee are very very elderly donkeys.  They came to Rikki’s last year when their owner passed away.  BeeBee has had foot and leg problems for many years now.  She needs special attention to her hooves to trim them just right so it puts less pressure on her joints ...  kind of like having orthopedic shoes !!   The farrier comes every month to visit her and make sure she’s comfortable.  She also gets meds for arthritis every day.

The doc is coming to see her today cuz one foot was really bothering her.  He couldn’t come at the end of last week, and lucky it’s gotten better now, but still needs to be looked at.  So paws crossed, she’ll do good with the doc today.

Thank you for your prayers for her and Bubba to have a long and healthy and pain free life.  And thank you, if you’d like to help her with her doc bill today ...  www.RikkisRefuge.org/Donate



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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 be looking forward to Spring!!

Love you bunches,
    Opie

Monday, April 21, 2014

Good Morning Good News !!!! April 21, 2014


Easter Cats !!!


Thank you Melissa Felts, Melanie Hansford and Nora Eldridge for giving a lovely Easter Day Tour !!!!   And thank you Paul Erhard for capturing it all in photos !!!!  Thank you Cindy Wright for cleaning up Doggy Downs on Saturday !!!

Thank you Melanie Hansford for bringing Easter Nums for us !!!!!



The SHELTER CHALLENGE is back !!!!
Help us win the grant to buy a pallet of cat food ....   please vote today and every day thru June 29 !!!   It’s easy, simple and FREE to vote ....   you 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 ...  they’ll ask you to copy in a secret word ....  sometimes it’s a cool word ... like feast ... and some times it just a bunch of letters !!!!   But if you can copy it right .... than you’ve voted right !!!!   Thank you


My Uncle James Caught the Easter Bunny
“I caught the Easter Bunny sneaking around my garage! Fed her some high class salad greens and then took her to live at the nice park close by !.!” 



Girl Scout Troop 527 -- you are awesome !!!!!
You’ve earned your BRONZE AWARD !!!!

Have YOU earned yours?  To earn the Bronze Award, Girl Scouts have made a promise to help others, to improve their community, and to become the best that they can be !!

That’s a pretty awesome oath, don’t you think ?

Thank you for choosing Rikki’s Refuge as your Take Action Project !!!



You got skills ????
We’re looking for a few good volunteers with good handyhooman skills.  Carpentry, roofing, repairs .....  If you got your tools and you can travel and you is creative and can work with materials we have donated ....  we need your help !!!    You got to be independent, able to work without guidance and able to figure it out !!!  We gots lots of things that need fixin after the winter ....  I don’t know much about these things being a cat and all ....  So I need to point to it .... and say ...  see, it don’t work .... you can fix now please ???     If you can think on your feet and help us out and have the tools and the time and can either scrounge thru our materials ... or can scrounge the community for them ....  please let me know !!!   Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

Also we still have a LOT of field fencing that needs to come down about 15 miles west of Rikki’s Refuge.  It’s pulling staples out of fencing and then rolling up the fencing.  If you can transport it, that’s great ... if not, that’s ok, we got somebody with a trailer who can help too.  This is independent study !!!!   You can do it at your pace on your time ....  will you help us get this fencing for the sheep ?  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

One of our staff hasn’t shown up for the last three days.  It’s really critical as his counterpart is on vacation so we were really depending on him.  So we have a real 8 am to 5 pm, five day a week (ah yup, you gotta work weekends and holidays, but you’ll get two days off during the week) paying job open. 

You need to have two skills, or be willing to learn them.  You need to work on meds, giving shots and pills and bathes and so on to all kinds of animals.  So you can’t be scared at all !!  No sireeee, can’t be scared of holding down a feral cat and cleaning his ears and popping him with worming meds !!!

AND you need to be a handy hooman, handy with the hammer and saws, or at least willing to learn.  Helping Doug put up fences and fix roofs and all that kind of stuff. 

If you’d like to apply for a job with us, please arrive at the Education Center at Noon on a Saturday.  21410 Constitution Hwy, Rapidan VA 22733 ... at the corner of Constitution Hwy and Quarterhorse Ln.  Orientation starts at noon ....  please do not be late !!!  All applications must be in person !!!

And lastly ...  the grass is growing ...  though the sheep would probably love to get to eat it all ....  and we sure wish they could .....  we need help mowing what isn’t fenced in ....  if you’ve got mowers or weed whackers you can bring out (gas powered ...  no electric cords are long enough !!!!)  and help us mow and trim ....  please let me know !!!   Another week or two and all the animals will be lost in the jungle !!   Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org


Tis the Season every one in rescue dreads .....

It’s kitten season.  And puppy season.  And .....  First of all, please remember to spay and neuter ALL your animals.  As long as animals are dying in shelters because there are simply not enough homes ....  please don’t bring any into this world.  Every birth will mean a death in a shelter.  And yes, your clinic and spay even in advanced pregnancy.  It’s sad, but it’s far less sad than living animals dying in shelters.  Please SPEUTER and please tell everyone you know to speuter.  All yours “fixed”, think about donating to “fix” one for someone who can’t afford it.  At most SPEUTER CLINICS you’re only talking about $25-$30 for a male cat and $50-$75 for a female.  A little more for larger dogs.  You can donate to Rikki’s SPEUTER fund, or to the Pana Speuter Clinic in Guatamala, just put a note on your donation so it goes to the right place.  www.RikkisRefuge.org/Donate

Second ...  if you think this kitty is cute drinking from a bottle ....  your local shelter has orphaned kittens right now and they’d love your help raising them.  When you foster you take care of the kitty or doggy for a while.  A few weeks or months, until they’re old enough to be “fixed” and adopted or till a foster home is found.  There’s not an adoption organization out there that doesn’t need your help.  Please pick up that phone now and call your local shelter and help them to save another life.

Thirdly ....  if you can possibly take in one more real live full time forever resident ....  adopt someone today.  That purrfect kitty or doggy is waiting there for you ....   Just one more ....  if each of us could adopt just one more .....

Please help the animals !!!!

Thank you


Opie’s Wisdom
If you’ve got a good one you’d like to share, please send it to me !!!  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

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 be looking forward to Spring!!

Love you bunches,
    Opie
I’m headed out to enjoy this weather ...  gonna chuck my jacket in a bit !!!!  Sun’s out and it’s NICE !!!!   See ya ......

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Good Morning Good News !!!! April 20, 2014




Good morning, and Happy Easter to you!!  Enjoying a lovely sunrise here this morning, though not quite as beautiful as last night’s sunset. 

I hope your Easter will be a bright beautiful day!!

Today, at Rikki’s, Melissa and I are giving a special little tour for some special people from our store Re-Tail.  Have you visited our thrift store, yet?   It’s really cool, it’s at 3503 Lafayette Boulevard in Fredericksburg, actually Spotsylvania.   That’s on business Route 1 and it’s giant, 8000 square feet of all kinds of really cool stuff .....    Don’t forget to stop in sometime!

Hopefully the mud will stay dried up and we'll be able to get on with the regularly scheduled activities, the tours, the fun, the programs, now.  So far this year, we've cancelled just about everything cus of the wet and the snow and the mud ....  peoples just don't have no fun when the cold mud is up to their knees .....     Watch Good Morning Good News for upcoming events !!!


SO!   Is THIS a really GOOD NEWS Idea?
So when you hear about really cool ideas like this, please share them with me.   I just love hearing about Good News in the world.  All the icky stuff can just go away.  I want the Good News !!!   I want to smile and purr.  There’s so many good people and good things out there ---  that’s what I like to remember !!!  Mmmm Hummm  Yes I do !!!!

And along those lines ...  here’s my catty philosophical statement for the day !!!
Ahhhh Yup !!!!!! Or too much Fancy Feast in your bowl !!!!

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 be celebrating Easter today !!

Love you bunches,
    Opie
 
PS you know I'm almost three whole years old ....  I think this Easter suit is kind of babyish, don't you?   But mom wouldn't get me a new one this year ... she said it still fit so I had to wear it again.   Please send more Fancy Feast, if I can gain weight so it don't fit no more, maybe I'll get a new suit !!!!   


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Good Morning Good News !!!! April 19, 2014




It looks like we’re headed into spring .....  again !!!!!

Let’s hope it’s the real thing this time !!!

Wanted to stop in and say thank you !!

Thank you all who make our lives possible.  You all totally rock !!!

Thank you for voting in the latest Shelter Challenge. 

YOU won !!!

That’s right !!!!   Your voting paid off and you made Rikki’s a winner once again.  Thank you. 

Look who showed up at Re-Tail ...
Rikki’s resale shop at 3503 Lafayette Blvd,
Fredericksburg VA 22408

Renee Swager and her pooch !!!!!


And look what they’ve been up to !!!


All these nums for us critters at Rikki’s !!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Renee Swager!!!!!!

Renee goes to Dixon Smith Middle School and did a food drive for the animals of Rikki's Refuge as her National Junior Honor Society project!


She has brought in 3 shopping carts FULL - I mean OVERFLOWING! - of food so far for the animals! And she is still collecting through the end of April, so she'll be back with more! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Way to go Renee !!!!   You’re a wonderful hooman being !!!! 

Thank you !!!!!

Have YOU been to Re-Tail yet?


What you waiting for !!!   It’s a fabulous store with everything you can possibly need.  Beautiful, light, bright, and CLEAN !!!!   Stop in to find some special bargains this week !!!

Need an Easter bonnet?  Hurry in today !!!

Spring cleaning?  Have things to donate?  Thru your no longer used items into someone else’s cherished things AND feed the animals !!!!   Your tax deductible donations to Re-Tail are the best Win Win Win plan around !!!  

AND you can drop off your donations for Rikki’s Refuge here too !!!   Nice convenient centrally located drop spot for those of you who’d prefer to watch the animals on the wide screen monitor ....  than to brave the wilderness to visit us for real !!!!

And meet the kitties in the adoption room !!!

Yetti has been there the longest ...  she’s a lovely orange tabby gal with THUMBS ...  seriously ...  the cats with thumbs have arrived ....   stop in to meet Yetti !!!!

Tell her Opie sent you !!!

A friendly Public Service Announcement





Stop by and say hi.  Drop off a few cans of nums.  You can drop of donations for Rikki’s Refuge and for Re-Tail here !!! 

During Donation Drop off you can also meet lovely Misty, who’s up for adoption.  She’s a 7 year old black gal, long hair, with the cutest curled tail you’ve ever seen.  She’s looking for a new home she can call her own.

And if you bring me a case of Fancy Feast .... and you ask today’s docent real nice ....  they’ll let me come down to the Education Center and hug you too !!!!  

We also take job applications during this time.  We’re in dire need of someone who can do both heavy farm labor and construction, building fences, sheds and all kinds of things like that.  Please apply at noon if you’re interested !!!

The truth -- Why hoomans bathe cats .....



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 be looking forward to Spring!!

Love you bunches,
    Opie
you never know what adorable things you’ll find at Re-Tail !!!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Good Morning Good News! Friday, April 4, 2014

OPIE'S WEATHER REPORT!
Rikki's Refuge, Rapidan, VA.
FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014
THIS MORNING: Mostly cloudy with temperatures warming rapidly into the low to middle 60s. Winds light and variable.
TODAY: A few showers this morning with mostly clo
udy conditions during the afternoon hours. High 77F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
TONIGHT: Scattered thunderstorms this evening followed by a few showers overnight. Low 48F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
HIGH: 77F. LOW: 48F.
Sunrise: 6:53 AM Moonrise: 10:11 AM
Sunset: 7:39 AM Moonset: ----
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 DONATION DROP-OFF EVERY SATURDAY AT RIKKI'S REFUGE 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Rikki's Refuge Educational Center
21410 Constitution Hwy.
Rapidan, VA. 22733
***For this Saturday (April 5, 2014) Rikki's Refuge really needs WET CAT FOOD, ORANGES FOR THE GUINEA PIGS, LARGE HEAVY DUTY TRASH BAGS, PAPER TOWELS AND SLIP LEASHES FOR THE DOGS!***
You may also leave donations for Rikki's Refuge at Re-Tail in Fredericksburg any time during normal business hours, if this is more convenient for you! 


OPIE’S KINDNESS PLEDGE!
I pledge to myself, on this day
To try and be kind, in every way.
To every person, big and small,
I will help them if they fall.
When I love myself and others, too,

That is the best that I can do!
RIKKI’S REFUGE
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 “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.”
~~ Don Miguel Angel Ruiz ~~ 


BEEFLESS STROGONOFF

1 (8-ounce) package ribbon noodles
1 cup nondairy milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon olive oil

4 pieces seitan, or 4 pieces Worthington Multigrain Cutlets, drained, cut into bite size pieces, or 4 Boca Burgers, cut into bite size pieces.
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
3 green onions, sliced, divided
1 cup vegan sour cream
1 teaspoon paprika
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. In a cup, whisk milk and cornstarch; set aside. In a large frying pan, heat oil. Add seitan and yellow onion; saute until the seitan starts to brown. Add the mushrooms; sautee until soft. Add half of the green onions; cook until soft. Add the sour cream and milk-cornstarch mixture. Season with paprika, salt, and pepper. Reduce to low heat and allow to simmer until thick. Add noodles directly from the boiling water to the stroganoff. Stir until completely coated. Garnish with the remaining green onions and serve.

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 Meet TIC TAC! Meow! 

 This week OPIE road-tripped to upstate NEW YORK to visit long-time Rikki's supporter, Gayle! She is a wonderful friend, on home hospice and has been battling cancer a long time. Gayle always wanted to come to Rikki's and her illness prevented her from traveling, so OPIE brought Rikki's to Gayle to make that dream come true. It was a WONDERFUL visit, and time well-spent. 

 “One person can make a difference. In fact, it's not only possible for one person to make a difference, it's essential that one person makes a difference. And believe it or not, that person is you.”
~~ Bob Riley ~~ 

*** REMINDER! The April 2014 RIKKI'S REFUGE BOARD MEETING is Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM! Ron H. has volunteered to grill out afterward, so come hungry! ***  


 Every meal for every animal, every day, is provided by donations from YOU, our caring supporters!
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate.php
THANK YOU! 

If you would like to make a donation and send it in the mail instead of making an electronic transaction online, please mail your check or money order to:
Rikki's Refuge
PO Box 1357
Orange, VA. 22960

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Good Morning Good News! Wednesday, April 2, 2014

TODAY IS WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY! 
 
 

OPIE'S WEATHER REPORT!
Rikki's Refuge, Rapidan, VA.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
THIS MORNING: Partly cloudy with temperatures warming into the mid to upper 60s. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
TODAY: Sun and clouds mixed. High 73F. Winds NE at 5 to
10 mph.
TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Low 48F. Winds light and variable.
HIGH: 73F LOW: 48F
Sunrise: 6:56 AM Moonrise: 8:42 AM
Sunset: 7:37 PM Moonset: 10:55 PM
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April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month!



TROPICAL QUINOA

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 cup water
1/4 cup chopped dried pineapple
1/4 cup chopped dried mango

1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup dry-roasted macadamia nuts, chopped
1 tablespoon hot mango chutney
2 tablespoons regular mango chutney
Mix the quinoa and water in a saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until all the water is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the dried pineapple, dried mango, coconut flakes, macadamia nuts, hot and regular mango chutney until thoroughly combined. Serve hot.

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April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month!



“One person can make a difference. In fact, it's not only possible for one person to make a difference, it's essential that one person makes a difference. And believe it or not, that person is you.”
~~ Bob Riley ~~ 


April is National Frog Month! 

Did you know that Rikki's Refuge is on Pinterest? 
Follow us so we may follow YOU!
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Do you have gently used SUMMER CLOTHING that you no longer need? Rikki’s Refuge would appreciate your donation of SUMMER CLOTHING to our Rikki’s Refuge RE-TAIL store in Fredericksburg! Drop-offs during regular business hours (hours posted below!), thanks! Sales from our resale/thrift store directly benefit our refuge! You could also drop off donations to RE-TAIL at Rikki's Refuge on SATURDAYS between NOON-2:00 PM if that is more convenient for you!
RIKKI'S REFUGE RE-TAIL
3503 Lafayette Blvd.
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
(540) 891-5300
Re-Tail@RikkisRefuge.org
RE-TAIL on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReTail.org
STORE HOURS:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm 


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT RIKKI'S REFUGE!
Are you a experienced sheep shearer? Or do you know anyone who is? We are seeking a good shearer to help us out here at Rikki's Refuge! Please contact us at: mail@rikkisrefuge.org or (540)-854-0870. Thanks! 

PHOTOS FROM OPIE'S ROAD TRIP YESTERDAY! 




Rikki's Refuge ducks heading out into the sunshine yesterday!
 
 
Pretty Nellie...well...just being pretty! =) 


Every meal for every animal, every day, is provided by donations from YOU, our caring supporters!
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate.php
THANK YOU! 



If you would like to make a donation and send it in the mail instead of making an electronic transaction online, please mail your check or money order to:
Rikki's Refuge
PO Box 1357
Orange, VA. 22960