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!

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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www.rikkisrefuge.org 

 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
https://www.facebook.com/RikkisRefuge
www.rikkisrefuge.org 

 “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!
http://www.pinterest.com/RikkisRefuge/
 
 
 
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

Monday, March 31, 2014

Good Morning Good News! Monday, March 31, 2014

Can you believe it's the last day of March already? WHEW! Time is flying!
 

OPIE'S WEATHER REPORT!
Rikki's Refuge, Rapidan, VA.
MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014
THIS MORNING: Sunny with temperatures rising towards the low 60s. Winds NW at 15 to 20 mph
TODAY: Sunny. High 72F. Winds NW at 15 to 25 mph.
TONIGHT: A few passing clouds. Low 42F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
HIGH: 67F LOW: 36F
Sunrise: 6:59 AM Moonrise: 7:23 AM
Sunset: 7:35 PM Moonset: 8:50 PM
https://www.facebook.com/RikkisRefuge
www.rikkisrefuge.org 
 
PET FIESTA - May 3, 2014
Reston Town Center, Reston, Virginia 20190
Come see us, and other great animal welfare organizations like BROOD Basset Rescue of Old Dominion, K-9 LifeSavers, Akita Rescue Mid-Atlantic Coast, Inc., Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue, and Ragged Mountain Dogs! Meet wonderful animals looking for their forever homes and check out the latest in pet products. Enjoy onstage entertainment, face painting and caricature artists. Gather the kids and join us for a day of pets and fun for the whole family! ADMISSION IS FREE!
Pet Fiesta
http://www.petfiesta.org/
Rikki’s Refuge
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/
See You There!  
 
  MORNING POWER SMOOTHIE

2-3 cups organic spinach
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1-2 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
2 tablespoons flax seeds
Blend until smooth.
Pour and garnish with a fresh strawberry.
Serve and enjoy!
*You may use other non-dairy milks, such as soy or rice milk, and any fruits you wish. Added to fresh spinach and flax seeds = great health benefits!
*Vegetarians who consume dairy, try adding yogurt!

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 “We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”
~~ César Chávez ~~  

RIKKI'S REFUGE
Life Unlimited of Virginia,
Inc.
10910 Barr Lane
Rapidan, VA. 22733
(540)-854-0870
mail@rikkisrefuge.org
www.rikkisrefuge.org
https://www.facebook.com/RikkisRefuge
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate
 
 Rikki's Refuge kindle book "WORDS OF WISDOM"
Vincent D. Cat's favorite inspirational quotes help you through your day.
Available on Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G7WI77I/?ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_FKtotb1PG41VD  
 
 Rikki's Refuge kindle book "OPIE'S PROBLEM"
Opie has a problem, can you help?
Available on Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FK3WBBS/?ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_OFtotb0XJ15Z4 
 
 Smokey Joe indulging in a sweet Sunday snooze at Rikki's Refuge! 
(photo courtesy of Amy Griffin 3/30/14)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Good Morning Good News! Sunday, March 30, 2014


OPIE'S WEATHER REPORT!
Rikki's Refuge, Rapidan, VA.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014
THIS MORNING: Light rain. The rain will come to an end by 10am. Cloudy and windy. Temperatures steady near the upper 40s. Winds NW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 9
0%
TODAY: Windy with rain showers. High near 50F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
TONIGHT: Windy. Some showers early then partly cloudy overnight. Low 39F. NW winds at 20 to 30 mph, diminishing to 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%
HIGH: 50F LOW: 39F
Sunrise: 7:00 AM Moonrise: 6:45 AM
Sunset: 7:34 PM Moonset: 7:44 PM
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www.rikkisrefuge.org 

 LAST DAY TO VOTE IN THE SHELTER CHALLENGE! Please help us push into 1st place for the state of Virginia today! We are currently in 2nd place for Virginia. Please vote and please share! Voting ENDS TONIGHT at Midnight (PT). We really need your help. Thank you!
Vote here: http://www.shelterchallenge.com/web/charityusa/nomineehome?userId=53331&nomineeId=17448 



CAULIFLOWER & CRUMBS

1 head cauliflower
Salt & pepper to taste
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
2-3 tablespoons vegan margarine or olive oil

zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
2-3 garlic minced cloves
2-3 tablespoons minced parsley
Steam cauliflower until it gets to your preferred tenderness level. Drain off water and place in baking dish, breaking into small florettes. Salt & pepper if you wish. Fry up the bread crumbs, zest & lemon juice and garlic cloves in the margarine or olive oil. You could use sunflower oil to if you want. Put the fried crumbs on top of your cauliflower, spread, sprinkle or pour evenly. Bake at 400F until the bread crumbs are crisped up/browned. Remove from oven, garnish with parsley, and enjoy!

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Rikki’s Refuge needs ORANGES for the guinea pigs!
Donations may be dropped off at the Rikki’s Refuge Education Center on Saturdays Noon-2:00 PM or at the Rikki’s Refuge Re-Tail Store in Fredericksburg during regular business hours. RIKKI'S REFUGE
Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc.
10910 Barr Lane
Rapidan, VA. 22733
(540)-854-0870
mail@rikkisrefuge.org
www.rikkisrefuge.org
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate 

  We would like to use our Education Center for community classes, open to the public! If you, or if you know anyone, would like to give a class, please get in touch with us at Rikki’s Refuge!
mail@rikkisrefuge.org
(540)-854-0870
Examples of classes we’re interested in offering:
1. How to build a birdhouse
2. Container gardening
3. Yoga
4. TNR
5. Vegan/Vegetarian Cooking
RIKKI'S REFUGE
Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc.
10910 Barr Lane
Rapidan, VA. 22733
(540)-854-0870
mail@rikkisrefuge.org
www.rikkisrefuge.org
https://www.facebook.com/RikkisRefuge
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate 


Volunteer Opportunity at Rikki’s Refuge!

WE NEED YOU!
Is there anyone in the Fredericksburg, VA. area that can HELP us haul produce? We need some volunteers! Also...mileage can be claimed on taxes when you are assisting a registered non-profit! It's approximately 25-30 miles round trip and we need this weekly. A large pick-up truck or trailer would work best. Please contact Rikki's Refuge at: mail@rikkisrefuge.org or call 540-854-0870. Please leave a voice mail if no one picks up, the office isn't always manned!
RIKKI'S REFUGE
Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc.
10910 Barr Lane
Rapidan, VA. 22733
(540)-854-0870
mail@rikkisrefuge.org




Rikki’s Refuge needs computer/copier paper! Nothing fancy, just plain paper to print off our daily medical logs!
You can help a number of different ways!
1. Drop off paper at Rikki’s Refuge on Saturdays between NOON-2:00 PM
2. Drop off paper at RE-TAIL in Fredericksburg during regular business hours.
3. Send paper via our Amazon Wish List:
http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/126FNLHBB9AGA/ref=sr_1_1_acs_wl_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382711861&sr=8-1-acs  



4. Send paper via mail or delivery service (Fedex, UPS, etc) our address is below!
RIKKI'S REFUGE
Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc.
10910 Barr Lane
Rapidan, VA. 22733
(540)-854-0870
mail@rikkisrefuge.org
www.rikkisrefuge.org
https://www.facebook.com/RikkisRefuge
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate  




  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 




“But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There's incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope.” 
~~ Dave Matthews ~~ 


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!

RIKKI'S REFUGE
Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc.
10910 Barr Lane
Rapidan, VA. 22733
(540)-854-0870
mail@rikkisrefuge.org
www.rikkisrefuge.org
https://www.facebook.com/RikkisRefuge
http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/donate  



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PHOTOS FROM SATURDAY 3/29/14 AT RIKKI'S!
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