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!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Upcoming Events for Rikki's Refuge



Rikki’s Refuge will be at the Fredericksburg Pet Show on September 20 and 21, 2014 located at 2371 Carl D Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, Virginia!
SATURDAY 9/20/14 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
SUNDAY 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
ADMISSION
Adults At Door: $9 | online: $8
Seniors (60+) at door: $8 | Online: $7
CHILDREN 12 & UNDER: FREE | Pets: welcome!
LEARN MORE:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FredericksburgPetShow
Official Web Site: http://www.fredericksburgpetshow.com/
Purchase Tickets Online Here:
http://www.fredericksburgpetshow.com/tickets.html
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER FOR RIKKI'S REFUGE AT THIS EVENT, PLEASE CONTACT:
mail@rikkisrefuge.org




Rikki’s Refuge will be at the 18th Annual Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival on Saturday, September 27th, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, located at Lee Park in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia!
Admission is FREE!
LEARN MORE HERE:
On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/CharlottesvilleVegetarianFestival
Official Web Site:
http://www.cvillevegfest.org/
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THE RIKKI’S REFUGE BOOTH, PLEASE EMAIL RON AT:
topcat@cstone.net 



Rikki's Refuge will be at the 
GOLDEN LIVING FALL FEST
on Saturday, October 4, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
at the Golden Living Center/Living Community
3900 Plank Rd
Fredericksburg , VA. 22407
(Next to Gander Mountain, on Route #3)
Free, Family-Friendly, Community Event!
Some of the vendors and activities are:
Blazing Saddles BBQ
Sweet Lew’s Kettle Korn
B & D Ice Cream
Mary Kay
Tastefully Simple
Lia Sophia
Rikki’s Refuge
Moon Bounce
Face Painting
Games & Prizes
Music & More!





RIKKI’S REFUGE 5K RACE/WALK
November 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Come Join us at beautiful Lake Anna State Park for the 6th annual Rikki’s 5K Run/Walk
Your entry fee of $25.00 (or $30.00 on race day) will help the over 1200 animals who call Rikki’s Refuge their home. Checks should be made to Rikki’s Refuge. Donations of pet food and/or other supplies are welcome.
Awards will be presented to the first male and female finisher and the first 3 in each age group (19-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-up). Also the team with the most runners/walkers. All pre- registered runners are guaranteed a T-Shirt. The race will be held rain or shine.
The race is sponsored by: Patterson’s Construction, Ed’s Awards & Engraving, VA Runner, Lake Anna State Park, Giant Food Stores, Meadows Farms, and The REACH program.
Entry Forms can be picked up at: VA Runner, Ed’s Awards & Engraving, Giant Food Stores, 360 Feeds or email bugbane30@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Good Morning Good News !!!! September 13, 2014



I really would like to say THANK YOU GOD !!!!   What a great day yesterday was !!!!   I've always believed in miracles .... or I should say I've relied on miracles ... without one miracle after another, Rikki's Refuge never would have been and could not continue to be .....   From the day I found the property and envisioned a sanctuary growing there .... to the day a donor stepped up and said, "I'll buy it for you." ....

.... to the day I sat on the back porch crying, no money, no more cat litter, 200 cats a poopin' ... and I looked up and said, "Come on God, you gotta do somethin' ... you got me into this mess ... you've got to get some cat litter" ... and the phone rang ... and the lady on the other end said, "Do you use cat litter?  Could you use 96,000 pounds?"  And I said, "96,000 pounds?  Do you have any idea how much that is?"  And she said, "Yes a full railroad car, can you come and get it."  One pick up truck load at a time ...  mmm hmmmm we did ....  Singing thank you God all the way home, trip after trip.   

And everyday when people are so kind to us, kind enough to buy food, kind enough to donate supplies, kind enough to give us their hard earned money, kind enough to vote for us in contests that are yet another miracle come true !!!!   

Thank you for keeping on voting in the Tractor Supply contest and keeping on sharing and helping us all to be WINNERS !!!!   We’ve only got a two more days to vote.  The contest ends on Sunday ...  so be sure to get in your Saturday and Sunday vote ....  Thank you !!!!


SUPER URGENT VERY IMPORTANT

We are in second place as one of the Top Ten Finalist in the Tractor Supply Company’s RESCUE MY RESCUE PHOTO CONTEST!    The grand prize?  $10,000!!   

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  The contest winners are chosen by VOTES.  It is free and easy and you can vote every 24 hours.  The contest runs through Sunday, September 14 at midnight!  The final prize winners will then be announced on Wednesday, September 17, the first day of the Tractor Supply Company Pet Appreciation Week (PAW).

AND you can come see us at The Orange, Virginia, Tractor Supply on Saturday September 20th from 10 am - 2 pm !!  Please VOTE for us so Tractor Supply will be featuring US as their WINNER !!!!!    Thank you !!    Click here to VOTE  https://www.facebook.com/TractorSupplyCo?v=app_340493986057345&rest=1


Please get your Shelter Challenge VOTE in EVERYDAY!! 
this contest runs thru 9/21 and allows daily, sometimes twice daily, votes !!!  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



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 !!!   Pledge to work each and every day to make the planet just a little bit better.  Please make a donation in honor of the animals you have loved to give everyone here a happy tomorrow !!!  www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe 

Love,
    Kerry,Opie,Vincent,
    Timmy, Sylvsstra, Duke
    and Kiki



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


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Good Morning Good News !!!! September 12, 2014



C is also for Cat Show -- Rikki’s was at the National Capital Cat show last weekend where we caught up with many friends we see once a year.

We need your help at other events.   Here’s what’s coming up.







Eat Pizza at CiCi’s for Rikki’s
Meet and Kiss the World Famous Indigo !!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
11 am - 5 pm














Saturdays, September 13, 20, 27, 2014



Saturdays, September 13, 20, 27, 2014


Sundays, September 14, 28 and October 12, 26, 2014



Rikki’s Refuge will be at the Fredericksburg Pet Show
Saturday and Sunday, September 20 & 21, 2014 
SATURDAY 9/20/14 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
SUNDAY 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fredericksburg Expo Center
2371 Carl D Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, Virginia



Rikki’s Refuge will be at the 18th Annual Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
located at Lee Park in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia



Rikki’s Refuge 6th Annual Benefit 5K Race / Walk
(bring your well behaved, all species friendly, leashed friend)
Saturday, November 1, 2014
9:00 AM
at beautiful Lake Anna State Park
Your entry fee of $25.00 (or $30.00 on race day) will help the over 1200 animals who call Rikki’s Refuge their home. Checks should be made to Rikki’s Refuge. Donations of pet food and/or other supplies are welcome.
Awards will be presented to the first male and female finisher and the first 3 in each age group (19-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-up). Also the team with the most runners/walkers. All pre- registered runners are guaranteed a T-Shirt. The race will be held rain or shine.
The race is sponsored by: Patterson’s Construction, Ed’s Awards & Engraving, VA Runner, Lake Anna State Park, Giant Food Stores, Meadows Farms, and The REACH program.
Entry Forms can be picked up at: VA Runner, Ed’s Awards & Engraving, Giant Food Stores, 360 Feeds or email bugbane30@gmail.com for more information.

VOLUNTEER TO HELP AT ANY OF THESE EVENTS
BY CONTACTING RIKKI’S REFUGE AT mail@RikkisRefuge.org

Of course you can always come out and visit us at any of the shows. 

Being our support personnel is really helpful.  There’s lots to do to have a successful show. 

Getting ready.  Packing up supplies, cleaning cages and car seats and thinking of all the last details.  Did you pack enough Fancy Feast for the day?  And the litter and scoop and bag and wet wipes and all the other things I might need? 

Getting the supplies and critters to and from the shows can be a big job too.  We go to events in Northern Virginia, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Orange, Shenandoah, Luray, Winchester and even more fun places when we’re invited.

Setting up our booth takes a few dedicated early risers to unpack and make everything look nice before the opening bell rings!


During the events, we need lots of folks 
there hoomaning the booth. 

        Some to sell our merchandise. 



Cuz every dollar of stuff we sell is four more meals for the animals ...  so this is very important.  And we have so much cool stuff !!!









So Close And Yet ......   dang I Need Thumbs
















A Boy’s Gotta Eat To Keep Up The
Strength To Hug and Kiss Fans ....


 Other folks catsit or dogsit or goatsit  to make sure we’re safe.  Every one of us who goes to a show needs a full time sitter to make sure we are safe.  You’ll introduce the spokescritters and then let us run the show doing our kissin and huggin.  Or you’ll introduce adoptable kitties and dawggies and see if there’s a match.

Ron guards Opie

Andy protects Socrates

Opie Hugs .....



Opie Kisses .....


















And we take lots of brochures and handouts.  We want people to know about Rikki’s cuz most people who do, want to help us.  They want to help feed us or pay or doctor bills or buy us electricity.  They want to help us scoop poop and fix fences. 

Ken answers questions about Rikki’s Refuge

Socrates hands out flyers










Andy shares stories about he cats and dogs he’s adopted from Rikki’s Refuge







Alanna talks about why she supports Rikki’s Refuge

Autumn-Skye Booth, Mrs Virginia 2014 and a member of Rikki’s Refuge’s Board, and her daughter Alanna Port, Miss Virginia Collegiate 2014, attract a lot of attention for Rikki’s at events !!!

It’s ok if you can’t answer all the questions, if it’s your first time at an event.  Just tell folks what you know and you’ll learn more as you go along.  If you get a hard question from somebody, you can ask another volunteer there to help out with the answer !!!!   

So sign up NOW at mail@RikkisRefuge.org to help us at one of these upcoming events !!!    Pleaz?  We have SO much fun !!!

Robyn and Ken show off the Official Rikki’s colors, Sage and Purple

Oh my gosh ....  THAT cat just told my daughter she NEEDED the most expensive thing here ......

What’s that lady up to?  She’s got a scary gleam in her eyes ......















Huggin’, kissin’, lovin’, THAT’S in my Spokes Cat contract ......  I don’t recall seeing modeling ?

The Iams Spokes Kitty competes 
against Opie for the Most Laid Back Cat


SUPER URGENT VERY IMPORTANT

We are in second place as one of the Top Ten Finalist in the Tractor Supply Company’s RESCUE MY RESCUE PHOTO CONTEST!    The grand prize?  $10,000!!   

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  The contest winners are chosen by VOTES.  It is free and easy and you can vote every 24 hours.  The contest runs through Sunday, September 14 at midnight!  The final prize winners will then be announced on Wednesday, September 17, the first day of the Tractor Supply Company Pet Appreciation Week (PAW).

AND you can come see us at The Orange, Virginia, Tractor Supply on Saturday September 20th from 10 am - 2 pm !!  Please VOTE for us so Tractor Supply will be featuring US as their WINNER !!!!!    Thank you !!    Click here to VOTE  https://www.facebook.com/TractorSupplyCo?v=app_340493986057345&rest=1


Please get your Shelter Challenge VOTE in EVERYDAY!! 
this contest runs thru 9/21 and allows daily, sometimes twice daily, votes !!!  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



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 !!!   Pledge to work each and every day to make the planet just a little bit better.  Please make a donation in honor of the animals you have loved to give everyone here a happy tomorrow !!!  www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe 

Love,
    Opie










Join us on Facebook:          https://www.facebook.com/RikkisRefuge
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



Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Good Morning Good News !!!! September 9, 2014



Oh what a glorious day we had yesterday !!! 

Not cuz da weather hooman made it a really cool day ....

But cuz Jill Deming came to visit us !!!!

She came specially to see BeeBee our nice old lady donkey.  BeeBee and her husband Bub are both very very old.  They are way the oldest aminals at Rikki’s ...  cept for maybe some of the really ancient hoomans, like mom. 

BeeBee and Bub came to Rikki’s Refuge last year when their hooman mom went to Rainbow Bridge.  BeeBee’s legs is where most of her problems are.  They are very stiff and her feet turn in a bit. 
This means she has a special farrier come to trip her hooves just so every month.  This is like you getting orthopedic shoes for a special problem.

Sometime the doctor and the farrier work together with a x-ray machine to make sure they are doing the best they possibly can for her feet and legs and to be comfortable. 

Well yesterday Jill Deming came to do Body Work on BeeBee.  Cuz her feet are funny, and her legs are stiff, it makes her shoulders stiff and even her spine was pretty stiff and tight.  Jill worked all over BeeBee, while Bub stood guard over his wife. 

Bub and BeeBee are so very bonded.  Anybody who think animals don’t love and protect each other ought to watch these two!! 

From the tips of the hoof, up the leg, to the shoulder, up the neck, down the spine, to the hips and down the back legs, one side then the other, Jill moved slowly.  BeeBee closed her eyes and said ahhhhhhh ..........   What a fabulous feeling.  Just like you getting a good deep massage with extra attention and work to the special points. 

Norman came out to help and demonstrate his skills in acupuncture.

When Jill was done, Bub wanted his turn.  Yeahhhh, he said ....   now that is good !!!!!   

These two are so closely bonded, rarely are they out of each others reach.  They touch, groom and rest on each other all the time.  They are true unwavering love in action ....

Joseph Conrad, a very elderly sheep (he’s almost 15 and he’s been at Rikki’s Refuge since he was just a few months old) who’s had bad degenerative arthritis in his front right knee since he was very young, watched and wondered if Jill could make his knee feel better.  But when she was ready to give him a turn, he got scared and run.  Next time Jill comes, we’ll make sure he’s in a small area so no chasing and maybe hurting that leg is involved.

Next Jill came into the office and worked on my brofur Timmy’s legs.  You know his story, right?  He fell out of a car window somehow when he was just a itty bitty baby.  His back legs are a bit twisted and he can’t use them well.  But wow, you should see him climb !!!!   

Hope, is my sisfur who’s part way blind, she really loved Jill and climbed all over her and really appreciated Jill’s hands.   Violet too, she’s almost 21 and she’s been blind all her life.

Then I stayed in the office while Jill went to Doggy Downs and gave Flash, the oldest beagle on the planet, a good once over.  Flash came to Rikki’s Refuge in 1999 and the shelter he came from then said he was 15 years old.  Three times over the years, Flash got dopted and went home with nice people.  Flash absolutely hates being in a house.  He scratched thru doors, chewed up everything he could, peed all over the house and begged ... LET ME OUT ....   he howled and carried on ......      The third family tried for a whole year to make him happy inside and he still said no no no, take me out .....  

And so Flash came back to Rikki’s Refuge each time.   After the third, when we really knew it was the great outdoors he wanted, and not just that maybe it was the wrong family, Flash went off the adoption list !!!    Some guys just like to live closer to nature and to their roots and don’t want none of that hooman domestication stuff ......  

Me?  Yeah ...  I’ll take their beds, their always full food bowls, their bankies and nice warm air blowing on me in the winter ....   I is very domesticated ......   I’ll even wear clothes if you promise me more nums ....

Old Man Beagle was the next to get a good rub down and feel so relaxed.

Bub, BeeBee, Joseph Conrad, Timmy, Hope, Violet, Flash, Old Man Beagle and me .....  we’re just a few that your kind donations help every day. 

Without YOU none of us would be here to tell our story!!!

Thank you for helping us have a new day and seeing the sun shine once again and giving us the chance to live all our retirement days in peace and happiness together at Rikki’s Refuge !!

$6 will give us a bale of hay, $55 will give BeeBee her monthly meds, $20 will buy us a bag of grain, any amount will help us have yet one more day of life in the sun !! 
Thank you for helping us to help them!!!!  

Thank you, Jill, for coming out to help us!!!  We’re excited, she’s coming back on the 17th again.  If you’d like to learn more about Jill and how she can maybe help somebody you share your home with ....  check her out right here: http://www.jdanimals.com/
Love YOU,  Opie


SUPER URGENT VERY IMPORTANT

EXCITING NEWS!  We are thrilled to have made it as a Top Ten Finalist in the Tractor Supply Company’s RESCUE MY RESCUE PHOTO CONTEST!    Out of more than 1,800 nominations, Rikki’s Refuge was chosen as a top contender.  And the grand prize?  $10,000!!

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  The contest winners are chosen by VOTES.  It is free and easy and you can vote every 24 hours.  The contest runs through Sunday, September 14 at midnight!  The final prize winners will then be announced on Wednesday, September 17, the first day of the Tractor Supply Company Pet Appreciation Week (PAW).

AND you can come see us at The Orange, Virginia, Tractor Supply on Saturday September 20th from 10 am - 2 pm !!  Please VOTE for us so Tractor Supply will be featuring US as their WINNER !!!!!    Thank you !!    Click here to VOTE  https://www.facebook.com/TractorSupplyCo?v=app_340493986057345&rest=1

Here is the entry that brought us into the top ten:
    Rikki’s Refuge in Orange, Virginia is awesome — they help differently-abled animals nobody else wants. Domestic animals, like cats and dogs and rabbits and guinea pigs. Farm animals like pigs and goats and sheep and horses and chickens and ducks. Opie here in the picture with me, was born without hind feet. Though he gets along just fine in life and loves playing and hugging, he would have been put to sleep in most shelters just for being different. Rikki’s has blind animals, deaf animals, elderly animals, handicapped animals, animals with chronic health issues like diabetes, heart problems, kidney insufficiency. Most of the 1300 residents of 22 species at Rikki’s Refuge will never get adopted, but they will live their natural lives in peace and happiness, loved and cared for.
Click on me or mom to VOTE !!


Please get your Shelter Challenge VOTE in EVERYDAY!! 
this contest runs thru 9/21 and allows daily, sometimes twice daily, votes !!!  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 your favorite goose picture and enter Rikkis Refuge (no ‘ ... see ??)  in VA in the USA and that’s it !! Thank you






RIKKI’S IS FOR KIDZ!!!!
Print us out and color us pretty !!!!   Have mom or dad scan and send in to Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org or mail to Rikki’s Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960    AND see YOUR art work displayed HERE !!!!  





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,
    Opie
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