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!


Opie's Corner Store

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Upcoming Events for Rikki's Refuge



Personal Growth, meditation, spiritual development, self-improvement.
2nd and 4th Sundays of every month, at 7:00 PM
COME JOIN US!
Classes are FREE!
Vegan/Vegetarian Potluck after class, bring a dish to share!
Donations to Rikki’s Refuge are appreciated!
www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe 



 





MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – RIKKI’S REFUGE TOUR!
Monday, January 19, 2015 at Noon!
Please e-mail: mail@rikkisrefuge.org for Reservations/Tickets!
Come visit Opie, Duke, Calvin, Candy, and Petunia, and all 1300 of our refuge animals. Learn interesting facts and interact with over 22 species of very special critters! We look forward to seeing you!
(Parking by the Education Center)
Donations appreciated! Bring a can or bag of dog food or cat food! Wear appropriate shoes or boots (no flip-flops or sandals) and make sure you’re dressed for the weather (proper jacket, rain gear, whatever is called for, for that day!) DRESS FOR THE COLD WEATHER PLEASE! Be prepared to walk and be on your feet for a few hours! Feel free to bring carrots, apples, vanilla wafers, and broccoli to feed the animals on your tour. Feel free to take photos!


Monday, January 12, 2015

Good Morning Good News !!!! January 14, 2015



Come on in to Re-Tail !!!!   Have I told you about this Awesome Pawsome Re-Sale Shop ???  Just ask .... everybody will tell you it’s the best thrift shop EVER ....   Celebrating our One Year Anniversary of turning your donated items into nums for the animals of Rikki’s Refuge !!!!!

It’s scary taking on a big project like this.  So many “what ifs” about getting into a new line of business.  Luckily for Rikki’s, Melissa Felts had worked in retail for years .... so who better to start Re-Tail .....    need a new tail ..... or just about anything else .... please stop in and shop.

All Tails sold are currently attached to our adoptable cats !!!!  We have a lovely glass enclosed room for Rikki’s adoptable kitties.  They’re NOT in cages .... but have a big room to play in .... and YOU can come and play with them, get to know them, and how about giving one a home ?

Re-Tail is located in Fredericksburg at 3503 Lafayette Blvd.  Easy to find, lots of parking!  Open every day and accepting YOUR donations of all kinds of household items (everything except mattresses and baby furniture cuz of insurance restrictions related to liability) !!!!




What a great time to Re-Gift some of those extra Christmas items ....  or the things you’ve gotten new replacements for !!!  You’ll find a lot of our merchandise is new, overstocks, and quality lightly used. 


Quality furniture at seriously discounted prices ......  every day !!!!


It may be too cold for it now, but get it while you can -- a bike trailer! It's only $50 and is by Schwinn.  You’re gonna wish you had this when winter breaks out into beautiful spring days and you and the little one want to get out.   And gee .... I bet it works to take your woofer or kitty along too .....  haven’t tried ....  but ....  it looks like it encloses and could be safe for that.  Check it out ....

Tell ‘em Opie sent you so this sale gets converted into Fancy Feast and not hay or something like that !!!

A fabulous old player piano (please -- it is out of tune. If you insist on singing in the store while playing the piano, we ask that you be more in tune than it is!). What a treasure and wintertime project !!


Bicycles


And scooters ....  Yes !!!  Check this out ....  not something you see in Thrift Stores at seriously marked down prices very often .....


a mobility assist scooter .....  are YOU ready to GO ?

And an electric wheeled chair ......


Hurry and please get this out of our store !!!!   Everybody is coming to work early to get to scoot around the store before opening time !!!!!

Many home health aides and handicap assist equipment.


You just never know what’s going to show up !!!!

All kinds of animal products, cages, crates, carriers, many almost new, some even new ... they just got the wrong size and instead of taking it back ... donated it !!!!   Beds, climbing trees, leashes, collars, pet clothes and toys !!!!!!


TOYS   TOYS   TOYS


Mini Pool .....  YIKES .... oh no  ....

you scared me ....  I was thinking pool with water .. you know ... water ... I don’t like that kind of pool .... no sireeee .... no water for me ....  but now this kind of pool ... yeahhhh balls to chase around !!!

Everything for the house .... everything but ....


.... hh yeah .... you do have some kitchen sinks, don’t you ?

Useful stuff, kitchen appliances, cool stuff, decorative stuff ...




Things to LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE !!!!







This weather sure is a good time to snuggle up with a cozy read .....   If only I could read .... but since I can’t .... you know what happens when YOU buy a book ?   That money buys ME a can of Fancy Feast .... so get on down to Re-Tail and tell ‘em you’re Reading for Opie !!!


For those of you who were born naked .... not with a nice fur coat like me .....  we’ve got some really nice winter jackets to keep

Clothes to work .... go out to play .... garden .... anything


Even get married !!!!!!     And what a deal on the savings !!!


Rikki’s Wear and other Rikki’s novelty items .... 



For the cat lover and stamp collector, 2 adorable prints!   Who do YOU know who NEEDS that for their Birthday ???  

And SO much more fabulous art work .... big ones .... small ones ....  we have a volunteer who’s whole job is to price and hang artwork !!!!

And keep your eyes open for some of the residents checking out the merchandise .....


You never know where they’ll show up next .....



During business hours, the residents, our adoptable kitties, stay in the glass enclosed command center aka the Kitty Room


HEY!!!!  Wait a minute !!!  Is that ME in there?  I’m NOT up for doption!  Am I mom? 


Helping  Paws
is just one more really cool thing at Re-Tail ....  we love to help others .... cuz all aminals everywhere need help .... so we have this special booth that different aminal groups get to use and they get to keep ALL THE MONEY they raise !!!!   How cool is that ??  I like to share !!!  It makes me feel good to know kitties and doggies that don’t live with me are being helped too.


Just ask anybody visiting Re-Tail what they think .... and they’ll tell you

It’s the BIGGEST .......



It’s the CLEANEST .......



BEST laid out place with the BEST selection ......   EVER !!!!





Rikki's Refuge Re-Tail
" A Pawsome Resale Shop "
3503 Lafayette Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA. 22408
540-891-5300
RE-TAIL on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReTail.org
Store Hours:
MON-SAT: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SUN: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM







PLEASE VOTE EVERY DAY THRU SUNDAY 1/18
I had to call 911 this morning ....... mom wouldn't open another can of Fancy Feast ..... Fireman arrived with an extra can and we shared it ....

This guy didn't come to Rikki's named Fireman ... he came named A73249 ..... not so good a name, huh? So we called him kitty for a bit and then we learned about him and what he likes. He lives in Cat House #1 and he really likes to ride the firetruck and go on emergency calls .... so he gotted the name The Fireman !!!

Today, would you vote for The Fireman in the shelter contest ? Pleaz .... Rikkis Refuge, VA, USA right here http://www.shelterchallenge.com/web/charityusa/nomineehome?userId=53331&nomineeId=17448

Or you can just click on the Fireman to vote !!!











THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME TO
SAVE SO MANY LIVES
... with your support we’ve been able to save so many animals ... it’s only with your continued support that we can continue to care for them each and every day ....  Thank you for your kind and generous support for food, medicine, doctors, cleaning supplies ... and love !!
WE  ARE CHANGING THE WORLD
ONE DAY AT A TIME
ONE ANIMAL AT A TIME

THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF
RIKKI’S REFUGE
A PART OF OUR POSITIVE FUTURE


Without YOU

none of us would be here

sharing this beautiful day  !!
THANK YOU !!!!!!
Your donations saved every one of us and will keep us all alive in 2015 .... we pray.  Please HELP US as we keep our pantries stocked  !!!!   Take the Opie Pledge and promise to work each and every day to make the planet just a little bit better.  If the pictures of the animals you have saved in this issue have made you smile, please take a few moments to make a donation so we can keep them smiling!!!  www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe 

Love,
    Opie










Friday, January 02, 2015

Good Morning Good News !!!! January 2, 2015






Happy Happy Happy New Year to YOU !!!!

May it be all Smoky Joe is wishing
and MORE !!!!


Thank you for being an awesome Rikki-ite !!!!   The animals have made it into a New Year ONLY Because of YOU !!!!   They love YOU dearly.  Even the feral kitties and the shy doggies, who may not be able to look you in the face to say THINK YOU ....  they do thank you every time they have more delicious meal .... every time they lie down on a soft safe bed and can sleep peacefully, knowing they are protected.

And the more outgoing friendly critters ?

Well ... I’ll let them say THANK YOU for their WONDERFUL NEW YEAR ..... themselves


A huge THANK YOU for supporting Rikki’s Refuge during our Feed ‘em For Fifty Double Your Donation Challenge !!!!  

Your contributions, when doubled, will feed the cirtters for FOURTY DAYS ....   How wonderful is that ???   

It sure would have been fabulously wonderful if we could have fulfilled the full FIFTY CHALLENGE ....  I guess our sponsors on that one have a nice chunk left over for a great vacation ....  And we’ll just have to figure out how to feed every one again by early February !!!!    But we can buy all the HAY those cows and goats and sheep and horses and donkeys need for January ....  So it’s a great start to the new year !!!!

THANK YOU !!!!!!




PLEASE VOTE EVERY DAY FOR 17 MORE DAYS
INCLUDING TODAY
Click my nose to vote for me !!!  ....  Love, Vincent
The Shelter Challenge has a prize of $1,000 .... for the rescue with the most votes ... let’s work together and WIN it for the animals !!!!    Rikkis Refuge, VA, USA !!!





Vincent D. Cat
made his break thru and became world famous in 2009 on Facebook.  He created an account, asked for friends .... and within the week .... had the max number allowed !!!!    He was having great fun with his pals and spreading the word about being kind to animals, the importance of spaying and neutering and all about the animals of Rikki’s Refuge .....  when ... facbook zapped his profile saying he was an animal .....   Well Duhhhhhh    .....  but I guess the complaint was a non-hooman animal.  Silly facebook ....  Ruining the fun of so many animals who had their own facebook pages.  And so Vincent’s profile disappeared from facebook over the summer.

Well he solved the problem.  He and Opie too over Kerry’s facebook profile .... and they can be found in many places now too !!!!

Facebook makes a little movie of you about your life on facebook as a Christmas gift ... I was able to get Vincent’s ... which means his profile information is out there somewhere ....  how I wish they’d bring it back !!

AND even if you’re not on facebook you can start to keep up with their antics.

The Rikki’s Refuge Facebook page is available for viewing on our website
www.RIkkisRefuge.org  scroll down the right hand side and you’ll see the block for the facebook posts !!!

Also on the blog www.rikkisrefuge.blogspot.com/   scroll down and look on the right !!!

I’m working on having all these pages visible on our blog and or webstie soon !!!

Here’s where you can find us and join the fun on Facebook:
     THE official Rikki’s Refuge Page
     THE official Vincent Page
     THE official Duke Page
     Vincent’s group for easy chatting
     Vincent’s Memorial group and a place to share you babies at the bridge
     A fun group for cat lovers
     Re-Tail our Thrift Shop
     on line place to buy cool Rikki’s things
     Rikki’s Refuge’s Kitty-Litter-Ature Program
     Black Cat Appreciation Page
     Black Cat Appreciation Group
     Vincent and Opie use Kerry’s profile
     Rikki's Refuge's Life Center Community Classes

So come on over and have some fun !!!







THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME TO
SAVE SO MANY LIVES
... with your support we’ve been able to save so many animals ... it’s only with your continued support that we can continue to care for them each and every day ....  Thank you for your kind and generous support for food, medicine, doctors, cleaning supplies ... and love !!
WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
ONE DAY AT A TIME
ONE ANIMAL AT A TIME

THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF
RIKKIS REFUGE
A PART OF A POSITIVE FUTURE


Without YOU

none of us would be here

to start this fabulous new year  !!
THANK YOU !!!!!!
Your donations saved every one of us and will keep us all alive in 2015 .... we pray.  Please HELP US as we stock our pantries for another winter at Rikki’s Refuge  !!!!   Take the Opie Pledge and promise to work each and every day to make the planet just a little bit better.  If the pictures of the animals you have saved in this issue have made you smile, please take a few moments to make a donation so we can keep them smiling!!!  www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe 


Love,
    Opie