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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Timmy's Birthday Message

Hi, I’m Timmy. 

I’m Opie’s older brother, but I get ignored a lot. 

I’m not famous like Opie. I hide under the couch, under the desk, behind the door. I’m scared of anything strange. 

YOU aren’t strange, are you? 

The world is very scary. 

When I was a baby I was riding with somebody in a car. I wasn’t scared then. But they tossed me out the window. 

Ouch. I was hurt real bad, and that’s when I started to be scared. 

I was all scraped up. My back legs were hurt and twisted. 

I can’t walk very well on them. But I sure can scoot around !!! I do love to play with my kitty friends, and I can climb just as high as they can by pulling with my front feet.  

When they found me after the car accident, some people tried to heal me. And my cuts went away and my fur grew back. 

But my legs didn’t get as good as they wanted ... so they wanted to kill me ... and I got more scared ... kill me ? Like make me dead? Why? 

They said nobody would want a kitty who couldn’t walk just like everybody else. I was so scared. 

Would they throw me out the car again to kill me? Was it going to hurt just as bad again?  

Then almost four years ago I came to Rikki’s Refuge. 

I was so scared in the long car ride. I was so scared I’d go out that window again. I huddled down and hid my head. Somebody held me tight and whispered it’d be ok. 

OK? Ok what? to be killed, to be tossed out the window and hit that hard road and have my legs broken and my fur torn off? 

Would anything ever be ok for me?  

And when we arrived at Rikki’s Refuge, I met Vincent. He was really nice to me. He explained about being differently abled, and he told me I could work with him. 

WORK with him!! 

Nobody here at Rikki’s Refuge wanted to kill me !! They all loved me just for who I was. 

I got lots of physical therapy and I got to getting around better and better. 

Vincent adopted me and became my daddy. 

He’d been in a car accident when he was a young kitty too and he’d lost a leg. We scooted around just alike!!  

I’d only been there a few weeks when Opie came.  You see I was there first .... but he got to be more famous. He’s always running out to meet strangers. 

Opie was born with no back feet. Vincent taught him how to get around too. We all used to have fun together. Be so happy together. 

Yeahh we were happy.  

But before me and Opie were even one year old, daddy Vincent died. He’d had kidney problems and he went to the rainbow bridge, and he left me and Opie in charge. 

And now we do the best we can running Rikki’s. 

And we teach humane education. That scares me lots though, so I don’t go out to schools anymore. 

I tried to get used to riding in a car to go visit kids at schools, but it was so scary. I just can’t get that terror of laying in the road, all helpless, waiting for another car to come and run me over and squish me flat. 

I know mom says I’m safe in my car seat. But I just can’t get used to it.  

And new people scare me too. What if one of them didn’t like me cuz of my legs and wanted to kill me? 

So I like to stay home and play with my sibs here at Rikki’s Refuge.  

And I have a real sad. 

June 10th was my birthday. 

My great big number FOUR Birthday .... and nobody remembered. 


Opie promised to have a party for me but he forgot too. 

I guess I’m just so quiet and shy nobody would come to my party.  

Would YOU come to my party? 

Would you bring a case of nums for me? 

I’ll share with all my friends. I’m not like Opie and all greedy and want to num it all up. I share. I’m very nice about that. 

Mom got me a case for $8.85 and says she will go out and get all the cases you want to bring to my party !!!! 

You just sign up for a case ... or even half a case if that’s easier for you .... right here .... www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe and be sure to comment that it’s for Timmy’s Birthday ... and


YES YOU and ME ... 


Thank you very much for loving me, because I love you whole lots, Timmy  

.... scoots back under the couch to see who’ll come to his party ......

(For electronic donations, please note that your gift is for TIMMY'S BIRTHDAY! If you mail a donation, please write that it is for Timmy on the memo!)
1. TO DONATE: www.rikkisrefuge.org/feedme
2. PAYPAL: mail@rikkisrefuge.org
3. MAIL (check or money order): PO Box 1357, Orange VA. 22960
(You can also order food to be shipped directly to us if you prefer to give this way!)
4. AMAZON WISH LIST: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/126FNLHBB9AGA/ref=topnav_lists_1
5. OPIE'S CORNER STORE: http://astore.amazon.com/wwwrikkisrefu-20
Thank you for helping Rikki's Refuge and Timmy!

Upcoming Events for Rikki's Refuge


 Class and Potluck at the (Rikki's Refuge) Vincent D. Cat Life Center every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, at 7:00 PM! We look forward to seeing you! Class is FREE, please join us and bring a vegetarian dish to share!  


Rikki's Refuge Kitty Litter-Ature Reading Program Third Saturday of every month, 10am-12pm Kids ages 6-11, READ TO AND WITH THE ANIMALS! For more information, email tours@rikkisrefuge.org OR lollyb65@gmail.com There is a Facebook page for our reading program here: https://www.facebook.com/RikkisReadingProgram 

Come see us and many other wonderful rescues and organizations at the Richmond Vegetarian Festival held at Bryan Park, on Saturday, June 20, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM! (Rain date 6/28/15) We hope to see you there! For more INFO about the Richmond Vegetarian Festival, please see their website or visit them on Facebook here: www.veggiefest.org and www.facebook.com/RichmondVegFest

Father's Day Tour and Nature Hike Sunday, June 21, 2015 Tour starts at Noon. Hike starts at 2pm. Come for one or both events, but you MUST have a reservation and ticket! Email tours@rikkisrefuge.org for more information and to RSVP.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Hoomans !!!! Hoomans !!! I NEED YOU !!!

Will YOU be here for me TONIGHT ...  between 9 pm and 11 pm  ....???  
       That’s Eastern USA time --- got it ??

That’s like RIGHT NOW !!!

Today is the Community Give Day and we’re PLAYING to WIN  !!!! 
       This fun fun time runs for 24 hours and STOPS at MIDNIGHT tonight !!! 

Show ME your LOVE and help the ANIMALS WIN BIG !!!

Just SHARE $25 (or more) between 9 pm and 11 pm -- don’t forget that’ Eastern USA time !!

You MUST go to this link to HELP US


But first ....   Here’s some cool things to know about The Community Give !!

Unique Gift - means one online gift of $25 or more to one organization from one donor.

Grand Prizes -
  $10,000 The Community Foundation "Grand" Prize  - awarded to the nonprofit that raises the highest total dollar amount
  $10,000 Kaeser Compressors "Grand" Prize - awarded to the nonprofit that receives the most unique gifts
  $10,000 The Community Enrichment Fund "Grand" Prize  - awarded to the nonprofit that wins a random drawing. To qualify, the nonprofit must receive at least 100 unique gifts

Golden Ticket Prizes -  $500 to two nonprofits that are drawn hourly and at random for 24 hours. To qualify, the nonprofit must receive at least one unique gift during the hour.

Power Hour Prizes - $2,000 to the 3 nonprofits that receive the most unique gifts during the following time periods:
    Home Stretch - between 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm

YOU can be the ONE who WINS one of these prizes for the ANIMALS OF RIKKI”S REFUGE ....  !!!!

Can I count on you tonight ??

Cuz you know, I love YOU tonight !!!!



Monday, May 04, 2015

Good Morning Good News May 4, 2015: THE COMMUNITY GIVE

"For it is in giving, that we receive"  ~St Francis of Assisi

This Tuesday, May 5, for 24 hours, Rikki's Refuge is participating in THE COMMUNITY GIVE, a 1-day regional fundraiser!  On this day, from 12:00am until 11:59pm, go to our Giving Day profile at https://www.thecommunitygive.org/#npo/rikkis-refuge to donate for the animals of Rikki's!! (you can also click on any of the Community Give photos in this blog to take you directly to the donation page!)
Donations must be made through this website on May 5 to count for Rikki's Refuge!  Donations to Rikki's Refuge directly will not count towards this initiative on this day.  The top three organizations that raise the most money on Give Day will receive the following grand prizes:  1st Place: $10,000, 2nd Place: $5,000, and 3rd Place: $2,500.  In addition to the grand prizes, one of the participating non-profits will be drawn at random each hour during the 24-hour event to receive additional monetary prizes!  To qualify for an hourly drawing, a non-profit must receive at least one gift of $25 or more during the hour.
Will you help us on Tuesday??  The more donors and money we raise, the greater our chances of winning some awesome additional prizes and every penny will benefit the 1300 amazing animals at Rikki's Refuge.  Will you share this information and our Giving Day profile with all your friends and families?

Oh, and do you know what TODAY is??? It is Star Wars Day!  "May the Fourth Be With You!"  Yoda Opie says help us tomorrow and "Awesome you are and thankful I am."  lol
So now you know my secret - I am not only the RULER OF RIKKI'S REFUGE, but I am Yoda - heck, I can be anybody I want to be!!  hee hee

I hope I can count on all of you tomorrow for The Community Give.  It is my first big fundraiser for my new term as RULER OF RIKKI'S REFUGE and I want it to be a good one!

Oh my gosh, I almost forgot to mention - the SHELTER CHALLENGE IS BACK!  Please VOTE and SHARE for Rikki's Refuge every day!! This is so important and another awesome way that you can help me be the Best Ruler of Rikki's Refuge EVER.... Click on the photo and it will take you to the voting page:

Love you, 

Opie (Reigning Rikki's Ruler)

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Good Morning Good News !!!! May 1 & 2, 2015

Good Morning Good News !!!!  Friday, May 1, 2015

Hi ... Good Morning !!!  Welcome to May on Planet Earth ...  the Bestest Planet to be on !!!    I was planning on getting started with my exercise program so I could be fit for summer ....  NO ..  no no no ....   not to put on a bathing suit ...   no way ....  I'm not getting anywhere near the water ....  and if I did ... trust me ... I'd skinny dip ....  naked is the way to go !!!!!  

It's a ducky kind of day today .....   we gotted two new babies in ....  some kidz bought them at a store selling chicks and ducks ... and gee .... when they got home their mom said ....  NO WAY .....   so now they'll live happily ever after in the safety and comfort of Ducky Diggs at Rikki's Refuge No Kill Animal Sanctuary ...

Now if I'd taken 'em home to my mommey ....  Not MOM my hooman substitute ... I mean my tummy mummy Nellie ....  she'd a had a different plan ....   but I'm not allowed to talk about my natural instincts  .......   especially now ....   that

I AM THE WINNER OF CATS vs DOGS ....   and I shall be the RULER OF THE REFUGE for the next year .....   so I have to live the part .... 

kindness to all and all that ....   but I still get my Fancy Feast .....   aside from that ... I take the vow of vegan ....  I will wear no clothes made out of animal ....  if I can help it I will wear no clothes ....   my parties for hoomans shall only contain animal there to enjoy the fun .....   I'll be kind to every one .....    no matter how many legs ... or how long their ears are .....  

THANK YOU ALL for your VOTES !!!!   It means the WORLD to me .  I shall do my best to serve you and to care for all the residents of Rikki's to the very best of my ability. 

Peepers enjoying the spring

I hope to see some of you at the various events going on this weekend and on into the summer at Rikki's and at our off site events.  Please raise your hand to volunteer !!!  Don't wanna scoop poop?  That's ok ... me either ... I leave it for hoomans ....  join us at events and festivals ... Why just TOMORROW I need YOU helping at the RESTON PET FIESTA ...  You can learn more at our web site www.RikkisRefuge.org ... just click on UPCOMING EVENTS  

Or on the blog http://rikkisrefuge.blogspot.com/ and click on

You can see the upcoming events and all the fun fun fun   ...  stay in touch ... stay informed !!! 

I try to remember to tell you everything .... but my brain is only so big and sometimes I forget ....

Wanna help shear sheep?  I need YOU on the 15th and 16th .....

Come to Donation Drop Off at the Life Center tomorrow ... or any Saturday ....  and don't forget that Fancy Feast !!!!

If YOU do wanna scoop poop ....  I'm interviewing for more Helping Hoomans every Saturday at noon at the Life Center ...  Yup ....  we've got a couple staffing positions still open. 

Petunia loves the rainy weather

Want to help .... but not every day ....  well then be a volunteer !!!  Come and mow grass, clean up and help us build and repair things !!!!   

We have so much fun at Rikki's ....   come ... be a part of it ....

At Rikki’s you can let your animal side show  !!!

And keep your eyes open for something very special that will last 24 hours ....   starting at 12 am Tuesday May 5th and running thru midnight ... YUP a very special Cinco da Mayo  .....  Its happening ONLY one line ...  I hope YOU will be here with us !!!!! 

Cus I'll be right here with YOU !!!

... gotz to run ... da breakfast bell is ringing ....  remember

I LOVE YOU ALWAYS .....    Opie  

Good Morning Good News !!!!  Catturday, May 2, 2015

OOOpppsssss  mom made me get off puter before I got my note out to you yesterday .....   bad hooman

Well Good Morning !!!   It's a busy day.  Join Uncles Paul  and Ken and some of my volunteers at the Reston Pet Fiesta !!!   Can you believe the summer circuit of events and festivals has started??  Get ready .... and hey .... why don't YOU think of volunteering to be at Rikki's booth at events all over the sate !!!   You can do events representing Rikki's no matter where YOU are too !!!   Just ask us how !!!

I don't get to go to the Pet Fiesta ... they have live music and lots of doggies .... everybody brings their dawggie ....   and one of them might not understand that I AM THE RULER .....   And Duke can't go either cuz loud noises agitate him and if he gets real agitated he has seizures.

Shaggy is slowly learning to love visitors .... 
he had a hard and difficult life before coming to Rikki’s

So I'll be staying at Rikki's all day.  First I'll stupervise da hoomans cleaning up da poo in the morning.  Then I'll do donation drop off from noon to 2 pm with Auntie Lolly. 

And I'll be interviewing very special people who want a job working at Rikki's.  You gotta be real special to pass my approval test .... 

I time how fast you can scoop cuz I don't want no dirty box .... yick ... no way .....  my personal assistant must be there to keep it clean for me .... and to keep my plate full of Fancy Feast ...   ummm hummmm.

Then I gotta put on my business suit .... I gots to go to my first Board Meeting as the new Ruler of the Refuge.  Did I say thank you for voting for me ?   Well THANK YOU !!!!!   

After the meeting ... Iz got to go off and sneak me some Fancy Feast as the rest of the board watches Chef Ron grill up veggie burgers ....  

Then we'll be going on the Full Moon Walk ....  that's where we walk around in the dark with nothing but the moon to look out for the lions and tigers and bears that might want to eat us ..... wait a minute .... do I want to go on this walk?  Maybe I better stay home and let mom and dad lead it.   Oh !  If they getted eated by a bear or something .... will you dopt me?

Right now the weather looks like the walk won't be so good ....  it's supposed to start getting cloudy at 6 and be pretty cloudy by 8 pm and it doesn't got dark till 8:30 or so.  If it's as cloudy as last night, we can't do the walk.  Weather hooman better be wrong .... it better stay bright and moony .....

Here are our newest babies ....  
Thank you for being my friend !!

bought at a farm store by a teen .....  parental units most upset ....  given up the next day ....   probably a pretty familiar scenario for little ducks and chicks sold in stores as days old babies ...  I wonder what the average life span is for somebody who's life is valued at about the price of a large bag of potato chips .... and as readily available ....    Thank goodness their teen owner cared enough and was responsible enough to look for rescue ..... so many many end up dumped outside .... helpless .... alone ....  just waiting to be a snack for somebody coming along .....    

I'm glad these babies got saved ... even if mom won't let me play with them ....

Ohhhh   I guess I have to tell you my secret for Tuesday - don’t I ?

And I gotz a secret for Monday too .... well it’s not so secret !!!   GGP and Uncle James will be coming on Monday !!!  I so cited to see them !!!


Sally had eye surgery this week.  She’s healing nicely.  She’s getting eye meds several times a day for a couple weeks before the stitches can come out.  After four days we could no longer keep her locked up.  She’d found every possible way to bust out,  Finally just about totally destroying the pen and hurting her eye in the process.  Now we chase her down and catch her for the meds each time.  PLEASE Sally ... hurry up and heal !!!!

Without YOU

none of us would be here

enjoying the beautiful greens of spring  !!
THANK YOU !!!!!!

Calvin and friends loving the fresh spring grass

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

I hope you have a wonderful Catturday !!!! 

the entire Spokes Cat Team at Rikki's Refuge THANK YOU for voting them in for another year of service.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Good Morning Good News !!!! Thursday, April 30, 2015

Happy birthday to my dad ... he’d be 17 today !!!   

and to my grandma ...

she be ... well there ain’t nuf fingers and toes round here to count that much !!!!

I miss my dad .... a whole lot ... he was a really cool dude ....  I sure wish he was still here to run the refuge ....  He must a been about my age when he took over ...  I’ll be number 4 soon ...  my how time files ...  I’m getting old already !!!   

I wish daddy had been able to stay here longer on planet earth to teach me more about running a refuge ....  but his body had had a tough time here ....   and now it’s been three years since he went to Rainbow Bridge. 

Me and gramdmom ... we both miss him whole bunches. 

We went and satted on this nice bench that Uncle Ron built for us ..... it’s on a hill overlooking our Rainbow Bridge Cemetery ....   It’s very peaceful and nice .... and listen to those lovely wind chimes ....

I knew I could hear my dad talking to me ....   I talk to him when I need help running the Refuge ... He’s so smart .... and he was so good with people ..... 

Did you know he invented the Spokes Animal program ?  And it was his idea to teach everybody about those of us who are Differently Abled ?  I think he did a lot to help change the world ....   I hope I can follow along in his paw prints ...

Vincent D. Cat
From Alley Cat to World Renown Spokes Cat
April 30, 1998 - April 30, 2012
Vincent was the inspiration and the evolution of Rikki's Refuge
Read the story of how his life brought so many together in good

And that brings me to something else ....  It’s the LAST DAY of 

so HURRY ....  please VOTE for me. 

Remember, a is a VOTE FOR VINCENT ....   cus he often slips in at night to counsel me on how to run the refuge. 

You DO want ME in charge around here, don’t YOU?

I mean if you really wanted to .....  you could .... 

I’m in the winning seat right now ....   but you know ....  just one great big donation to dawggies .... and I could be overthrown ....   so please help me out and and don’t let that happen !!!!


We’re ONLY $657 away from MEETING THE CHALLENGE ....... 

Please help us out .... 

How’s bout you just have ONE cup coffee and donate your second to us ????

Or maybe skip that donut or extra can of Fancy Feast and donate just a bit ???

So ... close ....  Let’s make that Double Challenge ...  we have till midnight !!!!

So HURRY !!!!!

Take your pick and please and keep me here as the Ruler of Rikki’s .....   or if you must .... and you wanna see me go way .... and let Rikki’s go to the DOGS ....  well then ..... 

Geeezzzz   Duke keeps begging me to help him campaign ....  and I know ... I’ll be doing all the work if he wins ... .  How many newsletters you see written by the dawgs?  Huh???   It’s always us cats stuck with doing all the work round here ....

After all have you ever met a dog catty enough to run a refuge?


Can you spare a few hours on Saturday, May 2 and help us at our booth at the Reston Town Center PET FIESTA in Reston, VA (petfiesta.org)? Even a few hours will be super appreciated! Plus it's a really fun day! If you can help, please email Lolly at lollyb65@gmail.com




We'd love your help on Saturday, May 16 at the Wine & Craft Festival in Front Royal, VA. The festival runs from 10am-6pm and even if you can't work all day, a 2-3 hour shift would help us an awful lot!! For more information, email Paul at paulcandy214@hughes.net

Duke hard at work campaigning for YOUR votes

just click on me to VOTE FOR DOGS ....  Love ya, Duke

Opie hard at work campaigning for YOUR votes
just click on me to VOTE FOR CATS ....  Love YOU forever !!!   Opie

Me and Grand-Mom ....  we keep working for ever and ever to keep saving the animals ....

Please join us ....  it’s so easy to save just one more .....




he Official Spokes Cat at Rikki's Refuge and his support team, Timmy and Sylvestra
and I sure hope you'll vote for ME and MY KIND before the end of April -- vote as often as you like -- so I can remain the Ruler of the Refuge for another year !!!  Thank you !!!!