Monday, October 16, 2017

GOOD MORNING GOOD NEWS - October 16, 2017



GOOD MORNING GOOD NEWS

Bob Hilliard
GGP, Great-Grandpa to Opie and the animals at Rikki’s Refuge!
1926 - 2017

Those of us who knew Bob Hilliard (GGP or Great-GrandPa to Opie and all of the animals of Rikki’s Refuge and Daddy to Kerry), who loved him, who appreciated the work he did for our animals, for our planet, who were thankful for his help to Rikki’s Refuge, who appreciated his building skills for the refuge, missed him so much this summer, when he's often spend a month or more working on projects to better the Refuge. 

GGP loved designing, maintaining and upgrading the infrastructure and the buildings of Rikki’s Refuge.  Many projects he could not work on hands on, he was eager to fund, always wanting to see life improve for all the animals of his beloved Rikki's Refuge.


This is the first year we celebrate his birthday without him here on earth with us.

In his memory we ask that you Donate towards your favorite project of his or that you sign up to provide the labor for the maintenance and construction he so loved doing on his frequent visits to Rikki’s Refuge over the years. 

It's been a tough summer.  Donors and volunteers go on vacation.  Our sponsors look forward to special fun and activities and travel.  And sometimes they forget about all the animals back home at Rikki's Refuge.  They have other expenses, things to do, and writing a check for the animals of Rikki's Refuge just slips their minds. 

Can you just imagine the disaster if Rikki's Refuge decided to take a day off ! 

Let's go to the beach today ...... and skip feeding everybody !   Oh no........  

Or off to the mountains for a hike and we'll just worry about scooping that poop tomorrow !   Oh yikes, I can't find anybody, they're all buried in poop.

Or just take a nice relaxing day in our backyard hammocks instead of passing out meds and visiting docs.  Oh no .....  sneeze sneeze ouch ouch ....    

Rikki's Refuge needs the funds to feed and care for everybody every day, and the labor to pass out that food, and clean up what the critters leave behind, and hand out the medicine, and see the doc.  Every day costs just as much as every other day.  And so by the end of summer our pantries are bare and all our reserves have been drained, and we're toughing it out day by day. 

GGP was a big help to Rikki's Refuge when the going got tough.  No matter what, he was there for the animals he so dearly loved.  We know he's watching over us now .... but he can't be there helping us catch up on the work, or fill the pantry and pay the bills.

So we're hoping and praying we can count on YOU today !!! 

Just click where you want YOUR SUPPORT to go.

Do you prefer to help with the

or being a PANTRY PROVIDER

or helping out with one of GGP's PROJECTS ?


The driveways are in need of $3,780 of gravel to keep it a smooth ride for the animals going in and out to see their doctors ~ a bumpy road is uncomfortable right after surgery.   Donate one truck load for $378.


The medical treatment room is in need of a brand new interior, walls, ceiling, and floor.  Easy to keep sterile materials will run a bit over $4,000.  That's a lot, but you can help out just a little.


The plastic mesh roofs on the cat runs have lasted well beyond their expected lifespan.  They got us thru our early, oh so lean, years.  Now we must replace roofs and this time, we’re using metal mesh that will hold up longer and better with snow loads and other issues that we never thought about when putting up the plastic mesh in the hot summer 16 years ago.  The cost of just the roofing material for all cat runs, feral quarantine runs, and day rooms is $8,768.  We will need fasteners and other hardware as well.  The labor is immense.  Yet when we all chip in ... it goes so fast !


The roof on the 9th Life Center, which GGP helped to put on 17 years ago, is in need of paint.  $300 should cover the cost of the roofing paint we need.

Please help us today! Donate

We are in the process of setting up a second quarantine room and haven't fully estimated the price to completion.  I know we'll be looking at between $2,500-$3,000.  Quarantine of incoming animals is so important to everyone’s health.  We’ve helped animals from almost every state, and from many countries around the world.  An animal coming from even blocks away could be carrying a devastating contagious illness, that could easily spread throughout our current residents if we allowed instant mixing.  Many diseases show no symptoms what so ever for a week or more, but can be contagious during that time.  How often do you hear of shelters having dozens, or hundreds of animals all sick?  It started with one sick soul they tried to help.  When you don’t have good quarantine with totally separate air flow, it’s so easy for that to happen.  It happened to us a couple times in the early days before we had better facilities.  One time the medication to care for all our residents who got sick was over $8,000 !!  It can be financially devastating as well as deadly to the residents.   No amount of money is too much to prevent the spread of such things.


Doggy Downs clubhouses have needed roofing repairs for a very long time.  Three clubhouses, and each needing $2,850 to repair leaks and problems.  Somebody didn't listen to GGP's design of these buildings and changed it to save a little bit of material, and they've been a disaster we've been adding bandages to ever since.


These are the necessary upgrades GGP would have focused on this year if he was still here to help at Rikki's Refuge. 

Won't you help out and fill in his place?  A donation today of $25 will help us on the way to a better refuge doing a better job for the many amazing residents that call Rikki’s Refuge home !!!


YOU can help TODAY in many ways !

Your on-line help is only seconds away www.RikkisRefuge.org/Donate

or you can send a check or money order to
Rikki's Refuge
PO Box 1357
Orange VA 22960

or use www.paypal.com with our address mail@RikkisRefuge.org

Plan time to come out and VOLUNTEER on projects

Come on a TOUR , meet your friends and bring lunch!

Sign up for PUMPKIN PICKIN' , help us collect pumpkins after Halloween to feed the cows, goats, sheep, horses, chickens, turkeys.....

SHOP Re-Tail, Rikki’s Refuge’s Resale/Thrift Shop
3503 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408   
540-891-5300       Open M-Sat 10-5:30, Sun 12-5
We NEED your tax deductible donations of clothes, household items, furniture and more.


Come join us at Lake Anna State Park on a scenic road/trail course for the Annual Rikki's Refuge 5K Walk/Run for the Animals. Saturday, November 4. Packet pick-up and race day registration from 7 - 8am at Visitors Center. Parking fee waived for RACE PARTICIPANTS. Race begins promptly at 9 am, rain or shine. Top male & female finishers and top 3 in each age group awards. Team award for the team with the most runners/walkers. Prize drawings after race. T-shirts to all pre-registered runners, t-shirt not guaranteed on race day. Spectators and dogs welcome.
ALL REGISTRATIONS THROUGH WWW.ACTIVE.COM (search for Rikki's Refuge)


Is coming soon.  A time when we celebrate LIFE and we have our friends over for dinner, including the turkeys and the pigs and the geese ....   The date is yet to be set ...  it's usually the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Sign up to come on a tour followed by a vegetarian meal with us.  It's a wonderful day filled with the joy of life ....  Feed your friends .....  then feed yourself .....  and nobody gets hurt !!!!

Leonard just wants to be loved.

Stella and Stu want YOU to join them for a gentle and kind ThanksLiving !

TODAY, October 16th, is National Feral Cat Day! There is an estimated 50 million feral cats living in America. This day is all about raising awareness about feral cats, promoting Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and recognizing the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.

At Rikki's Refuge, we believe that feral cats are just as deserving of love and life and happiness as anyone else. Of our almost 1300 animals here at the refuge, about half of them are cats and more than half of those are or once were feral cats.

Rikki's Refuge believes first and foremost in TNR, with the emphasis on RETURN.  Ferals have families and homes, and that's where they belong.  Yet, when it's not possible, when a feral will be killed, when their homes have been destroyed, when they are frightened and in a shelter, then we believe in saving them and introducing them to our Feral Family!

We could not do what we do without your SUPPORT of our mission!

Will you please consider donating for the care of a feral cat today???

We can feed one cat for one month for $27.   If your budget allows, would you consider being a monthly supporter of Rikki's Feral Cats ....  only $27 a month .... and we'll open all the cans and wash the plates for you !!


THANK YOU!!!


Did you know that if you are a federal employee, you can give to Rikki's Refuge (Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc.) through the Combined Federal Campaign? Use our CFC # to give to Rikki's Refuge! We are so grateful that you support our mission! Another easy way to make a BIG difference!!

RIKKI'S REFUGE CFC #77674




Did you know if you're a state employee of Virginia, that you can give to Rikki's Refuge (Life Unlimited of Virginia) through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign? We are so grateful for our supporters who believe in our mission! THANK YOU!!

RIKKI'S REFUGE CVC #003163

Help us help them !!!

Through your gifts of generosity and love, more than 1300 animals are able to call Rikki’s Refuge home.  You are important to the lives of the animals at Rikki’s Refuge - from the biggest cow, to the many cats, to the smallest bird.  Your kind and generous donations mean the world to us !!




RIKKI’S REFUGE
PO BOX 1357
ORANGE VA 22960

Want to donate ONLINE click www.RikkisRefuge.ORG/DONATE

THANK  YOU  FOR  LOVING  ALL  OF  US  AND
    TAKING  THE  TIME  TO  SAVE  A  LIFE  TODAY
          CUZ  EVERY  ONE  OF  US  MATTER S
                       DON'T  YOU  THINK ?

                www.RikkisRefuge.org/Donate

Love,
  Opie

Don’t forget to SAVE A LIFE TODAY !
Rikki’s Refuge
PO Box 1357
Orange VA 22960

And please come see me soon !!

In the mean time, Keep up with us on Facebook and you'll get the minute to minute details about what's going on at Rikki's Refuge .... you'll be the first to see the new residents .... and the first to know about up coming events !!!

Rikki's Refuge

Opie and Vincent's Page

Duke's Page

Re-Tail Thrift Store in Fredericksburg

The Duke Thomas Peabody Antique and Collectables Shoppe in Culpeper

Opie's and Mom's Purrsonal Profile

Opie's Edibles for Fun Animal Friendly Recipes and Cooking Tips: https://www.facebook.com/OpiesEdibles

Vincent D. Cat's Gathering Place, a place to hang out, chat, and have fun

Kitty Litter-Ature

Rikki's Crazy Cat Person Club

For the Love of Black Cats

Our Website
which needs help getting up to date .... if you "do" WordPress and would like to help, let us know Volunteers@RikkisRefuge.org

Rikki's Refuge is owned and operated by Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Virginia Corporation. Federal Tax-ID 54-1911042. Your donations provide direct support. A financial statement is available upon written request from the Virginia State Office of Consumer Affairs.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Happy Birthday Rikki's Refuge



Happy Birthday Rikki's Refuge
LOOK LOOK LOOK I turned SIX BIG YEARS OLD on Friday !!!!   I'm a big boy now !!!! 

Rikki's Refuge will be 19 years old on Monday !!!!!   

What a wonderful journey this has been !!!!   Who could have asked for more? 

Certainly not all the cats and dogs and cows and goats and pigs and chickens and all the others who's lives were saved and who got to live happily ever after in peace and joy in a home where they were loved forevermore !!!


I love sharing my world at Rikki's Refuge with you !! 

No longer struggling to survive on the streets,
Tic-Tac takes time to smell the flowers !

It's such a magical and happy place.  It's a place where each one of us is so special and so loved and the world was created just for us !!!!  
Norman loves his caregivers!!

It's a place where when the moon is full, we howl and boom and crow with joy and when the moon is new we prowl the darkness in wonder. 

It's a place where we found love and happiness and caring, a world meant just for us. 

Come on a tour and we'll run to greet you, we'll jump up and down, we'll climb on your shoulders, we'll lick your face.  Get our tour schedule and sign up at Tours@RikkisRefuge.org

So many people hesitate about visiting cus they fear they'll see sad unhappy critters in cages, they'll feel so sorry for them they want to take them all home. 

But at Rikki's they find happy animals who are happily at home.  Cus Rikki's it's just a shelter, it's HOME. 

Rikki's was designed to have neighborhoods for each and every species of critter who lives here.  We want them to feel at homes.  Us kitties can be kitties, dawggies can be dawggies, piggies can be piggies.  Some of us like to live together and we can share.  If we don't like somebody, we choose to live in a different house.  There's so many environments, neighborhoods and homes to live in and da hoomans help us choose where we'll be the happiest.  But in the end ... it's all up to us !!!!


At the end of tours we so often hear ....  gee I'd love to adopt you, but you just look so happy here, I just couldn't take you away from your home !!!!

And that's what we strive to be, the best home ever !!!!!  

Don't get me wrong ....  some of us really would love to be adopted and go home with you!!!   You can meet a few of us at our Thrift Store in Frederiicksburg called Re-Tail ... we have a little adoption room where you can come and play. 


AND DON'T FORGET ...

We've got a couple wonderful special sales going on this month at Re-Tail, 3503 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408, for more info 540-891-5300 re-tail@rikkisrefuge.org

August 12 - 14

Happy Birthday Rikki's Refuge Sale! 

All day Saturday, Sunday and Monday

It's Rikki's Refuge's 19th Birthday!

So, to celebrate, we're having a HUGE sale! The ENTIRE store will be 50% off for these 3 days!

And, as you know, if you donate 10 cans of cat food, we will give you a coupon for 20% off of your purchase.

But, we're taking it a step better!

If on Monday August 14 you donate 10 cans of cat food we will give you a coupon for 30% off of your entire purchase! Use it now or use it later!


And YES, it can be combined with sale prices!

New items will be added daily, so come out and shop!


BUT WAIT ....  THERE'S MORE !!!!

National Thrift Shop Day
August 17 from 10 AM - 5:30 PM, that's Thursday

Shop at Re-Tail for some GREAT savings!

Clothes will be on sale for $5 per bag!

That's good on any clothing that is regularly priced at $5 and under.

Anything clothing over $5.00 will be 50% off!

And HUGE saving in other areas, too!

Christmas, Kitchen, Toys, Candles and Knick Knacks will be a whopping 75% off!

Opie says, "If YOU're smart ... you'll start every day at Re-Tail,
August 12, 13, 14 and 17th, with an empty basket ....
fill it up ...  and go home with tremendous bargains !!!" 

STOP ... don't throw that out .....  DONATE your gently used clothing, household items, art work, furniture, appliances, toys, and more to Re-Tail. 

We'll sell the things you no longer need, and then we can buy more nums for the critters.

WOW ... is that cool or what !!!!


DON'T GO WAY
AUGUST 17th means something else too !

BLACK CAT APPRECIATION DAY

Did you know that Black Cats are the least adopted in our shelters here in the United States and around the world?  Why?  Much of it hinges on old myths about bad luck. 

Many years ago I drove to a very rural shelter to pick up a dog they'd called about.  He was in the euthanasia room and when I went in to see him, I met 13 cats and two other dogs in there too.  One was pregnant, and the others were black, black with only a little white, and black or very dark torties.  They looked healthy, young and seemed friendly.  I asked why they were in the euthanasia room waiting to be killed.  I was told pregnant cats can't be adopted out, and no one ever takes a black cat, so they are always sent to their death with even the chance of adoption. 

You probably guessed it .....  I went home with 13 cats and three dogs. 

The dog I'd gone to pick up was elderly.  One of the other two was his brother.  Why?  They'd both been horribly matted up and when they shaved that one, he came out ugly looking, so they didn't even ask if I'd save him too.  Like I care one iota what somebody looks like? 

Those two live out their lives in peace and happiness as free ranging mascots at Rikki's.  The other dog and all the cats were adopted out to wonderful forever homes.   

But the thought that those cats had faced death just for having been born the color they were ..... never to be given a chance ... kept haunting me. 

How do you stop superstitions like that?  Education.  How do you do that? 

A group of Rikki's volunteers were brain storming about it and started a facebook page to promote the appreciation of black cats.  Today we have over 400,000 followers. 

When this many people speak up and share their myth busting posts, something happens. 

Lives get saved !!!!

August 17 was a significant date to one of our volunteers, and he chose it as Black Cat Appreciation Day.  Every year we celebrate it and invite YOU to join us !!! 

Come with us on our 2017 journey and let's see how many lives are saved this year !!!   August 17th has become a global celebration at shelters all working to save the lives of predominately black cats.

If you can, adopt in honor of the day.  If not, volunteer, or help a shelter, and for sure, join us on social media and share ......  that's how we reach the media and help to spread the word !!!

Just a few of our many black kitties at Rikki's Refuge

Thank you for helping the Black Kitties of Rikki's Refuge and of the world !!!


Yup that's right !
Rikki's Refuge will be 19 years old
on Monday, August 14th !!!!!   

That's 6,939 days !!!!!   And over 15,000 animals saved .... that's more than THREE a DAY !!

Not to shabby, huh ???

Rikki's Refuge houses over 1,000 animals every day.    

We also maintain 350 acres of pristine woods and wetlands for the native wildlife. 

I think we're doing a pretty good job!  What do
YOU think?

Won't you donate $19 to celebrate with us !!!!  

$19 will feed 76 meals !
No, Mouky, that's NOT what you're getting for breakfast !

$19 will take care of a dog for 8 days !!
Obie works like a dog making sure all his friends have enough to eat

$19 will take care of a cat for 12 days !!!

$19 will take care of a cow for 2 weeks !!!!

$19 will take care of a pig for 3 weeks !!!!!

$19 will take care of an emu for a month !!!!!!

$19 will take care of a chicken, turkey or duck for two months !!!!!!!

Who do YOU want to take care of ?  

or you can send a check or money order to
Rikki's Refuge
PO Box 1357
Orange VA 22960

or use www.paypal.com with our address mail@RikkisRefuge.org


THANK  YOU  FOR  LOVING  ALL  OF  US  AND
    TAKING  THE  TIME  TO  SAVE  A  LIFE  TODAY
          CUZ  EVERY  ONE  OF  US  MATTER S
                       DON'T  YOU  THINK ?

                www.RikkisRefuge.org/Donate

Love,
  Opie
YOU can fill my bowl, Pleaz?


Don’t forget to SAVE A LIFE TODAY !
Rikki’s Refuge
PO Box 1357
Orange VA 22960

And please come see me soon !!

In the mean time, Keep up with us on Facebook and you'll get the minute to minute details about what's going on at Rikki's Refuge .... you'll be the first to see the new residents .... and the first to know about up coming events !!!

Rikki's Refuge

Opie and Vincent's Page

Duke's Page

Re-Tail Thrift Store in Fredericksburg

The Duke Thomas Peabody Antique and Collectables Shoppe in Culpeper

Opie's and Mom's Purrsonal Profile

Opie's Edibles for Fun Animal Friendly Recipes and Cooking Tips: https://www.facebook.com/OpiesEdibles

Vincent D. Cat's Gathering Place, a place to hang out, chat, and have fun

Kitty Litter-Ature

Rikki's Crazy Cat Person Club

For the Love of Black Cats

Our Website
which needs help getting up to date .... if you "do" WordPress and would like to help, let us know Volunteers@RikkisRefuge.org

Rikki's Refuge is owned and operated by Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Virginia Corporation. Federal Tax-ID 54-1911042. Your donations provide direct support. A financial statement is available upon written request from the Virginia State Office of Consumer Affairs.