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.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Happy 4th of July



HAPPY 4th of JULY
     From Opie and Obie
And have we got a day planned for YOU and for all the critters !!!!!

We would like to take YOU on a tour of Rikki's Refuge so you can meet all the wonderful animals who's lives YOU saved and who YOU care for each and every day !!!!!    We'll leave the Life Center at noon on the 4th .....  so HURRY HURRY HURRY ....  get your tickets now .... 

Please email us at Tours@RikkisRefuge.org and I'll send you out a package by return email.....   I'll need you to read about visits and tours and make sure you're ready for the excitement, walking and animals !!!  You'll need to fill out a few things and send it back ... quick quick ...  I know ... it's so late ....   I told Obie to do it last week and he left it for me ....   geesh ... I guess that's why us Cats always win as the Rulers of Rikki's !!!!   

But anyway ....   if you email me right NOW at Tours@RikkisRefuge.org  we can work out those tickets for July 4th !!!!!    But I do have to make a deadline of receiving them by midnight tonight, so I can send you info and you send it back to me no later than 10 am on the 4th.  I so sorry I be such a late kitty ....  I do better next time.   We just gotta get your info and then issue tickets so our gate trolls will let you in !!!!!    Cuz we really wanna see YOU !!!!!

THEN at 3 pm we're gonna have a celebration pot luck and fun get together ....  you can come to the tour and then join us or you can just come to the get together if you're not up for walking the tour this time of year.  It is HOT ....  but it is SUMMER !!!!   For Tour time it's going to be about 90 with about 60% humidity and 15% chance of rain ....  so be prepared for the weather ....  and about a two mile hike thru the animal areas.  And the chance of rain increases for gathering time, though we do have indoor space available if the weather gets too wet.

If you want to come to the gathering at 3 pm, let me know asap at Events@RikkisRefuge.org and I'll get the info out to you, so you can fill it out, get it back to me, and I can get you tickets so you can get in the gate !!!!!

HURRY if you can make it out tomorrow !!!!!   Reservations must be confirmed and you gotta get your ticket !!!!! 


Ever wonder what the animals do midday on a hot midsummer day ?

What will I be doing?  Oh, just sitting around. Golarus

We'll be laying around in the shade .... letting that silly cat Opie do all the work.  Obie and Goliath

I'll be livin it up in water !!!   Donald

What?  That is a CAT tree?  I don't think so, I think it looks like a fine place for a unicorn to rest on a hot summer day.


DOUBLE your DONATION in MEMORY of YOUR beloved Furbabies ~~ A wonderful donor has given us a $2,000 challenge in memory of her wonderful fur-kids who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.  Make a donation in memory of your beloved(s) and include their name(s) and your donation of ANY amount will be doubled!   www.RikkisRefuge.org/Donate

Lazin round chewing my cud ....  that's what us cows do on summer afternoons ...  Freckles

Just sayin ....   thanks for helping us to get sheared .... sure glad all that wool is gone now !!!!   Ahhhh that breeze feels good !!!


I'll be howling for you to come and adopt me!!!  All 18 pounds of me.  And HURRY ... they're trying to make me smaller around here .....   SAVE ME ..... and FEED ME now !!!!    Libby

We'll be cuddlin up with buddies in a cool shady spot. 

 
Opie and Obie are working together to have a cook out for all the animals of Rikki's Refuge on July 4 .... they have a wonderful day planned for everybody .... but they don't have nuf nums to go round .... you can help PLEAZ ??? www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe

You'll find me lounging in my favorite place .....   unless you bring some fresh fruit ... then I just might get up to take it from you !   Gracie

I'll be teaching my friends here that now with their wool gone, they need to rest in the shade in the middle of the day, don't want to get sunburned, us white critters have to worry about that.  Honors

Hmmmm??  Me?  What will I be doing on the 4th?  I'll be on happy pig wallowing in mud up to my ears !!!  Preston

Remember ....  all food you bring for da gathering must be free of animal parts ....  Friends don't eat Friends !

NEW !!!  Come out to see the wonderful colorful new murals that adorn the refuge !!

I'm gonna find a cool place to snuggle in and take a nap.  Baby

You'll find me just hanging around ....   Buzz

Water?  We'll be in the water !!!  Let it rain !!!!   Gertrude and George

Save the date, dear friends! We will be having a Celebration of Life for our beloved Bob Hilliard (aka GGP or Great-Grandpa) at Rikki's Refuge, midday on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Events@RikkisRefuge.org for more details and let us know if you'd like to attend !!!

THANK YOU FOR LOVING ALL OF US AND
    TAKING THE TIME TO SAVE A LIFE TODAY
          CUZ ALL US SPECIES MATTER 
               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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

GMGN 5/14/17


 GOOD MORNING GOOD NEWS ---- Happy Mother's Day

Mothers are Wonderful !!!!!

Mothers smile cuz they love you

Mothers stand by you

Mothers kiss you

Mothers feed you

Mothers take time out of their busy days to nuzzle you

Mothers help you find friends

Mothers never eat you


This is my real tummy mommey, Nellie

And this is my hooman mommey who opens cans for me


Mothers make sure you have a nice place to sleep

Mothers protect you

Mothers are always there

Mothers stick by your side

Mothers make sure you're ok

Mothers give you a lift




Davey and Asher's mom was eaten for Easter.  It was a very sad Easter for them.  Now they live at Rikki's.  Now they are happy knowing YOU are their Mother and will take care of them.  www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe



Ariel and Autumn came to Rikki's as Feral mom and kit .....  not they have YOU for a mother to always protect them

www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe the best gift you can give on Mother's Day ... the love and caring and support to buy someone a meal




Mothers teach you compassion, and to love all species

so you grow up to be caring kind souls

and to bring me Fancy Feast

and to love all species

a kiss in any language says the same thing

Luke and Reese, recent arrivals who have the leukemia virus.  Nobody knows where their mother is.  Now they count on you to be their Mother for ever and ever.   www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe

My Daddy Vincent and my Uncle Ron, cus not all crazy cat ladies are ladies !

Lushka say wise old saying, "It is very lucky to give to those who depend on you on Mother's Day.  Those who do shall have a happy, prosperous, joyous year."    Give now to ensure your future: www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe

Mothers read to you

Mothers feed you

Mothers enjoy the sun with you

Mothers go on picnics with you

Mothers hold you

Mothers gather to protect everyone.  This new gosling is protected by his mother and many aunts.

Mothers love you no matter who you are or where you came from



Won't YOU be a good Mother and make a donation today so I can be a good Mother to all the animals I care for?  www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe   

THANK YOU FOR LOVING ALL OF US AND
    TAKING THE TIME TO SAVE A LIFE TODAY
          CUZ ALL US SPECIES MATTER 
               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.