Tuesday, November 08, 2011

November 9, 2011

The newsletter of thanks from grateful animals 
to their beloved rescuers brought to you by

         Duke Thomas Peabody                             and                                    Vincent D. Cat

Building a
Better Planet

One Rescued
at a Time 

portraits compliments of artist Wayne H. Morris

You can make Duke’s and Vincent’s job easier 

We are the Happy Animals of Rikki’s Refuge
who so thank you for giving us the gift of our lives and the tools to build our Refuge.  We represent all the animals, the world over, whose lives have been saved by kind and loving people just like you.  Thank you for being an animal rescuer. 

Hope to see you Saturday!
Please join us Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Rikki’s Refuge for
Noon - Refuge Tour
2 pm - Nature Hike
5 pm - Sunset Bonfire and Veggies on the Grill
7 pm - Full Moon Walk
$28 per person (minimum donation), for the full day or any part of the day!  All donations go towards the Wildlife Defense Fund.

In addition to the 1300 domestic and farm animals we care for every day, we protect 300 acres of pristine nature, woods and wetlands, for Native Virginia Wildlife. It’s a hard job, as development encroaches, large tracts are logged, hunters poach. This spring an adjoining landowner wanted to build a logging road, meandering a mile and a half thru the woods and wetlands of Rikki’s Refuge. We fought, and we saved the land and the lives of countless animals that call it home.  The resulting survey and legal bill is a devastating $28,976.16, at a time when we’re finding it difficult to cover the daily expenses for our 1300 resident animals; their medical bills, their food, their care.  Would you please give a tax-deductible donation of just $28 to help the animals?


Celebrate a Thanksgiving
Where no Animals are Hurt !
HURRY - Hurry - RSVP NOW - limited space so get in on the fun !!!   Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

Remember last Thanksgiving for Rikki’s Friends?  It was DELICIOUS!!!  The Good News is Mariza is doing it again this year!!!  Rikki’s Thanksgiving Dinner will be served at her home, Spotsylvania close to the rt 3 / 20 intersection, you’ll get a map when you RSVP.  November 20th, Sunday, 4 pm the eating starts!!!  Appetizers, dozens of appetizers!!  6 pm, sit down dinner!! 

RSVP now as we do have to limit the number to how many can fit in Mariza’s house!  $25 per eater!  Delicious.  many many courses, all kinds of wonderful delicious things.  All vegetarian.  And yes, you carnivores are welcome too, you’ll never miss a thing!!!  So many different and varied delectable dishes!!

Are you ready for the Best Ever
Just in Time for Christmas Shopping
Auction ever?

Well I am !!!

And here it is!!
CLICK HERE http://www.rikkisauction.blogspot.com/ to see items and start bidding!
The auction is running now - It ends 7 pm Nov 21 !!!   In time to ship your items out for Christmas.

Bidding is EASY - Enter your bid in the comment box,

When asked "Comment as" pick the option best suited to you.
Facebook user - pick Name/URL from the drop down menu, enter your Name and your FB URL. 
None of the above, pick Anonymous and be sure to enter your contact e-mail in the comments - or just enter your name and send me an email letting me know which bidder you are so I can email you!!!

Keep track of who’s bidding on the items you like - click on “Subscribe to: Post Comments”  at the bottom of the listing, after the comment area.  Pick google and set it up to notify you by email, or pick any other option you like.

Questions?  On the “home” page, top right, “How to Bid” should give you answers!

Questions? Don't hesitate to ask Vincent Cat Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org the answer-cat!!!!

Over 250 items!!!!  To see them all http://www.rikkisauction.blogspot.com/

There are some really fabulous tings in here!!!  Here’s just a few!  Click on any photo for more details!

All items were donated to Rikki’s Refuge and all proceeds of the auction will be used to pay down Rikki’s Refuge’s debt!!!!  So BID with joy !!!!!!  

Over 225 MORE ITEMS !!!  To see them all http://www.rikkisauction.blogspot.com/

Rikki's Refuge
Where EVERY penny 
is spent on the animals!!!

The Pumpkins have Arrived !!!!

The more we get for the herbivores, the more money to buy food for me!

So many of you have been working hard and hauling pumpkins to Rikki’s !!!!!   have you seen a pumpkin stand that we haven’t cleaned out??  Report in immediately!!!!  STOP, fill your truck, your truck .... grab those pumpkins and come on out to Rikki’s

No matter who
small or ....

we’ll eat all the pumpkins you can bring us !!!!!

Volunteers ARE a Big Deal at Rikki's Refuge!
Yes, we staff.  Our staff is wonderful, too.  Our budget is so limited that we are only able to afford to have staff for the absolute daily essentials.  The feeding, cleaning, medicating.  It’s a lot of work and it has to be done on a schedule every day, day in and day out.  No matter what.  365 days a week.  Rain, snow, sleet or heat. Holidays and mundane days.  We love volunteers who like to come in to help with this work too.  Some come in just to wash the dishes one day a week.  Others to help with the regular cleaning.

And lots of volunteers come to build new Animal Neighborhoods, make repairs to existing Neighborhoods, mow acres and acres of grass, do special seasonal scrub ups of Neighborhood Houses, and to keep houses warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Every one of our 22 species needs volunteers!!!  
CLICK to Learn more about our wonderful Volunteers!!!  

The Fall Furr Festival
Was lots of fun!!  Meet the Animals Up Close, Hay Rides, Games, and More 

The Haunted Forest
..... was it to scary for you to come ????

What’s on YOUR Calendar? 
Did you remember 

Nature Appreciation Day, this Saturday, November 12th 
Noon - Refuge Tour
2 pm - Nature Hike
5 pm - Sunset Bonfire and Veggies on the Grill
7 pm - Full Moon Walk Rikki’s

Thanksgiving Dinner 
Sunday, November 20th
RSVP Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

Holiday Auction 
over 250 Fabulous Items!


November 9, 2011

PS: I count on YOU to help me keep the Refuge Running.

The Fine Print
Rikki's Refuge in Orange County, Virginia, is a 367-acre, no-kill, all species, peaceful sanctuary supported solely by donations from kind and loving individuals just like you!   We help farm animals, domestic animals, and wildlife.  Over 1200 individuals of 22 different species now reside at Rikki's Refuge.  Please continue to help us help the animals.  To learn more about Rikki's Refuge go to http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/, http://www.rikkisrefuge.blogspot.com/, and http://www.flickr.com/photos/rikkis_refuge . 

We survive on donations from kind and loving people, just like you.  We live on a shoestring and make it on less than one dollar per day, per animal.  So if you can spare a couple of bucks to buy a few meals, please go to http://www.paypal.com/ and use our email address of mail@rikkisrefuge.org .  We do accept checks, money orders, cash and stuff, too!  Thanks for your support.  Rikki's Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960

Your donations directly support the Critters of Rikki’s Refuge.  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. We hold membership in all Combined Federal Campaigns in Virginia #77674, Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign #3163, PetsMart Charities #1377, iGive, Benevolink, paypal.com (mail@rikkisrefuge.org), your donations provide direct support. A financial statement is available upon written request from the State Office of Consumer Affairs.

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