Tuesday, January 11, 2011

the next four weeks

Upcoming Events
Watch here for a list of the events scheduled for the next 4 weeks. 

Upcoming Events
SATURDAYS            DONATION DROP OFF,  noon - 2 pm,  got something to drop off quick?  The gates will be unlocked.  No tour at this time, just drop off.  Donation Drop Off will be available every Saturday from noon - 2 pm in 2011

SUNDAYS            TOUR THE REFUGE - NOON, mini tour, take a walk around and see the animal neighborhoods.  Every week on Sunday you can join a mini tour where you can walk around from animal neighborhood to neighborhood, from Piggy Paradise to Horsey Haven and see the animals.   One tour only, starts at noon.  Please be prompt.

Once a month,  we’ll have an EXTENDED TOUR where you can visit the animals in their neighborhoods and have the chance to interact and give them treats.  These tours also start promptly at noon, and there’s only one tour for the day, so please be prompt.     3/27, 4/17, 5/22, 6/12, 7/4 Monday, 9/4 Monday, 10/31, 11/12 Saturday, 12/25

SATURDAYS ON OR BEFORE THE FULL MOON            FULL MOON WALK, Bon Fire, vegan bbq, pot luck 4/16, 5/14, 6/11, 7/16, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10

2nd SATURDAY OF THE MONTH     SINGLES DAY - 10 am - 4 pm
Something for everybody. Come and do a day of service at the refuge and meet like minded souls. The leader who puts together the biggest work party wins.     4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10

NEXT TO LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH                 VOLUNTEER TRAIN BASIC 11 am- 3 pm, Learn the basics about volunteering at Rikki’s Refuge. Help with donation logging, washing dishes and liter boxes, socializing the animals and much more.   4/23, 5/21, 6/18, 7/23, 8/20, 9/17, 10/22, 11/19, 12/24

LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH            VOLUNTEER TRAIN SELF SERVICE 8 am - 1 pm, Learn to earn your Self Service Volunteer Badge.   4/30, 5/28, 6/25, 7/30, 8/27, 9/24, 10/29, 11/26, 12/31

LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH            SPIRITUAL GROWTH NIGHT, last Saturday of the month, come and join is in a discussion / study of what ever feels right tonight, as we reach for our highest spiritual goal, who knows where these discussions may take us.  Bring something for a Vegan Pot Luck Dinner. Call for time and study plan.
4/30, 5/28, 6/25, 7/30, 8/27, 9/24,  10/29, 11/26, 12/31

April 2, 2011                  SATURDAY     Rabbit Rotunda II Roof Raising - it’s a big project and we need your help to finish up!!!  8 am till 4 pm, please come and help out for a bit.

April 2, 2011                  SATURDAY     SILLY SPRING PHOTO CONTEST - Come with your camera and see who can get the best spring shots of the critters acting all silly and happy, finally glad to be warm again.

April 3, 2011                  SUNDAY          Rabbit Rotunda II Roof Raising - it’s a big project and we need your help to finish up!!!  8 am till 4 pm, please come and help out for a bit.

April 3, 2011                  SUNDAY            Warming up for Spring, help the animals get ready for the season change

April 9, 2011                  SATURDAY     Orange Tractor Supply Outing - come visit us or volunteer to help us out.  Meet the animals and have some fun!!  Too Hot for Spots safety thermometers will be on sale, purchase pre event discount tickets for Bunny Bonanza!! 

April 9, 2011                  SATURDAY     DADS & DAUGHTERS DAY - come out as a team and see how much you can accomplish in one day.  Who can do more?  Moms and Daughters?  Dads and Sons?  Moms and Sons?  Or Dads and Daughters?

April 10, 2011                SUNDAY          Honey Do Day - a little bit of this and a little bit of that, no matter what your talents we can use you!

April 16, 2011                SATURDAY     Bunny Bonanza 1 pm - 5 pm  http://rikkisrefuge.blogspot.com/2011/03/bunny-bonanza-april-16th.html   We need Volunteers for the day, help with set up, clean up, bakers for the bake sale.  Please contact Katarina katarinagalvin@yahoo.com if you'd like to help out or if you want more information about the event!!   Admission is $3 in advance or $5 at the door per person.  Game booths with fun and exciting prizes for the kids.  Buy a tasty treat at our Bake Sale!!  Game Tickets 1 can of cat food each or $.50.  The Great Baldo Baldini will be performing his Magic Show!  COME CELEBRATE SPRING WITH THE 1200+ ANIMALS AT RIKKI’S REFUGE, ESPECIALLY THE BUNNIES!!  Face Painting, Hair Coloring and Tattoos!  One of a Kind Easter Egg Hunt starts at 3:00 Hint: Be prepared for lots of confetti and fun!  Donations made at this event will go directly to care for the 1200+ animals at
Rikki’s Refuge. Thank you for your generosity and see you there!  For more info and to purchase your tickets please visit our website www.rikkisrefuge.org  or call 540-854-0870 x3, 10910 Barr Ln, Rapidan, Va 22733.  This is an outdoor event don’t forget to dress for the weather!!

April 16, 2011                SATURDAY     Waugh Harley Pet Day 9 am - 4 pm - come visit us or volunteer to help us out.  Meet the animals and have some fun!!  Too Hot for Spots safety thermometers will be on sale, stop by in the morning so you can make Bunny Bonanza in the afternoone!

April 17, 2011                SUNDAY          DOG DAY CHANGING OF SEASON - Clean out the winter bedding and prepare for the warm weather.

April 23, 2011                SATURDAY     EARTH DAY GARDENING -  Pick a garden spot you can call your own and cultivate it into everlasting beauty. Grow a beautiful display of flowers, maybe one aimed at attracting butterflies or bees or birds. How about a rock garden? Veggies for the critters? We need to plant trees and ivy and grape arbors for future shade. What ever you like to grow - would like to grow at Rikki's! How about stopping by your favorite nursery and asking them to donate a plant or tree or shrub or some flowers or seeds for the refuge?

April 23, 2011                SATURDAY     RABBIT & GUINEA PIG BIRTHDAY PARTY - Celebrate for all the rabbits, help beautify Rabbit Rotunda - paint the rabbit house, bring a small can of your favorite color and a brush, donate or transplant a bush or tree or even a berry bush, build shade areas, donate and plant ivy or grape vines for natural shade cover, use your imagination and do something great for the rabbits.

April 24, 2011                SUNDAY          Easter Sunday - special treast for bunnies and chicks and all their friends, help give them fresh bedding

April 24, 2011                SUNDAY          MOMS & DAUGHTERS DAY - come out as a team and see how much you can accomplish in one day.  Who can do more?  Moms and Daughters?  Dads and Sons?  Moms and Sons?  Or Dads and Daughters?

April 24, 2011                SUNDAY          PHOTO CONTEST DAY - in honor of the first Polaroid camera being sold
April 21, 1948, come and get your best shot of your favorite critter - winner's photo on the web.

April 30, 2011                SATURDAY     CAT DAY CHANGING OF SEASON - Clean out the winter bedding and prepare for the warm weather.

April 30, 2011                SATURDAY            NATIONAL ARBOR DAY TREE PLANTING - Donate or dig up and transplant a tree to provide future shade for the animals. We have plenty of small trees at the wood line that would love to be relocated. Bring just yourself and work gloves, we have the shovels.

Vote for the Animals

Not all of these contests benefit Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc. and their divisions Rikki's Refuge and Wild and Feral directly. A benefit to the animal rescue world is a benefit to all of us. For each contest I'll tell you who will benefit and how. We believe in working with others aiming towards our goal of a better planet for all.  If you're running in a contest and would like to be displayed here, send me the details Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

please help us critters win contests that help our worthy causes
all these are free to vote in, and quite simple and quick
help us make the world a better place
your vote makes a difference

The Animal Rescue Site - Shelter Challenge

Benefits:  Rikki's Refuge, a grant of $1,000 - $5,000 and  
                   named Number One Animal Facility in Virginia or if we win top prize 
                   Number One Animal Facility on the planet!  
When to vote: Every day from January 10 thru March 20 at midnight PST
How to vote: click here http://bit.ly/VoteVincent   
and enter Rikkis Refuge, Orange, VA, USA
follow the prompts and click to search, then click to vote, then identify the animal, be very simple, no complicated stuff, just tiger, bear, zebra, penguin, dog, cat and so forth, and click confirm.

Bissell MVP Contest
Guido Cat
week four: February 2-8 
Benefits:  Rikki's Refuge,  $1,000 - $10,000  
                 Guido, $25 Visa gift card, Bissell pet vacuum,
                         his photo on Bissell products and advertising
When to vote: Every day from February 2 thru February 8
Other info: You must register the first time you vote, 
                      as far as I know, I receive no junk mail from or because of them 
This contest runs for 12 weeks, different animals will be running each week, some representing Rikki’s, some not.  Vincent will run in week 5. February 9-15.  Please vote for Vincent’s friends in this contest as they are voting for him!  
                          and vote for Guido

LOOK Who You've Made a Winner !!!!!!
in the Bissell Contest
Week One
 Running for Rikki's Refuge
Zoe Marie Cuppiecake Peanut Spumoni
2nd Place !!!! 
I'm a blind cat who relies on my other senses to enjoy this world & I LOVE it! As a little spitfire who loves playing, giving love, having my picture taken, and dressing up proves no one is unadoptable!

Week Two
Running for Rikki's Refuge
Rockie Shirt Monster
2nd Place !!!! 
I was just a day old when I was found in the trunk of a car about to be shredded. I was born w/ corneal ulcers b/c I am missing parts of my upper eyelids. I wasn't supposed to survive. Thanks to my parents hard work & TLC -I am a healthy 10 month old!!

Week Three 
Jimmy Jet
4th Place !!!
Hi ! Jimmy Jet here but you can call me the Jamster! I was a stray kitten and lost my eyesight at 7 weeks old. Now in my furever home, I am super happy. I love to go to schools and events and teach people that being specially abled is super cool !

Good Morning Good News !!!! January 11, 2011

I’m Vincent D. Cat and here to make you happy!  You are HEROES!  You work hard every day and you deserve to smile every day!  Those of you working to save us animals hear so very many very sad things.  And there’s lots of very glad things too and that’s what we talk about here!  All pawsitive all the time!  I want my friends to be happy and smile and know there’s a lot of good - including YOU - in this world!!  Be kind and pass it on!  Please send me your Good New and Fun Stuff to share, personal or global. Let’s keep it fun and interactive!!  After all, if we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane!  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

http://bit.ly/VoteVincent   Rikkis Refuge, Orange, VA, USA
The Animal Rescue Site - Shelter Challenge
YOU voted Rikki’s Refuge #1 in Virginia in 2010
Let’s do it again for 2011
quick, simple, free
Your daily vote can win $1,000 - $5,000 for Rikki’s Refuge’s Animals!

VOTE and watch Vincent win!

Strength and Respect

From Jan: It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.  ---Harriet Beecher Stowe 
Rikki's Refuge staff, volunteers, and supporters prove everyday that they are the very best people!!!!

From Barbara: well worth the watch, sorry I can't figure out how to put in inline here (Fred?)

Refuge News

No icky white stuff overnight.  We’re having a Cats vs Dogs battle and I want YOU on MY side now!  This isn’t our usual April vote to see who rules the refuge for the next year.  This is serious stuff!  The doggies are voting for snow, lots of snow.  Beauty and KiKi are behind this.  Us kitties don’t want no snow.  Except for Mr. Mister who thinks he’s a doggy anyway. 

So help ME.  We’re all gonna huff and puff and blow that snow storm away.  Blow it north or south or east or west, any direction away from Rikki’s!  Are you ready?  Start blowing ........

Lena is officially off on Tuesdays, but she was worried we might get snow or ice and nobody would come to work, so she came in today, all prepared with lots of food and her nighties so she can stay for a day or two or .....

Melissa and Alan and Anne couldn’t resist going back for more turnips yesterday morning.  They dug and dug and filled up a whole truck. Anne and Melissa brought them out for the critters.  When they showed up with another truck full, Petunia Pig, Jack Rabbit and friends were so happy and called said this is a true feast! 

They had stopped at the new Walgreen's so they could use their sale coupons. They had $3 off of a $10 purchase, bleach for 99-cents (limit of 4) and laundry detergent at $4.99 buy 1 get 1 free. So, they each bought 4 bleach and 2 detergents, and spent just over $6 each!  Isn’t that a great bargain!!!  Keep your eyes open for goodies!!

Anne was carting laundry detergent in, and stopped to pet Nanny. Sally came up behind her and started rubbing her head against Anne's butt.  The more Anne stuck her butt out, the more Sally rubbed! OMG was it funny! I know that dogs like their butts scratched, but it's the first time I've heard of an animal scratching a human's butt!

If it warms up a bit in the next few weeks, we may be able to get the last of the turnips out of the field. The ground was too frozen, and would not let go of all of them.  There’s about 1 1/2 or 2 more trucks-worth out there....  Stay tuned for the next turnip dig.

Kathy spent a few cold hours walking happy dogs!  The doggies are always so happy to see Kathy!  Me too, we kitties love Kathy too!

CAN YOU HELP CALVIN PLEASE - Rikki’s is at max space wise in the 9th Life Center and cannot add more right now.

Calvin's guardian, who is in a hospice, is very worried about finding a home for his feline friend. Calvin is a ten-year-old indoor-only cat who has been declawed.  He is white with grey markings.  And, he is much loved by his guardian, who would have some peace of mind if he knew Calvin had a home.   If you think you might be able to provide a home for Calvin or know someone who would be interested, please call Dave Janiga at 703-421-4233.

Cat rescuer Barbara writes in:
How does the song go..."these are a few of my favorite things"... :-)

these are a few of the kittens trapped in December that are currently living in my office...they are coming along nicely.. I can already stroke all the teenage kittens and they will eat out of my hand, tho they still have some  nervousness... I think for only 3-4 weeks they are doing quite well...whoever adopts them would have to want to accept the challenge of continuing to win their trust, but all of these kittens are turning the corner and in my opinion in short order will make good adoptions.

The month old kittens were born in my house to a sweet mother cat trapped Dec 8th from the Hampton Inn by the hospital...she gave birth the night of Dec 9th into the early hours of Dec 10th, so they are exactly 1 month old today!!! Because of their age I would like to find an adoptive family who will take the entire family and help me socialize them, and also help with finding good homes for these little furbabies...the mother cat is also really a sweetie...a "tossed stray"... 

pic 1) Kingston, a beautiful grey male with a white star on his chest...trapped from an abandoned house on King Ave...about 5-6 months old...has been neutered and had all his shots...sleek and playful...:-)

pic 2) Mother Mary (aka Sweetie girl) a calico from the Hampton Inn near the hospital...trapped Dec 8th and gave birth to 5 furbabies the night of Dec 9th into Dec 10th a.m. A very sweet calico who loves to "talk"...

pic 3) Kelsea, app a  5 -6 month old sibling of Kingston, trapped at an abandoned house on King Ave...an exceptionally beautiful muted calico with a regal quality about her...still a bit nervous but will eat out of my hand...baby steps, but whoever wishes to make the effort to win her trust will have a real beauty of a kitten...

pic 4 - 8 are the 1 month old furbabies of mother mary...

pic 4) Miss Cinnamon ... this precious 1 month old tortie female has the the markings of a cinnamon swirl roll!...yummie :-)

pic 5) Misty dawn... this adorable 1 month old tortie female  is precocious and loves to explore and find adventures! wheee! :-)

pic 6) Miss sweetie cake...who can resist this sweet little face! ...a little 1 month old angel wrapped in calico fur!  just too cute for words... :-)

pic 7) Miss Sherbert... this little orange and white little 1 month old ball of fluff will remind you to go to the fridge and bring out the orange sherbert desert to share with your new little best friend! yea!!! :-)

pic 5)  Miss Creamsicle is another tastee treat unique in all the world... a muted light orange and cream 1 month old who is a delicate little furbaby who likes to snuggle...such a sweetie...who can resist this little "miracle" wrapped in such a delicious looking fur outfit... :-)

Contact Barbara barbwhite@netscape.com or phone 540-294-0132 to help, foster or adopt.

From Judi: Yeah, I love the "very geriatric" kitties -- that was the phrase one of my vets used of my beloved Lady, who was 20 years-4 months at her passing.  Attached is a photo of her at about 18 years old. The very oldest kitties are very special.   

Live from Vincent Video
Meet the Chickens


Tails of Trivia
Today in 1813 the first pineapples were planted in Hawaii.

This is Cuckoo Dancing Week

Music and Motion
Oh no, mom’s thinking about a diving trip - no no no I don’t wanna go .....


Good Times in the News
Churches are paying closer attention to connection between humans and animals
Factory farming, green living among topics sparking discussion Animal advocates gain ground in religious circles
June 06, 2010|By Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune reporter

In Genesis, the Lord created animals, said they were good and then gave man permission to eat them.  While not a universal belief, many Christians traditionally have embraced a biblical stance on animals as a source of companionship, food and labor, but not much else.  "We know from the Bible that God created animals, he cares about them intimately and he wants us to care about them," said Ben DeVries, 30, of Kenosha, Wis., who started a blog, "Not One Sparrow," to encourage his conservative Christian brethren to become more like shepherds than hunters.

During a time when people increasingly treat pets as family members, animal advocates are gaining ground in religious circles. DeVries is among a growing number of people of faith who have joined the appeal for help in promoting causes such as relocating homeless pets, preventing animal cruelty and investigating factory farming practices.  The Humane Society of the United States has started a faith outreach program that, within the past two years, has distributed 7,500 DVDs at church and college campuses on "Eating Mercifully." The DVD and booklets draw on Scripture to remind Christians of their duty to be good stewards of all God's creatures.

But defining what it means to treat animals with compassion ranges wildly across faiths and within denominations. For some, it means trying to end animal abuse, volunteering at an animal shelter, having their pet blessed or pushing for vegetarian diets.  Others seek to fulfill spiritual needs that go beyond a simple desire to treat animals with dignity and kindness. Some religious leaders welcome pets to worship services, memorialize them at death and discuss them as spiritual beings without distinction from humanity — the most controversial ideology and one that is not accepted by mainstream religious faiths.

Emerson Theological Institute, a "new thought" college based in Oakland, Calif., has started to ordain animal chaplains who tend to humans and their kindred pets. In Phoenix, a new, animal-centric church service for people and their (well-behaved) pets recently began.  Some Jewish rabbis celebrate a dog's coming of age with a "bark mitzvah."

Unity Church of Oak Park, offers annual pet blessings in October and memorials for pets who have "transitioned," or died.  "People have such close relationships with their animals," she said. "I think they enjoy finding a spiritual community that acknowledges that."

E. David Cook, a Wheaton College professor who has participated in animal rights discussions at Oxford University, said he believes that the green movement has raised Christian awareness about the environment and animal welfare.  Still, "evangelicals care deeply for the way animals are treated but that doesn't mean we worship animals or put them in front of human beings," Cook said. "If it's a choice between saving Granny and saving my poodle in the fire, Granny wins every time."

Catholic tradition has historically taken a warm view of animals, with pet blessings offered at many churches every October to honor St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology.  Humans still remain top dog, but are not allowed to abuse or exploit animals.  "When we see these horrific things like the mass-produced pork or chickens, where the animal can't be free-ranging, that really does become abusive," said Sister Dawn Nothwehr, a nun and ethics professor at the Catholic Theological Union.  "We have to stop and ask a question — is that a legitimate way to deal with animals?"

Harvard University addresses some of those questions in a course on religion and animals, in which it refers to the intersection between man and beast as an emerging academic field.  Paul Waldau, who teaches the course, said that he believes more churches are paying closer attention to animals, especially as they concern relationships with humans.  "You find even some of the big church assemblies have started to condemn the problems with factory farming," said Waldau, whose nonprofit Animals and Religion Institute is based in Sherborn, Mass. "Those are hard not only on the pigs and the chickens but they are hard on the workers and communities."

DeVries, a native of Zion who studied theology at Trinity International University in Bannockburn, said he is careful to check his Bible for direction. Yet he believes that many Christians, at least in his own evangelical faith, have historically glossed over verses regarding animals and allowed – even perpetuated – their abuse and neglect.  He created his blog, "Not One Sparrow," as an outgrowth of his master's thesis at Trinity, and has since expanded it to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to draw attention to the plight of abused or neglected animals. He does not consider himself an animal welfare advocate so much as a "Christian voice for animals".

Great Purrchases
Helen writes in: Sorry for the last minute info, but Harris Teeter is doubling coupons up to $1.98 face value until the end of today (Tuesday), so if you have coupons worth $1 or more, you could get good deals.  You would also need to have a "VIC" card - they're like an MVP card from Food Lion and are free.

Most kinds of Fancy Feast are "on sale" there through tomorrow, too, for $.60 per can.  Not the best price, maybe, but if you have a coupon, it probably would be a great price!

9 Lives 4 pack of 5.5 oz cans is $1.79
Friskies 5.5 oz cans are $0.45
Harris Teeter brand Your Pet 3 oz. cans are $0.35

For dogs:
Harris Teeter brand Your Pet 13.2 oz. cans are $0.57
(Several other brands on sale, but cost more)

I use Harris Teeter brand all the time and have no complaints.  I can buy a 17# bag of dry (my dogs eat that in about a week - no comparison to all of the animals at Rikki's!) for $9.99.  That's a big savings for me.  It's not the highest quality food out there in that it has grains and all, but my dogs are healthy and like it, so I can't dispariage it.

Maybe if someone will be in the direction of HT today or tomorrow....
They do this "super double coupons" thing about once a quarter.  Daily, they double up to $.99, so something on sale could end up being a good deal with a coupon.  Also, about 2x a year, they triple coupons.  If I catch wind of that, I'll try to pass the info quickly.

Hi Vincent - Walker here. My mom swears by Harris Teeter trash bags and she promised to stock up and bring a load down Saturday. Thanks for the tip!

Can’t make it in time to a Harris Teeter, I’ll hook up the goat cart if you’ll supply the dough!

I Love YOU

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