Monday, February 07, 2011

Vote Responsibly - 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

All contests are FREE to vote unless I tell you otherwise.  We never try to trick you into paying money!!!!

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

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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 thru June 19 at midnight PST
How to vote: click any of these links
Then enter: Rikkis Refuge, Orange, VA, USA
follow the prompts and click to search, then click to vote,
then enter the coded word, and click confirm.


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WalkieWay - Collar and Leash in One
new product announcement
To celebrate our WalkieWay product launch, we’re giving away $2011 to the top three shelters of YOUR choice.  WalkieWay Facebook fans will choose which groups split the cash.

1. “Like” the WalkieWay fan page on Facebook.
2. Write the name of your favorite shelter on the wall, that’s your vote.
3. You can only vote once.
4. Share the page with your friends and get them to vote too.

When we reach 10,000 fans (as of May 17th we have 4,046) we will tally up the results and give the shelter with the most votes $1,000 and $505.50 to second and third place.  Please vote and check out the WalkieWay - Collar and Leash in One!

This one only works if you’re on Facebook

Benefits:  Rikki's Refuge, cash $505.50 - $1,000 
When to vote: Right now, but only once during the contest
How to vote: go to  and "like" their page,
then go to their wall and enter "Rikki's Refuge, Orange, VA"

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DISCOUNT Pet Medication
2011 Pet Charity Giveaway
contest OVER - you WON $250 for Rikki's Refuge
Charity Giveaway by Discount Pet


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Good Morning Good News !!!! February 7, 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!

Designed for YOU
Good Morning Good News is for YOU, it’s to make YOU happy and to make you SMILE.  Send me YOUR Good News to share.  Send me stores that make YOU smile.  Tell me which parts of Good Morning YOU like and wish you don’t.  I’d like to customize it just for YOU!!!!

VOTE TODAY   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!

Hey Hey Hey SuperBowl Voting Paid Off
we moved up 0.01% planetwide !!!!
Keep it up
slow and steady wins the race
we can do it !!!


There’s lots of ways you can vote
as long as you remember to enter
Rikkis Refuge, Orange, VA, USA
click on any of these and take it from there !!!!

Be Foxey, Help Rikki’s Refuge WIN!!!

Bissell MVP Contest
Vote daily thru Tuesday February 8th for Guido Cat
Animal Assisted Therapy Meowster
Running on behalf of Rikki’s Refuge
quick, simple, free
Your daily vote could win up to $10,000 for Rikki’s Refuge
Click here to Vote for Guido
Read the Guido Gazzette it’s a great way to start your day!!!
Between Guido and Vincent, we’ve got you covered!!!!

Thanks for helping me decide which photo to run in the Bissell contest.  You all voted most for my classical pose!

You can start voting for me on Wednesday.  Last year I made it to second place for the week with this photo

But the Bissell judges didn’t pick me!  Boo on them.  This year I want to see my face looking out at you from Bissell Vacuum boxes everywhere.  Next year on the label of every Fancy Feast can!!!! 

My Favorite Quote, Today
Strong Deeply Rooted Desire is the Starting Point of all Achievement

After all who ever did something well that they didn’t have a driven desire to see happen?  Do you have the desire to see animals have a better place in this world?  Do you have the desire to see us treated as equals?  Do you have the desire to eliminate speciesism?  If these desires are strong and if we band together we CAN DO IT.  We can do ANYTHING we set out minds to doing.  It’s just putting one foot in front of the other .....    Soon you’ll be an animal HERO ... way before you even know it !!!!!  

Refuge News
Another pretty warm day in the almost middle of February!  Lots of visitors and fun over the weekend.  We celebrated Valerie’s 3rd Anniversary at Rikki’s with a party on Saturday.  Pictures Wednesday, they’re on Lena’s camera and she’s off Monday and Tuesday.   

Colleen writes in: I am a volunteer with SNAP in Louisa County.  I recently trapped a beautiful calico cat for spay.  After getting her home that night, I learned she is actually just a scared domestic - and has slowly been warming up to me over the last week.  She loves to be brushed, you can pet her, pick her up, and snuggle with her, but she is shy.  We discovered at the feral spay/neuter cat clinic held this last Saturday, that she was already spayed.  Our county shelter euthanizes 80% of cats and with her being shy, she has no chance here.  I hate to return her to the gas station where I rescued her from.  Do you know anyone who can foster this cat until she can be placed permanently?

If you can help please contact Colleen at

Oh gosh can somebody please find enough money to build more 9th Life space?  We take care of everybody that we can.  Our building is so small and it’s totally full.  That means we can't take more kitties and dawggies and wabbits and all who really need the kind of care we can offer.  I cry every time I hear mom turning somebody away.  So many of the elderly, the handicapped, the diabetics, the kidney patients have nobody but us to care.  No place but Rikki’s to go.  Oh so many need us, no other place to go. They can't live in feral / semi feral barn style housing. They need the regular household type accommodations with regular heating and cooling.  We have only five rooms in this old farm house.  So sad ... wipes eyes.

If you can help me with fundraising I’d so appreciate it.  You can help from anywhere in the world.  Paypal is universal so we all live in the same world now!!!  

Right now just feeding everybody is a challenge. And we need about $12,000 to do upgrades and repairs from ice damage and to properly reinforce everything so we don't have ice problems in the future. I don't know what a new building would run. Somebody said they could a do a room for about $15,000. I've been trying to meet our Valentine Chip in for $2,277.22 and I've only raised $380 in a week.

We manage to spend only 25 cents per meal and only an average of $1 a day per animal to take care of them. But with 1250 animals we need $1250 a day just for the basics. We need all the help we can get with fundraising. It's probably our biggest need. Anybody up for helping please HELP !!!!! Love you all.

I want to save so many. I want to have all the money we can use to save animals at Rikki's and all the money needed to share it with other groups and people saving animals the world over. The money's there, just sitting in banks all over. We just need to convince people to share. Or figure out how to crack the banking system .....

I got wonderful news from Smoky today!!!   Smoky’s mom took in a feral kitty and was letting her chill in an upstairs bedroom till she could get a ride to Rikki’s.  She was going to live in a feral kitty house at Rikki’s.  She started to be a bit friendly. And now Smoky’s mom has fallen in love and kitty has a name Dotty, and she’s being friendly and now she’s got a wonderful forever home with Smoky!!!   Smoky wrote: Did you hear the news? We're keeping Dotty, the cat formerly known as Upstairs Kitty.   YEAHHHHHHH

The Cats of Cod
Artwork by Wayne H. Morris of New York
photography and art
visit to see more of his spectacular work

Wayne loves to study an animal and capture their essence which he then turns into a whimsical work of art depicting them at work or play.  Your pet’s whimsical custom portrait available for only $300 (donated to Rikki’s Refuge). Contact me and I’ll put you in touch

Meet Ms. Bao Cai, employee of the month at the 1st National Bank of Trout, where your fish gain interest!

Live from Vincent Video
Meet Beauty the Dog
So do you think she’s Beautiful???

On this Day
February 7 is Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbor's Day - Let’s do one better than that.  Say hi to a neighbor you don’t often see or have never spoken too.  Is there an elderly person or someone in your neighborhood who seems to have a difficult or shut in life?  Offer to go to the grocery store for them.  Take them some cookies.  Just stop in and say hi, how are you.  You’ll be their HERO.  Small little kindnesses mean so very much to the receiver.  Often something you do that you just consider routing politeness can be a huge kindness to someone and make you their total HERO!  Practice kindness in everything you do. 

Music and Motion
Dude Barkley

Stolen Parking Space
Once again, just proving, cats ARE better drivers!

Great Purrchases / Donations
Take a look at what’s on ebay!!

A full set of Vintage Kitty Postcards!!!

See the whole set here

or here on ebay - only $6 - $10

We've got an ebay store now where things can be listed too!!!
And Melissa is helping to do the listing - so anybody have something they'd like to sell to benefit Rikki's, if you can do pictures and shipping (if you can't donate the shipping cost we can reimburse by paypal or check) let me know and I can put you in touch with Melissa our ebay helper.

The 24th Species
Rikki’s Refuge for Humans
Benefiting the Hoomans who Help

Humans who help animals receive vast benefits; Read Jane’s and Ken’s story:


Larry and Jan

pledged $2,222.22 in the Double Your Love challenge.  Paul and Candy
upped the ante to $2,277.22.  We’re $1,897.22 away from meeting this challenge!!  Come on folks, help us raise the $s to buy the food for the animals!!!  

Any little bit gets us one step closer to our goal!!!  Thanks so much for your help!

I Love YOU,
PS You tell me what you want!  Email me at with instructions to change your subscription: additions, deletions or modifications!  Subscriptions:    Vincent’s VIPs - up to the second alerts about issues at Rikki’s Refuge for those who care and want to be intimately involved.  Scheduled as needed.  Good Morning Good News - a little something to get you going in the mornings, for those of you who want to keep smiling with us!  Scheduled daily.  Hairballs - so you know what’s coming up at Rikki’s!  Scheduled weekly.

Rikki's Refuge, supported solely by private donations, houses over 1200 animals of 22 species. On line at Checks, money orders, cash, items at Rikki's Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960

Rikki's Refuge is owned and operated by Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Virginia Corporation, tax-id 54-1911042. Combined Federal Campaigns #77674, Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign #3163, PetsMart Charities #1377.  A financial statement is available upon written request from the State Office of Consumer Affairs.

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