Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! February 9, 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 here - who loves ME ?
you PURR-fectly wonderful humans do!!!!


     We are getting closer to closing the deal
in the Vincent's Valentine's Challenge. 
Oh boy -- when you put your
incredible minds to accomplish something - 
miracles happen. 

      Jan and Larry --
get ready to pull open the purse strings
and let the much needed cash flow
to match my human friend's GENEROSITY!!!!!

          WHO LOVES YOU BABY ?

The Valentine Day LOVABLE CAT

Let’s just finish off the little bit that’s left
to meet the Challenge!!!
Come on EVERYBODY now
just $1 each and that’ll do it !!!
Click to see how close we are!!

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
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Your daily vote can win $1,000 - $5,000 for Rikki’s Refuge’s Animals!

We’ve got a couple groups
starting to get close
don’t let them pass us!!!

There’s lots of ways you can vote
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My Favorite Quote, Today
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do!

Gee me and mom really believe that one!  I learned to walk after my accident.  I learned to be happy and have a fun filled productive life when they said I was nothing but a handicapped pathetic kitty who out to be put to death instead of given a chance to live and love and change the world.  Mom showed them too.  They said she was just a silly little kid who dropped out of 11th grade to raise a baby and that she’d never even be able to support herself, then they said she was too young and too silly to own her own business, then they said she’d never figure out how to turn this old corn field into a sanctuary and save thousands and thousands of lives.  Just like mine!!!  Mom and Me - we Believe!!!

Do YOU believe?  Share YOUR story with me.

Round the Refuge
Brrr it was a cold day today.  Sunny, but cold.  Haven’t heard how the Bake and Craft sale went today.  Hope it was GREAT.  Thank you to all who prepared for it and who ran it today!!  We animals appreciate all you do for us.  Very very much. 

I tried baking muffins to sell once, but I kept getting side tracked licking the Fancy Feast filling off the spoon ......

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  Prints available, 8” x 10”, on heavy stock, suitable for framing, $25 each, resolution may vary so you may want to ask first.  Specify which print you want and shipping address.

Schindrilla Rushing Home from the Fish Market to get out of the cold!

Live from Vincent Video
Meet the Camera Shy Guinea Pig

Well, that didn’t take long!!!

Meet Walker, Rikki’s Alumni and Doggie Diplomat

On this Day

February 9, 1964 was the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Who’s going to admit to having seen that?  1964 - that was about the time my great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great-grandpa was ruling!

Music and Motion

Good Times in the News
Somebody shared this with mom and she said it could be useful information, so I’m sharing

This is from one of those widely-circulated emails, you may have already seen it, but it's valuable (and accurate) information.

Neurologists say that if they can treat a stroke victim within three hours, they can often totally reverse the effects of the stroke. The technology is there to completely prevent damage from a stroke. The trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within three hours, which can be tough.


Always remember the '3' steps... S T R  -- Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.  Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.  The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage within hours, when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

But a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S * Ask the individual to SMILE. Is their smile balanced and equal?

T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE   (Coherently -- i.e. It is sunny out today.)  Can they repeat a simple sentence clearly?

R* Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.  Do both arms go up equally?

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Here's another, additional test for stroke:  "Stick out Your Tongue!"  Ask the person to 'stick' out her tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that can also be an indicator that the person has suffered a stroke.

Of course the very best way to avoid a stroke is prevention: adopt and adhere to a low-fat, plant-strong diet, protecting your arteries and veins from being damaged and clogged, which is why a stroke occurs.

But it's important to know how to spot symptoms of a silent stroke: it can mean the difference between life and death.

The 24th Species
Rikki’s Refuge’s Human Habitat
Adults and Children in Need

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.

Learn more and help spread the good word, tell everyone you know about Rikki’s Refuge

Hairballs, February 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 Animal 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. 

Table of Contents 
          easily skip to your favorite parts!
Staying In Touch
VOTE for Vincent in the Shelter Challenge
Bissell MVP Contest
Round the Refuge
Cuz The Animals Matter
     Pegasus Saved
     Remember Patches
     Meet Doggie Buster
     Operation Loose Goose
     Amelia, Saved from Dog Fighting
     Wonderful News for Dotty
     Meet Randolph the Rooster
     Gwen and Jessie James Saved
     Sally the goat - fattest on the planet - the goat who’ll eat anything
Volunteers Make a Difference
     Need Help Surveying
     Meet Helen and Adam
     Bob’s Not Quite IN the Dog House
     Be a Docent
     Community Service
Good Times in the News
Upcoming Events
Sneak Peek at Vincent’s Shopping List, What he NEEDS this week
     EBAY for Rikki’s
Thank YOU Culpeper Pharmacy
The Fine Print

it’s a beautiful day !!!
YOU can make it even better!
give me some good news today by supporting my very own
Vincent's Valentine Challenge
I had to work real hard being super sweet to
touch Jan and Larry's Heart and Purse strings -
now don't let me down, my human friends!!!!

be news that we BEAT the challenge!!!!!!!

MEOW from your friend Vincent!!!!!

Your donations help us rescue kitties and dawgies
and lots of others
read Cuz The Animals Matter
to meet some of the animals we’ve saved with YOUR help

Rikki’s Refuge
Saving Lives

Looking for Love?
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to Double your Love

February is a tough month - I especially need your help now!

Today Wednesday Ferbuary 9th
12:00 - 3:30 pm
5713 Castlebridge Rd, Fredericksburg, Va 22407
Benefits Rikki’s and Lots and Lots of YUMMY stuff !!!!!

Staying In Touch
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check the blog for all the daily happenings and lots of fun stuff.
You’ll know who’s out visiting, what projects are getting done, what the animals are up to and we’ve got special treats for you every day.  Fun things like My Favorite Quotes; Live from Vincent Video; Fun and Inspiring Tidbits; Tails  of Trivia; Meet the Critters and Dear Vincent.

on the right under STAY IN TOUCH

the next four weeks - what to do at Rikki's Refuge
Will tell you all about upcoming events, also any cancellations and all the up to the minute stuff you need to know.  Check in often.  Sign up to follow the blog so you get updates when they happen.  A little further down on the right click on FOLLOW.

Vote for the Animals
Here you can vote in contests that will give money to save the animals, they’re all free and easy, so all you have to do is click and it’s like making a donation!

2011 Calendar of What's up at Rikki's
Here you can see the calendar for all of 2011, so you can plan way far ahead!!

What’s coming up at the Refuge? 

Rikki’s Ebay Store

Ebay Items Benefiting Rikki’s

VOTE for Vincent in the
Shelter Challenge
VOTE DAILY THRU MARCH 20th   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!

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 !!!!

Spread the Word - Tell Everyone to Vote!

Vote every day - you can vote from home, from work, from your phone - no matter where you are make sure you get your daily vote in!!!  Ask your family, friends and co-workers to vote too!   PLEASE vote daily thru March 20th.

For more details about the Shelter Challenge Voting

Bissell MVP Contest
Vote daily Wednesday February 9 - Tuesday February 15
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Your daily vote could win up to $10,000 for Rikki’s Refuge
Click here to Vote for Vincent
and WIN $10,000 for Rikki’s Refuge

Every week, for twelve weeks, someone will be running for Rikki’s.  I urge you to vote for each of them.  Help us all into the finals in the dreams that one of us will win!!!

Click here to read all the details about the Bissell Contest

Round the Refuge
The recent ice storm hit us really hard.  We’ve never had the funds to finish all the planned upgrades after the horrible roof collapsing episode in the winter of 2005.  Last year’s snow load put a strain on things but with enough people here to help clean the roofs as fast as the snow fell we had very little damage.  This year was a different story.  We were too short on hands to get the job done.  Now we’re seeing the partially complete repairs weaken.  And a couple small areas collapse.

Feline Fields and Rabbit Rotunda need some structural work.  We’re going to need about 130 2x4 x 14+ foot pressure treated boards and another 130 4x4 x 12 foot pressure treated boards for Feline Fields.  We’re starting with Feline Fields as the structure there is weakest. 

Then we’ll move on to Rabbit Rotunda, then Doggy Downs has a couple roofs hat have been leaking.  They’re covered with tarps, but we need a permanent fix pretty soon. 

Very very sad news.  Rabbit Rotunda II that was under construction and almost ready for occupancy, suffered a lot of damage.  Thankfully no one was living there yet.  This is especially sad for the rabbits and guinea pigs and pigeons that were on the waiting list hoping to have a new home this spring.  With your help we can get that fixed and ready soon!!

If you can spare a few $s to help us buy some lumber, we’d really appreciate it.

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 before the February 14th deadline. If you can help it’d be wonderful.

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 reach the people who’d want to share with the animals.

Cuz The Animals Matter

Pegasus Saved
Barbara, a Rikki’s Volunteer,  volunteered at the Voices for Animals Feral Cat Speuter Clinic in Charlottesville.  Pegasus was a black and white kitty who’d been trapped and brought in.  He was looking down.  Terribly skinny, I mean terribly, hips sticking out.  Gooey on his eyes and nose.  Lungs ok but icky cold and snotty.  Injured hind foot.  He was under anesthesia and they decided to put him to sleep because in his condition he couldn’t go back to his feral colony.   Barbara began to cry and said, the poor guy, he’s been starving.  Is it right to just kill him cuz he’s had no food?  Can’t we try to save him?  Doesn’t he at least deserve a chance?  She called real quick and said can Rikki’s try? 

Yes, we would try!!  Sometimes you can’t win.  But lots of time if you really try, you can.  And we are going to give Pegasus the best try we can. 

Ron, who was out working, dropped what he was doing and rushed off to Charlottesville to pick Pegasus up.  We were very anxious for him to hurry hurry and get back so we could assess poor Pegasus and get to work saving him.  When he arrived two hours later, he was still a bit unconscious from the anesthesia.  His heart seemed a bit faint.  We they held him and warmed him up and rubbed him, and soon he began to wake up.  I talked to the doc who was working at the clinic and got Pegasus started on meds. 

Eating, tlc and just nursing care is what the poor guy needed.  He’s not very old either.  By 6 pm he was awake and starting to eat.  He’s eating canned food like he’ll never see any more.  Poor baby. 

Pegasus is doing great so far.  His cold was a minor thing, and he’s over it.  He's had horrible poos and that’s almost cleared up.  He's eating everything in sight.  Hissing at us but I think will be friendly.  Letting us pat him while he eats and on his lower back.  Still scared of having his head scratched. 

Pegusus had a partially healed injury to a hind leg.  He may have been so sick with that, it had obviously been horribly infected, that he couldn’t get out to find food for several days or a week.  This may be why he was so emaciated.  As the doctor at the clinic said, “I hope it’s just lack of groceries that caused his emaciated look.” 

Pegasus looking worried, wondering if there are enough groceries for him.

Please buy a few cans of food for Pegasus so he doesn’t have to worry.

Remember Patches?
Valerie saw him hit by a car and she scooped him up determined to save his life.  He’s recovered very well from a bad head injury.  His vision is not yet 100% but it’s adequate for him to get around the 9th Life Center.  He’s made a lot of friends since being able to get out of the hospital and moving into the 9th Life Center for his convalescence.

Meet Doggie Buster

Operation Loose Goose

Maverick, as she’s come to be known, in the arms of a waterfowl rescuer, is doing just fine, and thanks everyone for their part in her rescue.   Thank you to a Rikki’s Volunteer who saw this goose in distress and reported it to Rikki’s and then once a Waterfowl Rehabber was contacted and a plan laid out, rounded up the rescue party.  It takes a lot of people to catch a goose on a semi frozen pond!!!    YEAHHHHH  Successful rescue

Saved from Dog Fighting

Wonderful News for Dotty
Dotty was thought to be a feral kitty, trapped cuz she was hanging out in the Joseph’s yard.  They vetted her and were 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 here at Rikki’s Refuge.  She started to be a be friendly. And her saviour has fallen in love and named her Dotty,  She’ll be staying in her wonderful forever home now!!!   YEAHHHHHHH

Meet Randolph the Rooster

Gwen and Jessie James Saved!
Ferry God Mother Candy trecked from her home into Washington DC, then 100 miles to RIkki’s Refuge and then all the way back to save Gwen and Jessie James.  Gwen had been a stray and is feluk positive.  There aren’t many places for cats with feluk to go.  Thankfully we are abot to house them in their own areas at Rikki’s Refuge.  This gives them the chance to live out their natural lives and keeps them from infecting other kitties. 

Three year old Jessie James was dumped at a shelter by his owners, he’d been allowed to roam the streets of DC and now tests positive for FIV.  Though kitties with FIV seem to have few problems once they are speutered, the myths abound, so many are just killed instead of given a chance at life.

Gwen and Jessie James are now comfortably resting in quarantine waiting the prescribed time to join their new families here at Rikki’s Refuge.

Sally the goat - fattest on the planet
the goat who’ll eat anything !!!

Volunteers Make a Difference
Contact Katarina about Volunteer Opportunities:

Learn the basics about volunteering at Rikki’s Refuge. Help with donation logging, washing dishes and liter boxes, socializing the animals and much more.   2/19, 3/19, 4/23

Learn to earn your Self Service Volunteer Badge.   2/26, 3/26, 4/30

Need Help Surveying
Good news!!!  We’re talking to the game warden who came out and helped get rid of the bad trespassing poachers on New Years Day.  She’s going to come out and walk property lines so she knows where to be patrolling next hunting season. 

Do you have survey equipment?  Are you a surveyor who can help out for a few hours?  We have the corners marked and now we need help getting the lines in between done properly.   Please contact me if you can help with this.  Joe Callahan can help, and show you the corners, but he needs someone with proper survey equipment to make sure those lines are straight and accurate.  

Meet Helen and Adam
Adam and Helen came out and washed the huge pile of dishes.  They’d brought fruits and veggies for the Rabbit s and Guinea Pigs and while up there feeding them, they also cleaned Rabbit Rotunda.  Any help feeding and cleaning is always a big help.  it’s a little less my hooman staff has to do so then they have time to try and catch up on their long long list of TO DO.

Bob’s Not Quite IN the Dog House
Bob picked up a dog house someone donated and brought it out.  It’s the coolest, most unique dog house you’ve ever seen.

You’re really sure that’s a dog house?  The kitties .......

Here’s Bob explaining the origin of the dog house!

Be a Docent
Be the Refuge Greeter on some Saturdays from noon - 2 pm.  Meet visitors and donors during Donation Drop Off and help them unload the goodies.

You can learn to give tours too so you can show folks around the different Animal Neighborhoods at Rikki’s Refuge.

Cindy can train you to be a Saturday Docent:

Ken earned his Docent Badge now so you’ll see him from time to time on Saturday during Donation Drop Off, noon - 2 pm.  Ken helped a nice couple who came out to donate some funds and supplies.  Their friends, Don and Libby, told them about Rikki’s Refuge.  Don and Libby first learned of Rikki’s from a story in the Free Lance Star in 2005 and have been supporters ever since.  Make sure you tell your friends!  I bet you have several friends who don’t even know about Rikki’s Refuge and I bet they’d love to make our dream a reality!!  So tell your friends!

Grace and Toni came out to volunteer and help with the Sunday Tour.  Tour every Sunday at Noon this year!!  Grace joined Teen Care last summer and really stood out as a leader.  She’s been a tremendous help to us animals.  She’s a Docent and a Tour Guide and knows how to take care of most all the animals!

Community Service
Rikki’s Refuge is a great place to do Community Service.  Two teens are working on fulfilling some hours and Katarina led them thru many chores.  Many High Schools require Community Service now as part of the curriculum of raising socially conscious individuals.  It counts for lots of points on College Applications too.  Some work places give a day or two a year paid leave to their staff to do Community Service.  And of course minor offenses are often assigned community service in court.  Check in first if you need to do court ordered Community Service, depending on the nature of the offense, you may be able to do it at Rikki’s.  Any one who’s committed any form of animal abuse, hooman abuse or violent acts cannot volunteer at Rikki’s, Community Service or not.

One of the teen boys doing Community Service has his dad pick him up in the afternoon.  He gave his dad a quick tour of the Refuge and he was so impressed he wants to volunteer too!

The first time you visit you’ll have to read over the rules and regs and fill out a form stating that you agree and that you fit in certain guidelines.

And speaking of another kind of Community Service, Jan is now supporting 29 classrooms around the country who receive Kind News.  Kind News is a monthly publication that arrives to sponsored classrooms monthly with an issues for each child and a special teaching edition for the teacher.  These classrooms are headed up by  teachers who’ve made the commitment to teach Humane Education to their kids and who follow the guides and outlines and study sessions in Kind News!

If you donate just $30, we’ll be able to sponsor another classroom!

Good Times in the News

First we had cows with guns .....

Now chickens with knives - band together non human animals and stand up for our rights !!!! Evil hoomans watch out !!! Our time has come !!!! Go, fur and feathers, go!!!!

Upcoming Events

Today Wednesday Ferbuary 9th
12:00 - 3:30 pm
5713 Castlebridge Rd, Fredericksburg, Va 22407
Benefits Rikki’s and Lots and Lots of YUMMY stuff !!!!!

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.     2/27

 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.     2/12

SATURDAY    February 12, 11 am - 3 pm   HONEY DO DAY - a little bit of this and a little bit of that, no matter what your talents we can use you!

SUNDAY    February 13, 11 am - 3 pm   VALENTINE'S DAY OBSERVED- bring special treats to all the animals to show your undying love.

SATURDAY    February 19, 11 am - 3 pm   PICK YOU SPECIES -  bring something special for them and help make their neighborhood extra special.

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.   2/19

SATURDAYS ON OR BEFORE THE FULL MOON            FULL MOON WALK, Bon Fire, vegan bbq, pot luck 2/19

SUNDAY    February 20, 11 am - 3 pm   POPCORN DAY - On February 22 back in 1630, the Indians introduced the Pilgrims to popcorn. Today we honor the natives of Rikki's by offering them popcorn, fruits and nuts. Bring yummies for the wild ones. We'll take a walk and scatter them for the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, possums, raccoons and all the small forest animals.

MONDAY    February 21, 11 am - 3 pm   PRESIDENT'S DAY - make the animals feel like kings!  Bring delicious food, warm bedding and help us make them comfortable for the winter.

MONDAY    February 21, 11 am - 3 pm   BIRDHOUSES AND MORE - Build birdhouses and other habitats for wildlife.

SATURDAY    February 26, 11 am - 3 pm   RABBIT & PIG MUCK OUT DAY - Rake out the old straw and bedding and give them fresh, a chance to socialize and feel their appreciation for a new clean home.

LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH            VOLUNTEER TRAIN SELF SERVICE 8 am - 1 pm, Learn to earn your Self Service Volunteer Badge.   2/26

SUNDAY    February 27, 2 pm   WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - Join us at 2 pm for a prayer and meditation for all of the worlds creatures. Speakers welcome. RSVP early.

Sneak Peek at
Vincent’s Shopping List
What he NEEDS this week

Donation Drop off Noon - 2 pm every Saturday !!!

Canned Cat Food - this will almost always be at the top of the list in the winter time.  Stock up when you get a chance or see a sale!

This week we need canned dog food too.

Trash bags and paper towels are running low too.

If you have any lumber or can buy some we need about 130 2x4 x 14+ foot pressure treated boards and another 130 4x4 x 12 foot pressure treated boards.

Our garden hoses for getting water to the animal areas are getting holey!!!  Pick up new ones when you see them on sale.  Also straight nozzles - something that will fit thru a 2 inch x 2 inch opening so they slide into the fenced areas easy.

We desperately need cash to pay the propane and electric bills, also have to pay off the co-op for the feed bill, we’re using lost of hay right now, and the docs and drug companies need some funds too!!  Can you spare a buck or two?  Please help, February is such a difficult month to get thru.  

Some one in Lake Arrowhead in Stafford VA has a bottle of insulin (the kind we use) and a box of syringes to donate to us.  Who can pick them up and bring them here?  Insulin needs to be kept cool.  Not out of the fridge for more than 4 hours and not heated up above like 70.  So can’t leave in a hot car.  A cooler and small ice pack or pack of frozen veggies will do the trick!!! if you can help and I’ll give you the contact’s name and number. 

EBAY for Rikki’s
HEY check it !!!!  Rikki’s has their very own Ebay store now!!! 

Ok, so only one item!!  Don’t laugh at me.  You gotta get started somewhere.  You got something you’d like to see auctioned off to benefit Rikki’s?  Let me know.  If you’ll send photos, description, and shipping info, we can put it in Rikki’s Ebay Store!!!!  

We’re a member of Mission Fish and that means if you’re selling things yourself you can automatically donate a % to Rikki’s Refuge, it’s quick and easy and gives your item a lot more exposure!

Check out what others have for sale. 

There’s some really cute Vintage Kitty Postcards!

Melissa is helping with listings - so if you have something you'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.

Help us build out Ebay store.  Got cool things to sell that you’d like to see benefit Rikki’s?   Mr. Callahan wants to open Callahan’s Corner of military memorabilia and collectables.   He says if you have any kind of military items, the older the better, he’ll clean ‘em up, appraise them, and list them on Rikki’s store to help the animals!!!  100% of proceeds to the animals.  Check hi and low.  Check your basement.  Check your attic.  And let me know

Thank YOU Culpeper Pharmacy

(540) 825-7576 • 261 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA

Culpeper Pharmacy has been providing for our furry families’ prescription and home care needs since 2003 (and before that when they had a pharmacy in Orange). Located in the Southgate Shopping Center, next to the Culpeper Regional Library, Culpeper Pharmacy has been proud to help Rikki's Refuge and all their other customers with a full range of home health care needs. From prescriptions and diabetic supplies to Power Wheelchairs, Lift Chairs and more. How can they help you today?

Bill Morris and Gordon Atkins have been taking special care of the critters in the 9th Life Retirement, Assisted Living and Psychiatric Center for almost as long as Rikki's Refuge has been here.  Sometimes it's filling a normal prescription.  Sometimes it requires research to find the right variation of the medication our veterinarians want for us.  Sometimes it's adjusting the dosage for us little guys.  Sometimes it's answering our questions.  Always it's researching to find us the best possible deal and placing special orders for us.  

Bill and Gordon and Culpeper Pharmacy are one big reason we're able to take care of so many on such a short little shoestring.

And, this Christmas, they stretch their shoestring even further.  They donated just about a whole month's worth of pharmacy supplies to Rikki's Refuge, all the routine things used by the patients of the 9th Life Retirement, Assisted Living and Psychiatric Center.  That amounted to a whole lot of money, hundreds of dollars, and a great big huge help to us at Rikki's Refuge.

Thank you Bill and Gordon for taking care of me and all my special needs and for running such a wonderful business and being so kind and compassionate to all your customers.  If everybody knew you, there wouldn't be any other pharmacies for 100 miles around!

Culpeper Pharmacy is good people running a good business.  Tell ‘em Vincent sent you!

Thank you for your love and support. 
Together we’re making a marvelous difference!!!

February 9, 2011

PS: Please help me, I’ll try anything to keep the Refuge Running. I need your continued support.

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,, and . 

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 and use our email address of .  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, (, your donations provide direct support. A financial statement is available upon written request from the State Office of Consumer Affairs.