Friday, December 21, 2012

The Magic of $22,222.22

Thank you all --- the challenge has been matched !!! 

It’s Always Magical at Rikki’s Refuge
especially at Christmas !

22 Species
  1295 Animals
     and YOU !

From this ...... 

   to this .... 

How do you create a
     no kill sanctuary ?

One animal at a time

One donor at a time

One volunteer at a time

In the beginning
     there was one cat
          his name was Bobby

Our first call for help
     Our first vet bill
          Our first adoption

Bobby had been hit by a car and
     He needed surgery
          He needed care
               He needed love
                    He needed a long recuperation 
                         He needed a loving forever home

YOU were there
     YOU paid his surgeon
          YOU gave him food
               YOU SAVED HIS LIFE              

Then came Goldie
                         Sick, oh so sick

Our first forever resident
     Our first terrified dog
          Our first challenging rehab patient

YOU were there for her
     YOU gave her medicine
          YOU gave her food
               YOU GAVE HER A CHANCE

She lived at Rikki’s Refuge for 9 happy years
     She learned to love
          She learned to trust
               She made friends
                    She was friendly

Again and again
     They had no hope
          They had no chance
               They had no love

YOU were there
     YOU changed that
          YOU gave hope

YOU gave love

YOU gave life

Repeat .... every day for 15 years
     Repeat .... for 5,376 
                            domestic and farm animals

          Repeat .... everyday for 1,295 
                                                daily residents

               Repeat .... for countless wildlife

                    Repeat .... and save one more




YOU GIVE .... Doubling Your Dollar

YOU GIVE .... USA Tax Deductible Contributions

YOU GIVE .... Money

                    YOU GIVE .... Meals

                         YOU GIVE .... Beds

YOU GIVE .... Medicine


YOU are there because ....
     YOU Care
          YOU Know it matters
               YOU Value every life .... 
                                         every single one

Will you please help the animals now,
          during our Christmas 
                      Double your Dollars Challenge ?

It’s Magic
     $22,222.22 !!!!
          Double Your Christmas Donation

$22,222.22 will be MATCHED
     Dollar for Dollar
          When YOU help


YOUR $1 becomes $2 and feeds 8

     $5 becomes $10 and feeds 40
          $12.50 becomes $25 and feeds 100
                      $25 becomes $50 and feeds 200
                           $50 becomes $100 and feeds 400

  $125 becomes $250 and feeds 1,000
      $250 becomes $500 .... a meal for everyone !

$500 becomes $1,000 and feeds 4,000 meals
     $1,000 becomes $2,000 and feeds 8,000 meals
$2,266.25 becomes $4,532.50 and ....

feeds EVERYONE for a WEEK !


     for making Rikki’s Refuge what it is today
          for caring about the animals
               for loving the animals
                    for helping to make the world a 
                                    better place .... everyday
                         Thank you for being YOU !

Every penny counts
     No donation is too small to help


          It takes all of us working together !
               Together we that the difference
Click the Gold Donation Kitty and send lots of extra good luck with your donation today!
Thank you for your support today !!

We love YOU because

     YOU are kind
          YOU care
               YOU are generous
                    YOU are loving
                         YOU MATTER TO US

From all of us, 
Wishing you the Best Holiday Season Ever !

It’s very simple !  Some very special donors have set up a very special fund.  When you make a donation on-line here
or by mail here
Rikki’s Refuge
PO Box 1357
Orange VA 22960
or you call us at 540-854-0870 x5 with your credit card information ....
or contact us by email
an amount equal to YOUR donation is also donated from this special fund.  Up to a total of $22,222.22, meaning the total donations generated by this special program will be $44,444.44.

Please help us to qualify for the full $22,222.22 in the fund .. we can only do it with your help .. we must match donations, dollar for dollar.  Please help us in any way you can.  The donors have the right to close the program at any time, giving us an amount equal to the amount donated by others during this campaign. 

So it’s very important you act NOW !

You’re going to be amazed !  We house 1,295 animals a day.  Every day, every animal gets fed a good nutritious diet, many get preventative medications and supplements, lots of our residents are on daily prescriptions.  All get regular preventative parasite treatments.  All get medical care.  All have warm, clean bedding.  All have houses that need to be maintained, not just cleaned every day, but routine upkeep like roof repairs, fence repairs, and lawns mowed and cared for.  So there’s a lot of work and a lot of expense that goes into caring for 1,295 animals each and every day, no matter what they need.

Yet it all costs us not much more than a dollar per animal per day !  Now that’s a pretty amazing fact !   Can you guess how we do it ?

It’s all because we have wonderful volunteers who scout out fabulous deals.  The best price on food, matching sales and coupons and ordering in bulk.  Volunteers who spend hours driving to pick up donated food, and even pay for the gas to do it !  Wonderful volunteers who do so much of the work, not just the feeding and cleaning, but the accounting, record keeping, fundraising and more.

As a matter of fact, so much is done by volunteers, that our overhead is very low.  Overhead means expenses that are not considered directly relevant to our mission of caring for the animals and includes things like printing, postage, and that sort of stuff.  Because of the amount of work done by volunteers, our overhead is about 3%.  Check it out, compare it to other non-profits, you’ll find that is amazingly low.  And that means that 97 cents on every dollar you donate goes directly towards taking care of the animals !  Pretty amazing, huh ?

Would you like to help us help the animals?  It’s very easy

The animals need just about $1,400 a day for all of there care, for all 1,295 animals.  It sounds like a great big huge number, but when you divide the cost by the number of animals, it’s actually a very tiny number.   Less than any other animal organization I’ve ever heard of !  And that makes me really proud to work with Rikki’s Refuge !

The wonderful news about this special Double Your Dollar fund is that it will cover everything all 1,295 animals need, YES EVERYTHING, for the entire month of January !

And do you know why that’s such good news?  Well you see, people spend a lot of money in December ... and they are worried about paying their bills in January ... so that means fewer donations come in to help the animals. 

You can make this winter wonderful for the animals of Rikki’s Refuge by your kind donation of any amount right here

Thank you !!

All donations are 100% deductible - to the extent of the law, see your tax advisor - in the USA.  Rikki’s Refuge is a division of Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc.  A 501(c)3 IRS approved not for profit Virginia Corporation. Federal Tax-ID 54-1911042.

Look for Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc in the Combined Federal Campaign National/International #77674, Combined Virginia Campaign #3163, and PetsMart Charities #1377.

Your donations provide direct support of the animals. A financial statement is available upon written request from the Virginia State Office of Consumer Affairs.

Rikki’s Refuge’s Mission
Rikki’s Refuge is a 450 acre, no-kill, multi species peaceful sanctuary, supported solely by donations from kind, loving individuals, just like you; our mission is to reduce, with the ultimate goal to totally eliminate, homelessness amongst animals of all species. Loving, thinking, breathing individuals who so often must pay the ultimate price for their simple crime of being homeless with their very lives. Creatures who want the same chance to life, love, peace and happiness that you and I do.

We carry out this mission by:

1) rescuing homeless, abandoned, abused and or injured domestic and farm animals, providing medical care (traditional, alternative and holistic), finding suitable adoptive homes, and for many (the handicapped, the elderly, the unsocial, those displaced due to the death, incapacitation or displacement of their human companion) providing permanent shelter, care, love and compassion;

2) promoting zero pet population growth through education and low-cost or free spay/neuter in an attempt to reduce the number of home-less animals, which end up in animal shelters;

3) promoting awareness of the animal kingdom through educational programs that teach compassion, for we firmly believe one who learns to feel compassion toward any living creature makes the world a more compassionate, caring and peaceful planet; our programs are designed for children, the elderly, the homeless,  and the differently abled handicapped;

4) providing a site for safe release and the future home of rehabilitated native Virginia wildlife;

5) maintaining 350 acres of pristine natural woodlands where native Virginia wildlife may always roam free of human intervention.

We thank YOU for caring about the animals with as much passion as we do.

For without YOU we could not continue to provide for our residents.

Thank you for your generous, tax-deductible, donation !!  And thank you for letting us DOUBLE YOUR DOLLAR !

               INTO REALITY !!!!
                    THANK YOU FOR SAVING THE ANIMALS !!!

Kath Jones
Melissa Felts' Pet Sitting Client #1
Melissa Felts' Pet Sitting Client #2
Pat Nelson
Nora Eldridge
Ann Goldman
Lia Federico
Dara Fox
Colleen Graves
Martha Girdany
Bill Butler in honor of Mariza Soliman
Jennifer, Miguel, Wylie and Sami Donner
Debbie Hollander
Frieda Milam
Ed LaBarre
Kathy McLaurin
Kate Viscardi
Jenna & Dominique and Adah Mae, Simon, Pumpkin, Charlie Cat and Isabella
Carrie Scott
Todd Baugh
Dorothy Henry
Anne Smith
Sherri, Gilbert and Bentley Callahan
Maatje Brazier
Sherry Clarke
Amy Madison
Heather Riede
Donna Savory
Deirdre Schwartz & Dolores Campbell
Theresa Lorenzo
Deborah Henken & Martin Kamph
Patricia Nathan
Sherry Chumley Brockner
Torre Taylor
Laura Kovalik
Wil Houchins
Walt Willing
Julie Munson
Carol McBain
Donna Jacobi
Bill Pullen in honor of Sally and Mary Arason
Melissa Gonzalez
Deborah Barnett
John Cann
Debra Berry
Denise Halderman
Pleshette McGrady
Kathleen Crippen
Ninja and Mom
Sheila Fath
Gussie Lamoree raised from Gift Wrapping at Barnes and Nobel in Richmond
Lisa Millhorn
Julie Wallin
Sue Banning
Liz Elias
John Fairty for the Vet Debt
Sabina Dobo
Ginnie Lucas
Lesley Winch
Deborah Forrest
Yvonne Wilson
Nora Eldridge - AGAIN !!!!
Mary Ann Bernald

Paul Simpson
Marie Gordon
Renee LeCompte
Richard Fischer
Karen Schulze
Helen, Martin and Adam Hauser
Donald Lauer
Jocelyn Smyth
Carol Young
Susan Fisher
Janet Duran
Thomas Poole
April Nelson
Betty Brunson
James Firth
Martha Girdany AGAIN
       in Memory of Kathy Russell's father, John W. Russell
Patricia Gray in Memory of David Hanych
Kathy Russell
Nick Guagliardo
Cora Everett

Linda McConnell
John Bowman
Kim Williams
Suzette Haile
Jami Ojala
Margaret Leiendecker
Anne Anderson
Lawrence Gross
Daniel Masur
Buddy Sekely, In memory of his parents, Bernie and Dolly Sekely and their faithful rescue dog Maggie
Paul Totten
Arlien Mather
Jodie Rackley
Christopher Walters
Robert Tringali
Carol Boyse
Andy Thomas, Thanking Patricia Thomas for her donation to Rikki's Refuge.
Martha Girdany back for a THIRD time
David Coven
Donald Michel
Karen Friedel
Pam Donald
Mary Ann Bernald
Mary Baldwin
Susan Penney
Eddye Sheffield
Winging Cat Rescue
Barbara Lowe
Gail Lowe
RoseMarie Crean
Wendy Ingalls
Jennifer Walker
Tari Ott
Nancy Neimeth
Breck Sullivan-Carpenter
Christine Kent
Opie and Mom in honor of Great Grand Pa
Candy Neff

Elizabeth Gaver
Joan Flores
Linda Slaymaker for SmokeyJoe
Charlie Homer
Lisa Briles
Dennis Nagy
Suzanne Bolton
Joanne Whalon
Katherine Mallett
Margarita Pons
Emily Elder
Karen Friedel, BACK for seconds !
Linda Mathusa. In memory of Gingerbread Sillypants
Sherry Eller
Sherry Eller, BACK for SECONDS
Nancy Mottershaw
Stacey Vance
Virginia Brock
Alan Kent
Pam Harmon
Bill Isen

Carole Springer
Colleen Pilliod
Sheila Fath, BACK for seconds
Susan MacDuff
Barbara White
Dara Goldberg Kaye
Jefferson Sesler
Steph Selice and Jeff Reed
Mary Grettenberger
Alicia Boyd
Colleen Bauer
Marietta Lanza
Dorrel Edstrand
Karen Friedel, BACK FOR THIRDS !!!!
Lisa Marsico
Sally Arason
Sharon Kennedy
Joann Packard
Deb Lavoie, In loving memory of Vincent Cat and of my sweet baby Ashley
Art & Ara Storer
Sheila Fath, back for THIRDS !!!
Sam Iam
Grace Albert
Boob, Rudy and Gertie
Charlie Homer
Joseph Topich
Jennifer Ritter
Rebecca Tait
Melissa Felts
Twyla & David Jackino, in memory of Leslie & Dan May's sweet kitty Smokey
Marie Forman
Ron Herfurth
Patti Howard
Deb Forrest BACK again
Gigi Dul
Robyn Schnellenberger
Linda Hentman
Ellen Olander
Jane Whitmore
Senniug Rees and her facebook cat brothers
Kathryn McLean
Beverly Cain
Sasha Goldsmith, in love and honor of Shadow Goldsmith
Jean Evans
Greta Bollinger
David Preston Samson
Kathy Miller
Greta Bollinger, BACK for seconds
Jeff Green
Lisa Walsh
Rebecca Faris
Cindy and Walker Wright, In honor of all the Dogs at Doggy Downs and Rikki's - and in memory of those that went across Rainbow Bridge this year (Jack, Molly, our old beagles)
Sherry Eller
Laura Kovalik, back for seconds
Nora Eldridge, back for Thirds !

Kimberley Arrigo
Jane Whitmore
Trudy Perry
Karen Czar
Deb Forrest back for THIRDS and dug out coins from bottom of purse
Laura Whaley
Sarah Tulman
Lia Federico, back for SECONDS and In memory of The Divas French Toast, Sabeen Marie and Keena Kitty
A Dear Friend
Tari Ott, back for seconds
Howard Yarborough
Jessica Townsend
Patrick Hunt
Lisa DeFilippo
Debra Bruegge, In memory of her sister, Bonnie Brown
Robbie Martin
Sherry Webster
MaryJoan Hulsart
Patty Crocker
Joan Flores, Back for SECONDS
Michael Wood
Wendy R. Spiesman
Suzette Haile, back for doubles !!!
Rebecca Deloney
Bonnie Ornitz
Carolyn Demorest
Crystal Wood

Autumn-Skye Port
Carolyn Phillips
Bill Duran

Elizabeth Crawford
Vicki Gielen
Dale Eggers

Ursula Lowe 
and YOU !!!!
Thank you all --- the challenge has been matched !!!