Sunday, November 27, 2016


Hi there !!!!!   Just wanted to stop in and say I hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving !!!!!

Thank you for helping with

This is the road that leads to Rikki's Refuge.

For many animals, this is the road that leads them to a second chance at life. We want this road to be one that leads to peace and safety. The animals here deserve this!  And YOU make it possible !!!
Thank you !!!

Duke and me rounded up
Pressies for YOU !!!! !!

Great Christmas Gifts from Rikki's Refuge !!

ALL ITEMS ARE BRAND NEW and BUY IT NOW ....   check back often -- more cool things are being added!

What amazing perfect gifts for all the CAT and DOG lovers on your list !!!!

Me n Duke gotted together all the pressies we'd like YOU to have for Christmas !!!!

Just LOOK !!!!! Cool cat and dog things !!!

Pick one for you and give yourself a pressie .... find something here for all your friends and family .... this really is one stop shopping !!!!   Get everything you need this holiday season RIGHT here.

AND .... these are BRAND NEW ITEMS from our Re-Tail store (3503 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA)

AND as always .... proceeds turn into cat and dog nums for the holidays .... so be generous ..... buy lots for your friends .... and know you've put your hard earned money to DOUBLE the good use !!!!!!

These are buy it now fixed price brand new items .... Happy Shopping .... and if you think anything here is cute ... pass it on to your friends too and SHARE !!!!

Thank you, Opie and Duke

Click to shop !

The turkeys were the stars of the show on ThanksLiving day.  Everybody on the tour brought  them nummies and had a really good time meeting real live Turkeys and learning how interactive and fun they are.  And how much more fun it is to spend time with them on ThanksLiving, then to ....  well you know. 

And the nums afterwards were sooooo good .....   good company, good food, animal safe and friendly, what more can you be thankful for?

Limited time!

These lovely Rikki's Refuge lapel pins and necklaces (both sterling silver, and custom made for us by Michael Gallagher Jewelers) are HALF PRICE this weekend!! Yes, they really are!! The pins are normally $40, and the necklaces are $50. So that brings them down to $20 and $25, respectively! They've never been this low, and may never be again! And there are limited quantities! And shipping is $4 to U.S. addresses. If anyone international would like one, just let me know what country, and I can let you know. If you are interested in either (or both!) of these, email us right away at

AND I'M A LATE OPIE  .... so I'll tell you what .... I'll make the command level decision to extend this offer to YOU and ONLY YOU for up to 24 hours after you get this email !!!!   Just tell 'em Opie said so, and they'll honor the deal for you !!!!

Dottie's life was saved when she joined Rikki's Refuge recently from a very scary and not very safe place.  She was a so very shy and frightened.  Poor little girl.  Thanks to YOU and your kind support, Dottie can now look forward to a happy life, free of any kind of fear.

Dottie and Beauty were leery of one another at first.  But Beauty figured out she wasn't dangerous and allowed her to join the gang real quick. 

Next, Dottie found her favorite hooman.  The animals here so often pick a member of the staff to call their very own.  Dottie picked Tony.   Tony is one of our outstanding staff members who lovingly cares for the animals at Rikki's Refuge. 

Dottie and Tony watch the sun rise over Bovine Boulevards .....

Every critter has their favorite hooman here. Rikki's is one big huge happy hairy family !!!!
YOU, too, can be a proud part of our FAMILY ....

click to see ALL 53 prizes in this RAFFLE .....  yes 53 prizes and WINNER TAKES ALL ....  that means for as little as ONE DOLLAR you could end up with enough gifts for ALL your dog loving friends !!!!   WOW WEEEEE

Come on my DOG FRIENDS help me out here !!!!!

Opie is always getting EVERYTHING ....and that's NO FAIR .....   this fundraiser will cover DOG FOOD first ... before them pesky little kitties get a single bite !!!!

This fundraiser is being put on by Paw Pride and benefits Rikki's Refuge and Furry Paws Foundation.

WINNER TAKES ALL .... enough gifts for all your dog loving friends .... tickets TEN for $1 ... wow .... HURRY ..... Check out these cool items !!!!!! AND SHARE this !!!!

This Giveaway is to help raise funds for two wonderful rescues Rikki's Refuge and Furry Paws.

Ticket sales CLOSE at 6 pm Monday, December 5th
Read all the rules and how to buy your tickets right HERE

Thank you very much for helping me and all the dogs at Doggy Downs
   Duke Thomas Peabody, Rikki's Official Spokes Dog


Remember Chance?  He came to Rikki's last year just before ThanksLiving and then he got real sick ThanksLiving night.  Mom had to leave the dinner early and take him to the emergency hospital.  Luckily everything turned out all right and he's doing fine. 

He's very thankful to you for having saved his life once and helping him get to Rikki's.  Then saving his life AGAIN just a few days later by paying for him to get emergency treatment.  And NOW for saving his life EVERY DAY by making sure he has enough to eat.

It's all cuz of YOU that we're all saved and here living the good life !!!!   Thank you !!!!

But just one thing .....  like me .... I don't think poor Chance is getting nuf to eat ..... do you ?

If YOU are not getting enough to eat .....  
         I CAN HELP YOU !!!!
It's back! Our Rikki's Refuge NomNom Popcorn fundraiser is underway!
More than 70 awesome and unique popcorn flavors, new snack pack combinations, gourmet seasonings, and build-a-tins, plus great prices!

Purrfect for holiday gifts!

BUT YOU MUST ORDER BY December 10 and all the money we earn goes to feed the animals at Rikki's Refuge!

YOU EAT and WE EAT .....  now I call that WIN WIN ...... 

You will receive your orders within 7 days! Check it out!


Wanna share some of that Pop Corn ?

Petunia really needs your help !!!  NO one will give her a donation when she wraps presents for them at Piggy Paradise .... they just keep complaining ....  it's all muddy and a mess ......

Petunia tried going to Barnes and Noble to wrap in a climate controlled area with no mud, no rain, no snow ... no .....    But they stopped her at the door and said NO NO NO NO .......

Ron and Bonnie rushed right over to take over the shift for Petunia.   Cus Rikki's be in all kinds of trouble if we sign up to wrap for donations ... and no volunteers show .....  

BUT there's lots of days that Rikki's is signed up to wrap .... and in lots of places .... and now Petunia needs more VOLUNTEERS to help ...... 

If YOU can wrap a book or a nook or any ole kind of pressie as good as Petunia can .....   WE NEED YOU !!!

Won't you please sign up to VOLUNTEER AN HOUR OR TWO at one of these locations and times?

We need your help gift wrapping in Charlottesville on:
Monday, December 19, from 5 pm to 8 pm
Wednesday, December 21, from 5 pm to 8 pm
If you can help in Charlottesville please email Ron at

We need your help gift wrapping in Fredericksburg on:
Friday, December 16, from 4 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, December 17, 12 pm to - 5 pm
Sunday, December 18, 11 am to 4 pm
If you can help in Fredericksburg please email Nora at

We need your help gift wrapping in Falls Church on:
Saturday, December 17, 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, December 18, 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday, December 24, 10 am to 6 pm
If you can help in Falls Church please email Fred at

Yup, not kidding, we've had horses, ducks, turtles, snakes and the usual hoomans and cats and dogs !!!   AND any age is welcome !!!!  Nobody is too old to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they want for Christmas !!!

Pictures with Santa!!!!!
DECEMBER - Every Saturday and Sunday
Get a photo of your pet(s) with Santa! At Re-Tail, 3503 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, Va., 22408. Every Saturday and Sunday in December. Cost is $10.

You will walk out with a 4x6 photo, and we will e-mail you all of the photos taken of your pet!

"Like" our Re-Tail page to stay tuned to times offered. And let us know if we need to add a weekday to the opportunity!

This sure is the kind of Pressies we LOVE seeing at our gate !!!!!

My Great-Grand-Pa is in the hospital and not feeling very good.  Please send prayers his way to hurry up and feel good and come home.  This picture was celebrating his 90th birthday in September !!!!   My GGP is one really nice cool guy !!!!  

We have lots of TOURS scheduled in the coming months! We'd love to see you, but you MUST have reservations! For more information and/or to get a Tour Package, email us at

SUNDAY, December 25, 2016, NOON
Email to RSVP and get your tickets
If you PROMISE to not eat any of my friends for the holidays, your ticket will be FREE! It's good for YOU and good for the ANIMALS!

New Year's Eve Sleep Over With Opie
December 31, 2016
Bring your own sleeping bags, and something nummy for potluck dinner, MUST like LOVE cats !!
Email to RSVP.

New Year's Day Tour & Nature Hike
January 1, 2017
Yes, it's getting close !!!! to get your tickets !!

Just in time for World Vegan some lovely new folks moved in to Rikki's Refuge ....  they are very thankful for all vegetarians and vegans !!!!   Please welcome our new friends !

I look forward to meeting you on an upcoming tour. 
I hear we get up close and personal !!

Dear Friends, would you like to be one of Vincent's Elves?  Our Angel Tree Gift Giving program is very important this time of year.  We place a Christmas Giving Tree for Rikki's Refuge in many stores.  Then if you are shopping there you can take an ornament & purchase something for one of the 1,300 animals here at Rikki’s Refuge. 

AND I need Elves to set up the trees .... in our regular locations OR as your favorite shop if they'll let you set up a tree for Rikki's Refuge !!!  Almost every body says YES !!!   And my Elves pick up the donated gifts at the stores and brings them out to Rikki's.  Cuz as much as we appreciate the gifts .... we can't use 'em till they get here !!!! 

Would you be willing to help and monitor a store and be a Vincent's Elf and deliver the goodies?  Contact us at if you'll help us ... THANK YOU

Please help make our Christmas wishes come true by choosing an ornament from a tree in a store near you and purchasing the item for us.

Thank you and have a Merry Christmas.
Here's where you can find our Trees:

Orange-Madison Co-op, 13323 James Madison Hwy, Orange VA 22960

Orange Tractor Supply, 13226 James Madison Hwy, Orange VA 22960
Dollar General - S. Orange, 13260 James Madison Hwy, Orange VA 22960
Culpeper Animal Hospital, 441 Aspen St, Culpeper VA 22701
Culpeper Tractor Supply, 588 Culpeper Town Square, Culpeper VA 22701
Culpeper Farm & Home Center (CFC Co-op), 15172 Brandy Rd, Culpeper VA 22701
Bealeton Farm & Home Center (CFC Co-op), 12375 Harpers Run Rd, Bealeton VA 22712
Pet Supplies Plus, 1240 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville VA 22901
Giant at Harrison Crossing, 5701 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22407

Petco Animal Supplies at Harrison Crossing, 5717 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22407
360 Feed Supply Store, 5037 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22407
Fredericksburg Tractor Supply, 4179 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22407
Re-Tail Thrift Store, 3503 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg VA 22408
Roxbury Farm & Garden, 601 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg VA 22401
Dixie’s Hair Studio, 301 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg VA 22401
Giant at Square Shopping Center, 10346 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22553
Harvest Market, 7610 Heths Salient St, Spotsylvania VA 22553
Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital, 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg VA 22401
Giant at Little River Shopping Center, 7438 Little River Tpk, Annandale, VA 22003


Poor Sam .....  this adorable little guy got evicted ....  he was "supposed" to stay small enough to fit in the palm of their hand .....  but .... piggies just don't stay that small ... REALLY ....  no matter what they tell you ....  don't get a piggy for a pet if you don't want a BIG animal !!!!  

Luckily for Sam .....  and THANKS to wonderful kind hoomans like YOU .... Sam got to come to Rikki's Refuge.  A horrible fate befalls so many "pet" pigs when they get "too big" .... it's just horrible.  Poor little souls.   But YOU help save their lives and give them a future of happiness.   without YOU, we could not do it !!!

As far as Piggies go ....  Sam IS really little !!!!

But he's got a couple hundred pounds to go over the next couple years. 

He's not gonna get nearly as big as Petunia.

Sam is a pot belly pig, so he'll probably top under 200 pounds ....  but some of our bigger guys are over 300 pounds. 

For a while longer, we can cuddle him!

Remember Mouky ?

He arrived at Rikki's Refuge unable to walk.  For 18 months he'd just laid there, wetting himself and dragging to the food bowl.  Then he took a very long airplane ride and we picked him up at the airport.  And physical therapy began.  In two weeks he was taking a few steps. 

And he's exercised and gotten better and better each and every day.  Now he gets to run around and  play with others and have a wonderful time.

This has been a goal for a long time .... to jump up high for the big view !!!!!

Congratulations Mouky you did it   !!!!

He's one awesome kitty ......  and YOU are one awesome PERSON for donating to save lives like Mouky's !!!!!

And speaking of cats
Yes, Scentsy can help you with stinky litter boxes too!

From their Scentsy Fresh, room sprays, warmers, waxes, diffusers and more!

To order any Scentsy Items and help Rikki's Refuge please visit https://PerfectScentsWithJanell.Scentsy.US?PartyId=318389906

$1 will totally care for one animal for one day ! 


Don’t forget to SAVE A LIFE TODAY !
Rikki’s Refuge
PO Box 1357
Orange VA 22960

And please come see me soon !!

In the mean time, Keep up with us on Facebook and you'll get the minute to minute details about what's going on at Rikki's Refuge .... you'll be the first to see the new residents .... and the first to know about up coming events !!!

Rikki's Refuge

Opie and Vincent's Page

Duke's Page

Re-Tail Thrift Store in Fredericksburg

The Duke Thomas Peabody Antique and Collectables Shoppe in Culpeper

Opie's and Mom's Purrsonal Profile

Opie's Edibles for Fun Animal Friendly Recipes and Cooking Tips:

Vincent D. Cat's Gathering Place, a place to hang out, chat, and have fun

Kitty Litter-Ature

Rikki's Crazy Cat Person Club

For the Love of Black Cats

Our Website
which needs help getting up to date .... if you "do" WordPress and would like to help, let us know

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