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About Rikki's Refuge

Supported entirely by donations from kind and loving individuals, Rikki's Refuge in Orange County, Virginia, is a 400 acre, no-kill, all species peaceful sanctuary supported solely by donations of kind and loving individuals. The refuge is home to over 1200 animals of over 20 different species, including but not limited to cats, dogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, pigs, emus, chickens, ducks, geese, a chukar, peacocks, and more. It is owned and operated by Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc. an approved not-for profit Virginia Corporation and IRS tax code 501(c)(3) corporation as determined by the IRS. Federal Tax-ID number 54-1911042. A financial statement is available upon written request from the State Office of Consumer Affairs.

7th Annual Rikki’s Refuge 5K Run/Walk – Saturday November 7, 2015

7th Annual Rikki's Refuge 5K Run-Walk 11-7-15RACE INFORMATION

WHEN:   Saturday, November 7, 2015

TIME:  Registration 7:00am-8:30am,  Race Time 9:00am

WHERE:   Lake Anna State Park, 6800 Lawyers Road,  Spotsylvania, VA  22551

FEES:   $25.00 ($30 on race day), we will also be collecting donations of pet food and/or supplies

Race will be run rain or shine!

For online registration and payment, click on the *REGISTER HERE* button below.  It will take you to a sign up page where you will be able to register and pay for the race via PayPal in one spot.

Entry forms can also be picked up in person at:  VA Runner, Ed’s Awards and Engraving, Giant Food on 208 and Harrisons Crossings.  Checks can be made out to:  Rikki’s Refuge.

AWARDS: Top male and female finishers and top 3 in each age group (19-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and up. Team award for the team with the most runners and walkers.

Prize drawings after race.

Come join us this year on this ALL NEW COURSE with two miles of scenic roads and one mile of runner friendly trails.

Check out this map of the beautiful Lake Anna State Park with the race route highlighted. RaceRoute

*NOTE:  If you are participating in the race, you will NOT have to pay parking at Lake Anna State Park.

For more information or if you have any questions, please email bugbane30@gmail.com.

**THANK YOU SO MUCH to our amazing sponsors, including:

360 Farm and Harvest

Patterson’s Construction

Ed’s Awards & Engraving

VA Runner

Lake Anna State Park

Giant Food Stores

Meadows Nursery

The REACH Program

Dr. Patrick Caiafa

RACE - click here to register

*** Your entry fee goes directly to help the almost 1300 animals (of 22 different species) including but not limited to cats, dogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, pigs, cows, emus, chickens, ducks, peacocks and more at Rikki’s Refuge.  Rikki’s Refuge in Orange County, Virginia, is a 400 acre, no-kill, all species peaceful sanctuary supported solely by donations of kind and loving individuals.  It is owned and operated by Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc. an approved not-for profit Virginia Corporation and IRS tax code 501(c)(3) corporation as determined by the IRS. Federal Tax-ID number 54-1911042. A financial statement is available upon written request from the State Office of Consumer Affairs.

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 MUST LOVE PETS Art Show & Benefit for Rikki’s Refuge 

RIKKIS - Must Love Pets Art Show July 11, 2015

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR A FUN EVENT TO BENEFIT RIKKI’S REFUGE!!

360 Farm and Pet and Local Artists invite you to a fun filled Evening of Live Music, Hors d’oeuvres, Giveaways and Special Pricing. There will also be a meet and greet with the world famous spokes-animals, Opie and Duke from Rikki’s Refuge!

Ever want to get a painting of your dog or cat, horse, bunny? 
Wanting a Professional photo portrait done of your beloved pet(s)? Well look no further and come by 360 Farm and Pet on July 11th and meet a local artist who can meet your needs.

Local Artists will be present with examples of their work and styles, helping you decide what the best fit for your needs are and getting you started. We will have painters, jewelry makers, and photographers.

All participating Artist will be donating a piece of their artwork to a Silent Auction, that will be going on throughout the event. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to Rikki’s Refuge Animal Sanctuary.

Come out for a evening of FUN! bring your children, your dogs(as long as they are friendly) and enjoy some beautiful artwork, music, and food!  

Any questions, please email us at events@rikkisrefuge.org

Timmy’s Birthday Message

1453291_10152793626467391_708930772608306851_nHi, I’m Timmy. I’m Opie’s older brother, but I get ignored a lot. I’m not famous like Opie. I hide under the couch, under the desk, behind the door. I’m scared of anything strange. YOU aren’t strange, are you? The world is very scary. When I was a baby I was riding with somebody in a car. I wasn’t scared then. But they tossed me out the window. Ouch. I was hurt real bad, and that’s when I started to be scared. I was all scraped up. My back legs were hurt and twisted. I can’t walk very well on them. But I sure can scoot around !!! I do love to play with my kitty friends, and I can climb just as high as they can by pulling with my front feet.
When they found me after the car accident, some people tried to heal me. And my cuts went away and my fur grew back. But my legs didn’t get as good as they wanted … so they wanted to kill me … and I got more scared … kill me ? Like make me dead? Why? They said nobody would want a kitty who couldn’t walk just like everybody else. I was so scared. Would they throw me out the car again to kill me? Was it going to hurt just as bad again?
Then almost four years ago I came to Rikki’s Refuge. I was so scared in the long car ride. I was so scared I’d go out that window again. I huddled down and hid my head. Somebody held me tight and whispered it’d be ok. OK? Ok what? to be killed, to be tossed out the window and hit that hard road and have my legs broken and my fur torn off? Would anything ever be ok for me?
And when we arrived at Rikki’s Refuge, I met Vincent. He was really nice to me. He explained about being differently abled, and he told me I could work with him. WORK with him!! Nobody here at Rikki’s Refuge wanted to kill me !! They all loved me just for who I was. I got lots of physical therapy and I got to getting around better and better. Vincent adopted me and became my daddy. He’d been in a car accident when he was a young kitty too and he’d lost a leg. We scooted around just alike!!
I’d only been there a few weeks when Opie came. you see I was there first …. but he got to be more famous. He’s always running out to meet strangers. Opie was born with no back feet. Vincent taught him how to get around too. We all used to have fun together. Be so happy together. Yeahh we were happy.
But before me and Opie were even one year old, daddy Vincent died. He’d had kidney problems and he went to the rainbow bridge, and he left me and Opie in charge. And now we do the best we can running Rikki’s. And we teach humane education. That scares me lots though, so I don’t go out to schools anymore. I tried to get used to riding in a car to go visit kids at schools, but it was so scary. I just can’t get that terror of laying in the road, all helpless, waiting for another car to come and run me over and squish me flat. I know mom says I’m safe in my car seat. But I just can’t get used to it.
And new people scare me too. What if one of them didn’t like me cuz of my legs and wanted to kill me? So I like to stay home and play with my sibs here at Rikki’s Refuge.
And I have a real sad. June 10th was my birthday. My great big number FOUR Birthday …. and nobody remembered. Nobody.
Opie promised to have a party for me but he forgot too. I guess I’m just so quiet and shy nobody would come to my party.
Would YOU come to my party? Would you bring a case of nums for me? I’ll share with all my friends. I’m not like Opie and all greedy and want to num it all up. I share. I’m very nice about that. Mom got me a case for $8.85 and says she will go out and get all the caese you want to bring to my party !!!! You just sign up for a case … or even half a case if that’s easier for you …. right here …. www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe and be sure to comment that it’s for Timmy’s Birthday … and
WE WILL PARTY … YES YOU and ME … WE WILL PARTY !!!!!
Thank you very much for loving me,
because I love you whole lots,
Timmy
…. scoots back under the couch to see who’ll come to his party ……

 

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TIMMY!

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TIMMY AND OPIE!

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(For electronic donations, please note that your gift is for TIMMY’S BIRTHDAY! If you mail a donation, please write that it is for Timmy on the memo!)
1. TO DONATE: www.rikkisrefuge.org/feedme
2. PAYPAL: mail@rikkisrefuge.org
3. MAIL (check or money order): PO Box 1357, Orange VA. 22960
(You can also order food to be shipped directly to us if you prefer to give this way!)
4. AMAZON WISH LIST: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/126FNLHBB9AGA/ref=topnav_lists_1
5. OPIE’S CORNER STORE: http://astore.amazon.com/wwwrikkisrefu-20
Thank you for helping Rikki’s Refuge and Timmy!

Recycle your ink cartridges, help the Earth and Rikki’s Refuge too!

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RECYCLE FOR THE ANIMALS AT RIKKI’S!
HELP US EARN CASH BY TURNING IN YOUR OLD INK CARTRIDGES!
**Rikki’s Refuge is participating in the FundingFactory® Recycling Program! This fundraiser is FREE and simple because there’s nothing to sell, no paperwork to fill out and no deadline. The program runs year-round, accumulating constant income for RIKKI’S from your efforts in recycling! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! You are vital to our fundraising success. It doesn’t cost you a cent as FREE prepaid shipping labels are provided to you and REGISTRATION IS FREE! NOTE: sign up at www.FundingFactory.com (as a Business!) and choose Rikki’s Refuge as the Beneficiary of your efforts!! You can even check with yours or other businesses’ if they want to donate their ink cartridges!
**If you have any questions or need help getting set up, please email rikki@rikkisrefuge.org