Rikki's Refuge
An all-species,
no-kill sanctuary
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Orange Shelter

A little bit about us

Rikki's Refuge in Orange County, Virginia, is a 367 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 20 different species, including but not limited to cats, dogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, pigs, emus, chickens, ducks, geese, a chukar, peacocks, and more. Visit our flikr site to see the refuge in action! 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.

Our namesake
Who is Rikki and why is the refuge named after him? Find out

Rikki's operates under five programs ranging from lifecare to
maintaining the biological diversity of Virginia flora and fauna. Read more

Staff and Volunteers
The majority of the day-to-day care of the animals at Rikki's is provided by our dedicated staff. Their days start at 8:00 am and end around 5:00 pm with the bulk of their work done outdoors. Volunteers provide both on- and off-site help. Learn more about them

Read All About It
Many thanks to Rick McDonald and the Best Friends Network for spreading the word about Rikki's! Read his wonderful write-up and learn more about Best Friends! Andrea Sachs of The Washington Post did a nice write-up on Farm Sanctuary in NY which shares some insight into our sister organizations.

Contact information
Phone, mail and email contact information. If you are contacting us about surrendering an animal please read our FAQ section first. Contact info.

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Phone: 540-854-0870 • Email: mail@rikkisrefuge.org Mail: PO Box 1357, Orange, VA, 22960 • Driving directions • Website Issues: webmaster@rikkisrefuge.org