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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.

Upcoming Event: CRAFTS FOR CRITTERS – May 14, 2016


MAY 14, 2016

This event promises to be a fun day for all!  Bring your knitting, crocheting, weaving, quilting, scrapbooking and sewing projects and enjoy fun, food and fellowship while helping to support Rikki’s Refuge, a no-kill animal sanctuary in Orange, VA! Crafters 16 years old and up welcome!

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Door prize! Raffle items! Demonstrations! Chair massage!


A vist from Opie, world-famous spokeskitty for Rikki’s Refuge!

#6 CFC opie at events in his stroller - Copy

Raffle tickets will be available at Re-Tail on Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA; Nora Eldridge Lic. Massage Therapist in Downtown Nail & Hair Salon, 105 William St., Fredericksburg VA and at the event on May 14th.

Reserve your spot today with a $25 donation! All donations (which includes your registration!) are Tax-Deductible.  

Reserve early; after May 9th, donation will be $35.00

Donate through PayPal at:

Any questions? Call or text message Nora at 540-729-2797.

Husky cat

Russell Stover Candy Outlet * Sweet Shop * Fundraiser for Rikki’s Refuge 3/12/16

This Saturday……lots of chocolate….Easter is only a few weeks away……
Russell Stover Fundraiser 3-12-16
Rikki’s Refuge will host a $weet $hop fundraising event on Saturday, March 12, at Russell Stover Candies Outlet Store.
The store is located at 23361 Business Center Court, Ruther Glen, VA 22546.
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Ten percent of purchases during the event will be donated to Rikki’s Refuge to benefit the animals. This is a great way to support Rikki’s Refuge!
To assure we receive credit for donations, a flyer is required. Get one by printing the pdf file below, emailing us at OR two of our volunteers will be at the event and will have them at the store the day of the event.  
3-12-16 477 Animal Sanctuary
Will we see you there?  Lots and lots and lots and lots….of candy!!

ART SHOW TO BENEFIT RIKKI’S REFUGE – Artist Reception 1/8/16

Mark your calendars!  This month, Brush Strokes Gallery, in Fredericksburg, VA, one of the area’s most established cooperative galleries, will host a special show highlighting Rikki’s Refuge Animal Sanctuary. A few months ago, several of the artists visited the refuge.  After hundreds of hours of work, many of the animals they met will be featured in artwork for the January show!! The show will run all month, with a First Friday Artist Reception on January 8 from 6-9pm.

January 2016 ART SHOW

Artists of all mediums are participating.  Here are just some of the wonderful pieces you will see at the gallery this month.

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Rikki’s Refuge has our giving trees – ANGEL TREES – up at several stores throughout Central Virginia

These trees will be decorated with ornaments that feature pictures of some of our animal ambassadors, along with some background information about each one. By way of these ornaments, each animal will be requesting what he or she most wants to get from Santa this Christmas for themselves and their friends at Rikki’s. (Not surprisingly, it’s usually something edible)

Tractor Supply
Dollar General (donation box)
Orange-Madison Co-op
Culpeper Animal Hospital
Culpeper Co-op
Bealeton Co-Op
Roxbury Farm & Garden
Giant at Hilltop
Giant at Harrison Crossing
Dixie’s Hair Studio
360 Feed Supply
Tractor Supply
Harvest Market
Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital
Re-Tail Thrift Store
Pet Supplies Plus

Angel Tree 2015 - Giant Hilltop Center

Giant at Hilltop Center

Angel Tree 2015 - Petco Harrison Crossing

Petco at Harrison Crossing

If you would like to donate to Rikki’s Refuge but cannot get to one of the listed stores, here are some links for you to use:


Opie’s Corner Store:

Mail a check or money order: PO Box 1357, Orange VA. 22960