Animal related

Life Unlimited of Virginia Inc

  • Annandale, VA
  • www.rikkisrefuge.org

Mission Statement

Rikki's Refuge is an independent, all species, no-kill sanctuary located on over 330 acres of land in Orange, Virginia. Most of this land, which includes streams and beaver ponds, is set aside as a protected area for native Virginia plants and wildlife. The remaining acreage is used to house and care for companion and farm animals who have been abandoned or displaced. From the very beginning, Rikki's Refuge has accepted animals into the sanctuary without discriminating against age, health condition, breed, adoptability, or any of the other labels that often warrant a death sentence. All are welcome to live a comfortable life at the refuge.

Main Programs

  1. Rescue, Adoption, Lifelong Shelter
  2. Spay/Neuter (Speuter) education and support
  3. Humane Education.
  4. Maintaining a safe haven for Virginia flora and fauna
Service Areas

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Virginia

Primarily the East Coast of the United States, some limited service to other areas and internationally.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2011

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Kerry Hilliard

Keywords

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No-kill refuge, cat sanctuary, wildlife, animal, livestock

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Also Known As

Rikki's Refuge Animal Sanctuary

EIN

54-1911042

 Number

8586178536

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Rikki's has become the largest cat sanctuary on the East Coast, home to over 600 felines. We increased the number of species to over 20 with the addition of our swan. We assisted Dr Meredith Vargas with he first ever Pana Project, a spay/neuter outreach that resulted in hundreds of companion animals getting fixed in one week. Current projects include debt relief, acquiring a mobile spay/neuter van to assist with low income spay/neuter, and increasing the facility accomodations for the animals.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Rescue, Adoption, Lifelong Shelter

Rikki's Refuge provides homeless,
abandoned and abused animals with a safe and loving place to stay
until they can be adopted into permanent, caring families. Those
who can not be adopted receive a permanent home at Rikki's. We
provide all animals with traditional, homeopathic, and holistic
medical care.

Rikki's Refuge rescuing
homeless, abandoned, abused and or injured domestic and farm animals,
providing medical care (traditional, alternative and holistic), finding
suitable homes for adoption, 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.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$495,000.00

Program 2

Spay/Neuter (Speuter) education and support

All animals are spayed or neutered
before being adopted out. We educate individuals on the importance
of spay/neuter and refer them to low-cost clinics.We work with local veterinarians to provide clinics as well.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$45,000.00

Program 3

Humane Education.

Rikki's is developing educational programs and
website material to promote a respect for all creatures, especially
companion animals. We also participate in the Kind News(http://www.kindnews.org/about_aac.asp) program.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$7,000.00

Program 4

Maintaining a safe haven for Virginia flora and fauna

Rikki's
is preserving the habitats of a wealth of Virginian plants, trees,
flowers, animals, birds, and reptiles. By ensuring that our woodlands
will never be developed we are also protecting the rest stops
of many kinds of migratory birds.Rikki's provides hundreds of acres of protected
woodlands for native Virginia wildlife and supports the efforts
of licensed wildlife rehabilitators.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$3,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Primarily the East Coast of the United States, some limited service to other areas and internationally.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Our vet debt is a constant challenge. Since the majority of the animals at Rikki's were surrendered due to age or medical conditions, even with home care the bills are constant. Animals are rough on housing. Although many items are donated, lumber, fencing and other construction materials for repair and expansion are needed on a regular basis.

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LIFE UNLIMITED OF VIRGINIA INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Life Unlimited of Virginia Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Kerry Hilliard

BIO

35 years of volunteering with animal non profits, prior owner of a computer business, current owner of a real estate brokerage

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"My goals are simple. I want to heal the earth and her companions
by touching lives, one individual at a time. In my daily
meditation I pray that every footstep I take leaves the
earth a better, happier and more healthy place for all.
I believe I'm accomplishing my goals everyday at Rikki's
Refuge. I have been involved in animal welfare for over two decades.
Cats have been my primary focus, especially the elderly
and those with special needs. I believe I have a true affinity
for them. However, I have also rescued, rehabilitated, and
fosterered other domestic animals, a few farm animals, and
injured wildlife.

Over the years, and with guidance from many people, I have
learned to provide intermediate to advanced medical care
to my animals. I have the ability to handle all kinds of
emergencies - - from birthing baby piglets to administering
fluids. This is a real asset since most of the emergencies
at the refuge tend to happen when our veterinarians' offices
are not open! I'm very active in holistic health care, including homeopathy,
acupuncture, acupressure, flower remedies, herbs, nutritionals,
massage, chiropractic, and much more. I have received mastership
in Reiki and certification to practice the energy arts of
PSEB (physical-spiritual-etheric-body) and Psycho-Therapeutic
Reiki on human and non-human animals. In fact, we have successfully
used a number of these modalities on animals at the refuge
when traditional medicine has failed them."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kerry Hilliard

Rikki's Realty

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2012

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