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Rikki’s Refuge and Mary the Emu

Rikki’s Refuge has set up a MARY MEMORIAL FUND and an INCREASE THE REWARD FUND!
Please see the DROP DOWN MENU on the donation page, thanks!

MARY MEMORIAL FUNDS will be used for the daily care and feeding of all our refuge animals, and daily operations, in Mary’s name!

INCREASE THE REWARD FUND donations will be held to increase the reward being offered for information leading to the arrest/conviction of Mary’s killer.

On Tuesday morning (1-7-14) at approximately 9:00 A.M. our EMU, MARY, was shot and killed in a fenced area of our property. This incident was investigated by Animal Control. A necropsy performed by the State Vet. Lab in Warrenton, determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound. The projectile splintered Mary’s femur and bone shards subsequently severed her femoral artery, causing her to bleed to death.
We are (currently) offering a $5000 reward to the person(s) who supply us with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who committed this crime. Contact us at or P.O. Box 1357, Orange, VA. 22960. We will keep the name of any informers confidential and also welcome anonymous tips. If you prefer to deal directly with the Sheriff, you may call 540-672-1200 or 540-672-9225 for Animal Control.

1. Rikki’s on the Web:
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3. Rikki’s on Twitter:
4. Rikki’s Blog:
5. Rikki’s on Pinterest:
6. Rikki’s on Flickr:
7. To make a donation to Rikki’s:

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 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.


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January 14, 2014 - Posted by | Animal Rescue, Cats, Daily Life, Dogs, Family, Friends, Writing |


  1. Reblogged this on Drawing the rainbow and commented:
    Rikki’s Refuge

    Comment by Kinanti | January 14, 2014 | Reply

    • Thank you so much for re-blogging!

      Comment by Maria Appleby | January 14, 2014 | Reply

      • you’re welcome Will & Sasha mom

        Comment by Kinanti | January 16, 2014

  2. Reblogged this on All Things JG and commented:
    Please help Rikki’s Refuge in the defense of sweet Mary.

    Comment by Jenny | January 14, 2014 | Reply

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