Ring Dog Rescue is a rescue group dedicated to "pit bull type dogs", which are defined as any dog having bulldog lineage. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and are currently listing adoptable dogs from, not only Ring Dog Rescue, but our other rescue friends and those who have opened their door to an orphaned dog in private rescue.We at Ring Dog Rescue have dedicated ourselves to the adoption, education and advocacy of these maligned breeds. We are a volunteer organization. We work hard each year by educating the community. We present to elementary, middle, high school and college students. We attend conferences, and can often be found speaking on animal welfare topics around town. Ring Dog Rescue leads the community each year hosting Richmond, Virginia's National Pit Bull Awareness event.Ring Dog Rescue is also dedicated to the individual animals that come in and out of our program. Throughout the year we offer training events and Canine Good Citizen evaluations. We host "Pack Walks" for our fosters, adopters and those who have reached out to us requesting help with their Pit Bull type dog.Our volunteers are urged to visit their local jurisdictional shelter in order to to build a relationship with them and offer assistance in any way possible. Ring Dog Rescue has many programs, for example our, "Popsicles for Pups" enrichment program for shelter dogs, and we have implemented this program at three municipal shelters with the hope to add more in the future. We are often collecting donations and heading up food drives for local shelters to help supplement what does not fit into a municipal shelters budget. Ring Dog Rescue also offers free training to pit bull type dog owners in the Highland Park area, for those who own a pit bull, but could not otherwise afford training. We also offer free spay and neuter to owned pit bull type dogs and mixes in the Greater Richmond Community, altering 200 dogs a year.Ring Dog Rescue has successfully placed over 1,500 Pit Bull Type dogs and we continue to place more every year.
Did you know that over 600 pit bulls sit in shelters across Virginia every day? 599 of them will die waiting.
Ring Dog Rescue is a rescue group dedicated to Pit Bull Type dogs (a type of dog with bulldog lineage). We are a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization and typically have between 30-50 dogs in our program at any given time. These dogs originally come from euthanizing shelters, living as strays, or existing in neglectful circumstances. We are centrally located in Richmond, VA, however we help animals all across the state and have also transferred from shelters up and down the East Coast. Ring Dog Rescue has no shelter facility, but is operated entirely from the homes, and with the time of dedicated volunteers. Since its inception in 2004, Ring Dog Rescue has grown to include a network of more than 60 volunteers and has placed well over 1,500 dogs.
In addition to rescuing animals in direct need Ring Dog Rescue’s mission is:
National Pit Bull Awareness Day is a concept created by a Tennessee pit bull rescue in 2007 with the intent of creating a national day on which pit bulls are celebrated versus demonized. In stark contrast to the daily abuse and victimization of these dogs, this day is intended to be a day to cherish these animals. The event has grown in support since it’s inception with 2008, marked by 150 + celebrations across the United States and even events as far away as Canada and Russia.
Ring Dog Rescue has participated in NPBAD since 2008 and each year we have hosted a different event.
Ring Dog Rescue developed and partnered with Richmond City Animal Care and Control to start an enrichment program for their dogs called "Popsicles for Pups". Each week a volunteer from Ring Dog Rescue goes to the shelter and makes Popsicles for the dogs which consists of food, treats, small rawhide chews, peanut butter, chicken broth, green beans and finally water! These treats are frozen into plastic containers and then popped out to form perfect Popsicle’s for the dogs to enjoy! These frozen treats give the dogs something to do while they spend their days waiting to be adopted by stimulating their mind and giving them a job to do (i.e. work for the food). This program has been so successful RDR is planning to partner with other shelters across VA that will allow us to implement this. It is currently implemented at Richmond Animal Care and Control, Powhatan Animal Control and Heritage Humane Society.
The HSUS End Dogfighting programs use a multi-pronged approach—community outreach, Pit Bull Training Team classes, the Canines & Communities humane education curriculum, and law enforcement partnerships—to help divert at-risk youth from dogfighting. The program launched with End Dogfighting in Chicago in 2006 and was followed by End Dogfighting in Atlanta in 2008. In 2010, with the help of a grant from the Philadelphia Eagles, they launched End Dogfighting in Philadelphia. From there local groups in other cities also hopped on board the End Dogfighting bandwagon and Ring Dog Rescue was one of them!
Various members of Ring Dog Rescue have partnered with other members of Virginia law enforcement to evaluate dog fighting cases across the state. Ring Dog Rescue's founder has participated in countless court cases regarding dog fighting and has been instrumental in bringing down several local dog fighters; Stacy Albert Miller http://www.pet-abuse.com/profiles/10559 and Richard Robinson http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/15575/VA/US/.
Ring Dog Rescue has taken in dogs from dog fighting rings across the state and across state lines. We received seven dogs from the massive 2009 dog fighting bust that crossed 8 Midwest states (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1942950,00.html) and successfully rehabilitated and adopted out every one of them to amazing forever homes. One of those dogs is a certified therapy dog today.
As the days become warmer or the night become colder, we at Ring Dog Rescue start to think about all the dogs which do not get a warm bed at night. While we have fought to change the laws regarding chaining, the reality is we are not going to ever be able to force people to bring their dogs inside as family members. However, we can still help!
Every penny that this rescue takes in goes directly to the cost of caring for over 70 dogs per year and the programs RDR provides to the public. We provide every dog with a complete medical overhaul and we do not discriminate against the injured, hurt, old, or sick. We take the ones no one else will take. Dogs in our care average 6-8 months and some as long as two years. We provide their food, medical (including surgeries and heartworm treatments), monthly flea and heartworm prevention, and training. This organization is fueled by volunteer's. We appreciate your time and hope that you will help us to help them.
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