Ring Dog Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 28632
Richmond VA 23228
Mission Statement

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.

Web and Social Media
Ring Dog Rescue
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Amy Taylor
Board Chair Amy Katherine Taylor
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder/President
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 28632
Richmond, VA 23228
Telephone 804 622-4200
Fax 804 590-1572
E-mail ringdog@ringdogrescue.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
Statements
Mission

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.

Impact
Ring Dog Rescue will continue to work tirelessly advocating for pit bull type dogs and responsible guardianship. It is of utmost importance to our organization and our community that we work towards a more humane community. Each year Ring Dog Rescue strives to transfer in, rehabilitate and adopt out dogs into loving forever homes.

This year our goal is to surpass our average of 100 dogs and strive to do more. Our second goal is to spay/neuter more owned animals and assist the public in achieving a healthier canine community. In our commitment to this goal we hope to further reduce municipal shelter intakes throughout our community, along with reducing canine virus through community vaccination efforts. The third goal for this year is always on the top of our list, Ring Dog Rescue commits ourselves to continuing the effort to change the minds of the public, this goal can be achieved achieved through teaching responsible guardianship and animal husbandry. Education is the number one priority to change the lives of not only the animals but the lives of our citizens.
Needs
Ring Dog Rescue is run solely on donations. We can always use financial support from our community. We can also always make use of gently used linens, towels and blankets, creamy peanut butter, chicken broth, treats, toys and food. Much of the aforementioned go directly into our "Popsicles for Pups" program.

Office supplies are always welcome, while we work with animals the amount of paperwork done causes us to spend monies that could be used for veterinary care on office supplies.  Donations of printer paper, staples, Post It notes, black ink pens and printer cartridges are always welcome. Ring Dog Rescue is a foster based rescue, meaning we do not have a facility, volunteers open their home to a homeless Pit Bull Type dog. If you are interested in fostering, please e-mail us today!
Background
Ring Dog Rescue was established in 2004. We became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2007. We transfer homeless Pit Bull type dogs from euthanizing shelters.  They are rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed through our organization's efforts.

Ring Dog Rescue is a three-fold organization.  While most people know us for our rescue efforts, our overall focus is the education, advocacy and adoption. We work hard to change the minds of the community on Pit Bull type dogs, educate not just the public, but also the owners of this type dog on the particular needs of this type of animal and promote proper animal husbandry. Our projects are often community-based, working within neighborhoods and lending a guiding hand to those who need our assistance.
CEO Statement

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:


Education:
 
Through our Ring Dog Rescue website, printed materials and community outreach, RDR is working to actively publicize the issues of breed specific legislation, the importance of proper medical care, and the animal welfare laws and guidelines that are to be followed.

Awareness: By way of events, campaigns, and fundraisers, RDR is helping to bring to light the positive traits these dogs have to offer and to promote their acceptance and constructive progress in our society.
Board Chair Statement
Ring Dog Rescue was established in 2004 to help animals; however what we found is that although we do help animals,  we also help people, families, and in some cases we help people become families. We are not just a rescue, we are a resource for our community. Helping the less fortunate, aiding both human and canine in domestic violence situations, aiding national organizations during times of disaster or large scale cruelty cases, evaluating animals in shelters, enriching those waiting for homes in shelters, lending a hand and the list goes on.

A lot of people say they want to work with animals because they don't like people, but we at Ring Dog Rescue, love people and know that we are helping both the animal and human every time we reach out or place an animal into a home. Fostering for Ring Dog Rescue has become not only an important part of many of our fosters lives, but also has bonded many foster families to each other. Whether it be something positive the whole family can be involved in, or a way to meet like minded people in the community. While all of our volunteers are very different from each other, the common thread of helping animals has brought together a group of fantastic people, who are now also helping other people and animals.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Board Chair
Board Chair Amy Katherine Taylor
Company Affiliation Founder/President
Term Aug 2004 to Dec 2050
Email ringdog@ringdogrescue.org
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Tonya Irizarry
Company Affiliation Vice President/CFO
Term Aug 2004 to Dec 2050
Email ringdog@ringdogrescue.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Nicole D Crawford Director
Tonya M Irizarry Co-Founder
Amy K Taylor Founder
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Amy Taylor
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Tonya Irizarry
Term Start Feb 2007
Email murrayrtonya@gmail.com
Experience    
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 40
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description

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.

Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $1,000.00
Long Term Success This program offered each year has changed the minds of the public. Imagine you see 50 plus adults walking down a main street through town all peacefully walking a licensed, leashed and loved pit bull type dog. Or you could attend an event that gives you training and even certifications that you have a well behaved canine family member. Through continued education, National Pit Bull Awareness Day has impacted many who only knew what they were told via the media, now they see that all breeds and types of dogs should only be judged by their actions, and not discriminated against based on what they look like.
Description

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.

Budget $2,000.00
Short Term Success Dogs think treats are yummy!
Long Term Success The success of this program is shown through the disposition of the animals it impacts. Sitting in a run all day can be a lonely place, when folks come to the shelter to adopt mayhem can ensue and the barking and howling begins. With the use of "Popsicles for Pups" the dogs can be given a frozen treat giving them something to do, while allowing the public to view them in a much more relaxed environment.
Description

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! 

Ring Dog Rescue started P.I.T. Crew which stands for Pit Bulls in Training.  This program targets young adults who own pit bull type dogs in the Highland Park neighborhood. The class is free and is six weeks of training, with free give-a-ways each week. We have had two sessions a year and are beginning our 6th season this fall. Each dog is seen by a veterinarian at our cost, given all of its appropriate vaccines and offered free spay and neuter. All of the dogs must complete all six classes to graduate and each dog is given a Canine Good Citizen evaluation during the last session. This program has not only given folks from the neighborhood a reason to be proud of their canine companions, but taught them about the responsibility of owning a pet and that you must continue to work with them everyday. We have had 90% of the students graduate and 70% have received their CGC. 60% of students ask to get their dog fixed and contact us with questions after the class has ended. 
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Budget $1,000.00
Short Term Success The short term successes can be seen in the lowered number of stray and animal related complaints coming in to animal control from this particular neighborhood. 
Long Term Success The long term success of this program can be seen by the amount of animals who now live inside the home, are vaccinated, spayed and neutered and have become a cherished member of the family. The neighborhood has taken part continuously with the program and many folks call and ask when the next class is starting. The continued success is seen in the numbers of students who come faithfully each week and continue the training they learned on their own.
Description

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.

Population Served Victims
Budget $10,000.00
Short Term Success The short term success is seen in the ability to remove an animal from such a devastatingly horrific environment and watch them grow into a loving family member.
Long Term Success Each time a dog fighting raid happens Ring Dog Rescue is asked to assist in the placement of the animals. Ring Dog Rescue takes great pride in our ability to help these dogs that have lived the worst possible life. We at Ring Dog rescue are realistic and know we can not save them all, but with partnerships with the ASPCA and HSUS we can help some. Each dog transferred into our program from one of these cases is fully evaluated by both our veterinarian and our behavior team. Each dog goes through a minimum of 6 weeks of behavior training and their is full disclosure to the adopters of where he or she came from. Many of these animals are so happy to be away from the life of a fighter and thirst for a healthy happy environment. The success of this program is in our ability to continue to help.
Description

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!

Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Budget $3,000.00
Short Term Success Within a years time we typically complete 20 projects. This may sound small, but removing 20 dogs from chains, providing warmth and shelter, creating a bond with the human who will then allow us to help them become a better pet parent is where the reward lies.
Long Term Success This program changes the lives of both the animal and the owner.  Removing dogs from a life on a chain, giving fenced in safe areas, delivering dog food and essentials to those who may not be able to afford it, offering medical care and monthly treatments when the owner can not afford to do so. The ultimate change is found when a dog, a human, and the community are all benefitting from creating a cleaner, safer, and more humane environment.
CEO/ED/Board Comments

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.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$89,575$100,768$115,698
Administration Expense$13,637$13,145$11,254
Fundraising Expense$2,942$563$1,061
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.311.001.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%88%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$52,443$19,982$19,546
Current Assets$52,443$19,982$19,546
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$0--$0
Total Net Assets$52,443$19,982$19,546
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View