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Ring Dog Rescue is a rescue group dedicated to the "Pit Bull type dogs", which is defined as any dog having bulldog lineage. We are a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization and are currently listing adoptable pit bulls from, not only Ring Dog Rescue, but our other rescue friends and those who have opened their door to an orphaned pit bull in private rescue.

We at Ring Dog Rescue all own a pit bull type dog and would like to answer all your questions and help guide you to a happy life for you and your companion, as well as to aid you in finding the perfect one for you.

If you're considering or want to find a new home your pit bull type dog, read this first.

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Protect Your Pet During Winter and Cold Weather

Follow our tips to keep cats, dogs and horses safe and comfortable

In many areas, winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines:

Keep pets indoors
The best prescription for winter's woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time.

Don't leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. During walks, short-haired dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater. No matter what the temperature is, windchill can threaten a pet's life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage.

Take precautions if your pet spends a lot of time outside
A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If for some reason your dog is outdoors much of the day, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

Help neighborhood outdoor cats
If there are outdoor cats, either owned pets or community cats (ferals, who are scared of people, and strays, who are lost or abandoned pets) in your area, remember that they need protection from the elements as well as food and water. It's easy to give them a hand.

Give your pets plenty of food and water

Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet's water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls; when the temperature is low, your pet's tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

Be careful with cats, wildlife and cars
Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car's hood to scare them away before starting your engine.

Protect paws from salt
The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.

Avoid antifreeze poisoning
Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and keep antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Coolants and antifreeze made with propylene glycol are less toxic to pets, wildlife and family. Read more about pets and antifreeze

Speak out if you see a pet left in the cold
If you encounter a pet left in the cold, politely let the owner know you're concerned. If they don't respond well, document what you see: the date, time, exact location and type of animal, plus as many details as possible. Video and photographic documentation (even a cell phone photo) will help bolster your case. Then contact your local animal control agency or county sheriff's office and present your evidence. Take detailed notes regarding whom you speak with and when. Respectfully follow up in a few days if the situation has not been remedied.

Horse owners: provide special care to your outdoor pets
Give your horses shelter and dry warmth

Be sure your horses have access to a barn or a three-sided run-in so they can escape the wind and cold.

While not all horses will need to be blanketed, blankets will help horses keep warm and dry, especially if there is any rain or snow. If you've body-clipped your horses, keep them blanketed throughout the winter.

Supply food and water to your horses around the clock
Give your horses access to unfrozen water at all times. You can use heated buckets or water heaters/deicers to make sure the water doesn't freeze.

Feed your horses more forage—unlimited amounts, if possible—during extreme cold. This will help your horses create heat and regulate their body temperatures.

Community Outreach fundraiser

Community outreach is one way we can all have a healthier more humane community! Our rescue organization, Ring Dog Rescue, works tirelessly to help not just the adoptable dogs in our program, but the dogs in need from our Virginia community. Our outreach programs provide proper dog houses, straw, food, medical care, and spay and neuter services to help promote proper animal husbandry. We are asking for your help! By making a donation through this GoFundMe account, any and all donations will go to helping animals in need, these funds Do Make A Difference; reducing companion animal over-population through spay and neuter, giving animals warmth and shelter through the Dog House Project, getting dogs OFF of Chains by building proper fencing enclosures, and aiding companion animals by assisting those who cannot afford services but truly do care for their companion. Educating the public on proper animal husbandry gets to the root of our over filled shelters and reduces euthanasia in our communities. Please help us help these less fortunate animals. While we would prefer they all live inside in healthy happy homes the reality is many do not, help us help them!

Shady and his mom are both battling cancer and need your help

Shady was adopted from Ring Dog Rescue 7 years ago. He has lived a great life with his adoptive family. Recently Shady was diagnosed with a Mast Cell Tumor and he will be getting his leg amputated in order to stop the spread of the cancer. While this may sound overwhelming, Shady will recover, but to complicate things further, Shady's mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. They will be battling cancer together, comforting each other and staying strong for each other. a Go Fund Me account was started in order to help with Shady's medical expenses please consider donating so Shady and his mom can heal together. Thank you!
http://www.gofundme.com/cjp0mg

We've expanded our Popsicles for Pups program to include 2 new locations!

This program, "Popsicles for Pups", is an enrichment program focused on kenneled animals located in jurisdictional shelters. Many municipalities do not have funding for extras; and with the low-kill movement-taking place, this means many animals stay in shelters for longer periods of time. Ring Dog Rescue and its volunteers have developed a program to install a freezer and supply the shelter with the essentials to give the dogs something to do with their time in a healthy way. This program is currently being offered at Richmond Animal Care & Control, Powhatan Animal Control, Chesterfield County Animal Services, Dogtopia and Farmers Veterinary Hospital. If you are interested in donating towards this program, click one of the PayPal links to the right. You may also donate actual items to be used, these items can be dropped off at any of the below locations:

  • RAC&C, 1600 Chamberlayne Ave, Richmond VA 23222
  • PAC, 4000 Old Plantation Rd, Powhatan VA 23139
  • Chesterfield County Animal Services, 9300 Public Works Road Chesterfield, VA 23832
  • Dogtopia, 11004 Midlothian Tpke, Richmond, VA 23235
  • Farmers Veterinary Hospital, 3311 Mechanicsville Tpke, Richmond, VA 23223
NOTE: Please desiginate on drop off that the supplies are for the Popsicles for Pups program

Donations may include:

  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Boxed liquid chicken stock/broth
  • Canned pure pumpkin
  • Frozen green beans or peas
  • Dog biscuits
  • Plastic containers (preferably with lids)

We would also like to thank our sponsors...
Clementines Mobile Munchies, Pet Safe, Dogtopia Midlothian, The Nautical Dog & Bare Bones Bakery!

Ring Dog Rescue offers Free Spay and Neuter to Pit Bull type dogs and mixes!

We provide this surgical procedure to folks living in the following areas only: Richmond City, Henrico & Chesterfield. If you live in one of these areas and would like to get your Pit Bull type dog fixed, please complete the online form and one of our volunteers will be in touch with you.

Thank you for fixing your companion! For those of you who are not in these areas, visit our Contact page for a listing of Low Cost Spay and Neuter clinics around the state.

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