In 2006, the Human Society of the United States launched a program called End Dog Fighting Now, that used 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 dog fighting. Ring Dog Rescue launched a similar program to the Highland Park Community of Richmond, VA in June 2012.
Ring Dog Programs
Ring Dog Rescue (RDR) is primarily a pit bull type dog rescue, but we are made up of dog lovers and that love includes all breeds. Many of us share our hearts and homes with smaller dogs that are often more bossy and demanding than our pit bulls! Because of this love of dogs RDR often rescues beagles, hounds, dachshunds, boston terriers, pugs, chihuahuas, pomeranians, chinese crested, schnauzers, etc. and we’ve finally decided to dedicate an area of RDR specifically to these dogs. This division of RDR is called The Low Riding Crew and is in honor of our beloved Charley and Jaxx.
Ring Dog Rescue is starting a program to specifically provide long-term foster care to terminally ill and seniors, those who may not be prime candidates for adoption. This mixture of foster, and hospice care is sometimes referred to as “fospice” care in order to easily refer to the both. Programs such as Posy’s Pocket have been piloted across many shelters, both within our area and across the nation. We need people who are willing to open their hearts and homes. We are looking for a handful of homes and families who are willing to help us with caring for these dogs, preferably with foster care experience.
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!
Ring Dog Rescue’s “Popsicles for Pups” program, works in cooperation with various local shelters. The program is an opportunity to provide some extra enrichment for the animals in the care of local shelters. RDR stocks each participating shelter with the supplies needed to create nutritious, and enriching frozen snacks! Our aim is to get to these animals at least once a week, and a dedicated group of volunteers who share this responsibility makes it easier, and more fun for everyone involved.