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Diamond in the Ruff Rescue & Rehab, Inc. believes that all animals deserve a chance to make lifetime bonds with families and individuals, forging a symbiotic relationship of human and animal well-being and happiness. Pets coming in through surrender by personal owners, animal control, strays, and shelters that euthanize are puzzle boxes, waiting for emotional, mental, and/or physical stimulation to unlock hidden potentials. We believe that all animals should lead a fulfilled life, whether it be working as a service dog, snoring in a human's lap, protecting children from harm, or whatever else a pet might desire.
We are a non-profit 501c3, foster home-based, no-kill, and volunteer-dependent corporation with foster homes located throughout the Carolinas. All of our foster homes provide an encouraging, happy, and safe environment for pets to flourish in their care, learning anything from proper manners and obedience training to human and pet socialization to trust and American Sign Language.
A fundamental premise is that almost all companion animals are capable of responding to rehabilitation in order to become a healthy and emotionally well-rounded pet. As rehabilitators, we do not reject or euthanize pets that are in need of special medical treatment, training, or care due to cost or inconvenience to us. We provide these pets with professional medical treatment, special training and, if necessary, sanctuary until the natural ends of their lives. All pets receive necessary veterinary care and a spay/neuter.
All of our adoptable animals have had countless hours of love and training invested in them, in order for adopters to receive the best pet possible. We are looking for individuals that will open their hearts and homes to a permanent companion as part of their family. We welcome people that are willing and determined to spend the necessary time, love, and money in order to maintain their pet's proper physical and emotional well-being for today, tomorrow, and forever.
We are a foster home based, NO KILL organization with foster homes throughout South Carolina, committed to giving dogs and cats a second chance at life. These pets in our care come from various sources, personal owners, animal control, strays and from high kill shelters. These animals find themselves homeless from a variety of reasons, frequently at no fault of the pet. We provide veterinarian care for these pets, restoring them to proper health, while the pets stay in our foster homes, which provide an emotionally stimulating and happy environment. Foster homes also ensure that the pet has been properly socialized, both with humans and other pets.
We at Diamond in the Ruff Rescue & Rehab do not reject or euthanize pets that are in need of special medical treatment, training, or care, because it may be too costly to treat them or an inconvenience for us. We accept many special needs cases into our program each year, such as pets that:
- are heartworm positive
- have Demodex or Sarcoptic mange
- have genetic disorders
- have neurological disorders
- have Parvovirus
- have Distemper
- have Coccidia
- have been poisoned by antifreeze or other toxin
- have been shot, chained, beaten, and/or starved
- have been thrown from moving vehicles and/or hit by cars
- are seniors with or without arthritis and/or cataracts
- are deaf and/or blind
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We have repaired subluxated knees and have done a total hip replacement on a one year old rescue, requiring $4,100 in donations. In several cases, we have outfitted dogs with wheelchairs, allowing them the freedom to walk and play. Chiropractic care has also been utilized in the cases of spinal injuries, gently increasing the range of motion and reducing pain. We provide our special pets with professional medical treatment, special training, and, in some cases, sanctuary until the end of their lives. Our deaf dogs are trained in American Sign Language, allowing essential communication. We have been and will continue to be committed to pets in need, providing whatever medical or physiological treatment needed to rehabilitate them in an effort to find them a loving forever home. As treatment tends to be expensive, we actively fundraise to help offset these expenses, allowing us to maintain a reasonable adoption fee. By not charging adopters the cost it takes for rehabilitation, these pets are adopted sooner, allowing us to help other pets in need.
Conventional rescues and shelters have people who are paid for their time and efforts. All positions at Diamond in the Ruff Rescue & Rehab are filled by volunteers, including the Director’s position, leaving a hundred percent of every dollar raised, to the care and maintenance of the dogs. We believe no pet should be forced to suffer because of man's neglect or of genetic deformity. Each pet given to us is a gift to be treasured. Gandhi once said "You can tell the character of people by the way they treat their animals." Please help us in our endeavors to make a difference, one pet at a time.
Our adoption process includes an application which can either be filled out online or at one of our off-site events. Our adoption coordinator will review the application with you, to ensure that the right pet goes to the right family. We operate along the lines of a dating service, matching personalities and interests. While our pets are healthy and emotionally well-rounded (unless noted otherwise), we understand that high energy dogs won’t be happy in an apartment with only one walk a day. We also understand that some dogs are couch potatoes and won’t be thrilled to go on a 5 mile long hike with you. Many hours of love, medical treatment, behavioral modification, and training go into our pets, to ensure their well-being and happiness. In adopters, we look for those who would like to have a companion pet as part of their family - people that are willing and determined to spend the needed time, love, and money in maintaining their pet's proper physical and emotional well being, for life.
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