Diamonds in the Ruff of Virginia, Inc. ("DITR") serves the Roanoke Valley, the New River Valley, and within a 50-mile radius of these service areas. Please consider becoming one of our Key Supporters.
We focus on reducing barriers to adoption and finding and supporting
ideal dog-applicant matches that result in the long-term
health and happiness of dogs and people alike.
Many dogs living in shelters have great potential to change a person’s life.
Our Three Pathways....
Emotional Support & Companion Dogs
Emotional support/companion dogs are directly placed with applicants and are DITR’s primary focus. These are pet dogs that can help individuals and families impacted by disability, or others such as veterans suffering from PTSD or depression. Through offering love and companionship they can promote wellbeing, encourage social interaction, and much more.
Therapy Dog Candidates
DITR directly places dogs with applicants who commit to registering them as therapy dogs and to taking them to visit with people that may benefit from the positive physiological, psychological, and psychosocial effects of human-animal interactions across a wide variety of environments including schools, libraries, hospitals, long-term care and hospice facilities.
Service Dog Candidates
Chance, program graduate and recently placed companion dog, accepts love from his new family members.
88-year-old widower getting to know 'Brownie', his new, evaluated, and basic obedience trained program graduate, a senior terrier mixed breed dog rescued from a local shelter in the New River Valley of Virginia.
DITR does not train service dogs. Instead, we place dogs with service dog training facilities that meet or exceed the training standards established by Assistance Dogs International (ADI). If you are interested in obtaining a service dog please visit their web site to learn about qualified programs in your area.
Rescue dog in training with front legs up in a 'stay' position on the training box.