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Diamonds in the Ruff of Virginia, Inc.

$3,378.00 contributions
23 donors

Raised: $3378Remaining: $6622

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.

Logo for Diamonds in the Ruff, with seven dogs inside a circle

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
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.

Shiloh, a pointer mixed breed dog, stands with his front legs on a training box. He is looking quizzically at the camera, his head slightly at a tilt.
Rescue dog in training with front legs up in a 'stay' position on the training box.

Seven year old boy with short cropped hair and dark eyeglasses, looking down and grinning at his new, trained companion dog, Chance, a pointer mix. The boy's mother is beside the boy, stroking the dog, which appears content to accept the affection of his new caregivers.
                 Chance, program graduate and recently placed companion dog, accepts                    love from his new family members.

An 88-year-old man seated in an armchair, with his new companion dog, a small older dog, at his feet and cuddling up for petting by his new caregiver in the man's home.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.
Krin C donated $10.00
Krin C donated $10.00
Krin C donated $10.00
Dawn R donated $20.00
by Anonymous donated $100.00
Robert and Cameo G donated $10.00

Updates and Donors' Comments


My March donation of support a little early!


Thank you for making these connections possible for those who need it most!