About Us

About RRUFF Dog Park Rocklin

Serving Canines & Humans Alike, 1 Veteran – 1 Dog at a Time

               Mission Statement: Serving Disabled Veterans and the Canine Community

Rocklin Residents Unite for Fido (RRUFF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2010 with the goal of providing a safe, enclosed area for Rocklin area dog owners and their furry family members to enjoy time outdoors. RRUFF has accomplished much more than building and maintaining an off-leash dog park. The park is home to training classes for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Canine Companions for Independence puppy raisers and  4Paws2Freedom service dog.training program 

In 2014, the RRUFF Healing Heroes Program was launched.  This program  provides funding for service dog training to  Disabled American Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other invisible disabilities. These service dog training classes are held  for veterans at American River College,  Beale Air Force Base ,Pet Food Express Roseville, and locations in Rancho Cordova and Placerville.

RRUFF Dog Park and Healing Heroes rely solely on  individual and corporate donations, sponsorships, membership dues, and in-kind services to fund service dog training for veterans; and to maintain and add amenities to the dog park. All the work is performed by volunteers and members of our Board of Directors. There is no paid staff.  We hope you’ll join us in our mission to serve canines and humans – 1 veteran and 1 dog at a time!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

RRUFF Dog Park

  • 2014  Completed ADA accessible concrete pathways in large and small dog areas. Work done by MJB  Construction/Homes of Rocklin
  • 2014  The City of Rocklin donated and installed a shade structure for the large dog area
  • 2014  Cordell Firestone, Boy Scout Troop #1, completed his Eagle Scout Project by building the awesome K-9 agility equipment for both large and small dog areas
  • 2015  Wade Osborn, Boy Scout Troop #435, completed his Eagle Scout Project to assemble and install a two- sided bulletin board for park users
  • 2015 100 yards of cedar playground ground cover donated by Applied Landscape Materials and City of Rocklin for both large and small dog areas
  • 2016  Bark refreshed three times
  • 2017 Guide Dogs for the Blind & C
  • Canine Companions for Independence are beginning their fourth year holding puppy training classes on a regular basis in the Special Needs Area during Spring, Summer and Fall.
  • 2017  RRUFF is nominated for the 6th year in a row by the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce  for it’s Business Excellence Awards in the Best Non-Profit/From the Heart Category
  • 2017  RRUFF was nominated for the 4th year in the KCRA A List for Best Local Charity
  • 2017  Bark refreshed twice
  • 2018  Applied Landscape Materials donated 50 yards of new bark and RRUFF purchased an additional 50 yards.  Both large and small dog areas were refreshed in early April
  • 2018  Placer Gold Girl Scout Troop #921 painted the agility equipment in both large and small dog areas
  • 2018 100 Yards of bark donated by Landscape Company in Lodi
  • 2018  Nominated for the 7th year for Rocklin Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award – From The Heart Category
  • 2019  City of Rocklin Parks& Recreation refreshed the bark in Large Do Area

RRUFF Healing Heroes

  • 2014  The Special Needs Area building  project for Disabled American Veterans was completed.  We raised over $25,000 for this project.
  • 2014  The RRUFF Healing Heroes Program was launched, providing scholarships to disabled veterans for service dog training. 
  • 2015  RRUFF received the 2015 Placer SPCA Hero Award for the Healing Heroes Program.
  • 2016  In December, funding was provided for the first service dog training class for veterans enrolled at American River College. Graduation was held May 2017.
  • 2017  A second class providing service dog training to veterans at American River College began September 2017.
  • 2017  Outdoor service dog training classes are held in the Special Needs Area with Terry Sandhoff, Master Trainer, 4Paws2Freedom.
  • 2017  A new group service dog training class for veterans was funded and began at Pet Food Express at the Fountains in Roseville.
  • 2018  Donations received from Allegiant Giving in the amount of $17,000
  • 2018  Group service dog training class  began in June  at Pet Food Express.
  • 2018  The third class for American River College Veterans Began in September
  • 2018  Over $7,500 was raised for Healing Heroes during the 2018 Big Day of Giving on May 3 
  • 2018  Received $10,000 from the Lyon Cares Foundation (West Roseville office)
  • 2018  July 20 – First Service Dog Training class began at Beale Air Force Base. 
  • 2019  Received $5,000 from The Honor Group from 2018 Honor Bowl
  • 2019  Service Dog Training Class began in January at Pet Food Express
  • 2019  Big Day of Giving raised $7,250 for Healing Heroes
  • 2019  Lyon Cares Foundation (Folsom Office) granted $5,000 to Healing Heroes
  • 2019  $5,500 received for the RodsNRelics Car Show proceeds
  • 2019  2nd Service Dog Training class at Beale Air Force Base began in July
  • 2019   4th Service Dog Training Class at American River College scheduled for September

MEET THE BOARD

Ray Blasquez, Jr., Retired Pension & Health Welfare Trustee

Hal Curtis, Founder

Victoria Bottini Curtis,  Founder

Kellie Dawald, Sierra Ranch Pet Rehabilitation Center

Diane Jodar, Founding Member

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Betty Robertson, Founding Member

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Lolly Cassara, Board Member

 

Dan Murphy, Board Member

 

 

 

Advisory Council

Robin Trimble,  CEO Rocklin Chamber of Commerce

Mike Chinnock, Disabled Veteran