Serving Canines & Humans Alike, 1 Veteran – 1 Dog at a Time
Mission Statement: “Fund service dog training classes for people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other invisible disabilities with an emphasis on serving Disabled American Veterans. Of equal importance, oversee and manage the growth and success of the RRUFF Dog Park.”
Rocklin Residents Unite for Fido (RRUFF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2009 with the goal of providing a safe, enclosed area for Rocklin area dog owners and their furred family members to enjoy time outdoors. But 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, helping those with disabilities live better lives through the help of a service dog. In 2014, the RRUFF Healing Heroes program was launched. This program provides service dog training to local Disabled American Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other invisible disabilities. In addition, we fund on-site service dog training for veterans enrolled at American River College. This program has helped dozens of veterans.
We rely solely on membership dues, donations, and in-kind services to fund service dog training for veterans and enhance and add amenities to the dog park. We do not have paid staff, and all the work is performed by volunteers and members of our Board of Directors. We hope you’ll join us in our mission to serve canines and humans – 1 veteran and 1 dog at a time!
RRUFF Dog Park
- 2014 – Completed ADA accessible concrete pathways in large and small dog areas
- 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 & 2017 – Bark refreshed 2-3 times per year as needed.
- 2017 – Guide Dogs for the Blind & 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
- 2018 – Applied Landscape Materials donated 50yards of new bark and RRUFF purchased an additional 50 yards. Both large and small dog areas were refreshed in early April
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. As of December, 2017, 20 individual scholarships have been awarded.
- 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 in the fall.
- 2018 – Group service dog training class will begin in March and the third class for American River College Veterans will begin in the Fall.
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
Sue Oliveira, Board Chair (Retired Hewlett-Packard Executive V-P)
Betty Robertson, Founding Member
Kristi Durose, Board Member