7.13.12 - An Update from the Director
Dear Friends of Ruff,
We have moved our shelter to another location at 1003 Hwy 173 Graceville, FL 32440 from our Fort Walton Beach location. We were unable to afford the utilities there and we adopted from 149 dogs down to 26 so we have moved to a smaller location to hopefully be able to save on utilities such as power and we have a well so we don't have to pay for City water/sewer/garbage as we did there. Our expenses should hopefully drop enough to allow us to continue on if our supporters/friends will continue to donate to us to purchase food, medications, flea preventatives, heartworm preventatives and help us with our power bill. We are so proud of our beautiful dogs and the move was very frightening for them because the only home they have known is the one they have been in since year 2007. At the new location they now have doggie doors and runs so they can go outside or go inside if they prefer. They have taken on this move like real troopers and we are so proud of them.
We are above Panama City Beach Florida and below Dothan, Alabama. We hope that the people in these large cities will also look at our dogs and possibly offer them a loving home. We make a trip to Fort Walton normally each week and we make special trips if someone wishes to meet one of our dogs for adoption. All of our dogs up for adoption are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots, microchipped and heartworm free. They are all potty trained and loving dogs. Many of them are over the age of 7. They are healthy and happy dogs. The only problem is they need a family and the love from that family for their own.
We still have a Thrift Store called Ruff House Thrift Store at 127 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach, FL 32440 where the proceeds help us with our vet bills. If we receive nice items to sell, we will make enough to help with the bills. We also accept vehicles (running or not), boats, RV's and can provide a tax receipt for any of these type items as well.
At the shelter we can always use food, Clorox, mops, laundry soap (prefer All Free with no perfumes), dog treats, and we need help with our power bill. We need more beds and they can be found at www.kuranda.com and we are listed on this website as Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends in Fort Walton Beach, Florida under the header "donate a bed". We have three dogs on medication for arthritis and it is expensive medication. We need flea and heartworm preventative which is expensive too and we give it every month. We would appreciate any help toward purchasing their medicines. We are running the air conditioning as it is 105 degrees in the building without it. It would be gratefully accepted if you would like to make a payment toward our power bill at any time. Our power company is West Florida Electric Coop in Graceville, FL 32440 and we of course are listed as Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends.
We just took in one of our little dogs that was adopted out in year 2005. She was not well cared for as agreed in our contract when she was adopted. They failed to give her the heartworm preventative every month and now she is heartworm positive. We need help to pay her vet bill to have her treated for heartworms. It will cost around $400 for her treatment as she weighs about 35 pounds. Her name is Ali. We will show her picture on our website but she will not be up for adoption until she is heartworm free. Her mama is a beagle and her dad is a small brindle rat terrier.
We want our supporters to know how much they are appreciated and we hope that others will help us as well.