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To better serve our animal-loving community as we move into the future, we plan to expand our offering. And in the process, we thought a name change was in order is now

"Cuddly" is how we feel about animals and it's how animals make us feel. That being said, while there are many upcoming changes, our mission remains the same. We aim to help animals around the world live better lives through innovation, community, and kindness. Thank you for being a part of our movement and, now, the family.

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Our Rescue is in Desperate Need of Funds!

  • Breed: Multiple
  • Name: Diamonds in the Ruff Pound Pups

Our Rescue is currently in DESPERATE NEED of Funds to pay off vetting and boarding costs for the many animals we have taken in over the past few months. This year the Christmas dump season (all those cute little animals that were received as gifts, that are no longer wanted, who get taken along a lonely country road and dumped), followed by the Valentines dump, and then the Easter dump has been particularly bad. Penny, pictured above, who was all of 16 pounds, was thrown from a vehicle as it passed by, and left to fend for herself through a bitterly cold winter. She gave birth to a litter of pups in the field, which either succumbed to the bitter cold temperatures or fell prey to predators. Over the course of several months, a kind lady was able to gain Penny's trust and she was brought to the rescue. It was discovered that Penny had fractured her pelvis and suffered injuries to both sides of her hips. She was extremely high heartworm positive, and malnourished. Sadly, Penny passed away just as hope had arrived. An autopsy revealed that the main artery to her heart was so completely impacted with heartworms that it was a wonder that she was getting any blood flow to her heart at all! Penny never stood a chance, as she came to us too late. We were all very shaken by her loss, but took comfort knowing that at all times she was surrounded by people that cared for her, and in her final days, she knew she was loved and wanted. We extend our deepest heartfelt thanks to Dr. Neal and his staff from the Paris Veterinary Clinic, for the kindness and compassion that they showed to Penny in her final days, as well as to us, as we mourned her loss. Had she remained in the field, she would have suffered a slow agonizing death. Heartworms are a major problem in our area, and most of the dogs that come into the rescue are heartworm positive and need to go through the painful, expensive process of eliminating them. They have to remain on complete bed rest during the treatment and they very often do not feel too well as they go through it. Our rescue is located in western Tennessee, just across the Kentucky border. Animal abuse and neglect run rampant here and the phone rings non-stop with calls for animals in need of help. We take in animals (mostly dogs) of all sizes. Over the past year, we had our smallest, a 2.8 pound teacup Chihuahua,  and our largest, a 196.4 pound golden lab mix, and every size in between. We've had a cat that thought he was a dog, pictured above with Jim Bob who he adored, Bella who survived a massive stroke and made a full recovery, Jett, who was picked up along the side of a road by a good samaritan who unfortunately decided to bring him to us in the trunk of his car and was in dire straights by the time he arrived,  China who was found on a friend's porch suffering from malnutrition and heat exhaustion, and many, many more. Our hope is that one day, the animals that need our help will be the exception, rather than the rule, but meantime the phone keeps ringing and we do our best to help as many as we can. Diamonds in the Ruff Pound Pups is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit rescue group that rescues dogs from kill shelters as well as stray, abandoned and neglected animals throughout Obion County in NW TN and the surrounding areas. Our rescue is funded solely by donations and staffed entirely by volunteers. Due to the overwhelming Christmas dump season, and very high vet bills, our funds have become seriously depleted. PLEASE make a tax deductible donation today and share our story to help us raise funds for the animals in our care so that we can get back to what we do best ... helping the animals who need us the most, and finding them their perfect forever homes. As an all volunteer rescue. you can rest assured that 100% of the donations received, goes to care for the animals in our rescue. Thanks ever so much for your support! We can't do it alone, but together we can do much!

Updates

  • Guess who wants to play ball? Why it would be our newest intake Billy Boy who was given NEW HOPE when we pulled him from a shelter on his last day! This sweet fellow wants nothing more than to be loved and be by his human. He is affectionate, thinks he's a lap dog, and gets along well with most of the other dogs in our rescue. He's a bit underweight, so he is getting extra food and treats and believe me, he's not complaining. He is adapting well to crate training, house breaking and basic commands, and seems eager to please. We took him in for a check-up on Thursday, and I'm happy to report that he tested negative for heartworms which is a rarity around here. He did test positive for tick disease and is undergoing treatment for it. If you would like to help BILLY BOY on his road to a NEW and HAPPY LIFE, please consider sponsoring him, or making a tax deductible donation today! Thanks ever so much!

    June 10, 2018