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Rocklin Residents Unite For Fido

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Causes: Animal Services, Animals, Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Serving Disabled Veterans and the canine community

Target demographics: Disabled American Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other invisible disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 50 veteran/dog teams

Geographic areas served: The greater Sacramento Area

Programs: Service dog training for veterans

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been active with RRUFF for almost 10 years. I feel that this non-profit is more than a dog park but a catalyst for changing the lives of US Veterans suffering from PTSD, with our Healing Heroes Program. As a Veteran myself and also a person who suffers daily with PTSD, I personally know how damaging the disease is. The fears, the triggers, the haunting memories, being afraid, being alone as NO ONE UNDERSTANDS (they try but it is just not possible) & the crippling effect it can cause without notice.

RRUFF's Healing Heroes program is one that I believe in and stand behind with all of my heart. To be able to have a program that can ease fears, decrease the effect of triggers, help with the crippling isolation and allow for the light to shine again, is amazing! Many Veterans are in need of help and don't know how to obtain or train a service dog. Our program not only offers the training for the Veteran & the dog, but if they don't have a dog we can help with purchasing one or adopting one. The best thing about the whole program.....it is FREE to the Veteran!

I believe in RRUFF and I am so happy to be apart of such a wonderful non-profit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As one of the founding members of RRUFF, Rocklin Residents Unite for Fido, I have been actively involved in the development of our Healing Heroes program. We provide funding for service dog training classes for disabled veterans. Since 2014, over 50 veterans have benefited from this program. We help save lives --one vet and one dog at a time.

1 Beth P.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 2 dogs love this dog park the people during the hours we go are freindly and dogs are friendly. My husband likes throwing balls for all the dogs. Also nice trail to hike.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Steven Barnett. I first became involved with RRUFF Healing Heroes when they donated payment for the veteran service dog class I was in thru 4 Paws 2 Freedom at American River College so that no veteran would have to pay for there service dog training. I was blown away at their love and kindness. It didn't stop there though. I almost graduated with my first dog but we decided she wasn't going to make it because of fear issues. I was crushed, but a few months later RRUFF stepped up and not only helped me get my replacement puppy but totally donated the cost of Bear but also the cost of his neuter. Now Bear is 8 months old and he is becoming my service dog. Now I'm a trainer for 4 Paws 2 Freedom and a board member. Thru this I've become very close with the RRUFF staff who are amazing. They continue to inspire me daily and I love their work. 22 veteran suicides a day are just to many. One dog One veteran at a time. love you guys!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

RRUFF does so much for the community. Not only are they a fabulous dog park for all dogs, they have a special needs dog park for working dogs (which I really appreciate because I have a service dog)! The dog park is always clean and well maintained.

But RRUFF also offers community outreach through their Healing Heroes Program. They go out into the community and educate the public about the benefits service dogs can offer to our wounded veterans. Then (because they are amazing) they go one step further and fundraise to support 4 Paws 2 Freedom, another local nonprofit that provides service dog training to veterans with PTSD.

The RRUFF organization far exceeds the expectations for a dog park. They put their heart and soul into their work and I can't say enough good things about them!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The RRUFF Dog Park in Rocklin is the best in the entire region. It is filled with large oak trees, lots of benches, separate large & small dog areas. There is also a separate fenced area for service dog training, rescue group adoption days, and parties for pooches. Best of all, this dog park never floods so it is open all year round. Located inside one of Rocklin's largest and best parks, there are many activities for the entire family - including disc golf

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Board Member

Rating: 5

RRUFF started as a group dedicated to founding the first dog park in Rocklin. After that success, we also became a source of funding for service dog training for veterans with PTSD, TBI, or military sexual trauma. We now fund classes at 3 college campuses and at least 3 other sites. We are especially excited about our pilot program at Beale Air Force Base. In preparation for discharge, some veterans are diagnosed with one of the "hidden" injuries. Our program offers immediate service dog training upon discharge. We hope that this will drastically cut down on the number of veteran's suicides.
It is such a joy to see a person who is unable to interact with society to becoming a functioning, happy, service dog owner. Some of our graduates have even been able to speak in front of a group of strangers about their experience.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am currently on the Board of Directors of RRUFF. I have been involved for almost
a year now. I have passion for dogs and believe that our Healing Heroes program is saving lives of veterans one dog at a time. The connection of dog and veteran is truly an amazing thing to witness. I am also thankful for the relationships that have been created through my volunteerism with our Dog park as well. Being part of RRUFF has been a very gratifying experience.

1 halc

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the co-founder of RRUFF. Being able to give back to those who have served our country is something I am grateful I can participate in. My older brother died in WWII on the shores of Italy. This is my small way of honoring his service and sacrifice. Hal C.

1 Mike54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an USAF veteran from the 1960's. I have a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I was provided a service dog almost 9 years ago to assist me with vision, hearing, mobility and balance disabilities. I did a lot of training with my dog from the day the 'Special Needs area' at the Rocklin Dog Park came into being. Rocklin Residents Unite For Fido (RRUFF) has been at the front of having the city create the dog park, maintain the dog park, fund the dog park, and build the 'Special Needs Area' at the dog park, where Guide Dogs for the Blind, and Canine Companions for Independence also train their dogs. To have a separate and effective place to train a service dog is as priceless as having a service dog. RRUFF also provided an agility training area in the dog park. My service dog needs to get to me if I fall and can't get up. This helps train him in that ability. This is one non-profit organization that for sure does what they say they will do, and they do it, 'One veteran, and one dog at a time'.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I retired I wondered what I would do with all of my time. Fortunately for me, I became involved with Rocklin Residents Unite for Fido. The organization is dedicated to providing scholarships to Veterans with PTSD and other disabilities related to their service to our country for Service Dog training. I've have personally witnessed the beginning of this venture with a Veteran who was fearful of leaving his home to a Veteran and his service dog (after 6 months of training) return to college. Most of us are unaware of how many Veterans return with serious issues adjusting back into society. It is heart warming to see that the contact with an animal can ease the fear and allow a return to somewhat of a normal life.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

RRUFF/Healing Heroes, a 100% volunteer Nonprofit, has done so much to help Veterans with invisible disabilities. I am very fortunate to be part of this great organization. And designing and building a fabulous dog park as well.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Founded in 2010 this nonprofit, which originally established Rocklin's first off-leash dog park, has now expanded. The primary mission of RRUFF is to serve disabled veterans and the canine community through it's Healing Heroes Program.
22 veterans die by suicide every day. RRUFF Healing Heroes exists for the sole purpose of being a catalyst for hope and change. We do this 1 veteran &1 dog at a time by funding service dog training for disabled American Veterans with PTSD and other invisible disabilities.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through a trauma. A trauma is a shocking and dangerous event that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger. When you are in the military, you may see combat. You may have been on missions that exposed you to horrible and life-threatening experiences. These types of events can lead to PTSD. Other factors in a combat situation can add more stress to an already stressful situation. This may contribute to PTSD and other mental health problems. These factors include what you do in the war, the politics around the war, where the war is fought, and the type of enemy you face. Another cause of PTSD in the military can be Military Sexual Trauma (MST). This is any sexual harassment or sexual assault that occurs while you are in the military. MST can happen to both men and women and can occur during peacetime, training, or war.
One in every five American Veterans are diagnosed with PTSD and 22 Veterans die by suicide every day. These are saddening statistics that haunt our nation. Is there something that can be done to help these Veterans?
RRUFF-Dog Park inside Johnson-Springview park, the only off-leash dog park in Rocklin, has taken a stand to help our Veterans. RRUFF has created a program to fund service dog training for American Veterans suffering from PTSD, MST and other invisible disabilities. The “Healing Heroes” program reaches out to veterans within our community to help them heal through the bond they share with their dog. Healing Heroes provides funding for service dog training classes at Pet Food Express, Roseville; funds group service dog training classes for American Veterans enrolled at American River College and recently discharged veterans at Beale Air Force Base. Other training locations are in Rancho Cordova and Placerville. All classes are taught by 4Paws2Freedom service dog trainers under the guidance of master trainer, Terry Sandhoff.
RRUFF completed construction of the “Special Needs Area” inside the dog park in 2014 for the purpose of providing an outdoor site for service dog training. 4Paws2Freedom uses the area for outdoor veteran service dog training classes in addition to regular indoor classes. This site is also available to other service dog training groups in addition to veteran’s groups. Currently Guide Dogs for the Blind and Canine Companions for Independence use the site for their Puppy Raiser classes, all at no cost to them. Local rescue groups such as Haven Dog Rescue use the area for Adoption Days. Local dog meet-up groups like Sacramento/Placer County Bulldogs have monthly gatherings.
Did you know? Sierra Ranch Veterinary Clinic & Pet Rehabilitation Center is a long-time supporter to the Healing Heroes program. They not only offer financial assistance to the program, but also offer discounted veterinary services. They believe in giving back to our community and feel strongly about supporting area rescue groups, the Placer SPCA and local nonprofits. Additionally, Allegiant Giving is partnering with Healing Heroes with the intent of helping us expand our program to include more veterans and offer more services expand our program to include more veterans and offer more services beyond training. The Honor Group provides funding to Healing Heroes to purchase dogs for veterans in the program as needs arise.
How can you help? Making A Donation- no matter the size- helps fund a full one- year class for a Veteran and their dog in need of service dog training. Your 100% tax-deductible donation stays within the community and helps local Disabled American Veterans suffering with PTSD, MST and other invisible disabilities. Sierra Ranch Veterinary Clinic & Pet Rehabilitation Center will match your donation up to $10,000!
To make a donation or to learn more, visit the Healing Heroes website http://rruffhealingheroes.org/ or call, Victoria Curtis 916.435.0196 c: 415.806.2778