Since our attempt to become the collegiate elite didn’t quite work out this time around, my mom and I have had some extra time on our hands. Of course, I can spend all my extra time chewing on a delicious ox tail or chasing the cats around the house, but my mom always likes to have projects. She has recently become more diligent in making toys and clothes for her and Angelica’s Etsy shop, The Smiling Frog Pets. My mom has also become a virtual volunteer for a really amazing rescue group called Ratbone Rescues.
Founded in 1999, Ratbone is a nationwide dog rescue dedicated to helping and finding forever homes for Rat Terriers in need. Ratbone’s Rat Terriers are usually pulled from kill shelters and given a second chance at life. As there is no actual facility or shelter, the dogs under Ratbone’s care are fostered in homes throughout the US until they are adopted. Ratbone Rescues’ entire existence is dependent solely upon the countless volunteers who work tirelessly transporting, fostering, fundraising, going through adoption applications, writing letters and emails, and generally helping to spread the word about the current Rat Terriers that are up for adoption.
My mom’s main focus in her volunteer work is to help spread the word not only about the rescue, but about their fundraising efforts on various social media avenues. In fact, she just helped launch Ratbone’s newly revamped twitter account, @Ratbone_Rescues. It’s a little empty now, but it’s sure to be hopping soon. As all of Ratbone’s good work is based on the monies raised through fundraising, it’s really important to spread the word. Their current fundraiser is a quilt raffle! It’s actually their seventh quilt raffle to date.
The raffle runs until October 31st. Each ticket is $5, but there are deals (such as $10 for3 tickets) the more tickets you want to purchase. All proceeds go toward covering the cost of spay/neuters, vaccinations, and other general veterinary care. You can read more about the quilt raffle and but a ticket here (or click on the photo of the quilt above).
If you’d like more information about Ratbone Rescues, please visit their website. There you will find not only a list of all Rat Terriers currently up for adoption, but also information about how you too can volunteer to help such a pawesome rescue! And don’t forget to “like” the Ratbone Rescues page on facebook.
Happy tail wags!