Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your organization/business
My name is Kristin Mercer, the co founder of it’s A Ruff Life Rescue. I’m an accountant by day and dog rescuer by night . It’s A Ruff Life was formed in 2013. We are an all breed rescue that pulls dogs from high kill shelter all over the country. We also transport the dogs ourselves. We have a group of volunteers That drive to places like Georgia and South Carolina to pick up the dogs and deliver them to our home base in Hamilton, NJ. Our motto is, “Turning Ruff beginnings Into Happy Endings.” We have a great group of fosters in NJ and PA that help rehab, train, and love on the dogs, in order to get them ready for their forever homes.
How was your recent RUFF LIFE fundraising dinner?
The Spay-Ghetti and No Balls fundraiser was a huge success. Our volunteers worked their butts off to solicit donations that were auctioned off to help raise money for spaying, neutering, and our vet bills. The Mardi Gras themed event was a huge hit, but more importantly, we were able to share a little about what we do and why we do it. One of the shelters we pull from, has a 50% kill rate.. this means that one out of every two dogs that walk in the door, never gets a second chance and dies. This is why it’s so important that people are educated on the importance of spaying and neutering.
What made you decide to do bling shirts, and what was the reaction when people saw them?
We are always looking for new merchandise and lets face it, what other rescue has bling shirts?
We think they look awesome and now people can support the rescue in style. Everyone loves the new shirts, but most especially our fosters.
Since you are a dog rescue group, feel free to share a humorous story?
There are so many funny and crazy stories, that we could probably write a book, but here’s one of the funnier ones..
We had pulled a litter of pups and when we divided them up to go to their respective fosters, we totally missed the fact that one of the pups was a boy, and not a girl. funnier yet, the foster never even noticed. It wasn’t until the pup was adopted and the adopter called. Long story short, the adopters were fine with it, loved the pup regardless, they just had to rename the pup.
How many furkids do you have?
I have 3 chihuahuas, 3 pugs and a resident Pit bull foster.
Any upcoming fundraisers?
Our next fundraiser is April 9th at the Jackson Pet Valu. We will be hosting doggy pics with the Easter Bunny.
Any parting words?
I would encourage everyone that loves dogs to give fostering a shot. I can’t tell you in words how rewarding it is. The more fosters we have the more lives can be saved. If anyone is interested in signing up, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org