Diamonds in the Ruff of Virginia, Inc. ("DITR") serves
within a 50-mile radius of the New River and Roanoke Valleys.
We focus on reducing barriers to adoption and finding and supporting ideal dog-applicant matches that result in the long-term health and happiness of dogs and people alike.
Our Three Pathways....
Emotional Support & Companion Dogs
Emotional support/companion dogs placed with applicants are DITR’s primary focus. These are pet dogs that can help individuals and families impacted by disability, or others such as veterans suffering from PTSD or depression. Through offering love and companionship they can promote wellbeing, encourage social interaction, and much more.
Therapy Dog Candidates
DITR directly places dogs with applicants who commit to registering them as therapy dogs and to taking them to visit with people that may benefit from the positive physiological, psychological, and psychosocial effects of human-animal interactions across a wide variety of environments including schools, libraries, hospitals, long-term care and hospice facilities.
Service Dog Candidates
DITR does not train service dogs. Instead, we place dogs with service dog training facilities that meet or exceed the training standards established by Assistance Dogs International (ADI).
'Diamond Dog', Chance, in training with front legs up in a 'stay' position on the training box.
"Chance", program graduate and recently placed companion dog, accepts love from his new family members
88-year-old widower getting to know 'Brownie', his evaluated, basic obedience trained program graduate, a senior terrier mixed breed dog rescued from a shelter in the New River Valley of Virginia.