About RRUS

 Ridgeback Rescue of the U.S. (RRUS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the identification, rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of neglected, lost, surrendered, or otherwise homeless Rhodesian Ridgeback Dogs in the United States, and to the training, education, and support of current Ridgeback owners to assist them in keeping their Ridgeback.

Elected Board Members

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MARIANNE SMELLEY

National Director

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SARAH CHASTAIN

Secretary

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LIS MCDONNELL

Archivist

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TYFANY BOETTCHER-BURKE

Assistant National Director

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REGAN BULLERS

Treasurer

Appointed Board Members

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TONI GARDNER

Fundraising Chairperson

Member at Large

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STEPHANIE BELL

Education Director

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LORI KUNZ

Foster Coordinator

Member at Large

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MELISSA LOFFREDO, KPA-CTP, PNWI

RTI Liaison

Volunteer Coordinators

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JENNIFER ESP

Volunteer Coordinator

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CARLA CECIL

Contracts Coordinator

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JENNA RADMER

Applications Coordinator

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CHRISTINA GRABER

Social Media Coordinator

Ridgeback Rescue of the U.S. (RRUS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt charitable organization registered in the state of Missouri, but operating throughout the United States. The organization is governed by its Bylaws and Policies and Procedures.

RRUS is an organization of volunteer members working for the benefit of Rhodesian Ridgebacks in need of rescue. We have volunteers in several states, and all dogs in our rescue program live in foster homes.

RRUS takes dogs into foster care for a minimum of 2 weeks and then finds a suitable home for the foster dog from its pool of approved applicants.

Applicants go through a three-step screening and approval process that includes a phone interview with a RRUS volunteer, reference checks, and a home check.

Adoptions are a match of the right home at the right time for the right dog. Dog needs are the driving factor in all adoptions.

Structure and Leadership

The leadership team of RRUS is the Board of Directors and includes:


1) Elected Officers 

 

  • National Director

  • Assistant National Director

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Archivist


2) Appointed Board Members 

 

  • Education Director

  • RRUS Liaison to RTI

  • Member(s) at Large 

Volunteers may be appointed to serve as Rescue Coordinators at the pleasure of, and reporting to, the Board of Directors 

  • Applications Coordinator

  • Contracts Coordinator

  • Veterinary Liaison Team

  • Volunteer Coordinator
     

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