Ruff to the Rescue: Woman hits the road to help thousands of animals in need

Woman hits the road to help thousands of animals in need (WKEF/WRGT)

MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Across the country, thousands of animals are constantly in need.

One woman, who can only be described as full of heart, heard that cry out from cats and dogs who needed a ride and decided to hit the road.

Each and every day, volunteers like Donna Ruff are helping to get those animals to safety.

"It's all volunteer," she said. "We're volunteer, she's volunteer. The rescues can't afford this kind of stuff. They want the dog. They want to help the dog, but they can't get the dog to them."

Ruff started Ruff Rescue Transport back in 2015, and has helped nearly 5,000 animals over the past 3 years. She and her volunteers log thousands of miles, picking up dogs and cats and taking them to shelters, or other volunteers who can get them there.

"These guys don't have a shot unless they get out of Kentucky," she said. "There's just not enough places down there. So I'm literally saving lives every time I go out, and I can say that and it's a wonderful thing."

Most days, you'll find her handing off dogs to the next driver or bringing them to a rescue herself.

"I can't even get on Facebook without wanting to run down and get some more dogs," Ruff said. "I mean seriously, a lot of these dogs can be saved. They just need a ride."

And that's a ride that Ruff and many other volunteers around the country are happy to give.

Ruff is one of the Dayton Foundation's 2018 Changemakers. If you know someone who is making a difference in the community, you can nominate them for the Dayton Foundation's Changemaker Challenge here.

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