Tonawanda News — Iris the Queen, a 5-year-old pitbull, was surrendered in August 2011. She had delivered four litters of puppies and was in a home where she was left in a room. Iris had an infected mammary gland that had ruptured and her owner could not care for her anymore and was going to euthanize her.
Volunteers from Diamonds in the Ruff set her up at their rescue facility in the Town of Lockport and took turns staying with her so she would not be alone.
They observed her behavior and after months of treatment at Companion Care Animal Hospital, Iris the Queen was given a clean bill of health.
Iris loves people, but was selective in the type of dogs she would tolerate and did not like cats.
With these requirements, placing her was going to be tricky. A couple months ago Iris found a new permanent home, with caregivers who spoil and adore her.
This is just one of the touching achievements Diamonds in the Ruff has made since it officially began operating in the spring of 2011. The facility Iris was at houses two to three dogs — depending on their temperament — and around ten cats.
Diamonds in the Ruff does not like kennels, so the dogs’ temporary housing includes couches, day beds, toys and music. The dogs also have a large fenced-in yard where they can get daily exercise. The cats reside in a “catroom” that also includes beds and toys with the addition of cat towers and bay windows for optimal viewing.
This type of atmosphere, they say, will allow for a smooth transition as the animals get adopted out. However, most of the animals are located in foster care, with their team of volunteers, throughout Western New York.
The rescue was started by a small group of passionate pet caregivers who met volunteering at a shelter. They had different ideas on how animals should be housed which led them to start their own rescue.