RUFF hosting donation drive for rescued animals

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Rescuers United for Furbabies (RUFF) is hosting a Christmas drive to benefit its rescued animals. 

The rescue could use donations of dog and puppy food (wet or dry), heat lamps, cedar shavings, disinfecting wipes, tarps, puppy pads, blankets and bleach. 

Drop-off locations for donations are currently at the Jasper Veterinary Clinic on Oak Hill Road, the Bank of Parrish along Highway 269 and the Daily Mountain Eagle office on Viking Drive.

The in-kind donations can be made for the remainder of the holiday season. 

RUFF co-founder Marsha Miller said monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.

"We can always use donations. Our vet bill is sitting right at about $11,000," she said. "We just paid $3,500 on it but we had a lot of surgeries last week so it has inched back up."

Miller estimated the rescue has spent $95,000 in veterinary care this year, which does not include food, supply and transport costs.

Monetary donations may be made at Jasper Veterinary Clinic, via PayPal to RUFFrescue@yahoo.com or by mail to P.O. Box 453, Oakman, Alabama 35579.   

RUFF also has a fundraiser that will end in three days for supporters to purchase RUFF themed hoodies and shirts. To support the campaign, visit www.customink.com and click on the fundraising tab. In the "Find a Campaign" search bar, type R.U.F.F. to be directed to the fundraising page.

Giving Tuesday will also occur next week, Dec. 3, as another incentive for people to donate to organizations across the country, such as RUFF.

"We are so grateful to everybody. Without fail, everybody always comes through for us. We have never had a vet bill that went unpaid," Miller said. "I just want to say a huge thank you to everybody that supports us."