When Diamond was picked up....................and NOW!

What a difference love will do!

Diamond…of “Diamond in the Ruff”….She is why we do this! 

Diamond, the rough looking pittie that was dumped at a kill shelter, is the reason Diamond In The Ruff exists today. Diamond was dumped in February 2014 at BPSO in DeRidder, LA where luckily, a rescue group, Hearts4Paws, posts the poor souls from here online trying to get them adopted before they are euthanized.  They shared a sad looking female pitbull that was clearly injured, scared, and still had milk.  Knowing we didn’t know anything about her, she hadn’t been to the vet, we asked Hearts4Paws to pull her for our family.  We were almost assured she would have Heartworms because that is the case most of the time with strays in Southern states, so we were prepared at least for that.  An amazing woman, Melissa Motes, saved Diamond for us, vetted her and boarded her until we could make it down to Louisiana to pick her up.  Three weeks later we finally met!  Melissa had taken great care of her and she had already put on 4 lbs!  She ended up being Heartworm negative!!!  But after getting her home and xrays on her foot, her toe needed to be amputated due to a mass amount of infection and floating bones in her foot.  She is getting along well and has blended in well with our family and other furbabies.  She has made our pack whole. 




MISSION STATEMENT : DITR is committed to saving unwanted pets, we also focus on strays in our community; we also work with local shelters on placing animals in volunteer homes that need a little TLC and basic re-training and love.  We also will continue efforts to educate community on pet over-population and responsible pet ownership. 


Diamond in the Ruff is a 501(c)3, non-profit, volunteer home based animal rescue organization, located in Tama/Marshall County Iowa.  We were founded on the principals that no animal should ever die…sad and alone in a kill shelter or given away “free” to people that do not have the animals best interest at heart. We are a volunteer-based program for unwanted animals with focus on dogs and cats. In addition to taking the unwanted, we also focus on strays in our community; we also work with local shelters on fostering animals that need a little TLC and basic re-training and love.   When the animal arrives in our foster program, we get them completely vetted (vaccines, heartworm test, heartworm prevention, Frontline, spay/neuter, rabies shots, dewormer and microchip). Once all vet care is taken care of we find them forever homes through adoption events and posting them online. We need committed volunteers to make this work.