ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Rescue groups across the Piedmont work to stretch every dollar when it comes to caring for animals that need a home.
Ruff Love Rescue needs emergency help right now. The group focuses on helping abandoned dogs and strays.
A high number of recent rescues put a strain on donations, said Founder and President Sue Rogers.
They have about $10,000 in vet bills and have decided not to take in any more dogs until that bill is much lower.
Rogers founded Ruff Love 15 years ago.
"We've totally relied on donations," she said. "We have no paid employees, and I would say 80 percent of our donations go straight to medical bills."
Ruff Love makes sure every animal is treated at Blue Flint Animal Hospital in Asheboro to get up-to-date vaccinations, heartworm treatments and medical evaluations.
The dogs are also spayed or neutered before they are adopted.
Volunteer and dog trainer Tiffany Jourdain pointed out how hard it can be for small rescues to stay in business. "We're a small rescue, so we don't have a facility where people can come see dogs and give us donations for dogs. People don't know how many animals we have in our system and how much we need the help from people in our community.”
Dr. Jennifer Matherly was helping care for some of Ruff Love's dogs today, and encourages people to attend the "Save the Pets" Open House at Blue Flint Animal Hospital on April 26.
The event will show "behind the scenes" of an animal hospital including a live spay surgery, dog tricks demonstration, and a live ultrasound. They will also show off dogs to be adopted and collect food, beds, collars, leashes and/or money for Ruff Love Rescue and The Fort Rescue.