Sunday, March 30, 2008

Goodbye Flo


The Ruff-Spots Team is saddened to see Florence leave the group and the province. Florence was the Founder, Past-President, Webmaster and Secretary-Treasurer, she will be missed tremendously. The time and effort she has put into Ruff-Spots is insurmountable. Florence, please be assured that we will carry on to the best of our ability and will be looking for your advice, help and guidance. The Ruff-Spots Team has generously contributed a monetary donation to Ruff-Spots Animal Welfare Foundation Inc in honour of Florence. This money is being used to spay a little dog named Tigger from Exploits Valley SPCA.
Florence, we wish you and your family all the best in your new careers and happiness for your family in your new life. GOOD LUCK FRIEND
The Ruff-Spots Team

Monday, February 25, 2008

"Top Cat" Draw Winners

Winners of our "Top Cat" Ticket Draw on February 23, 2008 at the K of C were:
Ticket # 0204
Winning Prize: Catonics
Winners Name: R. Taylor, Holyrood

Ticket# 1450
Winning Prize: Cats Meow
Winners Name: D. Hillier, CBS

Ticket# 0554
Winning Prize: Mighty Cat
Winners Name: J. Walsh, Mount Pearl

Ticket # 1212
Winning Prize: Tres Kitten
Winners Name: S. Croucher, St. John's

Thank you everyone for all your support!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

A day in an animal Shelter

This video may be considered disturbing and may not be suitable for all viewers. This video shows the true impact that animal overpopulation has on all of us.

Friday, September 14, 2007

"Coven Night at the Vaults" Fundraiser

Ruff Spots’ Halloween 'Fun'draiser
“Coven Night at the Vaults”
An Evening of Witches, Warlocks & Wine...

Friday, October 5, 2007

Newman Wine Vaults
Provincial Historic Site
436 Water Street

8:00 p.m. Doors ‘Swing Open’
Valet Broom & Vacuum Cleaner Parking Inside

· ‘Spine-Tingling’ Wine Tasting with
Wine Educator Tom Beckett &
Nadine Hogan, Kriscott Distributors Ltd.
· Magical Music by the
String Trio "Troika"
· Candlelit Vault Tour

· A ‘Spell-Binding’ Performance by the
Reverend Thomas Wyckham Jarvis, Esquire
(Master of the City of Legend's Haunted Hike)
· 'Trick or Treat' Auction & Sale
· Costume Prizes

Don't miss this bewitching night! It's sure to be an evening that will haunt you forever...and ever and ever......

Advance Tickets Only
$30.00 Per Witch or Warlock.
Call 782-SPAY to get yours!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Smokey needs a loving home

“Smokey” Needs a Loving Home

Smokey had a hard start in life. He was a stray for a very long time. He was very mistrustful of people and other animals. He spent years starving and fending for himself, taking handouts left for him in the backyard of a very nice lady who helps animals in need. He was in hard shape when he finally decided to enter this lady’s home. His visit turned into a year long stay and Smokey turned out to be one of the most affectionate, kind, and loving cats anyone could ever meet. The lady who took him in has many, many animals that she fosters and cares for, and does not feel she has the time to devote to the emotional and physical attention this special boy deserves. Smokey has gotten a bit tubby since he is now an indoor cat and requires the interest of a person who will give him oodles of love, care and exercise. He may be around 7 or 8 years old, probably pushing 20 lb, is grey and white and has long fur (he has been shaved periodically to keep him from getting matted). Smokey is neutered but has not been vaccinated or tested for disease. This sweetie is a very special cat who is lucky to have found the right backyard to enter into- we all know that some stories don’t end so well. He deserves everything a cat could need and want. His personality will melt your heart and he’ll remind you of a cartoon as he waddles and rolls around. Ideally, Smokey needs a home with no other pets and to be an indoor cat. If you want a feline companion who will give you tons of love and affection for years to come- someone to always be your lap cat, then Smokey is truly the one. Serious inquiries only. Contact:

Monday, August 27, 2007

Dog Feces raises Mayor's hackles

As written in the Shoreline, Vol.19 No.20 August 26, 2007

Some dog owners in Paradise may not know it, but the Mayor of Paradise is fed up with the way some people let their dogs' do business', wherever they want.

Mayor Wiseman didn't hold back his frustration at all during this weeks council meeting when he told council how annoyed he has become with irresponsible pet owners. Mayor Wiseman says the issue of dog 'waste' on the trails and other public areas has always been a 'pet' peeve of his, but what he witnessed at the Peter Barry Duff soccer field over this week has him so flustered, he wants to assign a municipal enforcement officer to solve the problem.

"There was the coach, with two Tim Hortons coffee cups going around picking up dog crap. Now we got five year-olds, six, seven and eight year-olds playing soccer on a field that some idiot, who should'nt own a dog, let his dog out on the field crapping on it. These are people that should not be allowed to won a dog! It's absolutely disgusting! I got so mad yesterday evening that I would take every dog in Paradise to Mount Pearl to be euthanized! It just burns me so much that idiots are allowed to own dumb animals!" Councillor Thornhill came to the defense of the 'dumb animals' and said that dogs themselves should not be held responsible. "You can't blame the dog. It's not the dog," said Thornhill. "Well, who are you gonna blame? said Wiseman. "The owner!", Thornhill shot back.

Wiseman asked council if it would be possible to get a municipal enforcement officer to carry out an extra patrol of the area and confiscate 'offending' dogs that are running free. "It's unbelievable that we have to spend taxpayers dollars to go out to try to keep the dogs off the soccer fields where kids play", said Wiseman. "It's the same thing with the trails, I think we should ban them from the trails, if people are not going to keep them on a leash and pick up after them, we need our municipal officers to crack down on that crap."

Councillor Bobbett suggested that maybe a simple solution might be to put up more signs. "That crowd can't read!", said Wiseman. "We've got signs up there!" Bobbett said, "Maybe we should put up some more."

"Baseball bat, that's the only thing they understand", said Wiseman. "We need to get the message out to those idiots that that's not acceptable here, and we are going to do something about it".

Monday, August 13, 2007

What are we going to do with all the cats?

Every shelter across our fair province is always faced with hundreds of cats coming through their doors.

People are not spaying/neutering and letting their cats roam. The cat overpopulation crisis is nothing new but it seems to be getting worse even with all kinds of information on spaying and neutering available to them.

How are we as a society able to handle this problem? Ruff-Spots tries to promote the adoption of animals from shelters...there are many spayed/neutered cats already there, but we realize that people are still going to get their "free" kitten from the paper.

So, Ruff-Spots began with the mission of spaying/neutering shelter animals to make them more adoptable and to make a cut to the animal ovepopulation problem.

But, for those who already had unspayed/unneutered animals....we were of no help. But, as of July 2007 that has now changed. We now offer SNAP-NL, a spay/neuter income assistance program for our province. We have just started in the St. John's area to start things off. Applicants fill out a short application and if accepted (mainly due to funds) you will receive a voucher which you bring to the vet and pay a small fee for the spay/neuter. Ruff-Spots will pay the rest.

But like any charity, we need donations and your support with our fundraisers to keep this program going.

If you require further information on the program, please email

We all need to work together on this issue, province wide, to help the cats...both tame and feral!