Several months ago, our original FaceBook page was hacked by Nigerians. We had been trying since to have the page taken down by FaceBook to keep innocent people from losing their money to these scammers who were attempting to "sell" nonexistent puppies (of a variety of non-Scottie breeds) to unsuspecting people. It appears that our hacked page has been taken down by Facebook, finally!
We now have a new Facebook page and we hope you will share, like and invite any of your Scottie loving friends to follow us. The name of the new page is STROF- Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida. You can access our new Facebook page by clicking here. (Please note that the old/hacked site did NOT have STROF in front of the name of our organization. ) Please DO NOT respond to any postings on the old Facebook site (the one without STROF in front of the organization name) should it reappear.
We are eternally grateful for all your concern, offers of assistance and communications about our situation. Thank you for staying with us and welcome back!
Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida (STROF) is a nonprofit dog rescue organization created in 2015 that is registered in the State of Florida as a charitable organization.
We are dedicated to the rescue and placement of homeless and displaced Scottish Terriers in Florida.
STROF policies and practices align with the Scottish Terrier Club of America Rescue Code of Conduct. In order to accomplish this mission, the team at STROF
focuses on the following activities:
1. Rescue- rescue all Scotties that have been lost,
abandoned, or voluntarily surrendered by its owner.
2. Intake- take full legal possession of the Scottie by
obtaining a signed release for owner surrender or
through placement partnerships of various shelters.
The Scottie is then transferred to one of our
approved foster homes.
3. Care- it is the intention of the rescue to obtain care
for any rescue Scottie prior to placement
in an adoptive home.
4. Placement- placement is at the discretion of STROF
and will be based upon the best match for the Scottie.
Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida.
We are dedicated to the rescue and placement of homeless
and displaced Scottish Terriers in Florida. We take them in, love them like our own, and ensure their medical needs are taken care of. We serve as their advocate and their best interest is always primary in everything we do.
Most of the dogs in our program have been relinquished by their owners due to life changes such as death of the owner, illness, a new baby, relocation, divorce or economic hardship. Occasionally a dog may be transferred to us from a regional animal shelter. We rarely see very young dogs in our rescue. The average rescued Scottie is between 6 and 7 years of age. These older dogs make wonderful companions.
These dogs come to us from a variety of sources. Some are abandoned by their owners or are turned in to an animal shelter. Others are picked up as strays and never claimed. Occasionally, owners must give up their dogs because of medical problems, moving into retirement homes, divorce, or a new baby. Some become homeless because they outlive their owners. We take them in, love them like our own, and ensure their medical needs are taken care of.
Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida (STROF) is an independent nonprofit all-volunteer charitable organization designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (#47-4925001). Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida is compliant with registration in the State of Florida under the Solicitation of Contributions Act (#CH45495).
These individuals comprise the Board of Directors of the Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida:
President- Dawn Dayringer
Vice President- Mike DeFreeuw
Treasurer- Celia McKibben
Secretary- Diane Goodreau
Director at Large- Casey Kellman
Director at Large/Webmistress- Colleen Rafatti
They are supported in their efforts by dozens of volunteers who assist with intake, transport, vetting, grooming, temporary and/or hospice foster and rehoming of our Scotties.
All dogs are fostered in volunteers’ homes-we do not have a shelter. Services are provided throughout Florida.
All rescue activities are performed by volunteers.
There are no paid staff.
Our rescue activities would not be possible without the help of our Board, volunteers, supporters, and donors.
Thank you all so much!!!
We are very excited to announce that Mike DeFreeuw has agreed to serve as Vice President of STROF effective February 1, 2023. Mike comes to us with years of volunteer and board of director experience from numerous humane shelters, breed rescues, and a low cost spay-neuter clinic in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he lived with his wife Patti, three children and numerous rescue pups for 43 years. Mike was board president for Humane Fort Wayne (SPCA shelter), HOPE for Animals, and served as board consultant for the Great Lakes Westie Rescue. Before his 2020 retirement, Mike was the communications/ marketing director for a major utility company, so we really look forward to his skills and experience especially with event promotion, volunteer relations and marketing.
Mike and Patti have been adopters of several Scotties and Westies, their two favorite breeds. They purchased their home in Sarasota three years ago and quickly became one of STROF’s many “Foster Fails’. They opened their home and hearts to a big boy named Archie but unfortunately only had him in the family for 18 short months. Today they have a 9 year old sweet Westie, Kylie, who was a 2 year old very scared Amish puppy mill rescue when they took her in. They recently added a young STROF foster-to-adopt Scottie to their family.
Colleen Rafatti has returned to STROF serving as a Member at Large/Webmistress effective February 23, 2023. Colleen lives in Sebring, Florida with her husband Chuck and their two Scotties- Jack and Tuli (Tulip). Jack, a beautiful red wheaten Scottie recently completed his conformation championship and will soon begin exploring dog performance sports. Tuli, a retired champion, joined the family in May of 2022. Four other Scottie companions are now at the Rainbow Bridge (Bristol 2022, Logan 2021, Miss Maisie 2018 and Ms. Chloe 2009). Ms. Chloe, a special needs Scottie, led to Colleen's special love for Scottish Terriers. Miss Maisie, her senior STROF "Foster Fail" continues to hold a very special place in Colleen's heart.
In addition to her work with STROF Colleen is a Board member of Scottish Terrier Club of Tampa Bay (STCTB) and of Scotties Rock Foundation (SRF), and holds active membership with the Scottish Terrier Club of America and the Heartland Dog Club. She is the webmistress for STROF, STCTB and SRF.
An educator and administrator by profession, in retirement Colleen is also pursuing community volunteer opportunities with the performing arts theater at her local college and as a cooperative extension service Master Gardener.
If you have a Scottie you need to surrender or re-home, or know of a Scottie that needs help, please reach out to us immediately for assistance instead of bringing the dog to a shelter or giving them away to someone who may not have experience with the Scottie temperament. Giving a Scottie up to a local dog shelter or humane society is often not the best choice... dogs relinquished to such organizations may not be brought to our attention, may not promptly received needed veterinary care and, in some cases, will be euthanized.
We hope you will trust us. Our volunteers are quickly available to provide advice and support, and to work with owners to transition their Scotties to a safe situation. Through our many volunteers we provide assistance throughout the state of Florida.
Reach out to us anytime using any of the methods provided below.