RUFF was developed to create an Assistance Fund to help animals in need. Unexpected emergencies or life situations can result in owners having to make tough choices for their furry friends when they become sick or injured. The goal is to help ease these burdens of the situations by providing financial assistance. Ruff was created in the memory of Dr. Desmarais's first dog. Riley, who joined her, in her life's journey from Vet School, to owning a practice in Big Sky, MT.