Where YOU are the difference!

Welcome to Roddie Jr.'s Watchdog Foundation Inc.

 

 

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WHO WE ARE

About Us

RJWF Inc. is a 501c3 based in Charlotte, NC that was initially founded in 2004 after the death of 8 year old Roddie Philip Dumas Jr. With roughly 4.5 million (reported) dog bites yearly in the US, this non-profit organization has a sole purpose of educating the community on  responsible dog ownership & minimizing dog bites to our youth.

HOW IT STARTED

Our Story

Roddie Philip Dumas Jr. known to most as R.J. but we called him “Nookie”. RJ was the average 3rd grader. He loved the outdoors, attending church, spending time with his family & friends and playing various gaming systems. Roddie’s laugh was contagious and his smile would light up a room.

On April 16, 2004, my life was forever altered when Roddie was attacked by 4 Pit Bulls while playing outside of his grandmother’s home. Sadly, RJ succumbed to his injuries.There are no words that can
express the pain I felt and still feel today. My 8 year old little boy was gone.

While coming to terms with my son’s death, I often wondered how many others were out there like me who had experienced this same fate. It led me on a path of research that I honestly wasn’t prepared for. This journey revealed jaw-dropping statistics on dog bites, attacks and fatalities within the USA from young to old. My need for understanding revealed that 4.5 million dog bites occur yearly & youth around Roddie’s age experienced a higher percentage of injuries.

Through a concentrated focus of preventative measures & various education initiatives, you can be the difference between life & death. Being a responsible dog owner takes more than just feeding and loving them. You MUST do your due diligence to equip yourself with the tools and resources to create a safe haven where children & their pets can safely co-exist together.

I can’t bring my son back however, what better way for me to honor Roddie’s life by being instrumental in saving others. Please join me in our mission to minimize dog bites and keep RJ’s memory alive!

What we do

Our Services

Who We Help

RJWF provides support to children ages 0-17 whom have sustained  injuries inflicted by dog bites. This support is inclusive of educational, emotional, physical and financial assistance. If you or someone you know has been affected, please reach out to us today!

Privacy

RJWF places a high priority on protecting your privacy. As such, here are a few core principles we live by:

WE will not share, sell, or trade our sponsor’s names or personal informtion with any other entity, nor send mailings to our sponsors on behalf of other organizations.  See full privacy policy…

 

FINANCIALS

At RJWF, our pledge is to be good stewards of the donations entrusted to us. We are aware that without the financial generosity of others, our core initiatives to service the youth wouldn’t exist. We have a reponsibility to our community and the sponsors to uphold the highest level of integrity and transparency and work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of our organization. We will make our IRS Form 990-N available for review, (as required by law) as promptly as possible.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to significantly reduce dog bites and fatalities amongst our youth in the United States. We look to equip families and communities across the globe with the knowledge and tools necessary to foster healthy human and K-9 relationships. This creates an opportunity for development in a safe environment where child and pet can both coexist.

Get Involved

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with RJWF. Volunteers are the backbone of our foundation and we look forward to providing a meaningful and enjoyable experience. All our volunteer opportunities are located within Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas. We hope you will join us!

Upcoming Events

Oct 16 - Bark & Brew

Bark & Brew at Solis Chestnut Farm, 3005 Chestnut Grove Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. October 16, 2021 from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.

Oct 23rd - Barktoberfest

Sat, 1 -4 PM Lucky Dog Bark & Brew LKN 19607 Statesville Rd., Cornelius, NC

Hosted by Carolina Boxer Rescue. Costume contests, vendors, boxers & MORE!

Meet The Family

CEO & Founder

TAMEAKA M. BROWN

RJWF AMBASSADOR

ROBIN M. MASSEY

INTERIM V.P,

KAEDON S. BROWN

RJWF AMBASSADOR

E. GWEN POLK

RJWF AMBASSADOR

MELISSA KNICELY

RJWF AMBASSADOR

MYRA J. NELLIS

RJWF AMBASSADOR

DR. JOSH FISHER

RJWF AMBASSADOR

JAVERA STEWART

RJWF AMBASSADOR

DARRELL BONAPART

RJWF AMBASSADOR

KEVIN DOUGLAS

RJWF AMBASSADOR

KIMBERLY JUDY