Welcome to Roddie Jr.'s Watchdog Foundation Inc.
Implementing education initiatives that minimize dog bites
& fatalities to children across the globe.
About RJWF Inc.
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 the sole purpose of educating the community on responsible dog ownership & minimizing dog bites to our youth.
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!
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 information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our sponsors on behalf of other organizations.
At RJWF, our pledge is to be good stewards of the donations entrusted to us. We have a responsibility 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.
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.
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.
Meet The Family
Our team has an unwavering personal commitment to family, community, and service. But first and foremost, their faith and passion for helping others allow them to focus their energies on the children affected by dog bites who desperately need our services. Our board members are dedicated to the cause and work hard to ensure the long-term sustainability of RJWF and ensure that the funds received directly impact those in need.