Janet Skinner is a longtime Scottie mom who adopted her first Scottie -- a two year old female named Hallie -- from Pinellas County Animal Services in 1992. She adopted two year old Scottie boy Piper from the SPCA in Pinellas County about one year later. Scottie #3 was added when Janet obtained Jackson from a Scottish Terrier Club of Tampa Bay (STCTB) breeder in 2006. Abby was officially adopted in 2013 after Janet fostered her for six months and decided to make her a permanent member of the family.
Janet began her involvement with Scottie rescue in 2008 when she joined Scottish Terrier Club of Tampa Bay (STCTB) and immediately volunteered to serve on the club’s Rescue Committee. Janet continued on in 2012 with the newly formed Scottish Terrier Rescue of the Southeast (STRSE), followed in September 2015 by the Scottish Terrier Club of Florida (STROF), for which she serves as Vice President for Western Florida. Janet also volunteers as a foster mom for the group.
Janet shares her home with Joey, a rescued Miniature Schnauzer, Josh, a rescued Greyhound, and her newly adopted Scottie rescue boy, Timmy . She is a volunteer with Project PUP, a pet therapy group, and visits a local memory care facility with her Greyhound Josh. Janet also trains and competes in agility; she is currently working with Timmy, who follows in the fine tradition of Abby, Piper, and Jackson, her previous Scottie agility partners. Janet’s love of this smart and feisty breed – both her own and her foster dogs -- goes back many years and will continue on forever in the years to come!
Colleen Rafatti with
Miss Maisie, one of her three Scotties
Muffy Clark Gill has been a Scottie owner and lover for over 30 years.
When she is not taking care of her two rescued Scotties, Robbie and Corkie (aka McCorkle), she is busy working in her art studio creating fine artwork for home and business. (She also designed the Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida logo). Last year an exhibition of her artwork was shown in the 22nd Floor Art gallery of the Florida State Capitol building.
Muffy and her husband, Warren take care of their four legged friends in her home in Naples.
Muffy Clark Gill with Robbie,
one of her two rescue Scotties
Meet Our Team
Debbie Kleer with her
Scottie mix Brodie (rescue)
Janet Skinner with her
Scottie Abby (rescue)
Millie (age 9 1/2, rescue)
Colleen joined STROF immediately after its formation in 2015 as webmistress, creating our informative web page. In addition to her professional expertise, Colleen brings a true love of Scottish Terriers and strong commitment to help homeless Scotties in Florida. Colleen has loved dogs and horses her entire life. Over the years she shared her home with a variety of mixed breed and purebred dogs including Pugs, English Setters, Afghan Hounds and Welsh Terriers and- most recently- Scotties! She has exhibited terriers in obedience and conformation competitions, learned how to groom dogs of a variety of dog breeds, and previously owned Arabian and Clydesdale horses.
Colleen and her husband Chuck adopted plucky special needs Scottie lass Ms. Chloe in 2000 when Chloe's original owners decided they just didn’t want her any more. Although Ms. Chloe had not been provided adequate medical care as a pup, resulting in short deformed and twisted legs, she won over their hearts in a flash and enjoyed 8 happy years with them living life to the fullest in true Scottie style despite her handicap. In 2009 Scottie litter brother and sister Logan and Bristol joined their family. Then, in the fall of 2016, the Rafatti’s experienced the joy of rescue first-hand when their initial attempt at temporary fostering quickly became a "foster failure" and little senior Scottie Miss Maisie expanded the family! (Miss Maisie is the sweetie in this picture with her new mom.)
In addition to her volunteer work with STROF, Colleen is a member of Scottish Terrier Club of Tampa Bay and Scottish Terrier Club of America.
Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida is an independent, tax exempt all volunteer charitable organization with IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and registration in the State of Florida under the Solicitation of Contributions Act.
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STROF President Debbie Kleer was first loved by a Scottish Terrier 25 years ago when she wanted to add a companion dog to her family. Like many other first-time Scottie parents she went to a pet store to look at Scottie pups. She recalls that she picked out “an adorable 6 pound bundle of fur with ears that stood up bigger than her head. She was so alert and seemed to be observant of everything around her. We bonded right away.” Debbie named her “Cleopatra”- which proved to be a great choice because Cleopatra quickly tried to become the queen of the house. Her new Mom was dismayed when, returning home from work one day, she discovered that Cleopatra had chewed up a puppy gate, gotten out of her pen, and shredded a bunch of magazines and books. Of course, the guilty party was back innocently snoozing in her bed when the carnage was discovered. Several obedience classes later with Cleopatra Debbie reported that she was totally hooked on the breed and their feisty, but loving, character.
Cleopatra was the first of several Scotties to share Debbie’s life. Years later Debbie and her Scottie Taz met representatives of the Scottish Terrier Club of Tampa Bay Rescue at a local event. That meeting motivated Deb to become a volunteer foster parent to help Scotties in need of new homes- a positive way to be involved in something that made her feel that she was making a real difference in the world. Debbie notes “fostering has been extremely rewarding, and rescue has become a passion that has really grown in my life. I helped in rescue efforts in many capacities, and remained involved with Scottie rescue when Florida efforts transitioned to the direction of the Scottish Terrier Rescue of the Southeast”.
In 2015, when the time was appropriate to create a new independent rescue to “Save Scotties in the Sunshine State” Debbie was asked to lead the reorganization efforts as the President of the new Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida (STROF). Although a daunting task, Debbie agreed in large part because she knew there was already a great team of Florida volunteers in place ready to help including Dawn Dayringer, Janet Skinner, Celia McKibben, Terri Walker and many others. Deb’s current home companion is rescue boy Brodie, a young Scottie-mix. They enjoy hiking and camping with the family!
Caring for, fostering, and re-homing sick, abandoned,
or mistreated Scottish Terriers isn't easy... but it's worth it!
The team at Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida are passionate about Scotties and love their work.
The best interests of rescue Scotties are always primary, as we serve as their advocate.