About Ruffles Rescue

Ruffles Rescue was founded in August 2011, by Christina Chandler, who is dedicating her life to the dogs.  Ruffles does not have a ‘shelter’, so we open our homes and hearts to the dogs who have been forgotten, neglected or abandoned by society.  We take pride in helping all breeds and not discriminating based on background, breed, medical condition, or adaptability level.  We don’t see breed, color, size – we see a dog in need.

Every dog that enters Ruffles Rescue’s care will receive a veterinary exam, routine vaccines, a spay or neuter surgery, microchip, dewormer, flea and tick prevention, and any other medical treatments or grooming that might be required.  They will not only receive medical care, they will receive the love, attention and training that they deserve. They will know the true meaning of being loved.


Christina Chandler
Founder, Executive Director
Christina has always had a deep love and compassion to helping animals in need.  Growing up, her family rescued two German Shepherds that were thrown out, starved, and abused.  They were rescued from horrible conditions.  Yet, even though these dogs knew nothing but betrayal, Christina saw that they had nothing less than love and compassion to give.  They were her best friends.  When she was in high school, she worked part time at the local veterinary hospital, along with being an active member of her high schools FFA chapter.
When she was eighteen, she decided that she was going to do something amazing with her life and she chose to help save the lives of dogs that had been abused, mistreated, neglected and forgotten by society.  She spent all her free time volunteering with animal rescue organizations, but soon saw the horrendous truth of how people discriminate against dogs who need us the most.  In August 2011, a little female, Pit Bull puppy came into her life and changed it more than she could have ever imagined.  This little girl was only three months old when she was starved, abused and thrown out to die.  Christina witness a rescue organization turn her away because of her breed, so Christina stepped up and opened her home and heart to this little girl.  She nursed her back to health, named her She’Ra – then officially adopted her.  Because of little She’Ra, Christina founded Ruffles Rescue.
 Lynnette Smick
Vice President
A lifelong resident of the Monterey Bay, Lynnette enjoys being with her family and friends. She is the mother of two grown sons, has two beautiful granddaughters that have her wrapped around their little fingers, and has three dogs of her own. She loves to cook, read, and enjoys hiking with her girlfriends (and the dogs!) whenever she can. Lynnette has always been an advocate to those with no voice. Her first rescue was when she was 9-years old: a 3-week old goat she named Buster. She bottle-fed him, let him sleep in her bed, and every day when she got off the school bus, he was waiting for her so they could watch Hogan’s Heroes together. Lynnette’s passion for animals continues and she is dedicated to helping animals in any way she can.
It was their shared love for animals that brought Lynnette and Christina together. A strong supporter of Ruffles Rescue, Lynnette has opened her heart and her home to several foster dogs while searching for their forever home. Any animal that is brought into her home is treated as any other family member or friend: with love, compassion, and nurturing; something most of them would likely never experience otherwise. She is dedicated in helping Christina in her crusade to “better the world, one dog at a time!”