Renie Rule is the founding patron of the Paws in Prison program, a distinction no one else will receive. Without her contributions, the program would not have began when it did. Thanks to her generosity, PIP is able to provide resources for training rescued dogs and making them adoptable pets. Her donations of both time and money will help save homeless dogs from perishing, while providing a positive program for prison inmates.
In 2008, Rule became interested in developing a dog training program in Arkansas modeled after similar programs operating in prisons in other states. She later approached Gov. Mike Beebe about the idea, and he embraced it. Rule then met with ADC Director Ray Hobbs, and he supported having such a program in Arkansas’ prison system.
The rest is now history. Rule’s partnership with ADC made it happen.
Rule is the senior development director of the University of Arkansas Medical School, Psychiatric Research Institute, in Little Rock. She has raised more than $33 million for projects in her area of development for UAMS. She has also raised millions as a volunteer for projects such as the Maximum Security Unit chapel at Tucker; Second Presbyterian Church chapel, youth building and endowment; Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Wildwood Park Opera Theatre and the Junior League of Little Rock’s headquarters.
Rule was the executive director of the Little Rock Sister Cities Commission from 1998 to 2000, and from 1990 to 1998 served as director of communications and education for the Arkansas Secretary of State.
She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and studied abroad at Trinity University, American University in Provence, France.
- Helen and E. Donald Goldsmith Fund, Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
- Mary Lewis
- Patsy B. Hollandsworth Family Foundation