The Mitch Russell Memorial Fund

The Mitch Russell Memorial Fund for TRU Rescue Dogs with Heartworm Disease is established to honor Mitchell (Mitch) Wood Russell who recently passed at the age of 23.

Mitch was a gentle, kind, and selfless person. Everyone who met Mitch felt loved and knew that he would be there for them, always. He had a deep-rooted love for all the world’s creatures and a special place in his heart for rescue animals. Mitch and his girlfriend Samantha Prager recently adopted a big, white dog they named Ghost (previously known as Marshmallow) from TRU Rescue.

Ghost found his way to TRU Rescue as he was considered unadoptable because he had Heartworm Disease. Mitch and Ghost loved each other from first sight and when Mitch learned his four-legged companion would require special medical attention, he did not hesitate to provide Ghost with all the love and care he would need to become a happy and healthy pup.

Dogs with Heartworm Disease are on restricted exercise so Mitch would keep Ghost entertained by teaching him tricks. Mitch discovered that Ghost already knew how to give his paw for a shake and turned this into teaching Ghost how to high-five. The two would give each other high-fives all day long for various reasons and Mitch thought it was the funniest thing. When Mitch and Ghost weren’t practicing their tricks, they enjoyed snuggle and movie sessions.

Mitch attended Severna Park High School class of 2014 where he discovered his passion for computers. He was a senior at Towson University, pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science with a Math minor. Mitch participated in countless Green Hornets sports, was a Boy Scout in Troop 339, and was an avid skateboarder. He will be dearly missed by those fortunate enough to have known him.

Mitch’s unconditional love for his family, friends, and rescue animals was known by all and is his legacy. Rescue dogs with Heartworm Disease need adopters who can give them the extra love and care they need. In honor of his life and his love for rescue animals, the Mitch Russell Memorial Fund is devoted to providing financial support for the rescue and treatment of dogs like his beloved Ghost: those in high-kill shelters suffering from Heartworm Disease. Mitch Russell had a heart big enough to save Ghost and inspire this fund. All donations will be used to help dogs with Heartworm Disease have a chance at finding a forever home.

Donations to the Mitch Russell Memorial Fund can be made online through PayPal by clicking the Donate button below.


Donations can also be made by check and mailed to
They Rescue Us, Inc.
PO Box 27
14320 Jarrettsville Pike
Phoenix, MD 21131

Please indicate in the notes/memo section of the check that the donation is for the Mitchell Russell Memorial Fund.

Mitch and his girlfriend Sam when they first took Ghost home.
Mitch and Ghost enjoying each other’s snuggles.

TRU Rescue Community, please join us in offering our deepest condolences to Sam and Mitch’s family and friends. Feel free to leave notes below for Mitch’s family and friends to see.

45 Comments on “The Mitch Russell Memorial Fund

  1. I am so sorry for the families loss. Happy to help Mitch’s love of animals continue. Much love to the family.

  2. What a great way to honor Mitch and his love for animals.

  3. In memory of one of the greatest friends I’ve ever had. We love you Mitch.

  4. I gladly donate to this worth while charity in Mitch’s name. I never met him but I know and work with his brother Wade. Since Wade is a great person, I am sure his brother Mitch was cut from the same cloth. Very sorry for their loss. Great way to celebrate Mitch’s life and help the family and future furbabies.

  5. As life long rescuers and rescuers of 2 Heartworm infected, beautiful and adored furchildren, Chet & Chase, we proudly donate to “The Mitch Russell Memorial Fund”.
    What better way to Honor & Keep Alive the Legacy of Mitch’s Spirit, Compassion, Commitment & Love he so shared for all God’s Creatures
    What Wonderful Memories Of Mitchell Your Family Has Been Blessed With
    Cheryl & Charles Rausch

  6. Mitch will be missed by so many but his love will go on in all the rescued pups he’s helped save.

  7. I just made a donation but didn’t see a place to annotate it for Mitch’s memorial fund. Our prayers are with the Russell family.

  8. Stacey, Pete, Wade, Sam and family- We are so sorry for your loss. What a great way to help Mitch’s love for animals live on. Prayers for you all, The McNally Family

  9. What a wonderful way to continue to pass on the love and commitment he had for these special dogs. I am proud to donate. My sincerest condolences to Mitchell’s family and friends. Know that his beautiful spirit will always be around you 💞

  10. In memory of Mitch from The Bacot Family. Super Scout, Super Son, Great all around man!

  11. What a wonderful way to honor a beautiful person. Love and prayers.

  12. In memory of Mitch,
    Your love for all will continue on through this memorial.
    With love,
    Jessica Nelson and the Medstar Waugh Chapel Team
    (tru- please direct the donation from “jonmid25” to this fund)

  13. In memory of Mitch. What a wonderful legacy to create in his honor. Our thoughts are with you all.

  14. Sending our love and prayers to you

    -The Staton and Cleaver family

  15. God bless Mitch and all the precious pups who will be saved in his name. Add hero to the list of all that he was and still is.

  16. What a wonderful way to honor a very special young man. We send prayers to Stacey, Pete and family.

  17. In honor of Mitch, a kind, gentle and humble person who always looked out for others.

  18. As rescue parents multiple times, we are touched by Mitch’s selflessness with adopting a dog with special needs. We are happy to donate in his memory to support his cause.

  19. In memory of Mitch Russell

  20. In honor and memory of Mitch Russell. Stacey, Pete, Wade, Aunt Sharon, and family, we’re keeping you all in our thoughts during this very difficult time. Love, Ben and Tran

  21. We are heartbroken to hear this news and honored to donate to Mitch’s passion. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  22. My Stella was an American Bulldog rescue with heartworms, so it seems I had something else in common with Mitch besides teaching him English and helping with his writing for a couple years. He was always such a nice, unassuming guy. I will surely keep his friends and family in my prayers for the weeks to come.

  23. What a wonderful legacy of character that Mitch has given to his loved ones. All that knew Mitch have nothing but good things to say. What a way to honor him, my daughter just recently adopted a dog from this organization and I’m happy to honor Mitch this way. Love, Shawn & Lisa, Emily & Stephen Smith.

  24. So sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts as we make this donation to the Mitchell Russell fund

  25. A true reflection of Mitch, as well as his love and compassion. Sending you all lots of love and prayers. xoxo Chris, Joe, Cate, John & Jillian

    PS NOTE TO TRU RESCUE…Can you also direct our donation to the Mitch Russell Memorial Fund? I did not see anywhere to indicate that when I made the donation.

  26. My nephew Mitch, I will miss you always. But I hope this donation helps other pets like Ghost, and those with your love for pets in need. TRU- please direct this to his fund, and thank you for setting up this memorial.

  27. In honor of Mitch, Carol Ann and I made a donation to support Mitch’s worthy cause. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  28. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, God bless you and give you comfort <3

  29. Stacey, Wade & Family,
    We hurt with you. This is such a wonderful way to honor Mitch. You are in our thoughts & prayers.

    • Such a wonderful way to honor Mitch. So happy we can help to honor him and help in his passion for helping these pets. Thinking of you all 💕

  30. What a tremendous way to remember and honor Mitch. Love and prayers from Chuck & Jeanne.

  31. Stacey, Pete and Wade and family, our hearts are broken. This is a wonderful way to honor Mitch and one of his many passions. We are keeping you close in our thoughts. Love, Jenny, Q, Kiersten and Cameron

  32. What a wonderful way to honor Mitch. Praying for all of you

  33. I donated in your honor. Thank you and God bless and keep you ❤️

  34. In honor and memory of a very special person.

  35. I donated to the Mitch Russell Memorial Fund. My thanks to him and everyone involved in doing this.

  36. Just donated to the Mitch Russell fund using Pay Pal.

  37. Thanks for the chance to do something that would please Mitch. Love, John and Nancy

  38. In memory and in honor of the Mitch Russell Memorial Fund.
    May his memory be eternal!

  39. I donated but I didn’t see a space to say it was for Mitch .

    • Thank you, Kellianne. We will note your donation.

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