Even years after being rescued, Idgie has never stopped trying to protect Ruth. Every time someone new approaches, Idgie checks them out first before allowing them to interact with Ruth. Idgie will always be Ruth's protector, no matter where they are.
After adopting this special pair, Borum was inspired to help other animals in need as well. She is the president of Project Paws, an organization that raises money to provide medical care for abused and abandoned animals. Ruth and Idgie are, of course, the mascots of the organization, and help to inspire people to give back.