FAQ

Adoption FAQ’s

Please complete an application on our website! www.ruffhouserescue.org We try to review all applications within 24-48 hours.
We will have your application on file for a month. If you are interested in adopting more than a month later please reapply!
Adoption fees range from $350-$500 depending on a dog's age, size, and breed. While some of our rescues only require basic medical others, other require more extensive vetting. We rely solely on donations, adoption fees, and fundraisers to enable us to continue rescuing homeless pets.
Of course! However, we do require all adopters to travel to us (and bring your dog(s) for a meet and greet). If traveling by plane, your new pet must be able to travel in the cabin with you.
We do weekly adoption events where you are able to meet adoptable pets. We have many dogs and puppies in foster homes and once your application is reviewed, we will arrange for you to meet either at an adoption event or at a foster home.
For general information, please email info@ruffhouserescue.org If you have already applied, please email apply@ruffhouserescue.org For medical questions, email Melissa at Mel@ruffhouserescue.org For donation receipts, email Sara at sararuffhouse@gmail.com

FAQ

Ruff House Rescue, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill rural shelters. Our mission is to rescue homeless pets that suffer from abuse, neglect, and indifference. Our goal is to create awareness of the epidemic of homeless pets and educate on the importance of spaying and neutering, ID tagging, and training these pets. Through our rescue efforts we are both saving lives and cultivating the natural connection between man and his best friend.
Ruff House Rescue is located in Island Park NY on Long Island. We house our animals in our small private kennel as well as in local foster homes.
We pull from county shelters with proper transfer documentation. Owner Surrenders are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have an animal you would like like to surrender, please see our Owner Surrender page.
Since we are a volunteer-based organization, we are open for adoptions on weekends by appointment (generally from 2pm to 6pm). Additionally, some of our animals are in foster homes. We also host adoption events every weekend on and off site. Please see our calendar for upcoming events. Please submit an adoption application on our website and upon review, we will happily set up a meet and greet!
Unlike a local shelter, we are a rescue. This means we are staffed by volunteers, many of whom work full-time jobs in addition to giving their time and love to our adoptable pets. We do not have regular hours during the week, unless you are volunteering. For adoptions and meet and greets, we limit our hours to the weekends and ask that you set up an appointment ahead of time so we can ensure you get the time and attention needed to make a great match for your family!
We require fosters to be local to us in order for them to use one of our approved vets, as well as to be close to our location in Island Park for other medical and vetting needs.
In order to apply, you must either be the homeowner or name on the lease. If you live with your parents, they must be the name and information on the application. We want everyone in the household on board for adopting, there are no pets as gifts or surprises.
We require all adopters to come to our facility so we can meet them and ensure a good match for all involved.
Ruff House Rescue spends a great deal of time on each application trying to make sure that each of our adoptable pets finds the right home. In order to make sure that a new pet will transition successfully, we require a meet and greet with the current pets in the household.
As a registered 501 (c) (3), donations to Ruff House Rescue, Inc. are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our mission is supported through generous donations from individuals, businesses (large and small), foundations, planned gifts, event proceeds, and merchandise sales.
A secure, online giving page (www.RuffHouseRescue.org/donate) can be used to submit donations. Checks can be mailed to: Ruff House Rescue, P.O. Box 365, Oceanside, NY 11572. We also encourage you to please consider corporate/business gifts, matching gifts, memorial donations, gifts of supplies (please review our Amazon Wish List), and planned gifts. As a registered 501 (c) (3), all donations to Ruff House Rescue, Inc. are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
New and gently used items can be donated to our Thrift Store, Thrifty Pawz located at 4a Centre Ave East Rockaway. Email thriftypawz@gmail.com DOG SUPPLIES WE ALWAYS NEED! throw blankets (sorry we cannot use fitted sheets, pillowcases, comforters, or pillows - these can be donated to Thrifty Pawz) towels top sheets disposable gloves paper towels bleach Healthy Edibles Bones by Nylabone Puppy Food by Natural Balance or Diamond Brand (to donate bags Diamond Puppy Food Call Bruce at Treat Your Pet in Island Park and he will deliver to us! 5166700470) GIFT CARDS to Amazon, Target, Walmart, Petsmart, Petco Trader Joe's Dog Biscuits Laundry Detergent Dawn Dish Detergent
Ruff House is operated by 100% volunteers. These tireless animal advocates do their very best to respond to queries within 24 hours, but many are juggling full-time careers, families, etc. If, for any reason, you do not receive a response, please re-send your email to: info@ruffhouserescue.org
We embrace volunteers from all over and currently have several openings for positions that do not need to be based on Long Island. Please complete a volunteer application on our website at www.RuffHouseRescue.org/volunteer
Please email info@ruffhouserescue.org
Please email Melissa or Mary at apply@ruffhouserescue.org to check on your application's status.
We try to complete the review of all applications within 48 hours. Once you submit your application, you can expect to hear from a volunteer adoption counselor within 24 hours to let you know that it is being reviewed and to schedule a phone interview. If you haven't heard back about your application after 48 hrs., please email Melissa or Mary at apply@ruffhouserescue.org
We do an in-person home visit whenever possible or a Facetime/Video Chat home visit if a physical home visit is not possible.