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ADOPTION EVENTS

Adoptions events are held every Saturday and Sunday with one adoption event held mid-week, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday

Ruff House brings in adoptable pets frequently, check our social media weekly for our new arrivals.

READY TO ADOPT?

Are you and your family ready for this happy life changing commitment?

Please apply prior to attending adoptions.

Part of the adoptions process will include an informal home visit to ensure a safe environment for your new family member. We are happy to help you to improve safety issues and answer any of your questions.

Once your application is submitted you will be  assigned a team member with the goal of helping you find the perfect pet.

Every step through the adoption process should take less than a week from start to finish. Let’s make your adoption a great experience.

We can answer your adoption questions.
ADOPTION FAQ

CATS

Cat Adoption Fees

Cats: $100            Kittens: $125

Includes:

  • Microchip
  • Vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • FIV/FeIV Testing

APPLICATIONS

We publish all known details about our pets to the best of our knowledge. There are instances where information or availability status may change (example: an adoption) before we can update our listings. Upon meeting you, we’ll gladly share the most accurate and current information available to us. We can make no guarantees about a pet’s health or temperament.


all applications are processed
securely via shelterluv.com

Dogs

Dog Adoption Fees

Adult Medium/Large (8m+, 35 lbs.+):  $350
Adult Small Breed (8m+, under 35 lbs.):  $500
Large breed puppies (up to 8m): $500
Small breed puppies (up to 8m): $600
Scruffy/pure breed: $600
Senior (8+ yrs): $250

Includes:

  • Microchip
  • Vaccinations
  • Heartworm test
  • Deworming
    In addition to our adoption fee, you can expect to purchase our Puppy Package, which includes a martingale collar, a leash with a pull-down clasp, and a cinching anti-pull harness. The package ranges from $30 – $50 depending on the size/age of the pup. Safety of our pets is always our highest concern.

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Apply to Adopt
Browse petsAdoption faq

ADOPTION EVENTS

Adoptions events are held every Saturday and Sunday with one adoption event held mid-week, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday

Ruff House brings in adoptable pets frequently, check our social media weekly for our new arrivals.

READY TO ADOPT?

Are you and your family ready for this happy life changing commitment?

Please apply prior to attending adoptions.

Part of the adoptions process will include an informal home visit to ensure a safe environment for your new family member. We are happy to help you to improve safety issues and answer any of your questions.

Once your application is submitted you will be  assigned a team member with the goal of helping you find the perfect pet.

Every step through the adoption process should take less than a week from start to finish. Let’s make your adoption a great experience.

We can answer your adoption questions.
ADOPTION FAQ

We publish all known details about our pets to the best of our knowledge. There are instances where information or availability status may change (example: an adoption) before we can update our listings. Upon meeting you, we’ll gladly share the most accurate and current information available to us. We can make no guarantees about a pet’s health or temperament.


all applications are processed
securely via shelterluv.com

Dogs

Dog Adoption Fees

Adult Medium/Large (6m+, 30 lbs.+):  $350
Adult Small Breed (6m+, 1-30 lbs.):  $600
Puppy Any Size (2m-6m): $600
Senior (8+ yrs): $250

Includes:

  • Microchip
  • Vaccinations
  • Heartworm test
  • Deworming
    In addition to our adoption fee, you can expect to purchase our Puppy Package, which includes a martingale collar, a leash with a pull-down clasp, and a cinching anti-pull harness. The package ranges from $30 – $50 depending on the size/age of the pup. Safety of our pets is always our highest concern.

CATS

Cat Adoption Fees

Cats: $100            Kittens: $125

Includes:

  • Microchip
  • Vaccinations
  • Deworming
  • FIV/FeIV Testing

foster a pet

Make A Donation

Volunteer

Before Applying

COVID19 and Additional Important Information:

Thank you for your interest in applying to adopt from Ruff House Rescue.

Quick tips to save you time:
1. Please DO NOT apply if you have pending applications with other shelters or rescues.
2. Please be sure you are legally allowed to have a pet in your home. If you are a renter or own a condo/co-op check your lease agreement, HOA policy and or with your management company.
3. Please apply if you are the home owner or lease owner.
4. Please be sure you are comfortable with our Covid spay/neuter policies.
5. Please apply only when you are immediately ready to adopt.

Our volunteers need to focus on applicants ready to adopt the coming adoption weekend only. Most adoptions are done within one week’s time.

A little bit about Ruff House Rescue’s mission, “We go to the most underserved communities to make the biggest life-saving impact”.

Our pets are largely rescued from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, near the US/Mexico border. Local animal controls provide no vetting whatsoever, no vaccinations, rabies, wormer, spay, neuter and no medical emergencies.The homeless pets we save will eventually travel approximately 2000 miles with the promise of a permanent, loving home. With that said we want to be sure you and your family are ready to step into this happy and permanent commitment.

Our adoption fees represent the costs of rescuing these animals that are truly most in need and should not be compared to the cost of adopting from other rescues or shelters.

If you speak to the many happy RHR adopters they will tell you that Ruff House rescues truly the sweetest, most beautiful, and loving, cats and dogs, puppies and kittens, who would be euthanized without our rescue efforts in this region. We certainly don’t take the credit for these amazing animals but we sure are happy they are getting the second chance they deserve. We rescue many small dogs, puppies, medium and large dogs, senior pets and special needs animals.

With the overwhelming challenges due to COVID-19, Ruff House along with thousands of other rescues, lost resources for available veterinarians and spay and neuter services, please read our updated spay/neuter policies:

We can absolutely adopt out of state as long as the cat or dog is spayed or neutered prior to leaving New York. New York adopters have 30 days to spay or neuter their dog once adopted. This is New York State law.

If you are in the five boroughs, Long Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts etc. and are interested in adopting any of our dogs we can set up a rescue reduced price to spay or neuter your Ruff House pet at your expense so that you may still take home the cat or dog of your choice. We do not spay or neuter puppies under 4 months. All our kitties are spayed/neutered prior to adoption and many, but not all of our dogs are spayed/neutered prior to adoption. We know this may be an inconvenience for some however we are happy that most adopters understand the constraints we are under and agree to the process.

Ruff House rescues’ beautiful animals throughout each month of the year. We ask that you check our adoptable pets page on our website along with our social sites to see our available pets. Please don’t be disappointed if one of the pets you are interested in is adopted. We have new faces available every few weeks and we promise they are worth the wait. Once your application is submitted, we try to give a three day turnaround response by email and phone call. If we do not hear back from you, we will move onto the next application.

Please be open to meeting more than one cat or dog that you see on our website. You never know who you’re going to “fall in love” with when you come to our adoption events. These events are hosted throughout Long Island every Saturday and Sunday and one day during the week. Please note who your adoption liaison is so you may contact them with any questions you may have, including our adoption location. Many of our puppies and dogs are located in foster homes and you may be asked to do a meet and greet with the foster.

We understand the application process along with a home visit may seem daunting but we try very hard to make the process very quick, very pleasant. Our goal is to simply ensure our pets are going to the safe home to the best of our ability.

We very much appreciate your application and your patience.