What is Ruff House Rescue?
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. Through our rescue efforts we are both saving lives and cultivating the natural connection between man and his best friends.
How are you funded?
Our mission is supported through generous donations from individuals, businesses (large and small), foundations, planned gifts, event proceeds, and merchandise sales. As a registered 501 (c) (3), donations to Ruff House Rescue, Inc. are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Where are you located?
Ruff House Rescue is located in West Islip, NY on Long Island. We house our animals in our small private kennel as well as in local foster homes.
What is your intake policy?
How can I meet a pet that I am interested in adopting?
Why can't I just come visit whenever I want?
Do you transport your rescue animals to other parts of the country?
I have things I'd like to donate! What do you need?
New and gently used items can be donated to our Thrift Store:
4A Centre Ave.
East Rockaway, NY 11518
DOG SUPPLIES WE ALWAYS NEED:
Throw blankets (no fitted sheets, pillowcases, comforters, or pillows – these can be donated to Thrifty Pawz), towels, top sheets, disposable gloves, paper towels, bleach, Trader Joe’s Dog Biscuits, unscented laundry detergent, Dawn dish detergent, Healthy Edibles Bones by Nylabone, puppy food by Natural Balance or Diamond Brand. To donate bags of Diamond Puppy Food Call Bruce at ‘Treat Your Pet’ in Island Park and he will deliver to us – (516) 670-0470, if you would like to donate a gift card: Amazon, Target, Walmart, Petsmart, Petco.
How can I make a monetary donation?
A secure, online giving page is 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.
I don’t live on Long Island, but I’d still like to volunteer. How can I apply?
We embrace volunteers from all over and currently have several openings for positions that do not need to be based on Long Island.
Do you do a home visit?
Why do you require foster homes to be local to Long Island?
Do you adopt dogs and cats to interested adopters who live out of state?
Why do I have to bring my current dog(s) for a meet and greet?
I emailed a question a few days ago but I haven’t heard back. How can I expedite an answer to my question?
Ruff House is operated 100% by 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
How do I apply to adopt?
How long does it take to review my application?
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 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: apply@RuffHouseRescue.org.
What are your adoption fees?
Adoption fees range from $250-$600 depending on a dog’s age, size, and breed. While some of our rescues only require standard health and wellness care, other require more extensive vetting. We rely solely on donations, adoption fees, and fundraisers to enable us to continue rescuing homeless pets.
If I apply am I guaranteed to get the dog I apply for?
How do I meet a dog I am interested in adopting?
Can I apply to adopt if I am not the homeowner or named on the lease?
Do I have to reapply each time I see another dog I am interested in?
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