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Our Mission

Ruff House Rescue is the largest 501 (c)(3) non profit rescue on the South Shore of Long Island. Our mission is to seek out underserved shelters and communities where we can make the biggest lifesaving impact. Our goal is to create a world where the kind and rewarding experience of adoption is the standard. We do this through tireless passion, commitment, and advocacy.

Adoption Policy

We are so happy that you are interested in adopting one of our pets! The first step to adoption is to submit an application on our website, see link below! A volunteer adoption counselor will contact you, please allow up to two weeks for processing during the COVID19 Pandemic. If you are not contacted via email after 24 hours please email us at

Ruff House Rescue "Goes Big" so more pets have a chance to go home. This means we are rescuing in areas that we can make the biggest lifesaving impact. The Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the city of Houston, While we continue to help our local dogs and families in NY wanting to surrender their pets we are compelled to help the animals most in need from the highest kill rate shelters in the country and the highest statistic for strays. Hundreds and thousands of highly adoptable puppies and dogs are killed daily. Therefore the majority of our pets come from these areas. This means the cost of rescue is higher due to the high costs of vetting, boarding, and transport. Please note our adoption fees vary and are the most reliable source of revenue enabling us to continue our rescue efforts. Your adoption fees directly contribute to the rescue of these animals.
Please see our website for information and an application to adopt or foster or volunteer for RHR.

Adoption fees vary from $250 to $500 which includes a pets spay/neuter - Micro-chipping - current vaccinations - heart worm testing.

We ask that adopters submit applications in advance to help facilitate the adoption process. Please note while you may not be sure what pet you are interested in if any your application will help us find you the perfect match.
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*Please only submit an application if you are available immediately to adopt, can provide written proof from property management stating you are allowed to have a pet and all members of the household are ready to adopt or foster.

Thank you for thinking adoption first - Your decision is lifesaving.

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