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Ruff House Rescue

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Don't Forget to watch the video of PJ and Clove!!

Just because you are young doesn't mean you can't be a BIG contributor to our rescue! As a volunteer-powered non-profit organization, Ruff House Rescue would not exist without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. The number of dogs and cats we can save depends on the number of volunteers we have helping us on our Volunteer Teams.

COMMUNITY HOURS: Letter ONLY provided for Foster A Puppy/Dog position BUT if you do a "drive" for Kennel Supplies, Start a "RHR Dog Rescue Club" and help our mission (with Baked Goods Sales, Pennies for RHR Fundraiser, or Wear Jeans or PJs for A Day) or a Garage |Tag Sale at your school | church |community center you could have someone LOCAL to you be a Coordinator of your hours. Also see the "Exercise + ResQWalk" or "Exercise + Wooftrax" volunteer opportunities where your time and distance exercised is recorded on the cell phone application. Scroll down to see these opportunities.

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#1. FOSTER A PUPPY/DOG -- LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK: Give a dog a loving and comfortable place to stay while he/she awaits a forever home. You must be located on Long Island, New York. Your parent/guardian must be involved and home enough hours to care for the dog but does not have to be retired or stay at home. Everyone in the household must agree to fostering. We have a foster application, and once you are approved, we can match you with the right dog. An adult must fill out the foster application. This opportunity takes place at your home, and the total length of time depends on the dog.

MORE INFORMATION:
www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2076378.jsp


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#2. DONATE ITEMS TO THRIFTY PAWZ CONSIGNMENT SHOP: Do you have gently used or new items you would like to donate? The items do not have to be pet related, but we cannot accept books. Consider starting a consignment drive at your school to make a bigger impact. If you are located outside of the Long Island area, please contact us to ship your donations. If you need a letter, start this opportunity at your school and have someone local coordinate your service hours. The time commitment is flexible, and you can start immediately. Please get your parent or guardian’s permission.

4A Centre Avenue, East Rockaway, NY 11518
T:(516) 462-9454
E: Thriftypawz@gmail.com
Hours: Monday - Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm and Sundays 12 pm to 4 pm

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#3. BIKE, WALK, JOG, HIKE OR RUN: Let your miles help dogs by downloading the free ResQWalk or Wooftrax app on your phone and logging your hours and distance walked. No letter is provided, but the applications give you total hours/distance exercised. The time commitment is flexible, and you can start immediately. Please get your parents or guardian’s permission.

MORE INFORMATION:
Wooftrax -- www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2297837.jsp
ResQWalk -- www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2085763.jsp

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#4. FACEBOOK CROWDFUNDING: At Ruff House Rescue, we have very high vet, transportation and boarding bills along with rent and many other expenses. Help us pay for these expenses by soliciting donations on your Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Baby Shower, Birth, Memorial Donation, Engagement, Wedding, Graduation, or other special occasion(s) on Facebook.

Next Steps:
  1. -Go to https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/
  2. -Scroll down to: Raise Money for a Nonprofit
  3. -Type "Ruff House Rescue NY", fill out the required fields, set a $ goal, and share, share, share!

ALSO SHARE RHR’S MISSION WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Share our mission by promoting RHR’s Facebook page ("Like" us on FB), Instagram, and website. No letter is provided for this opportunity. The time commitment is flexible, and you can start immediately. Please get your parents or guardian’s permission.

MORE INFORMATION:
www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2123658.jsp

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#5. SHOP ONLINE: Use these sites and they donate money to RHR at no cost to you! GOODSEARCH (Internet Searching, Shopping and Coupon Codes), AMAZON SMILES (Shopping), CHEWY (Shopping), BISSELL AND PARTNERS FOR PETS (Shopping).

No letter is provided for this opportunity. The time commitment is flexible, and you can start immediately. Please get your parents or guardian’s permission.


MORE INFORMATION:
www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2123658.jsp

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#6. PENNIES FOR PUPPIES, RHR FUNDRAISER: This is a great fundraising activity for any group (schools, universities, churches, senior centers, clubs, work offices, scouts, teams, etc.). If you need a letter, start this opportunity at your school and have someone local coordinate your service hours. The time commitment is 6-12 hours, and you can start immediately. Please get your parents or guardian’s permission.

MORE INFORMATION:
www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2084107.jsp

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#7. GARAGE/TAG SALE: Host a garage/tag sale for Ruff House Rescue at your school, club, team, or home! If you need a letter, start this opportunity at your school or church and have someone local coordinate your service hours. The time commitment is variable, and you can start immediately. Please get your parents or guardian’s permission.

MORE INFORMATION:
www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2127765.jsp


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#8. SUPPLIES FOR RESCUE'S KENNEL: Collect gently used, clean towels, sheets, blankets, wire crates, pet toys, and travel crates. Other supplies such as newspapers, plastic grocery bags, marrow bones, peanut butter, and more are also appreciated. View our Amazon Wish list for additional items. If you need a letter, start this opportunity at your school or church and have someone local coordinate your service hours. The time commitment is variable, and you can start immediately. Please get your parents or guardian’s permission.

MORE INFORMATION:
www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2166475.jsp

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#9. WEAR JEANS FOR A DAY: In this fundraising opportunity, one to several times a month, students get permission to wear blue jeans, sweats, pajamas, or flip flops for the day for a $1-$10 donation to our cause. You can bring awareness of Ruff House Rescue’s mission to your school’s or club/organization’s attention. If you need a letter, start this opportunity at your school or church and have someone local coordinate your service hours. The time commitment is variable, and you can start immediately. Please get your parents or guardian’s permission.

MORE INFORMATION:
www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2318678.jsp


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#10. DOG TREAT/BAKED GOODS FOR SALE: Make homemade dog treats or human treats such as cookies, muffins, or candy to sell locally with all sales going to our rescue! If you need a letter, start this opportunity at your school or church and have someone local coordinate your service hours. The time commitment is about 4 hours, and you can start immediately. Please get your parents or guardian’s permission.

MORE INFORMATION:

https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp2538716.jsp

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#11. START A DOG RESCUE CLUB AT YOUR SCHOOL: Your teacher or parent/guardian must inquire about this opportunity by emailing ruffhouserescue@gmail.com to get started. For example, the super successful Syosset High School Dog Rescue Group was started in September 2017. The students learned so much about rescue and donated $3,500 and lots of toys to Ruff House Rescue.

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#12. OTHER POSITIONS/SUGGESTIONS:
  1. Crafts, Arts, Jewelry and Other Talents sold at various events/venues
  2. Community Walk(s)
  3. Hot Coco & Lemonade Stands/Bake Sales
  4. Other ideas found on the internet --- Dance Marathon: A continuous, multi-hour event in which participants raise funds through pledges.
  5. Treasure Chest: Fill a chest with donated prizes and sell keys to open the chest.
  6. Silly String Shoot Out: Auction off or sell cans of silly string and take aim at volunteers who are good sports like a teacher or a principal.
  7. Movie Night: Approach your local theater or movie store to ask about sponsorship initiatives (a discount or provide the event for free) with the promise of publicity. You can offer inexpensive admission, plus donated concession snacks.
  8. Magic Show: Charge for tickets for a special show.
  9. Celebrity Doodle Auction: Though this idea can take some time, by sending requests to celebrities asking for their one-of-a-kind doodles for auction.
  10. Car Wash: Select a location and time that will offer significant public exposure.
  11. Recycling Drive (in states with can deposits): Collect aluminum cans and plastic bottles all year round and donate proceeds from the recycling center.
  12. T-shirt Sale: Sell t-shirts with an original design and donate all or a portion of the proceeds.
  13. Check out the internet or Pinterest for more ideas!


VIDEO OF PJ & CLOVE (scroll down to the bottom of the page):
PJ had been sober for 2 years and he didn't have a job, he didn't have any accountability, he made the decision to start looking for a dog. A rescue group (Ruff House Rescue) had pulled Clove from a kill shelter. PJ just found a place to live. He got a call from the rescue and she was like, "PJ can you pick up Clove right now?" The first day PJ got Clove she was so scared and shut down, it was very awkward. She just cowered in his presence. And she was very timid. Watch the VIDEO to see how their story unfolds ...


"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."
The Dalai Lama
One animal is euthanized in the U.S. every 16 seconds, 4 million annually (Humane Society of US).



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About Ruff House Rescue

Location:

Commercial, Oceanside, NY 11572, US

Mission Statement

Ruff House Rescue's (RHR) 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.

Description

WE GO BIG, SO THEY GO HOME.

Going BIG means that our fosters and volunteers always show up in a big way and are incredibly hands-on, passionate, and dedicated, whether they are volunteering remotely, at our kennel, or at our adoption events.

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 under-served 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.

We are a foster-based network of animal lovers who seek to save as many lives as possible, as fast as we can. As a largely volunteer-based organization, we depend on the generosity of our Ruff House family to do this life changing work.

No animal is euthanized.

Mailing Address: PO Box 365, Oceanside, NY 11572

Animals
Community

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Virtual -- Your Home AddressOceanside/Freeport, NY 11572

(40.63115,-73.63596)
 

SKILLS

  • Sales Process
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Public Relations
  • Retail / Sales
  • Sales Marketing

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

N/A

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