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ORGANIZATION: Ruff House Rescue

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.

#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, not in a dormitory, and be at least 18 years old. You also must be involved and home enough hours to care for the dog. 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. This opportunity takes place at your home, and the total length of time depends on the dog (average is 2-3 weeks).



Every search conducted on GoodSearch (powered by Yahoo) earns a penny for penny match to RHR, which can add up! 500 people searching four times per day equals $7,300 per year of free money! Supporters for Ruff House Rescue raised over $566.61!
- Go to www.goodsearch.com
- Click on "Sign Up"
- Sign up with FaceBook -or- enter your Name, E-mail address, and Password
- Click on "Sign me up!"
- Enter "Ruff House Rescue" and click search
- Click on "Ruff House Rescue Oceanside, NY" (it will highlight in blue)
- Start searching the internet and earn a penny for each search by clicking on "GoodSearch" (on the upper bar). You can also make Goodsearch your homepage.


#3. 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!

#4. 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.


#5. 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.



#6. 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.


#7. 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.



#8. 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.



#9. START A DOG RESCUE CLUB AT YOUR SCHOOL: 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.



  1. Crafts, Arts, Jewelry and Other Talents sold at various events/venues
  2. Community Walk(s)
  3. Coffee, Hot Coco or Lemonade Stands/Bake Sales
  4. 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. 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.
  7. Magic Show: Charge for tickets for a special show.
  8. 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.
  9. Car Wash: Select a location and time that will offer significant public exposure.
  10. Recycling Drive (in states with can deposits): Collect aluminum cans and plastic bottles all year round and donate proceeds from the recycling center.
  11. T-shirt Sale: Sell t-shirts with an original design and donate all or a portion of the proceeds.
  12. 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


Commercial, West Islip, NY 11795, 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.



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


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  • Teens
  • People 55+
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  • Must be at least 17

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