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RUFF Tales Rescue in Chelmsford, Massachusetts is a non-profit, 100% volunteer-run and foster-based dog rescue. They rescue abandoned, abused, and neglected dogs from states with significant overpopulation issues and redirect them to stable, loving, forever homes.
Everything they’re able to accomplish is due to the devotion and unwavering support of volunteers. There are numerous ways to show your support and volunteer for RUFF Tales Rescue:
Considering adoption from RUFF Tales Rescue? Keep reading for more information on the adoption process and associated fees.
RUFF Tales Rescue believes in changing the world four paws at a time! Their adoption process is simple:
Adoption fees at RUFF Tales Rescue are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccinations, heartworm testing (if old enough), flea, tick, and heartworm prevention, deworming, and microchipping.
This fee also helps offset the costs associated with transport to New England, including state-mandated quarantining and health certificates. Though the $400 fee seems large, it just barely covers the cost of finding a home for a healthy dog, and many of the dogs have rescued by RUFF Tales have pre-existing medical conditions, such as heartworm, which cost hundreds more.
If you have any questions about the adoption process or associated fees, contact RUFF Tales Rescue directly.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.