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Rugaz Rescue in New Port Richey, Florida was founded in 2001. They foster, rehabilitate, and re-home abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs scheduled for euthanasia. The dogs come from local Florida animal service facilities who lack the medical resources, space, or time to invest in each dog.
The all-volunteer organization helps all dog breeds and ages with a focus on seniors, Pit Bull, and Mastiff-type dogs.
Rugaz Rescue’s foster/rehabilitation program works in conjunction with their Homeless No More plan. Individuals frequently look at the option of surrendering a dog due several common reasons:
Homeless No More equips families who have unruly dogs with the proper skills and training to work with their dogs. By doing so, they encourage a stronger bond between owner and dog in the hopes of keeping them together forever.
Considering adoption from Rugaz Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.
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!
Rugaz Rescue has a simple adoption process:
Adoption fees at Rugaz Rescue are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, deworming, microchipping, age-appropriate vaccinations, flea treatment, a heartworm test, and heartworm prevention.
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.