About Us


We at Ruby in the Ruff are heartbroken to announce that we have had to close our facility doors and find placement for all of our dogs and cats.  We are also looking for temporary foster families for the dogs who are still waiting for their forever homes. We still have dogs and cats needing homes, so please contact us if you are looking for a new family member. :)

Adopting A Friend

At Ruby in the Ruff, we want to find you a forever friend!  We ask our potential adopters lots of questions in order to determine which dogs would be a good fit.  We want to place our dogs with people/families that are a good match for them--for this reason, our dogs are not available on a first come, first serve basis.  If you are interested in learning more about one of our dogs, please feel free to e-mail us at RubyintheRuffAdoptions@gmail.com and we will get back with you as quickly as possible.  If you are interested in adopting a dog, let us know and we will send you an Adoption Application.  Once your application is approved, we can set up an appointment for you to meet the dog or dogs of your choice.  Please keep in mind that our organization is made up totally of volunteers and much of our work is done after normal business hours.  We will do our best to respond to e-mails in a timely manner. Thanks!

Who We Are

We are a small, private canine rescue in Southwest Missouri, specializing in dogs that wouldn't otherwise have a chance.  The majority of the dogs in our rescue have been saved from euthanasia at high kill animal control facilities.  We specialize in dogs that are fearful/aggressive, seniors and dogs with special needs and/or medical issues that need a little extra TLC.  We also have a sanctuary program in which we have dogs that will live out their lives with us, however long that may be.  The program has dogs that are un-adoptable due to behavioral issues, medical issues and/or age.  Many of our adoptable dogs are also with us for months, receiving vet care and rehab before they are ready for adoption.  For this reason, donations are always needed and very welcome!  Our most commonly needed items can be seen below in our wish list.  Monetary donations can be made via Paypal to sarahagillespie@gmail.com

Ruby in the Ruff Wish List

  • Dry Dog Food
  • Canned Senior Dog Food
  • Dry Cat Food
  • Cat Litter (clumping)
  • Trash Bags (black 30 gallon with tie)
  • Paper Towels
  • Bleach (unscented)
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Borax or Arm & Hammer Washing Powder
  • Newspapers (no slick adds)
  • Puppy Pads
  • Disposable Nitrile Gloves
  • Dog Beds (all sizes & types, washable)
  • Fleece Blankets or Fabric (new or used)
  • Towels (new or used)
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Nylabones (all sizes)
  • Kongs (all sizes)
  • Dog Toys (very tough rubber preferred)
  • Collars, Leashes & Harnesses (new or used)
  • Metal & Plastic Dog Crates (new or used)
  • Exercise Pens (new or used)
  • Frontline, Revolution, Comfortis, Trifexis, Iverheart Max, Interceptor & Heartgaurd
  • Pill Pockets (by Greenies)
  • Dog Shampoo
  • Grooming Items (new or used)
  • Gift Cards (Walmart, Sams, PetSmart, Lowes, Target, etc...)

Come Visit Us

At this time, we do not have a shelter facility that is open to the public.  If you would like to meet a dog or dogs, please e-mail us at RubyintheRuffAdoptions@gmail.com and we will send you an Adoption Application.  Once your application is approved, we can set up a time for a meet and greet.

Contact Ruby in the Ruff


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