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About Us


Ruff Tales Rescue is a dog rescue operating in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. We are dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned dogs and redirecting them to stable, loving environments that serve as their forever home or the bridge to their forever home.


Ruff Tales rescues dogs from shelters in southern states, where they are at risk for euthanasia due to significant overpopulation. Before meeting us, these dogs have often been neglected, abused, or abandoned. Once pulled from the shelters, our dogs are fostered locally before moving to their northern fosters when they are ready for adoption.


Our rescue works tirelessly to place our dogs in caring, responsible homes and to make excellent matches for our fosters, adopters, and dogs. We are committed to dogs of all ages, breeds, and those with pre-existing medical conditions. Beyond finding homes for our dogs, Ruff Tales also educates the community on the importance of responsible pet ownership and proper care.

We are not a shelter and do not have a physical facility. Instead, we rely on devoted foster families who open their hearts and homes to our dogs on a temporary basis. Foster families are the backbone of our essential work and we support them in all aspects from medical care to training to supplies.

Ruff Tales Rescue is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is 100% volunteer-run. With no paid employees, everything we are able to accomplish is attributable to the unending devotion and hard work of our volunteers. There are many ways to support our rescue's mission; explore the links below to help us continue our lifesaving work. 

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