​Surrendering an animal to Ruff Life Animal Rescue...

The mission of Ruff Life Animal Rescue is to rescue lost, homeless, abandoned and injured dogs from our local animal control facilities...dogs that are in danger of euthanasia.  We try to help owners with pets they can no longer keep, but can only do so for reasons beyond a person's control. 


Owner Surrenders
If you are looking to surrender your dog to Ruff Life Animal Rescue, please fill out our owner surrender form 
here.  We cannot guarantee that we will have the room to take your pet into our program, but filling out this form gives us the information we need to see if we can be of assistance.  


If you have a litter of puppies you would like to surrender, we will spay and neuter the parents at no charge to you if we take in the entire litter.  Please email info@ruffliferescue.com with the subject "Puppy Surrender" and include ages, gender, how many in the litter, any medical issues/concerns and include pictures.  Please also let us know which of the parents you have, or if you have both, and if they are current on vaccines or you have any medical concerns for them (vaccine status and medical concerns do not disqualify you from us fixing the parents).


Stray Animals
We, along with any other rescue organization or person besides animal control, cannot legally take ownership or possession of the dog until he/she has completed a legal stray hold at the animal control facility in the county in which the dog was found in. Please contact animal control and report the dog as found and bring the pet to a vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip (any vet will do this for free). Please ensure legal protocols are followed before giving the dog away to anyone at anytime and do not release the dog to another person's custody until these protocols have been completed.  


Union County, NC, Lancaster County, SC and Mecklenburg County, NC REQUIRE all found animals to complete a legal stray hold in their county facility before being adopted out or given to a rescue for rehoming.  We will be updating this page with area animal controls and their stray dog laws for your help as soon as possible.


If you brought a stray to animal control and are interested in Ruff Life Animal Rescue rescuing the dog once he/she becomes available, please submit the following form: