About Us

Opening in the spring of 2020, Murillo Mutts Respite Refuge was founded to assist animal owners during a crisis. By providing temporary shelter and/or assistance we strive to keep families together to reduce the number of animals that require rehoming.

All services are provided by dedicated individuals who share one purpose; animal welfare.

Our Mission

At Murillo Mutts Respite Refuge we will house animals on site, or in loving foster homes, while the owner is not able to care for their animal.

While in our care, Murillo Mutts Respite Refuge facilitates visits and ongoing communication with the owners.  Transportation is provided by dedicated volunteers.

Murillo Mutts Respite Refuge encourages all pet owners to be responsible pet owners by promoting the need for regular veterinary care which includes, vaccinations, microchipping, deworming, and spay/neuter.

Murillo Mutts Respite Refuge will assist owner’s with food and other supplies so that animals may remain in their home.

We rely on the generous donations by others to be sustainable.  All donation go directly to the animal care.

Our motto is “Keeping Pet Families Together.”

 

What We Do

Our vision is to keep pet families together by providing safe and nurturing environments for animals while their owners are unable to look after them.

Murillo Mutts Respite Refuge is a non-profit, registered charity, animal welfare organization dedicated to providing a holistic approach by keeping animals and their owner’s together.

 

Journey Home

Piper Returned to Breeder

Piper Returned to Breeder

My name is Piper. I am a 6 month old GSD/Lab mix and I am ready to go to my forever home. I love kids, people and playing with other dogs. My favourite is water and balls. I am not mean to cats but I still want to chase them so it's probably best that I don't live...

Pabo

Pabo

  This big boy is only 10 months old.  He came in on September 10, 2021 for some medical appointments, will get neutered vaccinated and then returned to his community.  Pablo went home on Friday October 8, 2021 to his family who were eagerly awaiting his return.  I...

Beauty

Beauty

  Beauty was brought into care with her 3 babies on August 11, 2021.  Once she is done nursing, we will get her spayed and return her to the owner when she is ready to take her back.  Beauty was returned to her owner on October 4, 2021

Pancake

Pancake

  Welcome to Murillo Mutts Pancake (September 2, 2021).  Pancake is our 3rd pig currently on the property.  Pancake's owner had to move to town and unfortunately the by-laws do not allow pigs as pets in the city.  Pancake will hang with us at Murillo Mutts while his...

Happy Tails

Tucker – Adopted

Tucker – Adopted

Meet the friendliest, lab/husky guy ever. 8 years, Neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Approximately 8 years old. This is what his foster has to say about him...I started fostering Tucker in May. The is an absolute pleasure to have with me. He is on a bit of a...

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Ducky (Adopted)

Ducky (Adopted)

Hi, my big boy Husky name is Taqulik (duck-who-lick)- but I respond when you call me ‘Ducky’. I’m still a puppy so I’m looking for a home that will remember that and have patience with teaching me and letting me out to go potty. I forget how big I am sometimes, and I...

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Bernard – adopted

Bernard – adopted

Oh yes. It’s time! Now accepting applications for Bernard, the St. Bernard. He is best suited to a home with children 12 and up. Is your home lacking in entertainment? Are you struggling with finding reasons to get off the couch? Well lucky for you, I can fix that....

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Jasper – TRANSFERRED

My name is Jasper and I am a 4 year old Bullmastiff. I weigh in at 100 lbs. I am a sweet boy who is obsessed with my purple ball. I like to sit my but on your feet so you can love me. I like walking but leash manners have to be worked on.

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Queenie- ADOPTED

Queenie- ADOPTED

My name is Queenie and I love people. I am an 15 week old Russian Blue who is litter trained and likes other cats. I am a super sweet playful kitty who loves being pet and I have a darling personality that everyone adores. I enjoy spending my time exploring the house...

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Sparty – TRANSFERRED

Sparty – TRANSFERRED

My name is Sparty and I am an 11 month old tuxedo cat. I am a calm kitty who is shy at first but will open up once I trust you. I like to spend my time curled up in a cat tree or napping in small spaces. Although I like to have time for myself, I'll always come out...

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Santana – TRANSFERRED

My name is Santana and I am 8 months old. I am a super curious and energetic kitty who loves exploring. You can often find me running around or climbing up to high places where I can nap or just observe what's happening below. I enjoy being pet and will rub up against...

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Alfie – ADOPTED

Alfie – ADOPTED

Hi my name is Alfie, they tell me I am a German Shephard cross, but my foster parents are pretty sure there is Newfie and Husky in me. Even though I am still just a babv (only 4 months old) as you can see in the photo with my foster sister Charlie (who is 8 months) I...

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Nugget – ADOPTED

Nugget – ADOPTED

ADOPTION PENDING Meet Nugget. This one year old male is a very unique looking dog. Weighing in at 27 lbs, he has the body shape of a Corgi but looks like a Spaniel type dog. Due to his fur, he will require regular grooming. Nugget has only been in rescue for 10 days...

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Zeffie

Zeffie

Meow! I'm zeffie. A 9 year old, neutered, domestic short haired, silver patch tabby with white cat. I have been in foster care for a couple of months as my owner has been in the hospital. I got sad news that my owner will not be returning and I am looking for a new...

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Joey ADOPTED

Joey ADOPTED

  This little sweetie came into care January 17, 2022.  Her owner had died and she was found roaming a building.  She came in with severe dental disease and had surgery.  She also needed to be spayed and had mammary tumors removed.  This has all been completed and we...

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Josee – TRANSFERRED

Josee – TRANSFERRED

  Josee is a senior sweetie.  Unfortunately, as a DLH she came in on October 6, 2021 very matted and had to be sedated and groomed.  She is also overweight so we are working on this as well. Hello, my name is Miss Josee I'm a shapely gal with a lovely swagger. My...

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Abby – ADOPTED

Abby – ADOPTED

  Abby unfortunately came into care on February 9, 2022 as her owner was no longer able to care for her.  She is a sweet 8 year old DSH Tuxedo

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Polly – ADOPTED

Polly – ADOPTED

  Polly was abandoned by her owner.  Shortly thereafter we found out she was pregnant.  Unfortunately she gave birth to 6 babies and none of them survived.  Polly has some neurological issues that we are currently assessing.  She will be spayed and will be available. ...

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Nala (Adopted)

Nala (Adopted)

  This sweet girl is only 8 months old.  She will stay with us while her owners find adequate housing. 

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Our board of Directors

We are currently seeking a volunteer coordinator, foster coordinator, and other directors.  We are looking for active members of the board who believe in the betterment of animal lives through rescue initiatives

Robin Ratz

Robin Ratz

is the chair of the board and the founder of the rescue. She lives on site with her 3 dogs, and 7 cats. Robin has worked or volunteered in animal rescue for over 10 years. She is a certified dog trainer and is registered with CCPDT,

Tanya Andreason

Tanya Andreason

is the secretary. Tanya lives with her husband, daughter, their dog Rascal and any other animal that Faith brings home.

Christine Napierala

Christine Napierala

is the treasurer for Murillo Mutts. Christine Napierala is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and, since 2016, is the Manager of Financial Services at Hydro One Remote Communities Inc. Previous to that, Christine held various progressive financial managerial positions at North American Palladium Ltd. from 2003 to 2016, and articled at Ernst & Young LLP from 1998 to 2003. Christine was a Board director and Treasurer for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute from 2015 to 2019 and a Board director for Radialis Medical Inc. from 2017 to 2019. Christine is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (2000) and graduated from the accounting program from Lakehead University (1997). She also graduated with a degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia with a Cooperative Bachelor's Degree in Metallurgical Engineering (1995) and graduated with a Certificate in Engineering from Mount Allison University (1992).

Jacqui Wolniarski

Jacqui Wolniarski

is the Fundraising coordinator for Murillo Mutts. She has a dedicated passion in getting out into our communities to raise much needed funds for our rescue. Jacqui has fundraised and volunteered for numerous rescues in the city for over 5 years.

Grey Andreason

Grey Andreason

Grey is Murillo Mutts' head of exotic animal care and social media manager. When you adopt or foster with us you might see her coming by to vaccinate or microchip your furry friend! She also does home inspections, interviews and general animal care for our fosters.

Paul Bishop

Paul Bishop

is one of our hard working, behind the scenes directors. He is currently working as a front of house manger at a local restaurant, but also works in a retirement home with the elderly. Paul loves people but also loves all animals. He is passionate about being able to help and make a difference in the life of animals, to give them a voice they don't have. He has 2 dogs, Maddy and Dixie. His favorite breed is the bully breed. He tries , because I love tries to help people understand that the breed is totally misunderstood and is a magnificent animal and very loving and loyal.

Peggy

Peggy

is a behind the scenes, cleaner extraordinaire director. She has worked at a local veterinary hospital for 16 plus years and has had a life long passion for animals and their welfare. She has proudly joined Robin in several rescue road trips and transfers. She is most proud of her daughter Ashley, son-in-law Robert and grandson Alexandre.