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

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

Yoda & Chewy [ADOPTED]

Yoda & Chewy [ADOPTED]

  Introducing Yoda and Chewy.  These Chihuahua's are mother and son.  They are bonded and must be adopted out together.  Yoda is the 4 year old male and Chewy is a 9 year old female.  These two little sweeties are crate trained.  They enjoy walks and running around...

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Doyle [ADOPTION PENDING]

Doyle [ADOPTION PENDING]

  Hi, my name is Doyle, I'm a purebred Rottweiler (neutered) & I need a home. My owner sadly passed away 3 weeks ago. I'm currently staying with friends of my owner. I am 4 years old and would make a great addition as an only pet, or possibly with a female...

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Butters [Adopted]

Butters [Adopted]

  Butters is an apricot colored DSH cat looking for his forever home.  He was born on September 12, 2021.  His momma and sibling were blues.

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Picasso [ADOPTED]

Picasso [ADOPTED]

  Hello, My name is Picasso.  I am sweet boy who looks very much like a lab puppy.  I was born on August 18, 2021.  I was the heaviest puppy weighing in at .97 lbs.  Now I am just average in the litter.  I am all black except for the little bit on my chin.  I am fun...

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Walter [ADOPTED]

Walter [ADOPTED]

  My name is Walter.  I was born on August 18, 2021 with 7 other siblings.  I am by far the cutest boy in my opinion as I am the fluffiest black dog with white paws.  I love doing everything at my own pace.  I eat slow.  I am a pretty chilled boy.  Mother is a small,...

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Svea [ADOPTED]

Svea [ADOPTED]

  Svea is a black female with white on all four of her paws.  She was born on August 18th weighing .90lbs.  She is a chilled puppy who has no problem playing independently from her siblings.Mother is a small, chocolate colored German Shepherd Cross who weighs 35 lbs. ...

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Todd [ADOPTED]

Todd [ADOPTED]

  Hi.  I'm Todd.  I was born on August 18, 2021 with 7 other siblings.  I started off average in size but I am not the biggest in the litter. I am unique.  I am the only brown boy.  I also have short hair where my siblings have longer hair.  I am adventurous and I am...

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Harley ADOPTED

Harley ADOPTED

Harley is a sweet, well adjusted female.  She came into this world on August 18, 2021 weighing .88lbs.  Mother is a small, chocolate colored German Shepherd Cross who weighs 35 lbs.  We are unsure who dad is although we suspect on the bigger size. On My 8week old...

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Myla (ADOPTED)

Myla (ADOPTED)

  Myla is the only brown female in the group.  She came into the world on August 18th weighing .88lbs. She is a pretty independent little girl. Mother is a small, chocolate colored German Shepherd Cross who weighs 35 lbs.  We are unsure who dad is although we suspect...

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Loki [ADOPTED]

Loki [ADOPTED]

  Loki is the runt of the litter and came into this world on August 18th weighing in at .46lbs.  He is still the little guy but that doesn't stop him.  He is feisty and is not afraid to venture off and explore. Mother is a small, chocolate colored German Shepherd...

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DASH – TRANSFERRED TO GTHS

DASH – TRANSFERRED TO GTHS

  Hi, I am a 11 month old male german shepherd cross.  I am looking for my forever home.  I would do best with another playful dog in the home.  I am gentle with cats, kids, and people. I do have a little separation anxiety but I am not destructive. Therefore, I would...

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Butchie

Butchie

  The senior boy has been in care since December 14, 2020.We were hoping to reunite him with his owner after she has healed. Unfortunately, Butchie needs a new home. Once he gets to know you he is affectionate.  He loves to go for walks.  This little guy sas CHF...

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Sabrina [ADOPTED]

Sabrina [ADOPTED]

  I am a pure bred white german Shepherd.  I am 4 1/2 years old.  I have had 4 litters of puppies.  I am a super sweet girl but I am looking for a special home.  If there was a magic wand and I could choose my forever family this is what I would like.  I prefer a...

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Sabrina [TRANSFERRED]

Sabrina [TRANSFERRED]

  This young female came into our care when her owner was unable to care for her on August 7, 2021.  She is sweet, and loves to be a lap kitty.  She likes other cats

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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.

Tanya Andreason

Tanya Andreason

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

Sarah Abthorpe

Sarah Abthorpe

is the treasurer for Murillo Mutts. She is owned by two cats and loved by one dog, all of which are rescued. She works as a service manager and a support worker and loves to use her spare time to help animals get the

Megan Woods

Megan Woods

is also a board member. Megan Wood is an enthusiastic young professional with a passion for animal rights. She became involved with the rescue community through Rescue Rocks, which was a creative endeavour where talented people painted rocks and donated to various rescues across Thunder Bay. (She once got a Rescue Rock dropped off in the streets of Paris.) She has watched Murillo Mutts Respite Refuge build from the ground up and make a difference in the lives of many. She believes in the tremendous value in helping pet families stay together and was especially touched by meeting Ketza, MMRR’s first respite success story. She is excited to serve as a Board Member and help Murillo Mutts serve all animals. She lives in Thunder Bay with her pack, Berkley, Oliver and Chipper.

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 Murrilo Mutts' head of exotic animal care. Originally terrified of snakes, she decided to adopt a rescue snake to get over her fears. From there she fell in love with the intricacies of caring for an exotic pet and advocating for the proper care of exotic animals. Currently she has three rescue gerbils, a tiny little hamster and one dog but has plans to start a hognose breeding project in the future

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.

Tina Delvecchio

Tina Delvecchio

in the volunteer coordinator. She has been a lifelong animal lover/owner. Tina is a trusted pet sitter as well as a fur baby foster parent and revels in the joy that this brings her. Favourite Quote: "Whoever said, diamonds are a girls best friend...never owned a dog."