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.
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.
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 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
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...
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....
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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. ...
This guy is a 3 year old Black Lab/Shiloh Shepherd. He is dog selective.
My name is Blue and I am a very sweet and loving American Bulldog. I am just over a year old and neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. I love to cuddle and get nice and snuggly under the covers. I'm a little nervous when meeting new dogs and other animals when I...
Winston is a purebred male, rhodesian ridgeback. He is a friendly and happy man but struggles with seperation anxiety. He gets along well with other dogs.
Edward joined us at our sanctuary on January 6th, 2022. Follow along with us on his journey as we learn more about him.
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
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,
is the secretary. Tanya lives with her husband, daughter, their dog Rascal and any other animal that Faith brings home.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.