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

Fanny (Adopted)

Fanny (Adopted)

Fanny is a terrier cross. She is also approximately 7 years old. Fanny can be very cuddly but she can also be a drama queen especially if you try and pick her up. Fanny has a slight limp on her right front leg. This is just the way she was built and does not slow her...

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Tonka (ADOPTED)

Tonka (ADOPTED)

Tonka is approximately 5 years old and is a Shih Tzu. This little boy lost his eye but is hasn't changed any of his personality. He is happiest cuddled up to his favourite person or playing tug with one of the other dogs. He likes to play solo as well with balls and...

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Mutsie (ADOPTED)

Mutsie (ADOPTED)

This boy is approximately 5-7 years old. He is a shihtzu but he is solid. He is an independent boy who also loves cuddles. He is quiet and enjoys watching the world from the back of the couch. Mutsie gets along with other dogs. Although not aggressive towards cats,...

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Bear (Adopted)

Bear (Adopted)

This little sweetie is approximately 3 years old and is a Pekingese. Bear can be very playful and likes to growl while she plays. She also likes to be cuddly. Bear is fine with other dogs, both large and small, and is fine with cats. She would make a perfect addition...

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Toby (Adopted)

Toby (Adopted)

Toby is a very calm, quiet, timid little guy. He loves to snuggle, enjoys enrichment activities, eats like a champ and is just so sweet! He chooses to sit off in the corner or hid when there is too much noise or chaos, but will take all of the human snuggles he can...

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Clarke (Adopted)

Clarke (Adopted)

Clarke is a big teddy bear. He loves to play, snuggle, eat, and is a chatty little guy with lots of grunts and chatter during play. Clarke loves exploring the enrichment toys where he pulls all of the pieces out with no difficulty. Born October 4, 2022 Pic of mom and...

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Blue (adopted)

Blue (adopted)

Blue is a very smart boy! He's always alert and very observant, loves to snuggle and is full of kisses. Blue likes to play on his own terms, but does not like rough play. He is obsessed with ropes and balls! Born Oct 4, 2022 See pic of mom and dad

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Gus (adopted)

Gus (adopted)

Gus is such a ham! He's always bouncing around trying to play with everyone and LOVES treats! He's got a lot of energy and is highly treat and toy motivated! He's also a very snuggly boy once he's had some exercise. Born on October 4 Picture of Parents

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Shep – ADOPTED

Shep – ADOPTED

Shep is a sweet boy. He likes to play, but when given the option would prefer to snuggle and be given belly scratches. He's full of love and likes a calm quiet environment with his people around. Born on October 4, 2022 Parents Photo attached

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Casey

Casey

Name Information Casey, born in March 2018, is a wonderful, energetic, and loyal dog whom her current family can no longer keep. She is 65lbs, with a DNA analysis revealing she’s mostly Saint Bernard, with Australian Cattle Dog and Siberian Husky mixed in. She loves...

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Blaze – ADOPTED

Blaze – ADOPTED

Meet Blaze. Im told she is 10 years old. She is an absolute pleasure to have. She lives walks, chilling out with us and car rides and she does not bark. She is very nice taking treats, does not beg and made herself cozy in bed last night and slept all night. Someone...

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Alfie (FOSTER FAIL)

Alfie (FOSTER FAIL)

“Hi! My name is Alfie, and it’s sure nice to meet you! My foster parents sometimes call me big lug, lumbering ouff, baby bear, fluffy boy anf Alfie Boy!. I am not sure what kind of dog I am, but I do know that I am a big fluffy boy with super soft fur, at least thats...

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Molly

Molly

My name is Molly and I am husky x. I think I am 6-8 months old. I am a female. I also like Children. I am fun and just a good puppy. Without a doubt one of the sweetest doggies. What does she like: • Playing with children Playing with other dogs 🐕 • Playing keep away...

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Gypsy – ADOPTED

Gypsy – ADOPTED

I am sassy and beautiful just like a woman should be. I was born approximately a year ago. No one know for sure. What they do know is that I love attention and become a purring machine whenever I am rubbed, held. I am a DSH Tortoise. I am vocal but in a soft way. I...

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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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Hunter – ADOPTED

Hunter – ADOPTED

Hunter This sweetie is a medium sized dog. He is a Lab/Hound Mix and is 4 years old. He likes other dogs, cats, and kids. Currently he is not neutered. He likes to get in trouble when left alone so a kennel for this boy is mandatory. Hunter is out of town at the...

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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,

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).

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.