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.

 

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Destiny [TRANSFERRED]

Destiny [TRANSFERRED]

  Will I be your Destiny?  I was born to Beauty on July 1, 2021.  I have a sister and a brother who are Tuxedos like me.  I have a very unique marking face.  I am a kitten so I am fiesty and love to play and scratch and claw up things.  At times I can be fearful as...

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Bruce [Transferred]

Bruce [Transferred]

  Hi everybody.  I just flew up from a remote community on August 27, 2021.  I am a sweet, but scared boy.  The rescue says they need to assess me on my manners, and prey drive whatever that means.  Then they will put me in a home.  So, apparently I am not allowed to...

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Molly [ADOPTED]

Molly [ADOPTED]

  I am a one year old female who came in with my brother. Of course I am the much better dog.  Although my breed would suggest I have an abundance of energy, I am actually quite chilled. I like car rides, going for swims, and cuddling.  I like other dogs as long as...

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Willow ADOPTED

Willow ADOPTED

  Remember Willow... This young pup was brought into our rescue on August 11, 2021 as she was hit by a car. The vet has cleared her for now. There are no fractures. She needs time to heal. We are looking for a foster. We would be very excited if we found a foster to...

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Kotah [ADOPTED]

Kotah [ADOPTED]

Kotah - Not Available Koda is a beautiful Great Dane/GSD mix who is about 1 year old.She is a big girl, weighing in at 80lbs, but every pound of Koda is gentle and kind! She loves everybodyshe meets, from the FedEX guy; to the census worker; to every person she meets...

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Bullet (ADOPTED)

Bullet (ADOPTED)

Bullet This amazing boy has just turned one years old.  He is currently in foster care.  He lives with 3 other dogs (St. Bernard, Shihtzu, Terrier) and 8 cats.  He is great with everybody.  He loves to walk so he is looking for a family that is active.  Although he is...

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Sassie (ADOPTED)

Sassie (ADOPTED)

Sassie Hi everybody.  I am a 6 year old Havanese Shitzu.  My story so far has not been a happy one.  I was originally with an owner who rehomed me.  I ended up with Jim.  Jim was awesome.  We were two peas in a pod.  Then Jim was sick and I went to stay with Jim's...

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Romeo [ADOPTED]

Romeo [ADOPTED]

Romeo Romeo is a sweet 12-year-old Corgi Lab cross. Don't let his age fool you, this little fella can get around! He loves adventures and has been recently to Trowbridge Falls, Boulevard Lake, Centennial Park, and the Tree Farm. He knows all the local areas well and...

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Tito – ADOPTED

Tito – ADOPTED

Tito If you like them big and black then I am your boy.  I am a 2 year old Dougue de Bordeaux/Cane Corse/Bull Mastiff.  My dad says I am a gentle giant.  I originate from Alberta.  I like to be inside most of the day except when I need to go outside.  I like one walk...

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Jackson -ADOPTED

Jackson -ADOPTED

Jackson Well, my foster mom tells me that it is time for me to find my forever family so I have to tell you all about me.  I am a 6 month old male American Black Lab.  The first thing you need to know is I love water.  I love to go in the pool.  If there is a water...

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Skunks – RELEASED

Skunks – RELEASED

Skunks These 8 little guys came into care as their mother was killed.  A couple of weeks later we added another girl to the mix.  Now we have 9.  We will be releasing them back to the wild when they are ready.  They eat canned sardines, cat food, puppy/kitten kibble,...

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Opal

Opal

Opal I am a sweet and calm kitten who will be fixed and vaccinated next week! I can be timid and shy in new environments at first, but I am quick in making new friends and love cuddling once I feel comfortable with you! I am a very sweet girl who will try and demand...

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Roux

Roux

Roux I am a sweet and energetic kitten who will be fully vaccinated and fixed next week! I love playing with toys and can be a ball of energy when it comes to playtime! I am very friendly, and will always greet you with meows or ask for head scratches! I am able to be...

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Chloe

Chloe

Chloe She is a senior dog looking for a home to spend the last few years of her life with.  She loves long hikes and is getting better with car rides, although still a bit anxious. For an older dog she still has the energy and go of a dog half her age and is able to...

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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."