At Ragtag Rescue we are devoted to helping animals in need as well as educating the community on animal welfare. We are not only a rescue but we are also a source of education, support, and assistance.
We are in need of various volunteer roles including board of directors, animal operations department, veterinary services, foster homes, drivers/transportation, fundraising/development/financial, volunteer management, legal advisors and assistance, marketing and communications, and administration. We have multiple management, coordination, and board of director roles that need to be filled.
As of now we are working to address the following concerns in our local community:
- The improper rehoming of animals (ie giving them away for free on a classifieds site) as well as the abandoning of unwanted pets. We are led to believe a factor in this issue is the surrender fee at most rescues, which many cannot afford. This is why we have no set surrender fee, instead pet owners have the option to donate when surrendering but it is not required.
- The prevention and penalization of backyard breeders, puppy mills, and any other improper animal breeding practices. We aim to do this by making laws surrounding animal breeding more strict as well as more regulated. As of now many improper breeding practices go unreported due to various factors. One of them being the lack of education in the community on how to spot the signs of improper breeding practices and how to report it. There is also a major concern in the importing of dogs, we hope to address this issue as well and push for a change in the regulations of imported live animals.
- Animal abuse, neglect, and cruelty. This comes in many forms. Some of them are more widely recognized while others are not. We hope to educate the community on all forms of abuse, neglect, and cruelty along with how to recognize it and report it.
- Unspayed/Unneutered cats running at large. One of our goals is to push the city of Guelph to create a bylaw that requires all outdoor cats to be spayed or neutered. This will help prevent unwanted litters and overpopulation, lessen the amount of homeless cats, property damage, fights between cats and other animals, noise concerns due to hormonal cats, fixed cats will not roam as far and are less likely to be injured and/or lost, and fixed cats are less likely to get cancer.
If you would like to know more about our rescue don't hesitate to reach out to us!