Ruf Creek Ranch is a no-kill “Placement Sanctuary” located in Smithfield, NC. They are associated with the Johnston County Animal Services, and have a primary goal of rescuing dogs from local animal control shelters. Ruf Creek Ranch gives their rescued dogs the care and attention necessary to help them become more adoptable. At the Ranch, dogs can run, play and learn social skills, and residents of the Ranch remain there until they have found their Forever homes.
Ruf Creek Ranch also promotes spaying and neutering, and is developing a community outreach center with the goal of educating the public regarding the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. Ruf Creek Ranch requires that you spay or neuter the dog you choose to adopt, and notes that in addition to reducing pet overpopulation, a spayed/neutered dog is a happier dog! Any dog adopted from Ruf Creek Ranch must be a “housepet” and not an “outside” dog.
As of August 2011, they have rescued 208 dogs, of which 183 have found their Forever homes! The remaining 25 dogs are still at the Ranch, awaiting their own Forever homes. You can check out the photo gallery of adoptable dogs, including Lilly Sue here, who was rescued from a high-kill shelter because she was found to be a lover, not a hunter!
You can also help by making a donation of time, money or supplies, and you can visit the ranch by appointment on weekends or weekday evenings.