Are you and your pet experiencing one of these temporary crisis situations? 


Substance Use Treatment

Domestic Violence



House Fire

Natural Disasters

Other Crisis 

Admissions Process

Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering is the only organization in Utah whose mission it is to offer temporary pet care to dogs and cats due to crisis situations.  We are run entirely by volunteers. 

In partnership with Dogs All Day boarding facility in Salt Lake County, Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering provides a safe haven for people in need of temporary sheltering for their pet(s). Our goal is to reunite pets with their people so animals aren't surrendered to local shelters and animal rescues. Our program offers up to 60 days of care. 

Each person in need of temporary foster care is required to fill out an application, which can be found down below. Ruff Haven volunteers carefully screen each application to ensure it meets program requirements. Once reviewed a volunteer will reach out to the applicant to discuss next steps.


Ruff Haven provides the pet(s) with short-term housing at Dogs All Day, or in a foster home, routine veterinary care and exams, food, and socialization, and exercise. We also provide spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and microchips when needed, free of charge to the owners. 

Eligibility and Requirements

Please read the following guidelines before filling out the temporary care application: 

  • All animals must be spayed/neutered or be spayed/neutered while in our care (covered by Ruff Haven)

  • All animals must be current on vaccinations (rabies, distemper/parvo, bordatella, FVRCP) or be given vaccinations while in our care (covered by Ruff Haven)

  • All pet owners must be able to retrieve their pet within 60 days (extensions given on a case by case basis)

  • Pet owners must have exhausted other potential sheltering resources (family, friends, coworkers, etc.) before applying

  • Pet owners receiving medical or substance abuse treatment must be willing to sign a Release of Information (ROI) with the treatment provider

  • Pet owners must be available for a weekly text or email check-ins (exceptions may include incarceration or treatment requirements)

If you meet these eligibility guidelines and requirements, please fill out the application down below. A Ruff Haven volunteer will contact you within 24 hours. Program space is limited and clients are served on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

**All intakes and contact are by appointment only. Please do not show up to Dogs All Day without an appointment as the staff will not be able to serve you. 

Ruff Haven

Crisis Sheltering

1370 South 400 West

Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(All intakes and visits are by appointment only.)


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