Through Ruff Times

Program Description

The connection between people and pets is significant and sometimes one of the most important, fulfilling relationships in one’s life. Through Ruff Times aims to reduce barriers for people with pets who may experience poverty, homelessness, mental health and substance use, violent living conditions and/or any other self-identified challenges. We offer pet care options so that people do not need to make a “choice” between accessing supports or losing their animal companion. Along with our volunteer RUFF Sitter Team, we provide no cost, temporary pet care for up to 3 months.

We also offer dog/cat food and pet supplies and other pet related supports to individuals and/or community partners around the GTA.

Luna, a beloved staff member at Breakaway

Join Our Pack

We are looking for volunteer Sitters and volunteer drivers.

A Sitter is someone who generously opens their home for a Through Ruff Times guest of honour. Sitters are an integral part of the Through Ruff Times team…we couldn’t spell ruff without ‘u’!

We take great care in reviewing all applications to ensure that all pets in the program get paired with the right Sitter.

If you would like a Volunteer Sitter application please email: Mella Brown or Melissa Pisante


FAQ for Pet Intake

FAQ for Volunteer Sitters


Need Support?


For intake information, please contact Mella at (647) 209-4058 or [email protected] or Melissa at [email protected]

Please note that we are not a crisis service and may require 2 – 5 days to facilitate intake requests.


News and Events

November 6th, 2021

Through Ruff Times was the Tail Blazers in The Beaches
chosen charity for their event on November 6th, 2021

Paw-sitive Support