RUFF (Rescues United For Fun) Meetup

Calling San Francisco's small rescue dogs for a meetup on the first Saturday of each month at 11:30 am in Pine Lake Dog Park in Stern Grove.

If you have a small rescue dog and want to meet other rescues and their parents, please join us for off-leash play and schmoozing.

Don't worry if your dog is quirky; ours are, too!

RUFF co-organizer Shannon Bolt of The Domestic Animal has worked with shelter and rescue dogs for years. She specializes in special-needs animals and will be on hand for advice and assistance.

All rescue dogs who weigh less than 30 pounds — the mutt-ier, the better; but we won't discriminate against purebreds — and their adult people (this is NOT the place for children; many small dogs, especially those with issues, are afraid of kids) are welcome. Please remember to give all the dogs their "space" and ask before giving treats. We'll have a great time!

We socialize in one of the grassy areas west of the parking lot for 30–45 minutes (look for the RUFF sign), then we take a group walk around the park, so if you come very late, you'll have to chase us!


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  • Ane H.

    Hi, we had a really good time, the park is beautiful and my doggie Bobbie really enjoyed wrestling with Skeebo. If Skeebo's pet parents, want to meet up again, ping me here. I can't find the profile. Cheers, Ane

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Shannon Bolt/Domestic A.

    Thanks to the RUFFers who chanced the showers today for a wonderful prance around Pine Lake Park. It was so great to have ALL NEW DOGS! Also beautiful was watching the love affairs blossom between Bobby & Skibo and Bailey & Chiquita. We hope Amigo and they come back again!

    March 1, 2014

  • Ane H.

    Got lost. Will be super late. Hope to finf you.

    March 1, 2014

    • Shannon Bolt/Domestic A.

      Ane, we are SO happy you and Bobby found us. Looking forward to seeing you at future RUFFs.

      1 · March 1, 2014

  • J

    Unfortunately, Buster doesn't like his paws wet so we will have to wait until next month. Will miss you all.

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Carrie

    Unfortunately Dexter and I will have to wait until next time!

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My doggies don't like the rain. Hope to meet you next month!

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Elsie

    We're avoiding the mud. See ya next month.

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have a new addition to our furry family, we adopted a Chi mix from A.C.C. a few weeks ago, he's a year and 3 months and he and our other rescue, Lulu, love playing rough and tumble all over the house lol. See you all soon.

    1 · February 19, 2014

  • Amy G.

    Helo and I *will* be at this meetup!

    Can someone give more detailed directions? I have a general idea of where the park is but not exactly where to park and meet Helo's new friends!

    1 · February 9, 2014

    • Elsie

      If you are going down Sloat towards the beach, you will see Vale Ave shortly after 26th Ave. It's a small street. Turn right and follow the road down into the parking lot. The group meets pretty close to the entrance of the park and they will have a white sign that says RUFF.

      February 19, 2014

    • Shannon Bolt/Domestic A.

      They've recently installed a signal light at Vale, but as of last month it was not functioning. If you miss Vale, you can still turn onto El Mirasol and then take a right at the Y. You'll run into Vale and turn down into the parking lot.

      1 · February 26, 2014

  • Valerie

    Marshmallow can't make it! Scheduling conflicts. See you next time!

    February 23, 2014

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