People join Ruff Club for different reasons. Some are looking to meet other dog people. Others like to get work done in a convivial, dog-friendly establishment with Wi-Fi and locally-roasted coffee. Many just dig the ease and reliability of a contemporary pet care hub.
When their member people can’t hang, Ruff Club dogs socialize in off leash play areas.
When members get where they’re going (typically work, or some other brutally dogless endeavor), they can live stream the action in high definition on RuffClub.com and learn about the other Club dogs that are checked in.
Events, meetups, talks, projects – some dog-focused, some not. A lot can happen in an all-seasons parlor room for East Village dog people. Club members get priority admission to public events and can stream them live on RuffClub.com.
We review applications on a rolling basis, with priority given to applicants who have referred others by word of mouth or social media. We’ll obtain required records from your vet and contact you to schedule a temperament assessment. We offer appointments on weekdays at 8am, and only schedule one a day.
Members pay an annual membership fee of $149 to use the social club and access pet care services. They enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, locally roasted coffee, and priority admission to public events at Ruff Club. Daycare starts at $40 per day.
We award a handful of scholarships to make sure our ranks reflect the diversity of the neighborhood. If you are a low-income applicant with a rescue, service, or retired military/fire/police dog, please contact us for more information about Ruff Foundation scholarship programs.
Alexia, Danny, and Leo; a couple of newlywed neighborhood types and their miniature Australian Shepherd ring bearer. Ruff Club grew out of Alexia and Danny’s experience raising Leo in Alphabet City. Their research into traditional dog daycare revealed a stale consumer experience that was deeply impersonal and awesomely tech-backwards.
In the natural course of raising a puppy in the East Village, the couple became interested in meeting other dog people. They weren’t the types to stop strangers on the street or brave Tompkins in inclement weather. Traditional daycare offered no conduit for such conversations, let alone new relationships. Ruff Club is their attempt to change the game.
Ruff Club is built on the idea that people can channel the love and humility their dogs provide into new relationships and collective community engagement. We partner with local, sustainable, and like-minded suppliers and open our social club as a meeting space for organizations that promote animal welfare and neighborhood preservation.
“Ruff Club is by far one of the greatest places to take your dog. My dog goes there on a regular basis and loves the owners and employees dearly. I always feel welcomed and they are always accommodating if something comes up”Manor R (Yelp)
“The Ruff Club is not only a daycare, but a one-stop shop for dog expertise – they have helped guide me through discipline/training theories, vet choices, medical treatments and game recommendations.”Molly L (Yelp)
“Ruff Club is the best and we’d recommend it to anyone!”Kelly S (Yelp)
“The place is superb, state of the art. It’s basically Disney land for dogs. I trust my dog completely with them. I travel a lot and never have a worry. Join. You, and your dog, will not regret it.”Richard L (Yelp)
“I feel really confident that my dog is in the best hands at an establishment that truly understands the canine and dog owner mind. We are Ruffians for life.”Reshma S (Yelp)
“The highest possible recommendation for dog owners in the neighborhood.”Kevin C (Yelp)
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