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Lifesaving isn’t always easy, but it’s what we do – all thanks to our expansive network of staff, fosters, volunteers, donors, and adopters. Your support allows us to do whatever it takes to save at-risk companion animals.

Support Ruff Start Rescue during the #BettyWhiteChallenge

Betty White with a Saint Bernard
“Animals are near and dear to my heart, and I’ve devoted my life to trying to improve their lives.” -Betty White

Betty White has been a champion for animals and animal welfare throughout her life and career. In celebration of what would have been her 100th birthday, the #BettyWhiteChallenge encourages people to get involved with their local animal rescue or shelter. This includes donations, of course, but also volunteering, fostering, or even adopting an animal looking for their forever home. Ruff Start Rescue would be honored if you chose to memorialize Betty by supporting RSR in one of these ways to help animals in need.

Who We Are

Since our foundation in 2010, we’ve been devoted to rescuing stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered animals in need.


By adopting from Ruff Start, you’re making the world a better place for both pets and people – as well as growing your family dynamic in one of the most fulfilling and heartwarming ways possible.


Opening your home to a foster pet makes you a lifesaver. There’s absolutely nothing like it – it’s life changing. We’re always in need of new foster homes. Want to become a superhero?


Volunteers are the reason Ruff Start can continue its mission and vision. With both local and remote opportunities available, there’s a role for everyone to play in our lifesaving efforts.

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Try our new Compawtibility Quizzes to find your ideal furry friend.
Available for both cats and dogs!


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