Connecting People & Pets

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.

Who We Are

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

Adopt

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.

Foster

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?

Volunteer

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.

Find Your New Bestie

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

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Help Us Save Lives

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