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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.


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.

Time to Shop 'til Ya Drop!

You’ll find all sorts of donated goodies in our 11th Annual Online Auction including: gift cards/certificates, hotel stays, gift baskets, homemade goods, pet supplies, and much more. This is a great opportunity to shop for the holidays or purchase a few fun things for you or your loved one (human or animal). All proceeds support Ruff Start Rescue programs and services.

The auction starts on Monday, November 29th and runs through Sunday, December 5. Be sure to register TODAY¬†and ‘watch’ your favorite items so you’re ready to bid when the auction goes live!

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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