Other ways to donate

We wouldn’t be here without the incredible generosity of our supporters. Regardless of your chosen method of donation, please know that your kindness helps to save lives and furthers our mission. We sincerely appreciate your support!

All animals at Ruff Start Rescue are available for sponsorship. Our animal sponsorship program allows you to make a tax-deductible donation that will support one of our unique foster pets! Many of our rescued dogs and cats have veterinary expenses that exceed the cost of their adoption fees. Your contribution will assist in offsetting these expenditures and ensure that we continue to save more animals! Animal sponsorship directly supports the pet of your choosing. If you choose, we can send you updates on the animals you sponsor so you can learn about your impact firsthand!

Email donations@ruffstartrescue.org for details.

Select Ruff Start Rescue as your charity when you shop through Amazon Smile. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases.
Check out our Amazon wish list for items the animals need.

Items needed include

Send small items to:

Ruff Start Rescue
PO Box 129
Princeton, MN 55371

If you would like to donate larger items, please email us at donations@ruffstartrescue.org, and we will arrange to meet you or give you a convenient drop-off location.

Please help support the animals in our care by donating your vehicle and receive a tax deduction in the process. Any vehicle, regardless of age or condition, is accepted. Ruff Start Rescue has teamed up with the 501c3 nonprofit CARS™ to make this process painless and straightforward for donors. Once your vehicle has been sold, a portion of the proceeds will go to our programs and services. Types of vehicles eligible for the program include:

  • Car
  • Truck
  • Boat
  • Motorcycle
  • Trailer
  • Motorhome or RV
  • Airplane
  • ATV
  • Watercraft
  • Snowmobile

Donate your vehicle by calling 855-500-7433 or completing this short online form. Representatives are available to assist you seven days a week and will even pick up your vehicle at no cost to you. Tax receipts will be supplied by CARS.

We encourage you to speak with your tax adviser to ensure you are completing the appropriate forms. Please view the IRS car donations guide to learn more.

Ruff Start Rescue has teamed up with several local and national organizations that donate a portion of the sales of their products and services to help the animals in our care. If you are a business that’s interested in partnering with us on either a short- or long-term basis, send us an email.


KT Creations
KT Creations is known for murals, canvas artwork, and pet portraits by local artist Kelsey Tyler. Every commission is unique, so reach out to Kelsey to discuss your ideas! We receive 25% back on all commissions when you mention “Ruff Start Rescue”

MissionMade supports local and global artisans and engages in fundraising efforts to help nonprofits thrive. With every purchase made through our personal store page, 20% will be donated back to Ruff Start Rescue. If you are a local artisan who would like to team up to sell products on our page, send us email.

Rum River Auto
Rum River Auto is a full-service automotive repair shop with a passion for animals. Spend $250 with Rum River Auto and receive a $20 discount and $5 will be donated back to Ruff Start. Spend over $500 and receive a $25 discount, a free stuffed puppy, and $10 will be donated to the rescue.

Twin Cities Caricatures
Twin Cities Caricatures offers fun drawings of both you and your furry family members and supports the animals in our care at the same time. This is a great gift idea for the animal lover in your life. Prices start at $15 per head for black and white and $20 for color. Twenty-five percent of all proceeds come back to the rescue.


Bark Box
Bark Box can help you spoil and show love to your favorite pooch. Sign up for a one-time package or a monthly subscription. Each package your pet receives in the mail will be filled with treats, toys and other fun items. For every new Bark Box subscription, you will receive a discount on your purchase and Ruff Start Rescue will receive a $25 donation. Use the promotional code listed below at checkout to take advantage of this great offer.

Chewy.com In search of a one-stop-shop for all your pet supply needs? Look no further than Chewy. Com. Chewy offers a great program for rescues and shelters. If you are a new customer, Chewy will donate $20 back to Ruff Start Rescue from your purchase.

Fresh Step Points Program
Do you purchase Fresh Step products for your special kitties?  If so, click the link above to set up a Paw Points individual account. Then enter the unique product code found on every box of Fresh Step you purchase. Then donate your points by clicking on the Donate button in the drop-down menu. Use zip code 55371 to search for us. You may also choose to use our referral code to give 50 additional points to Ruff Start.

RSR referral code: SHELTERBONUS285


Bissell pet foundation. Until every pet has a home.

More information is coming soon! Please email donations@ruffstartrescue.org with any questions.

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