A letter from Azure on Give to the Max Day

I’ve been searching for the right words to express the significance of today, Give to the Max Day, and the impact your generosity can have. Over the past 13 years, Ruff Start Rescue has saved the lives of over 24,000 animals.

That’s an incredible milestone, and I want to emphasize that this was not achieved alone. It’s taken a village of supporters – fosters, volunteers, adopters, donors, and staff. Your commitment and compassion have been the driving force behind our mission. I cannot express my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support over the years.

Our journey has been filled with amazing work in the community, but the need is still out there, and our job is far from done. We aim to expand our services and reach, but in order to achieve our goals, we require funding. Contrary to what many might think about nonprofits, we do not receive any state or federal funding. Our largest source of revenue comes from individual supporters in our community. Every dollar counts; together, we can make a huge difference for the animals and the people in our community.

Our overall goal for the day is to reach $175,000, which is the largest goal we have ever set for ourselves. We were able to raise over $90,000 in early giving, but we are not slowing down! We are committed to helping even more people and pets than ever in 2024.

The Ruff Start Rescue Board and a generous anonymous donor have stepped up to match every donation for Give to the Max Day. Today, every donation will be DOUBLED, dollar for dollar, up to $30,000!

I’ve come to realize that I don’t just find these animals; they find me. It’s not random; it’s a calling that led me to start this rescue. Recently, I took on a special mission for a mom cat and her kittens, made possible by supporters like you. Knowing fellow animal lovers have my back empowers me to go the extra mile. Your support is the driving force behind these rescues, and I’m truly grateful for it. Your donation, regardless of its size, can mean one more life saved, one more heart healed, and one more family completed. Our goal is to ensure that every animal has the chance for a loving home, and we can only do this with your continued support.

I’m excited to share the impact of your support with you. Here, I’ve attached a video that tells the story, showcasing the journey we’re on together. I hope you’ll take a moment to watch and see the real, tangible difference your generosity makes in the lives of these animals. Thank you for being part of this incredible journey with me.

Your commitment to Ruff Start Rescue is a source of inspiration. Together, we have saved 24,000 lives. Your generosity today will be transformational for thousands of people and their pets in 2024. Thank you for seizing this opportunity to create a lasting impact for countless animals desperate for help. We could not do any of this without you.


Azure Davis

Founder and Executive Director