12 Strays of Christmas: Esko

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Foster home needed!

Esko is the sweetest soul in the whole wide world! This 4-year-old, 45lb beauty—a small shepherd mix—needs a foster home to break free from a local shelter. Esko’s been there for 4 weeks, patiently waiting for a loving family. She’s smart, playful, keeps her kennel clean, and loves hugs! Esko knows all her commands and shows off with a hug between each one. She adores people and playfully bows to her kennel buddy. She’s dog-friendly and the perfect companion.

Can you be Esko’s hero and give her a home before the holidays?

Donate today to support 12 Strays of Christmas – a campaign to find foster and adoptive homes for local stray animals before the holidays.

12 Strays of Christmas: Milo

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Update: Milo is joining Ruff Start on 12/15!

Urgent: Milo Needs Your Help!

Milo is a two-year-old sweetheart stuck in the shelter and in need of immediate rescue. This 35-pound bundle of love is already neutered, vaccinated, and a total charmer from day one. He’s got the basics down—fully potty trained and knows how to sit like a pro!

Milo’s a champ around dogs, having aced it with his previous friends and multiple dogs at the shelter. But here’s the scoop: he’s feeling the nerves in this shelter life, and time’s ticking for him. Yesterday would’ve been ideal to get him out, but today is our chance to make it happen!

He’s a tad underweight, but Milo’s overall healthy and bursting with affection. Let’s give him the best gift this holiday season—a warm, loving foster home. Step up and be the hero in Milo’s story. Sign up to foster him now and be the reason for his tail-wagging, holiday bliss!

Donate today to support 12 Strays of Christmas – a campaign to find foster and adoptive homes for local stray animals before the holidays.

12 Strays of Christmas: Oreo

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#12StraysOfChristmas foster needed!

Oreo is an 8-9-month-old playful, cuddly stray kitten in need of a foster home! Her caretakers are heading on vacation, and she’s currently staying in their garage.

Quick facts about Oreo:
🐾 Litter box trained
🐾 Great with all ages, dogs, and other cats
🐾 Friendly, playful, and loves cuddles
Can you open your home to Oreo? She’ll melt your heart with her charm!
Donate today to support 12 Strays of Christmas – a campaign to find foster and adoptive homes for local stray animals before the holidays.

12 Strays of Christmas: Tiny Nibbletree

Tiny Nibbletree
Update: another rescue has taken Tiny! 🎉
If you’re looking for someone to steal your holiday-loving heart, this could be the one! ❤

Tiny Nibbletree was found stray last week and is now on the hunt for a foster family of his very own! This cutie is 3 months old and around 15 pounds. He’s scared in the shelter environment and needs a family to help him flourish.

Tiny Nibbletree was found stray last week and is now on the hunt for a foster family of his very own! This cutie is 3 months old and around 15 pounds. He’s scared in the shelter environment and needs a family to help him flourish.

Please consider making a gift to help with expenses associated with the care of the hundreds of impound animals Ruff Start intakes annually. Together, we can ensure a future for the stray animals of Minnesota.

12 Strays of Christmas: Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus
Meet our next #12StraysOfChristmas animal!
This adorable lady might be dealing with some allergies, but her heart is pure gold. She’s about 5 years old, petite with a powerhouse build, and she adores everyone she meets. At around 55/60 lbs and the height of a basset hound, she’s a compact bundle of love waiting for the right foster family.

We’re seeking a foster hero who can help her with a bit of TLC. She’ll need someone committed to transitioning her onto a healthy diet and gradually eliminating potential allergens (starting with poultry) to identify what’s causing her itchiness. She comes with initial vaccines, but she’ll need some vet care, too.

One of her standout qualities? She’s a social butterfly! She recently met another dog and nailed it—her sweet nature and easygoing demeanor shine through. She might just be the perfect fit for a home with a canine companion.

At this impound, we’re fortunate to facilitate intros between our fosters and their resident pets before the big move. So, if you’re considering fostering this lovely girl and have a resident pup, we can arrange a meet-up!

If you have room in your heart and home to foster this sweetheart, sign up here:

Please consider making a gift to help with expenses associated with the care of the hundreds of impound animals Ruff Start intakes annually. Together, we can ensure a future for the stray animals of Minnesota.

12 Strays of Christmas: Figgy Pudding

Figgy Pudding
Update: This boy has been tagged by a rescue! 🎉
Looking for the perfect addition to your holiday celebrations? Meet Figgy Pudding!

This adorable 5-month-old pup captured our hearts after being found roaming the streets and landing in a local impound. Figgy is an absolute sweetheart and deserves a loving foster home. Can you help?

When joining Ruff Start, Figgy will receive all necessary veterinary care, including a neuter. Your donations will make a real difference, sponsoring his time in rescue and supporting our other #12StraysOfChristmas.

Please consider making a gift to help with expenses associated with the care of the hundreds of impound animals Ruff Start intakes annually. Together, we can ensure a future for the stray animals of Minnesota.

12 Strays of Christmas: Bea & Puppies

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Where are your dogs right now?

As night falls on one of the MN reservations we work with, Bea and her nine puppies are in our hearts and thoughts as they huddle together outside for warmth. Temperatures are dropping below freezing, and their lives are sadly at risk without rescue.

We have been searching for fosters for Bea and her babies for two weeks. Thankfully, fosters have stepped up for six puppies, but without commitment for the entire family, they cannot come.

Can you please foster Bea or 3 of her pups? Bea is a super friendly 1-year-old Rottweiler mix, between 40-50 pounds. The puppies are around eight weeks old. With fosters, they can join Ruff Start on Sunday.

Once this family joins Ruff Start, they will need all veterinary care – at an estimated $350 per dog or $3,500 for the family. Please donate today to support their time in rescue.
Join us this holiday season as we find foster and adoptive homes for #12StraysOfChristmas.
Please consider making a gift to help with expenses associated with the care of the hundreds of impound animals Ruff Start intakes annually. Together, we can ensure a future for the stray animals of Minnesota.

12 Strays of Christmas: Wilbur

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The holidays are a joyous time for many, but for stray animals, this time can be sad and lonely, and for impound and shelter employees, it can be stressful and heartbreaking to watch animals come in from the cold.

One of our goals this holiday season is to bring awareness to the many strays living in local impounds who need the community’s help. Join us in the coming weeks as we celebrate #12StraysOfChristmas – an effort to find foster and adoptive homes for 12 stray animals before Christmas.

Wilbur, a 6-7-month-old pup, found his way to a local shelter in early October as a stray. This handsome little guy is a bit shy around new faces in the shelter, but underneath that initial hesitation lies a heart bursting with sweetness and happiness. Sadly, the shelter environment seems to overwhelm him, hindering his true personality from shining through. Yet, shelter employees have caught glimpses of his playful, loving nature, and we’re convinced that with a bit of extra love and care, Wilbur will blossom into the most wonderful companion.

You can be the one to make a difference in Wilbur’s life by signing up to foster him.

Please consider making a gift to help with expenses associated with the care of the hundreds of impound animals Ruff Start intakes annually. Together, we can ensure a future for the stray animals of Minnesota.

The Story of the Woods Cat Family

Azure’s Story of the Woods Cat Family

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. Below, 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.

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.

Sincerely,

Azure Davis

Founder and Executive Director

Ruff Start Rescue