Petal

Petal

Poor, poor Petal.

This little one-year-old Chihuahua mix from Texas joined Ruff Start Rescue this past October. We had no idea the road she was about to travel.

Once she arrived at her Minnesota foster home, her new fosters reported that she couldn’t keep any food or water down, and they were distraught. She was taken to one of our partner clinics, where she had x-rays taken. The news was grim. The x-ray showed little. Petal was suffering from megaesophagus and excess tissue surrounding her aortic arch. Megaesophagus is when the esophagus is wider than it should be and doesn’t ‘push’ the food down towards the stomach like it should. The aortic arch issue caused a band of tissue around her esophagus to constrict, exacerbating her megaesophagus.

It was determined that Petal would need surgery to remove the excess band of tissue. But before surgery could happen, the veterinarian needed to do a CT scan to find out which side of her body, the excess tissue was on.

Petal sitting in her dog bed

Once the tissue was located, the surgery took place. They ended up going in through her chest to remove the tissue band surrounding the aortic arch. She spent two days at the vet hospital recovering before heading back to her foster home.

She’s been healing really well from her intense surgery. Usually, dogs that have this procedure end up needing to be on a mush/slush diet for a long time, but Petal is already eating both wet and dry food, although the dry food does need to be softened a little with water. She’ll also need to eat sitting up for the rest of her (hopefully) long life and always eat under the supervision of her humans to prevent choking.

Petal’s bloodwork, CT scan, surgery, and recovery costs totaled $6,000. If you can help this little fighter, please consider donating to our Animal Care Fund. We take in thousands of dogs every year and rely on support from animal advocates like you to do whatever it takes for the dogs, cats, and critters in our care.

Diamond

Diamond in the Ruff

Before Thanksgiving last year, some staff and volunteers took a trip to Texas to visit our rescue partner Harris County Animal Shelter. No matter how much we know about what life is like for the animals down south, it is always shocking seeing it in person. There are countless animals there with their own stories, but there is one that we need you to know. His name is Diamond.

A young man was hobbling along the sidewalk, heaving this wire crate back and forth. Inside the crate was an exhausted dog, not more than a year old. You could see the fleas jump off of him. His skin was raw from the mange. He was utterly defeated and willing to accept his fate at the shelter.

We couldn’t leave him there. He was our Diamond in the Ruff.

Our partners at Harris County work tremendously hard to get the animals in their care into loving homes, but they are always over-capacity. And a dog like Diamond, with his health issues and training needs due to him living as a feral dog for his whole life, likely wouldn’t have made it out of there alive. They are stricken continuously with that painful decision.

From what we know, Diamond was roaming with a pack of dogs in the countryside in Texas. He struggled to find food, water, and a dry place to sleep. He never felt safe. It is clear to us that Diamond has never lived in a home or experienced love from a family. That all changed when we brought him to Minnesota.

He was placed in a loving foster home that gave him the time he needed to adjust to living indoors and trust that humans can be good. After months of patience, training (with treats, of course), and love, Diamond found his forever family.

There are hundreds of ‘Diamonds’ out there that need our help. We can save more of them with your help. If it’s in your means, please consider making a donation to Ruff Start Rescue this Giving Tuesday.

Ruff Start Rescue 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Want more ways to support the animals at Ruff Start Rescue?

Whether you shop from our online store or through our partners, you can help pets in need while completing your holiday shopping list. Listed below are some of our favorite items. Shop now while supplies last!

Please email merchandise@ruffstartrescue.org with any questions.

For the Pets

Dog harness lead

Harness Lead

Take the worry out of walking your pup with an escape resistant harness lead! We trust these leads with the most scared Rescue pups. Leads come in S/M and M/L sizes and are available in seven colors.

Wisdom Panel Dog DNA Testing Kit

DNA Test

Curious about your pet’s past?

These DNA tests can help unravel a dog’s unique breed history and provide DNA-based insights toward optimizing their overall care and training needs.

Yeowww! Catnip Stocking

Catnip Stocking

Don’t leave your cat out this holiday season! (We know your dog has too many toys to count.) This Yeowww! catnip holiday stocking is guaranteed* to keep your cat’s attention for at least one minute before they find some garbage to play with instead.

*We can’t actually guarantee this. Cats are wildly unpredictable, but we love ’em anyway and look at how cute these are!

For the Humans

"Life's Ruff Up North" Tee Shirt

Life’s Ruff Tee

Life’s ruff. Especially now. Especially up north. Show others how you really feel with our Life’s Ruff up North Tee made with super soft fabric and lots of love. Pair this with your favorite flannel shirt for the perfect midwestern look.

Ruff Start Rescue Crewneck Sweatshirt

Ruff Rescue Crewneck

These crewneck sweatshirts are one of our most popular styles. They are warm, cozy, and lightweight. Perfect for lounging around the house or stepping briefly outside to yell at your dog for chasing a squirrel.

Stocking Stuffers

Ruff Start Rescue Facemask

Face Mask

The pillars of Ruff Start Rescue are adopt, foster, volunteer, donate, educate, advocate, and most importantly, rescue animals! Show the world what you care about with our 3-layer facemask. Sewn and printed in the USA.

Ruff Start Rescue Campfire Mug

Campfire Mug

RSR’s ceramic campfire mugs can handle any beverage. You’ll feel double the love sippin’ on a hot cuppa’ joe when you know that buying one of these helps animals in need! They are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Ruff Portraits

Twin Cities Caricatures

Ruff Start has teamed up with Twin Cities Caricatures to create one-of-a-kind ‘ruff’ portraits of your pride and joy in a traditional drawing or digital art! This artwork is a purr-fect personal gift that helps animals in need just in time for the holidays! Ruff Start receives a portion of each artwork sold. To get yours before Christmas, order by December 15. ⁠

Shop Our Local & National Partners

BarkBox logo

For every new Bark Box subscription, you will receive a discount on your purchase and Ruff Start Rescue will receive a $25 donation.

Chewy logo

If you are a new customer, Chewy will donate $20 back to Ruff Start Rescue from your purchase.

Grounds & Hounds Coffee Company logo

When you use the code RuffStartRescue at checkout you’ll receive 15% off your order. Ruff Start gets 10% from new orders and 5% from recurring orders.

Ranger's Homestyle Fudge! logo

Ruff Start Rescue receives 10% of all sales when you add RUFF to the customer information phone field when purchasing.

Rum River Automotive logo

When you spend $250 with Rum River Auto, you’ll receive a $20 discount and $5 will be donated back to Ruff Start Rescue. When you spend over $500, you’ll receive a $25 discount and $10 will be donated to the Rescue.

Princess and Chip

Princess and Chip

Princess and Chip were ten weeks old and ready to be spayed and neutered at the Rescue’s office in Princeton. But with an exam prior, we discovered that Princess and Chip were blind. You certainly couldn’t tell looking at them. Chip was the runt of the litter but would still run and play – although clumsily, while Princess had gorgeous icy blue eyes and seemingly got around just fine. We were all shocked, including their foster parents, Mary and Matt, who are veteran rez (reservation) dog fosters.

During their appointment with an eye specialist, Mary sat on the floor, holding Princess’s paw with Chip by her side. When they got the news that Princess and Chip had congenital retinal detachment, Mary was shocked and devastated.

Their retinas couldn’t surgically reattach, and they were both destined to have painful glaucoma, with Chip already suffering from it at a few months old. It was an agonizing decision, but the best option for Chip and Princess long-term was to remove their eyes. Mary and Matt said goodbye to the faces they were so familiar with and prepared themselves for a challenging recovery post-op.

Princess and Chip, with their foster sibling before their procedure.
Princess and Chip, with their foster sibling before their procedure.

With supplies, medication, and emotional support from RSR staff and volunteers, the couple tended to every whimper and excruciating howl that exited Princess and Chip’s mouths. The puppies didn’t understand what was happening. They couldn’t hear or smell while wearing their cones, which they heavily relied on to function. 

Princess and Chip, with their foster sibling before their procedure.
Princess and Chip, with their foster sibling before their procedure.

While Matt and Mary were seasoned caregivers for pets with special needs, this was something that they hadn’t experienced as they looked at their beloved foster puppies with big stitches where their eyes used to be. As they persevered, keeping the puppies comfortable, they knew without a doubt that this would be the best outcome for the rez puppies.

The couple quickly realized that Chip and Princess belonged in their home as part of their family. They have four other rez dogs and one international dog that already took in the puppies as their own. The pack was just waiting for Mary and Matt to catch on.

Princess, months after her surgery.
Princess, months after her surgery.
Chip, months after his surgery.
Chip, months after his surgery.
Princess and Chip working on obedience training.
Princess and Chip working on obedience training.

Finding the perfect fit

Princess and Chip fit in seamlessly like it was meant to be, giving each other confidence as they live their lives without sight. They have a whole acre of fenced-in yard to play in, a pile of toys to shred, and a pack of dogs to show them the ropes of being top-notch pups. Having them stay just made sense for Matt and Mary.

Chip tilts his head back and forth, and Princess’s ears straighten even further when the couple sings to them. Plus, Princess and Chip are the best students in their puppy classes, where they get weird looks, but their upbeat attitudes quickly dampen that. Mary and Matt put in a lot of effort and tears caring for Princess and Chip with the help of Ruff Start Rescue. They could lean on each other and experienced a bond they weren’t expecting through caring for them. More often than not, we see that fostering impacts people as much as it does pets in need.

Princess and Chip with their foster parents.

Ruff Start’s mission is to save the lives of at-risk animals, and we’ve done just that since 2010, saving over 14,000 in need. Please join us in this life-saving work by donating! Your support makes saving dogs like Chip & Princess possible.

Why We Do What We Do at Ruff Start Rescue

Why We Do What We Do, by Azure Davis

Mission Statement: Ruff Start Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of at-risk animals. We also collaborate, communicate, and educate about the importance of animal rescue and welfare.

 

Vision Statement: We strive for a world where every companion animal has a safe and loving forever home.

Since I founded the rescue in 2010, our mission and vision statements have continually flooded my thoughts. Ruff Start has remained vigilant to those sentences throughout its existence, something I am wholeheartedly proud of every single day. Now, ahead of Give to the Max Day, I wanted to remind you just how we showcase our mission and vision every single day.

How Does Ruff Start Fulfill its Mission?

We show up for animals that need us.

Each year, over 625,000 animals are euthanized in the United States, according to Best Friends Animal Society. (By my estimation, that number is extremely low, considering not every shelter reports their data to Best Friends at this time. If I were to guess, I’d guess the more realistic figure is closer to 1 million or more.) These pets are usually healthy, highly adoptable animals who are lost due to overpopulation, spatial restraints, and other completely avoidable reasons. Ruff Start shows up for these animals: we save, on average, eight animals a day and have rescued over 14,500 since I founded the rescue ten years ago.

Jackie-O before, rescued June 2020
Jackie-O before, rescued June 2020.
Jackie-O after, now known as Tater Tot
Jackie-O after, now known as Tater Tot.

We give people an opportunity to use their passion to change the world.

With the help of hundreds of volunteers and fosters, Ruff Start has placed thousands of animals with families who will love them while literally saving innocent lives in the process. These volunteers and fosters have all come together to form a tight-knit community dedicated to creating a better world for animals. Without Ruff Start, the ability to give back to the animals – their cause of choice – would not exist, and thousands of families would be without their favorite furry and feathered family members.

Rosie before, rescued July 2020
Rosie before, rescued July 2020.
Rosie after, in her foster home turned forever home
Rosie after, in her foster home turned forever home.

We educate those who will eventually create a drastic change in animal welfare.

Education is one of my biggest passions, because guiding people to do what’s right is the only way we will build a better world for animals. Ruff Start’s education committee frequently presents to people of all ages, teaching them the importance of our life-saving work – especially focused on children, because they will one day grow up to be the future generation of animal rescuers.

Kittee before, rescued August 2020
Kittee before, rescued August 2020.
Kittee after, in her foster home
Kittee after, in her foster home.

We serve as a resource for both people AND pets.

Between our consistent donations to local food pantries, the ability to provide veterinary care for community cats through our trap-neuter-return program and the capability to take in both stray and owned animals, we are proud to help both people AND pets.

Pepper before, rescued August 2020
Pepper before, rescued August 2020.
Pepper after, in her foster home
Pepper after, in her foster home.

While animal rescue and welfare have dramatically improved since Ruff Start first launched, our work is not done. We won’t stop until there are no longer animals that need us; until children no longer need educating; until laws that punish animal abuse and neglect are strong, enforceable, and standard. We still have so much work to do. And we can’t do it without your help.

This Give to the Max Day, I urge you to remember Ruff Start.

Remember how we’ve lived our mission and vision since day one.

Remember how we’ve navigated this pandemic, despite losing our entire year’s worth of event revenue, with grace and strength, and have saved more lives than ever before.

Remember how each year, we raise 20% of our veterinary expenses on this day alone, and build next year’s budget based on one special day’s donations.

Remember how much good we do every single day for animals like RosieKitteeJackie-O, and thousands of others who rely on us for a shot at a life worth living.

Remember how much we need you and your donations to continue this lifesaving work.

Stevie, Fetty, and Chuck

Stevie, Fetty, and Chuck

Three kittens remained from a forgotten litter with their mom nowhere in sight. They meowed helplessly, crawling through grass and mud, unable to see. Their bodies slowly became dehydrated and malnourished as they tried to survive while battling terrible upper respiratory infections. The four-week-old kittens didn’t have much time left.

The kittens’ first night indoors.
The kittens’ first night indoors.

Thankfully, a friend of Ruff Start found the kittens just in time. They immediately received medical attention, but our team wasn’t sure if their eyes would improve. Stevie, Fetty, and Chuck were finally safe and cared for in a foster home. Unfortunately, the infection ravaged the boys’ eyes.

Despite medical treatment, we couldn’t save Stevie’s eyes while Fetty lost one eye, but you wouldn’t believe how resilient these kittens are. After the antibiotics, ointment, and surgeries corrected the wrongs that these kittens endured, they turned into “super cuddly purr machines,” according to their foster. It didn’t take them long to adjust either. Now they are as healthy and feisty as ever. Fetty is in his new home, but Stevie and Chuck are bonded and available for adoption on our website ruffstartrescue.org.

Stevie and Fetty post-op.
Stevie and Fetty post-op.
Stevie and Chuck snuggling on a scratching board.
Stevie and Chuck snuggling on a scratching board.
Stevie stalking his Golden Retriever foster sibling.
Stevie stalking his Golden Retriever foster sibling.

We’re hoping to raise $100,000 on Give to the Max Day this Thursday, November 19, to offset the roughly $500,000 in vetting costs we’re set to incur by the end of this year. We’ll continue doing whatever it takes to help animals in need. Please join us in this life-saving work by donating! Your support makes saving kittens like these possible.

Rainy

Rainy

The seven-month-old pup couldn’t open her mouth more than an inch, making eating, drinking, and playing nearly impossible. We’re not sure how long she experienced this discomfort, and the cause is unknown, but it’s likely a miracle she’s made it this far. Rainy needed jaw surgery as soon as possible to improve her quality of life.

Thankfully, we knew who to call.

The procedure is complicated and requires special care, but Dr. Jackson, with BluePearl, is a pro, which eased our worries. He removed part of her mandible and zygomatic arch, less than what he was expecting to do. Rainy stayed the night at the clinic to make sure all was well before she returned home.

Can you imagine the relief she felt opening her jaw all the way and smiling for the very first time?

Rainy followed a strict physical therapy regimen post-op to avoid any complications, although Rainy’s body seems entirely made of Energizer bunnies. Keeping her still was a challenge, but otherwise, she recovered well and is ready to live her life to the fullest.

Rainy smiling in her e-collar

Every day, Ruff Start changes the lives of animals like Rainy. A dog who may not have lived much longer had her condition not been treated. We need your help to continue this life-saving work. This Thursday, November 19, we’re fundraising for Give to the Max Day with a goal of $100,000! We hope you’ll join us and help us reach our goal.

Vail

Vail

Vail's Story

By: Brent Honcharenko

Vail came to Ruff Start Rescue (RSR) in April 2019 after she and about twenty other dogs were found in kennels along the side of a road in Texas. It’s suspected the dogs were abandoned from a possible hoarding situation. Vail was eventually transported to RSR and was put into a foster home. Her foster, Lexi Johnson, who has been a rescue foster for about five years, said she had just come off a “foster break” and was ready to resume that role.

“We typically take the left-over fosters,” Johnson said. “We were told that Vail was shy, so we agreed to foster her.” Johnson said they picked her up and when they got Vail home, took her in their “dog room”, which is where the dog has his/her place, where their kennel is, plus food and water, and where the transition process begins.

“We took her to the dog room in her kennel and shut the door,” Johnson said. “I opened her kennel to let her out and she shot out like a bullet. And then we were unable to catch her. She was fast and allusive, and like a feral cat, she jumped up to the window sill like she was trying to escape.”

“It took fifteen days for us to finally catch her,” Johnson said. “And when we finally did, we got her back in her kennel and then that’s how she was transported around the house.”

Vail headshot
Vail relaxing on the couch
Vail resting next to a baby
Vail relaxing next to the fireplace

Vail's Adoption

Johnson said they did video calls so Rostberg could see Vail in her environment and they even did video training so Johnson could show Rostberg how to put Vail’s collar and leash on properly. She said through it all, Rostberg remained interested and committed.

“Halie and I put our best efforts into this transition,” Johnson said. “We didn’t know if it was going to be successful or not. We mutually decided that we’d give it a couple of weeks.”

“I started working from home in mid-March and within a couple of weeks started to go a little stir crazy and thought it might be time to adopt a dog. My last dog died in 2015,” said Vail’s adopter, Rostberg. “I noticed Vail on Petfinder and right away I thought she was the most beautiful dog I had ever seen. However, I knew she was not the right dog for me at that time as she needed to live with another dog.  So I adopted a three-year-old male basset mix at the beginning of April.  A few weeks later, I thought it was time to get him a friend, and I applied for Vail.”

Vail playing outside in the grass
Vail sitting next to Veda

Rostberg said when she and Johnson spoke for the first time, Johnson talked her ear off for over an hour.

“She may have been trying to scare me off a little, telling me all about Vail’s history and all of her quirks,” Rostberg said, “But even though Vail sounded like a challenge, nothing she told me sounded like a hard no.”

Rostberg reported that the adoption process was different than normal due to COVID and reiterated that they did a lot of corresponding over video. She said her home visit was even done virtually.

“At least with my other dog, Veda, I got to spend an hour with him in my backyard before the adoption. But Vail was truly more like a blind date,” Rostberg said.

After her arrival, it took Rostberg an entire day to coax her out of her kennel and what eventually worked was using one of her favorite snacks, cheese.

Rostberg continued, “For weeks she was always on a leash and harness in the house, and when we went in the fenced backyard she was on three or four leashes, one clipped to me, as Lexi had told me what an escape artist she was.”

In mid-May Rostberg hired a personal dog trainer. She said she didn’t think Vail had ever been on a walk before and she certainly hadn’t been outside of her backyard, but the trainer insisted they go.

Vail's Growth

Rostberg reported that Vail has progressed well in her training. She loves her daily walks and sits when they stop walking. Vail even now waits at the front and back doors for permission to go out or come in. And, Rostberg said her favorite command is  ‘stay’ especially on one of her comfy dog beds.

“She is finally doing so much better,” Rostberg said. “Vail will come when she’s on a leash, but off leash is another story.”

Rostberg said Vail sits when she wants to be cuddled, too.

Another big surprise to Rostberg is how much Vail likes being outdoors. Her favorite thing is to run around and explore the backyard. Rostberg says her “zoomies” when exploring are the absolute cutest.

“Vail loves taking weekend trips to the family cabin or the farm,” Rostberg said. “I put her on a 25-foot lead when we take walks there and explore the wilderness. She also loves being on the water in a kayak and on the paddleboat. She is a good swimmer.”

“She loves her big brother Veda and follows his lead,” Rostberg added. “We adopted a couple of kittens last month, and although they aren’t allowed to be left alone yet, she has been doing well with them. She hasn’ cared much for my mom’s highly energetic puppy, though. But as the puppy continues to grow and become better mannered, Vail is getting more comfortable around her, and last time they were together she even wanted to play.”

Rostberg said Vail is a bit of a spoiled princess, but in a good way. She eats off china and gets homemade dog food at every meal, and it’s to the point she won’t eat her dry kibble alone anymore.

Vail sunbathing on the beach
Vail and Veda in a paddle boat with their foster mom
Vail in a life jacket
Vail sitting in a pumpkin patch

“She is excellent in her kennel and is good with baths and getting her nails trimmed,” Rostberg said. “She is a quiet dog and rarely barks. And, she only had a few accidents in the beginning when I didn’t understand her signals.”

Rostberg added, “She has the most adorable inquisitive expressions. And when walking she prances like a little pony. She is still cautious around other people, but will accept treats and pets from some of them.”

“I had Vail’s DNA tested,” Rostberg concluded. “She’s Chihuahua, one-eighth Cocker Spaniel, and the rest is unknown. Lexi and I think it’s hyena.”

Rostberg still sends Johnson updates and pictures, which she appreciates, and gives most of the credit for Vail’s successful rehabilitation to Johnson.

From the side of a road in Texas, down a long slippery slope of transition challenges, Vail’s new life is a testament to the rescue process. To the fosters who refuse to give up on these frightened dogs, to the adopters who believe in them and offer a loving home, their dedication is an integral part of Ruff Start Rescue’s mission.

About Ruff Start Rescue

Ruff Start Rescue is a nonprofit animal rescue in Princeton, Minnesota that has saved over 14,000 animal lives since 2010. At Ruff Start, we believe a home is the best place for an animal, not a shelter or kennel. Because of this, we rely exclusively on volunteers to provide foster homes for rescued pets until they find their forever homes. If you want to join our mission, reach out to us at info@ruffstartrescue.org.

Arnie

Arnie

Arnie’s leg with a bullet wound.
Arnie’s leg with a bullet wound.
At the time, he didn’t have a name. He spent months roaming the countryside looking for food and a safe place to rest, things that were difficult to come by. Then someone shot him.
 
Arnie must’ve felt so scared on top of being in excruciating pain. Yet, he limped on and got away safely. By some miracle, the bullet went straight through his muscle. We don’t understand why someone would do this to him. But we’re grateful we can give Arnie a second chance.

With a freshly cleaned wound and antibiotics coursing through his veins, Arnie made his way to Ruff Start. Upon his arrival, our vetting team noticed that he was walking on his leg with the bullet wound and not the other. X-rays revealed an old leg fracture that healed incorrectly. His leg was beyond repair, so he had it removed a few days ago.

Arnie relaxing and feeling safe in his foster home.
Arnie relaxing and feeling safe in his foster home.
An x-ray showing Arnie’s broken leg that healed incorrectly.
An x-ray showing Arnie’s broken leg that healed incorrectly.
Arnie recovering after his leg amputation.
Arnie recovering after his leg amputation.

It’s safe to say that Arnie’s been through a lot of challenges during his short life, but now he’s safe and loved in his foster home while he recovers. This year we’re on track to save over 3,000 ‘Arnie’s’ that need our help. Each animal brings its own needs to the Rescue’s attention, trusting us to take care of them and help them find their forever homes.

 
Will you help us reach our goal of $100,000 raised for Give to the Max Day so we can continue caring for at-risk animals in need? We can’t save them without you.
Roxie and Tweedledum

Roxie and Tweedledum

After spending years in a shelter: Roxie and Tweedledum find forever homes days later at Ruff Start Rescue.

Ruff Start Rescue has partnerships with other animal welfare organizations across the nation. We are here to assist those that need us most when companion animals are at-risk. In this case, Roxie and Tweedledum couldn’t find their forever families after spending almost three years in a shelter. The organization reached out to us to see if we could give Roxie and Tweedledum a second chance, and we said YES!

Six days later, Roxie was adopted.

Roxie’s adopter said, “Roxie is doing fabulous and is a wonderful addition to my home. I can’t imagine my life without her.”

Roxie is a little camera shy.
Roxie is a little camera shy.
Roxie loves all of the spots she can lounge on in her new home.
Roxie loves all of the spots she can lounge on in her new home.

While Roxie acclimated to her new home, Tweedledum found his forever family two weeks after entering the Rescue.

How Tweedledum is doing.

“Tweedledum has been a wonderful addition to our family. He’s sweet, funny, and patient with the kids. He’s a social guy and has really been coming out of his shell as he’s adapted to having his own home to romp around. Quite a talker, he’s picked up the nickname “Mr. Meow-gi” (a play on Mr. Miyagi from karate kid) as he meows and chirps his way around the house. Our kids love playing with him and he loves having them bring his toys to life. At night he’s taken to snoozing in bed with us grown-ups. It’s only been two weeks, but it already feels like he’s been a part of our family forever. He’s definitely been a great fit from our perspective and he seems to agree.”

Tweedledum takes advantage of the many relaxing places to nap in his new home.
Tweedledum takes advantage of the many relaxing places to nap in his new home.
Tweedledum loves playing with his human brother.
Tweedledum loves playing with his human brother.
When Tweedledum’s not playing, you can find him lounging by a window.
When Tweedledum’s not playing, you can find him lounging by a window.

Help more animals like Roxie and Tweedledum by supporting Ruff Start Rescue.

We are so grateful we could take Roxie and Tweedledum in and help them find families so quickly. We can say YES to animals like them thanks to generous supporters like you! If it’s within your means, please donate so we can continue this life-saving work.

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