Our Mission

Ruff Start Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of animals in need. We improve animal welfare in communities through adoption, education, and providing resources for people and pets.

Our Vision

We strive for a world where every companion animal has a safe and loving forever home and their family has the knowledge and resources needed to give them the life they deserve.

Our Values


We have a strong sense of empathy for companion animals that fuels our passion to prevent and alleviate suffering. We place the highest value on the animal/human connection and are driven to create positive outcomes even for the hardest of cases.


We strive to provide a high level of service for all animals, adopters, volunteers, and donors through responsible communication and action. We maintain a results-focused perspective.


We form relationships with the community to achieve common goals while providing access to resources and education.


We listen and respond to community needs with flexibility while remaining on the cusp of trends in animal welfare while exploring new approaches.


We communicate humbly, honestly, and openly while striving for the utmost transparency with our supporters, volunteers, fosters, staff and beneficiaries.

Our Stance

You can view our No Kill stance and Out of State Transportation stance by clicking here.

Our Outcomes

You can view monthly outcomes by clicking here.

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