Ruff Start Rescue is a foster-based rescue, so animals live in volunteer homes and are not available for public viewing at the office. To meet an animal you are interested in potentially adopting, please fill out an adoption application to be connected to their foster family.

Visitors are welcome at our office, but appointments are strongly advised. Please email us at to be connected to the individual or department best suited for your inquiry.

Need help with an animal? You can learn more about surrendering an owned pet on our Surrender page. For more information about how to deal with lost and/or found animals, please visit our Lost & Found Pets page. Please note: Ruff Start Rescue accepts surrendered animals on an appointment-only basis. (This is because we do not have room to house animals on-site, and need to coordinate an appropriate foster home for the surrendered animal before we can commit to bringing it into rescue.)

Want to donate to our cause? Check out our Ways to Give page to learn more.


Main Rescue Line: (763) 355-3981

Rescue Fax (866) 233-4818

Our main rescue phone line is an automated system and only allows callers the ability to leave messages. Our preferred method of contact is email, especially for more urgent matters.

Please note we monitor our emails frequently and respond in as timely manner as possible, but ask that you allow up to 48 hours for your inquiry to be responded to.

Mailing Address

PO Box 129
Princeton, MN 55371


12526 319th Ave
Princeton, MN 55371

Facility Hours

Monday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Please note that the Ruff Start facility will be closed on the following holidays. If the holiday falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the workday closest to the holiday.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
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