My name is Ariel!

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Princeton, Minnesota - Ariel
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I'm being cared for by:
Ruff Start Rescue

Facts about Ariel

  • Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10375458-D160656
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

I'm Ariel, a sweet 1-1/2 year old girl that was transported from a scary shelter many months ago with my cute litter of puppies. I ended up here in a Minnesota shelter where I watched my babies get adopted one by one, and I hoped so much that I would find a forever home too...but I guess no one wanted me.
While I sat waiting, I was treated for something called "heartworm" and although I wanted to  play and run around, I had to stay very quiet so that the medicine could do its work. I feel wonderful now but it was hard not being able to play at all back then.
One day when I was out on a walk with a nice shelter person, a scary dog pulled away from the people walking him and he attacked me. So many scary things in my life have left me wary and unsure of what will happen to me next. I'm living with a nice family that is taking good care of me, but they have a boy dog that I'm not very fond of. I like some girl dogs, but most of the boys frighten me because of some of the things that they have done in the past.
I need a foster or foster-to-adopt home that maybe doesn't have other dogs or that would be willing to crate and rotate so that I can learn how to be in a family better. Right now I'm pretty scared and worried that something bad will happen to me, even though my foster brother has tried really hard to show me he won't hurt me. I also think it's exciting to chase cats so I should be in a home without one.
Since I have been with my foster family, I have learned to potty outside, I'm very quiet in my crate, I know sit, and am a good girl on walks but get distracted by squirrels and rabbits sometimes. I love, love, love toys and like nothing better that to throw them around or just lay on my back with one and squiggle around on a soft floor. I also love big and small people so much and just want to be near them so I can feel safe and happy.
Maybe I can live with you for a while until I find my forever home


Note: Before I joined Ruff Start Rescue, I was treated for heartworm. Because of this, I’m in RSR’s “Foster to Adopt” progam. This means that I can still join my forever family right away, then be “officially” adopted when my heartworm retest comes back negative in a few months. I look and feel perfectly normal! And don’t worry! Heartworm is not contagious! Ruff Start Rescue just wants to make sure I’m happy and healthy and will take care of costs associated with the retest so my forever family doesn’t have to worry about that. And while you foster me, they will continue to pay for other things like my food, too! Yum!


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All animals are in foster homes located throughout the Twin Cities & Central Minnesota.  We do not have a facility. *

Visit this organization's web site to see any additional information available about this pet.

About Ruff Start Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Who We Are & How We Do It

We are a small, but mighty, Non Profit 501c3 Rescue. We are a No-Kill dog and cat rescue organization in Central Minnesota. Our rescue is composed solely of volunteers who love animals. We rescue stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and cats and work very hard to place them in new loving homes.

This group is comprised ENTIRELY of volunteers who work full-time doing something that pays the mortgage. We do the rescue stuff (which is our true passion) after work and on the weekends. So if your phone calls or emails are not answered by a live person right away, it’s probably because we are at work and will call you as soon as we can!

By Choice

We do not have a shelter. We are of the belief that a home environment is far more desirable than a shelter or kennel. So, we rely exclusively on homes like yours in which to place our pets until they find their forever home!

We work exclusively with a foster-care program where our pet lives with you, and we pay for or provide everything. A home environment is always the most desirable and with the endless supply of animals needing homes, we just never have enough lined up. Sometimes the foster lasts a week, sometimes several months. A dog or cat will do far better adjusting when they are sitting by your chair or next to you while you are on the computer than stashed in a noisy kennel somewhere surrounded by sick and barking dogs.

We Can't Take Every Surrendered Pet
Because we don’t have a shelter, we can only take a new animal IF we have a vacant foster home for the pet to live while we seek a new forever home for him. OR, if you agree to hang onto the pet while we help them find a new home. Sadly, we are not able to assist every animal that crosses our path. There are just too many dogs & cats out there who need help. But, we DO have an extensive list of people looking for specific dogs and cats - so if you can hang onto your pet for a little longer, we might be able to assist you in placing them. No promises, but we promise to do our very best to help you find your pet their new forever home!

Our Mission Statement:

Ruff Start Rescue, is dedicated to saving all animals whose lives are at risk. Located in Princeton, MN; we are determined to educate the community about the importance of animal rescue and safety. We rescue animals from high kill facilities, rehabilitate the sick, love the unsocialized pets and maintain a 100% spay/neuter program. Ruff Start Rescue strives to end pet overpopulation and safely place all animals in loving homes.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

If you would like to make a donation, please go to and view our donations page for all of the ways you can donate!

Come Meet Our Pets...

All of our animals are in foster homes. If you would like to meet a foster animal, please fill out an application on our website:! We also have our animals available at adoption events at local Petsmarts! (Monticello, Maple Grove, and Coon Rapids).

Our Adoption Process...

The adoption process we go through is to have the potential adopter fill out an application on our website: There is then a background check done on the potentional adopter and if they pass the background check and home visits we set up a home visit! If the home visit passes, the adopter can then adopt the animal they're looking at after meeting them.

There is an adoption fee. This fee depends on the vetting that the animal has already needed. If the animal is too young and has not yet been spayed or neutered, you are required to sign a contract and agree to have them spayed or neutered.
Adoption fees range from $200 - $300