My name is Fluffy!

Australian Shepherd Mix Puppy for adoption in Princeton, Minnesota - Fluffy
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Ruff Start Rescue

Facts about Fluffy

  • Breed: Australian Shepherd Mix
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Puppy
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10534223-D160825
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Welcome to the world of The Texas Five!  My name is Shannon and I will be your guide through this wonderful adventure.

Our tour begins in Texas at a gigantic shelter.   The puppies were brought in by the authorities when they were found in horrendous living conditions, flea infested, covered in mange and emaciated.  Rather than face charges, the owners were kind enough to surrender them immediately. 

The shelter staff went to work, giving them food and flea preventative.  Volunteers pitched in, thus introducing them to human kindness.  Shelter life is very hard on animals so the staff started networking.  And that is how they became known on the other side of our country.

A coordinator at Ruff Start saw a picture of these five puppies and posted it on her personal Facebook page where I saw it.  Without a second thought, I asked if she could get these puppies to me.

Now getting these puppies back to Minnesota is no small feat and their time was limited.  Their medical conditions were quite serious and made worse by the stress of shelter life.  As hard as the staff worked, it soon became clear that without a rescue commitment, this group of puppies would have to be put down to make room for the additional 50 plus animals that enter this shelter every single day.

My coordinator and her husband dropped everything and drove to Texas and back.  They left on a Friday and came back on Sunday.  We call that a turn and burn.

Though they had baths in the shelter, the mange had wreaked havoc with their skin and the smell was overwhelming.  Once they arrived in Minnesota, they received medication for that.  It took a few days before they could get a bath because their skin was so oozy and delicate. 

Rehabilitating emaciated puppies involves more than just getting them food.  All the puppies have been fed 6 or more times a day with very small, nutrient dense food from Sojos.  Some of the puppies were too ill and dehydrated to eat or drink so every drop of food that I could get into them had to count.  I also gave them fluids under their skin to help combat their dehydration.

It was hard to see the combined look of mistrust and hope in their eyes when they first came.  They shied away from touch while at the same time furiously wagging their tail in the hope that they could get some love. 

And that is when we got a message from someone in Texas that the mother was still in the shelter.  In my head, I heard the sound of the record player needle dragging across the record.  My amazing coordinator went to work and within days, Mama (named Scout) was hitching a ride up to Minnesota.

Though she arrived scared and worn out, the reunion was everything we could have hoped for.  Every last pup came back to life and the yard was full of wagging tails.  Once they all got settled in the house, Mama cuddled up to her babies and they took a nap with doggy smiles on their faces.  And that was the turning point.

Now, we work on building their immune system with healthy food and a steady supply of love.  And it works wonders.

Steel and Harry were touch and go for more than a week.  It has been magical to see them turn the corner and head toward health.  I had to lift them up and carry them where I needed them to go:  outside to go potty, back inside, to their food and water, to a fresh bed so I could wash blankets.  The day each puppy got his/her go back is shown in pictures on their Facebook page: The Texas 5.  Feel free to visit this page and see the transformation. 

Scout (Mama), Big Red, Fluffy, Shaggy Girl, Harry and Steele will be getting ready to go to their forever homes before too long.  They will need to put on some more weight and build their strength before they can be spayed and neutered.  After this happens, they will be ready to adopt a human family of their own.  Adopters don't have to wait to meet them though.  In fact, I encourage anyone that is seriously considering adoption to start the paperwork and come meet these unfurry guys in Hastings.  Everyone can benefit from puppy love.


If you are a human looking to be adopted and loved by one of these fur babies, please fill out an application with Ruff Start Rescue.

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

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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