My name is Velvet!

German Shepherd Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Princeton, Minnesota - Velvet
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Ruff Start Rescue

Facts about Velvet

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog Mix
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10543878-D160828
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Vayda (aka Velvet) is a small “Pocket Shepard” at about 38 pounds. She is a sweet, submissive, timid little girl who lived her life high on a rural hill on a South Dakota Indian Reservation. In her short 13 months of life she never knew human touch, living inside or how to be a pampered pooch. Vayda had a litter of pups about 5-6 months ago and is now spayed. She is slowly learning to trust people and is especially fond of her foster dad who she loves to wrestle with right before bed every night. She is crate trained (although, puts up a big stink to get in the crate, but once in, is quiet as can be) and she is fully potty trained. She does not go to the back door to signal that she needs to go outside to potty but yet relies on the other dogs in the home to do that for her. She would thrive best with other dogs in the home to help make her feel safe and continue to show her how to be ‘dog’. She submissive to all other dogs no matter if they are big or small. She loves to “lick and dash”, which is her way of licking your hand and then bolting… it’s like “express drive-thru love”. She is now coming up to us looking for affection a little more but does like to hang out under the table or coffee table quite a bit. She does have a cute, quirky personality and loves to make funny noises and ‘talk’ to us when we talk to her. She does great with the 3 kids in her foster home and always very gentle. Walking on a leash is a work in progress. The leash and the big world outside scare her and we are trying to build her confidence on short walks with lots of rewards. She loves to hang out in the back yard and would do best with a fenced yard as her recall is only effective if she trusts completely. Vayda  is pretty mellow in the house and LOVES dinner time and prefers to eat while laying down even. With continued work and a dog that is a leader in the home, she will shine bright. She is one of those dogs that is worth it when she looks up at you with such sincere eyes and thanks you for her new lease on life.




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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