My name is Ranger!

Catahoula Leopard Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Princeton, Minnesota - Ranger
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I'm being cared for by:
Ruff Start Rescue

Facts about Ranger

  • Breed: Catahoula Leopard Dog Mix
  • Color: Merle
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10585041-D160858
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Hello! My name is Ranger and I would love to be part of your family! I am about two years old and they tell me I'm a Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. I am very sweet and my foster family is showing me what it's like to be loved. I've got some energy, so I like to run around the backyard and play with my foster sister, a big black lab. Sometimes I start sniffing good smells and I follow my nose, so it's good that my yard has a fence. Going for walks is the best way to let me sniff everything and wear me out! I do pretty well walking on the leash, but I still pull and I'm working on trying to learn "heal". I am house trained, so no worries about me having accidents in the house. People say that I am "vocal" because I like to bark when I need to go outside or if I want to play. When I have to stay home alone I hang out in the kennel. I am really comfortable in the kennel and like to nap peacefully in there. With slow introductions I like all dogs, but I prefer to hang out with dogs smaller than I am. Sometimes when I meet new dogs I grumble a little to remind them I need some time and space to get introduced. Could your home be the right one for me???



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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