My name is Roxie!

Shepherd (Unknown Type)/Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Princeton, Minnesota - Roxie
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Ruff Start Rescue

Facts about Roxie

  • Breed: Shepherd (Unknown Type)/Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10661845-D160920
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

~~This cute girl is named Roxie.  She is a mixed bread said to be approximately 1.5 years old and currently underweight at about 35 lbs. Roxie joined the rescue as an owner surrender from Wisconsin. Roxie’s previous owner had went back to school and simply was unable to bring Roxie with.

Roxie is currently residing in a single family home with one other dog.  Roxie was very timid at first, but with proper introductions, settled in fast. Roxie loves attention from her foster mom and would be perfectly content living in a single family home. At the same time, Roxie is still young and has a lot of energy. She likes to run circles in the fenced in yard while her foster brother chases close behind.

Roxie has demonstrated a littler separation anxiety when her foster mom leaves her outside in the yard for a few minutes. This will include some whining and pawing under the gate fence as to get out. However, Roxie is learning that her foster mom always comes back, and with the help of her foster brother, is starting to feel more confident on her own while in the yard.

Roxie has gained the trust of her foster mom very fast. Roxie is allowed to sleep in the house without the use of her crate and she is trusted to roam the house while her foster mom is at work. Roxie is not allowed to sleep in her foster mom’s bed, although she really wants too. Roxie has also been trusted to stay in the yard without the use of a leash.  This is especially helpful as only half of her foster mom’s yard is fenced in.

Although this attribute is probably due to her separation anxiety, Roxie has demonstrated that she is not a risk to run, which can be admirable.
Roxie has been known to speak up when a new person enters the home. This is only temporary until she identifies there is no risk. She has never acted out aggressively. Right now she is learning to walk on a leash without pulling. This will take a little practice but her foster mom thinks she will catch on fast as she is eager to please. Roxie is said to be timid around water, it is unknown whether or not she has ever been introduced to bodies of water. However, Roxie did receive a bath by her foster mom and was said to have done exceptionally well.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for a loyal and loving companion who will transition smoothly into your household, fill out an application to meet this very sweet girl.



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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