My name is Phoenix!

Whippet Mix Dog for adoption in Princeton, Minnesota - Phoenix
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I'm being cared for by:
Ruff Start Rescue

Facts about Phoenix

  • Breed: Whippet Mix
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10825476-D161080
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Hi, my name is Phoenix and I am a sweet, shy girl that traveled here all the way from Yulin, China. The first part of my life was really scary. I was saved from a slaughterhouse where dogs are tortured and killed for meat. I guess they think the more they torture us, the better the meat tastes. Luckily, myself and about 1000 other dogs were saved by a man named Marc Ching of Animal Hope and Wellness foundation. Since that is way too many dogs to take on themselves, they reached out to other rescues in the US and this awesome place called Ruff Start in little Minnesota was able to help myself and 9 other dogs from China.


I am still settling in and my foster mom's are getting to know me. I was very scared the first couple days but am really coming out of my shell now. I do very well in my crate and so far I have had no messes inside the house. I was never formally potty trained but I spent the majority of my life living outside so that's all I'm used to. I am a very affectionate girl that loves to be in my humans arms and give them kisses. I am starting to learn what manners are, like not jumping up on humans all the time and taking treats nicely. My English skills aren't that great yet, but they are getting better and I'm starting to understand my foster moms more when they tell me to do something.


So far, I am doing really well with the other dogs in the house. I give the ones that don't want to play space, and I play hard with the ones that do want to play. I am very versatile and could probably get a lot with any type of furry friend. I am also doing great with the cats. My foster mom's worried I might have a prey drive but I proved them wrong! I completely ignore them. I really just like to hang with people and my doggy friends.


I can't wait to see what life will be like as I settle in and learn how to be a house dog. We will keep everyone updated as I settle in!



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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