Ruff Start Rescue

A PO Box 129, Princeton, MN 55371 rescue helping to find loving homes for dogs, cats, rabbits, small animals.

Pets at Ruff Start Rescue

  • Any
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Small Animals
  • Any
  • Baby
  • Puppy
  • Kitten
  • Young
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Any
  • Male
  • Female


Female, Adult
Chihuahua / Beagle


Female, Adult
Domestic Mediumhair


Male, Puppy
Labrador Retriever / Husky


Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair


Female, Adult
Cattle Dog / Pit Bull Terrier


Male, Puppy
Pit Bull Terrier / Catahoula Leopard Dog


Female, Puppy
Labrador Retriever / Cattle Dog


Female, Kitten


Female, Adult
Parson Russell Terrier / Cairn Terrier


Male, Puppy
Shepherd (Unknown Type) / Labrador Retriever


Female, Adult
Smooth Fox Terrier / Labrador Retriever


Female, Puppy
American Staffordshire Terrier / Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)

Scruffy Joe

Male, Adult
Standard Schnauzer / Australian Cattle Dog


Male, Adult
Chihuahua / Jack Russell Terrier

Puff The Magic Dragon

Male, Young
Labrador Retriever / Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)


Male, Puppy
Shepherd (Unknown Type)


Female, Puppy
Pit Bull Terrier / Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)


Male, Adult
Domestic Shorthair


Male, Puppy
Cattle Dog / Spaniel (Unknown Type)


Male, Kitten
Domestic Shorthair

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Areas Ruff Start Rescue Serves

Ruff Start Rescue is a rescue group located in central MN that is strictly foster based.
Ruff Start Rescue takes in a wide variety of dogs and cats (all breeds). These animals come from rehoming situations, out of high kill shelters that are over-crowded, impounds, and strays. If you are interested in fostering, please fill out an application at our website:

Ruff Start Rescue's Adoption Process

About Ruff Start Rescue

Mission Statement
Ruff Start Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of at-risk animals. We also collaborate, communicate, and educate about the importance of animal rescue and welfare.

Vision Statement
We strive for a world where every companion animal has a safe and loving forever home.

Who We Are & How We Do It
We are a foster home-based Non-Profit 501c3, No-Kill dog and cat rescue based in Central Minnesota. We rescue stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and cats as well as ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other critters. We work very hard to place them in new loving homes.

We operate largely through volunteers and donations, relying on social media to stay connected. The more than 600 volunteers working with the rescue transport animals, serve as foster families, coordinate adoptions and much more. Without them and their countless hours of service, Ruff Start Rescue could not exist.

Foster-based by Choice
We do not have a shelter. We believe a home environment is far more desirable than a shelter or kennel. We rely exclusively on volunteers to provide foster homes for rescued pets until they find their forever homes.

We Can't Take Every Animal
Because we don’t have a shelter, we can only take a new animal when we have a vacant foster home for the pet to live in while they await their forever home. Sadly, we are not able to assist every animal that crosses our path. There are just too many dogs and cats out there that need help. We promise to do our very best to help find every pet his or her forever home.

Come Meet Ruff Start Rescue's 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!