My name is Kojo *WAITING 300+ days*!

American Pit Bull Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Princeton, Minnesota - Kojo *WAITING 300+ days*
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Ruff Start Rescue

Facts about Kojo *WAITING 300+ days*

  • Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier Mix
  • Color: White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10739141-D160998
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

Name: Kojo
DOB: 01/06/16 estimated
Weight: 52 lbs
Adoption Fee: $125

Hello, my name is Kojo! I’m really glad to be here. The place I grew up in wasn’t very nice because the people I lived with hit me with things, so I’m shy of new people at first, especially new men and kids because I expect them to hurt me. I warmed up to my foster mom right away though and now I love her. My foster dad took the time to show me that not all men are mean by being the designated hotdog guy. I love hotdogs and I’m loving my foster dad now too. He gives the best cuddles! 

My foster mom says I'm doing a great job meeting new strangers. They keep inviting new people over to meet me so I'm getting really good at it. I'm barely afraid of anyone anymore because they always have food! One time I was so excited to meet a new person that I jumped right into his lap! B ecause of my past, I would like to live in a house without kids but I think it would probably do me good to live with a man, because he could keep working with me to see that there’s nothing to fear anymore. I might never be good with kids though, so probably need a family with no kids or older kids who will respect my boundaries. I would also be best in a home with a fenced yard too, so that I can play and not have to worry about who might approach unexpectedly, so you do not have to worry about me reacting out of fear.

I am ok with other dogs and am a very friendly boy but I'd be happy to just live with people too, as my interactions with other dogs can be difficult at times.    I currently live in a home with two other dogs, an elderly Italian greyhound mix and a hyper female pitbull, and I love them both, but need to be well supervised with them. My foster mom is still managing our interactions because I am a little too strong for the little dog and I wouldn’t want to accidentally hurt him. Even though I really like the other dogs, I like my foster mom so much more, so I don't always like to share her. Just like a little kid, I'm having to learn how to share and it has been a slow process.

I already know "sit", "lay down", "on your bed", and we’re working on learning to like being in the kennel. I whine hoping you’ll let me out, but if you don’t give in I’ll quiet down. I’m very quiet at night though, so I won’t wake you up. I'm told I'm the best in the whole house at waiting nicely for dinner; I will sit and watch you and not touch my food until you say "ok".  I do drool while I wait but I just can't help it, I LOVE DINNER!

I’m young and boisterous, so I could benefit from some basic training to show me the proper way to behave but my foster family are working on that. They say it's really good that I almost never jump up, and have learned some basic commands, like sit, down, touch and shake.  Mostly I just need love and someone willing to give me a few weeks to learn to trust them, and once I trust you, I'm the most loyal friend you'll ever have; I'll follow you everywhere.

I love   to play fetch in the yard, but I haven’t quite figured out that I’m supposed to bring the ball back yet. I’m kind of a goof and sometimes get so excited to chase the ball that I don’t pay attention to what’s in front of me. I really love being petted, especially belly rubs, and will roll all the way onto my back for them! I also LOVE to chew on bones and un-stuff all the stuffies I'm given!

I would love a home of my own where I’d never have to worry about being hurt again. Do you have room in your heart for a gorgeous hunk like me?


If you are interested in me, please fill out an adoption application at An adoption application is the best way to show your interest in an animal. Once we receive your application, a placement coordinator will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

Please check out our website, for more details and additional pictures on any of our animals!

All Ruff Start dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, up to date on age appropriate vaccines, microchipped, dewormed, and on monthly flea/tick and heartworm prevention (dogs) as well as heartworm tested (dogs).

Ruff Start Rescue is a foster based rescue. Animals are located in homes throughout Minnesota. We do not have a facility where animals are kept.

Ruff Start Rescue Adoption Policies:


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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