Ruff Start Rescue

Ruff Start Rescue


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About Us

We are a foster home-based Non-Profit 501c3, no-kill dog and cat rescue based in central Minnesota.

Check out available animals, volunteer, and foster opportunities, and donate here:

Mission Statement: Ruff Start Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of animals in need. We improve animal welfare in communities through adoption, education, and providing resources for people and pets.

Vision Statement: We strive for a world where every companion animal has a safe and loving home and their family has the knowledge and resources needed to give them the life they deserve.

Compassion.-We have a strong sense of empathy for companion animals that fuels our passion to prevent and alleviate suffering. We place the highest value on the animal/human connection and are driven to create positive outcomes even for the hardest of cases.

Commitment.-We strive to provide a high level of service for all animals, adopters, volunteers, and donors through responsible communication and action. We maintain a results-focused perspective.

Connection.-We form relationships with the community to achieve common goals while providing access to resources and education.

Innovation.-We listen and respond to community needs with flexibility while remaining on the cusp of trends in animal welfare while exploring new approaches.

We communicate humbly, honestly, and openly while striving for the utmost transparency with our supporters, volunteers, fosters, staff and beneficiaries.


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Volunteer position: Ruff Start Rescue Secretary of the Board
Category: Office and Administration
The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that accurate and sufficient documentation exists to meet legal requirements and to enable authorized persons to determine when, how, and by whom the board’s business was conducted. To fulfill these responsibilities, and subject to the organization’s bylaws, the Secretary records minutes of meetings, ensures their accuracy and availability, proposes more
Phone:(763) 355-3981
Volunteer Position: Ruff Start Rescue Marketing and Development Board Member
Category: Volunteer
The Marketing and Development Board Member is an active member of the Ruff Start Rescue Board of Directors who is responsible for adhering to general board responsibilities, along with providing the board insights, recommendations, and discussion specific to their fundraising and donor expertise.  This individual will also provide the marketing department and staff guidance when needed on topics more
Phone:(763) 355-3981