We wouldn’t be here without the incredible generosity of our supporters. Regardless of your chosen method of donation, please know that your kindness helps to save lives and furthers our mission. We sincerely appreciate your support!
Become a Sustaining Donor
Ruff Start Rescue exists because of the amazing efforts of our volunteers, foster families, and wonderful supporters. Each year we care for more animals than the previous year. Although we are grateful that we are able to give more animals the second chance they deserve, the monthly cost of care can be staggering. At this time, Ruff Start Rescue’s monthly veterinary costs average $17,000!
Routine veterinary expenses can include: updating vaccinations, placement of microchips, and sterilization. Many animals also require more advanced services for orthopedic concerns, dental extractions, eye enucleation, and treatment or management of life-threatening injuries and illnesses.
Our programs and services for animals and their people are sustained by the wonderful support of caring community members like you. The sustaining support program allows you to donate to these efforts with ease and convenience each month. By establishing a monthly automatic donation, you will continue to save lives and make an ongoing impact for animals in need.
Sign up to make an automatic monthly donation:
Sponsor an Animal
Our animal sponsorship program allows you to make a tax-deductible donation that will support one of our special foster pets! Many of our rescued dogs and cats have veterinary expenses that exceed the amount of their adoption fees. Your contribution will assist in offsetting these expenditures and ensure that we continue to save more animals!
Sponsorship directly supports the pet of your choosing, which means your contribution will not be allocated to other program funds. And if you choose, we can send you updates on the animals you sponsor so you can learn about your impact firsthand!
How to Sign Up
Go to the webpage of the animal you want to sponsor
Click the “Sponsor This Pet” button
Shop Our Amazon Wish List
On our Amazon wish list, you can order items online and have them shipped directly to us. All items are tax deductible!
Smaller items can be sent to: Ruff Start Rescue PO Box 129 Princeton, MN 55371
If you would like to donate larger items, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange to meet you or give you a convenient drop-off location.
Donate Your Vehicle
Help support the animals in our care by donating your vehicle and receive a tax deduction in the process. Any vehicle regardless of age or condition is accepted. Ruff Start Rescue has teamed up with the 501c3 nonprofit CARS™ to make this process simple and painless for donors. Once your vehicle has been sold, a portion of the proceeds will go to our programs and services. Types of vehicles eligible for the program include:
Motorhome or RV
Donate your vehicle by calling 855-500-7433 or completing this short online form. Representatives are available to assist you seven days a week and will even pick up your vehicle at no cost to you. Tax receipts will be supplied by CARS.
We encourage you to speak with your tax adviser to ensure you are completing the appropriate forms. Please view the IRS car donations guide to learn more.
Shop Our Fundraising Partners
Ruff Start Rescue has teamed up with several local and national organizations that donate a portion of the sales of their products and services to help the animals in our care. If you are a business that’s interested in partnering with us on either a short- or long-term basis, send us an email.
KT Creations KT Creations is known for murals, canvas artwork, and pet portraits by local artist Kelsey Tyler. Every commission is unique, so reach out to Kelsey to discuss your ideas! We receive 25% back on all commissions when you mention “Ruff Start Rescue”
MissionMade supports local and global artisans and engages in fundraising efforts to help nonprofits thrive. With every purchase made through our personal store page, 20% will be donated back to Ruff Start Rescue. If you are a local artisan who would like to team up to sell products on our page, send us email.
Rum River Auto Rum River Auto is a full-service automotive repair shop with a passion for animals. Spend $250 with Rum River Auto and receive a $20 discount and $5 will be donated back to Ruff Start. Spend over $500 and receive a $25 discount, a free stuffed puppy, and $10 will be donated to the rescue.
Twin Cities Caricatures
Twin Cities Caricatures offers fun drawings of both you and your furry family members and supports the animals in our care at the same time. This is a great gift idea for the animal lover in your life. Prices start at $15 per head for black and white and $20 for color. Twenty-five percent of all proceeds come back to the rescue.
Bark Box can help you spoil and show love to your favorite pooch. Sign up for a one-time package or a monthly subscription. Each package your pet receives in the mail will be filled with treats, toys, and other fun items. For every new Bark Box subscription, you will receive $5 off and Ruff Start Rescue will receive a $25 donation. Use the promotional code listed below at checkout to take advantage of this great offer.
Chewy.com In search of a one-stop shop for all your pet supply needs? Look no further than Chewy. Com. Chewy offers a great program for rescues and shelters. If you are a new customer, Chewy will donate $20 back to Ruff Start Rescue from your purchase.
Fresh Step Points Program
Do you purchase Fresh Step products for your special kitties? If so, click the link above to set up a Paw Points individual account. Then enter the unique product code found on every box of Fresh Step you purchase. Then donate your points by clicking on the Donate button in the drop-down menu. Use zip code 55371 to search for us. You may also choose to use our referral code to give 50 additional points to Ruff Start.
RSR referral code: SHELTERBONUS285
For Federal Employees
You can now pledge to support Ruff Start Rescue through your employee giving portal. Follow this link to contribute today. Search for Charity #13400.
Leave a Legacy
More information coming soon!
Do you want to help an animal but can’t foster or adopt?
No problem! You can sponsor an animal instead!
Many of our rescued dogs and cats have veterinary expenses that exceed the amount of their adoption fees. Your contribution will assist in offsetting these expenditures and ensure that we continue to save more animals! You can even choose which animal to sponsor and then sign up for updates so you can see firsthand the impact of your support.
Ruff Start Rescue is committed to respecting the privacy and personal information of its donors. We value our donors’ trust and focus on fostering and maintaining respect for the personal information they may share with us. To support this belief, all personal, identifying, and financial information with regards to our donors is considered private and safeguards have been put in place to ensure confidentiality. Learn more.
P.O. Box 129
Princeton, MN 55371