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Our September Rescue of the Month is Ruff Start Rescue, a “small but mighty” no-kill dog and cat rescue organization. It all started in 2010, when Ruff Start’s president, Azure, made a decision to save a dog named Hope from a kill shelter in Ohio. She arranged transport with Pilots N Paws, a network of private pilots who work with rescues around the country, flying pets where they need to go. Thanks to these amazing volunteers, animals who would otherwise have no way of getting to awaiting families or rescues can quickly and efficiently arrive at their destinations. Hope’s foster family fell in love with her and decided to adopt her, inspiring Azure to keep rescuing animals all over the country. Ruff Start is all volunteer based, and can only take in as many animals as they have fosters. If you’re interested in fostering for them, check out their information page here. They can also use more volunteers and monetary or supply donations. Dewey is a gorgeous Shepherd / Husky-type mix, who’s been with Ruff Start for a whole year! No one’s sure why this guy hasn’t found his home yet…. He does need a fenced-in yard (as most do) but he loves people and gave me plenty of kisses in his short time at the studio!
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Nikita is a leggy hound mix who’s an amazing shade of red! Her previous owner was planning to shoot her until a Ruff Start volunteer stepped in and saved her. She’s still a pup and a little shy, so she would love someone to work with her and help her reach her full potential. She also really likes tennis balls!
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Be sure to “like” Ruff Start on Facebook for lots of updates on foster opportunities, events and available animals!

Nine year old Jax, the Weimaraner, has been with his mom since he was 9 weeks old, when she picked him out from the litter. He was the runt back then, but grew to be 100 pounds! He’d recently been fighting off infections and was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which has spread to his lymph nodes. His mom has been doing some natural holistic healing techniques, and he’s still with her today. It’s remarkable how this boy is hanging on, and I hope they have lots of quality time left together.
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This is Jax with his buddy, Max. (yes, Jax and Max)  :)
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Magnum, or Maggie as his mom liked to call him, was a wonderful dog. He was happy and vibrant and so well trained. Watching him work with his dad in the field was a lesson in patience and drive, in loyalty and determination. At just 6 years old, he was found to have cancer, and they were told they would have 4-5 months with him. We had our session 2 weeks after his diagnosis, and less than 4 weeks after that, he was gone. Earlier this year, he had fathered a litter of puppies, and his family got to keep one of the pups. While Magnum wasn’t too thrilled with the new little bundle of crazy in his house, it’s so great for the family to still have a little part of their amazing boy.
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