Minneapolis + St Paul Pet Photography Blog

ruff start rescue :: rescue of the month

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!

adoptable dog in the minneapolis metro areaNikita 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!

hound dog up for adoption

two dogs from ruff start rescue

Be sure to “like” Ruff Start on Facebook for lots of updates on foster opportunities, events and available animals!


Hi! I'm Sarah, but feel free to call me Sarah Beth. I've been a professional photographer for over 17 years, and I've been an animal lover and an artist my entire life. Read More . . .


Sarah Ernhart
Sarah Beth Photography

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