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Save Thousands of Pets at Ruff Start Rescue

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GreaterGood.org's Rescue Rebuild is teaming up with The Animal Rescue Site to save thousands of animal lives— and we need your help!

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When Ruff Start Rescue begin in 2010, they had no idea they would eventually build one of the most innovative adoption programs in the country, and it all began with an abandoned dog named Hope. Emaciated, sick, and afraid, Hope was pulled from a shelter in Ohio and flown to Minnesota for rescue. Hope was placed with a volunteer foster family, rehabilitated, and eventually adopted.

Hope Before and After
Left: Hope before rescue. Right: Hope in her forever home.

Because of Hope, the founders of Ruff Start Rescue learned the power of fostering, and since that moment they have established one of the largest volunteer foster networks in the country. With over 600 volunteers and 300 fosters in their network, they are rescuing hundreds of animals at any given time—thousands of dogs and cats just like Hope each and every year. But more can be done. According to the rescue: "Because we don't have a shelter, we can only take a new animal when we have a vacant foster home for pets to live in while they await their forever home." Imagine how many lives could be saved if Ruff Start Rescue had space to take in more animals.

That's where Rescue Rebuild comes in. Ruff Start Rescue has been able to secure a small facility to take in a few dogs and cats, but we need your help to transform the building into a world-class shelter where rescued adoptable pets can wait to be placed in foster to be adopted. While dogs move through to foster homes relatively quickly, cats are much harder to place and require special vetting and care. That's why we will create new dedicated indoor/outdoor spaces for cats, including a brand new "catio," and design a happy and engaging community cat room where cats can run, play, and relax. We will also be adding an outdoor dog exercise area where dogs can stretch their legs and run happy. Once these improvements and additions have been made, Ruff Start Rescue estimates it will be able to save hundreds more lives each year.

You can help make this dream a reality. We need $45,000 by June 6th to bring this project to life. 100% of every donation will go straight to the cause—donate today!

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