Ruff Start Rescue was founded in 2010 by our Executive Director, Azure Davis. With the support of amazing, dedicated, and passionate people the rescue has seen substantial growth over the last seven years. Over this time we have been operating out of a 1,000 sq ft office. In July 2016, we took the leap and purchased a building that will better accommodate our expanding programs and services.




Cat Room





The new building is 5,400 sq ft and is located in Princeton, MN. We hope the space will be fully operational sometime this summer. We are thrilled with this new venture but we know there is much work that has to be done to make the facility into our new rescue home. This facility will allow us to further our mission and create new programming that will better serve the community. The space will offer:


  • two exam rooms to provide veterinary care for rescued animals
  • additional space for foster animal supplies
  • a grooming/bathing station
  • areas to hold dog training and educational opportunities
  • two cat housing rooms (one isolation and one communal)
  • an outdoor catio setup
  • and much more


It is important to note that this facility will not house dogs. We want to maintain our foster based program as we know a home environment permits dogs to truly thrive. The communal/isolation cat areas in the new building will serve only as temporary housing to allow us to save more cats until a foster home becomes available.


We had hoped this project would move along more quickly but as with any major project there are bound to be bumps in the journey. However, we have now finalized the floor plans in hopes of saving money and making the space more functional. We have been acquiring multiple bids to cut down on expenses but not sacrifice quality. The last several weeks have been filled with generous volunteers dedicating their time to cleaning, removing debris and wallpaper as well as painting the walls. Last fall, volunteers also came to our aid to clean up the landscaping around the facility and seal the exterior. We are so grateful for the wonderful volunteers, supporters, and contractors that have ensured this project continues to move forward. Framing is set to begin the second week in April followed by plumbing and flooring.


We are still searching for sponsors to support this project. Organizations and individuals who are interested in providing substantial monetary donations will have the opportunity to name one of the rooms within the facility among other benefits. Our exam rooms, grooming suite, and dog training area still need sponsorship. We are also searching for donated or discounted tile and vinyl flooring as well as cabinetry.Please reach out to to discuss sponsorship options or address our flooring and cabinetry needs.


We are also very appreciative of any donations from the community for the renovations of our new home. Please consider supporting this project through one of the donate links on this page or you may send a contribution to Ruff Start Rescue, P.O. Box 129, Princeton, MN 55371.


A very heartfelt thank you to each of you for your amazing support over the years. Without you, none of this could be possible! You have continued to believe in us and our mission and we are so grateful for our outstanding community. This facility will offer a new chapter for Ruff Start Rescue and we know we will be able to accomplish so much more going forward.

Our Business Sponsors


Central Lakes Coatings
13621 30th Avenue
Swanville, MN 56382

Hansen Power and Lighting
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The Home Improvement

3037 92nd Avenue
Princeton, MN 55371

J.A. McAlpine Well Drilling, Inc.
Princeton, MN 55371


J and H Flooring
1710 Southhaven Drive
Cambridge, MN 55008


Jake's Top Notch Tree Service
Princeton, MN 55371

Jensen-Andersen- HVAC
545 Central Avenue North
Milaca, MN 56353

Latcham-Lind Lumber
16255 117th Avenue
Milaca, MN 56353

Marv's True Value
31620 125th Street
Princeton, MN 55371
Phone: 763-389-3201



Northland Drywall, LLC
Home Advisor
123 First Street East
Pease, MN 56363

Premier Siding - Bob Karasch
725 Sims RD NE
Cedar, Minnesota 55011

Princeton Rental
32010 125th Street
Princeton, MN 55371

Red's Portable Toilets

Steinbrecher Companies
13792 247th Avenue NW
Zimmerman, MN 55398



Steinbrechers Painting, Inc.
1408 7th Street North
Princeton, MN 55371


Supreme Seamless Gutters
604 4th Street SW
St. Michael, MN 55376

Tellys Finishing and Installation Services LLC
St. Cloud, MN

Trusty Storage
1800 15th Street
Princeton, MN 55371