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A rescued puppy is able to spread the love he's received thanks to WCCO's viewers -- Tuesday March 4th, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) A rescued puppy is able to spread the love he's received thanks to WCCOs viewers. On Saturday night, we introduced you to a 3-month-old hound named Cupid.
The rescue group Ruff Start took him in, knowing he'd need surgery to fix his deformed front paws. Azure Davis, the rescue groupâs founder, couldn't turn him away and neither could anyone who saw his story. It's just crazy to see how generous people are. We are so thankful, she said. As soon as the story aired, $5,000 to $6,000 came in with 48 hours. Ruff Start Rescue was hoping to raise $6,000 to cover Cupid's surgery and therapy costs. University of Minnesota veterinarians will perform surgery to correct his deformed front paws early next week. He'll have splints then undergo therapy.
As for the hundreds of adoption applications that poured in, Davis said it'll be at least two months until the rescue reaches back out to homes that may be a good fit.
Nearly $8,000 has been donated to Cupid's therapy fund. Ruff Start is using the extra money collected to help other rescues that need medical attention. It's been great, Davis said, of receiving the financial support. It makes us feel like we can take on dogs like this. That we can help the unfortunate dogs. We want to save them all, but taking them on can put them in a tough financial spot.
Among them, a 10-month-old Chihuahua named Little Waffles. He's suffered seizures since they took him in last December. Medicine hasn't been successful and blood work suggests he suffers from an autoimmune disorder. Extra tests are needed, but are expensive.
Ruff Start Rescue finds homes for 160-180 dogs and 60-70 cats at any given time. Since it doesn't have a shelter, all of the pets live at foster homes until a permanent family finds them.
Oke is a pitbull who's been waiting for a home for the last two years. He's an energetic and loveable dog, but needs allergy shots, which can be an extra cost that makes it hard to find a home.
Davis said Oke would be best with a family that has older kids and no dogs or female dogs. He's big, strong and full of energy. Since they don't have a foster home for him, he's been living in a boarding house for the time being. We're hoping to get his story out there and find him someone. That perfect family we know has got to be out there, somewhere, looking for him too, Davis said.
Like the pets they save, big or small, Ruff Start Rescue knows donations at any amount are gifts filled with love.
Ruff Start Rescue is still accepting donations to help Cupid's medical fund.
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Waffles featured on Life With Dogs -- Thursday January 9th, 2014
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Chihuahua nearly euthanized now fighting debilitating illness
Little Waffles has been saved from the brink of death, not just once, but twice now! The Chihuahua mix was first rescued from a high-kill shelter in Missouri, where he had been scheduled for euthanasia as an unclaimed stray. He had been found wandering alone on the streets with no place to call his own. After being brought from the streets, he didn’t seem to thrive in the shelter environment-not surprising for a little dog weighing in at just 6 pounds!
Instead of being euthanized, though, he was rescued just in time and brought toRuff Start Rescue, a no-kill animal rescue organization in Central Minnesota. Though the shelter had been a very scary place for him, once he was placed with a loving foster home, he really began to blossom. He came out of his shell and revealed his spunky, playful personality with a love for life.
Unfortunately, Little Waffles was not destined to have an easy time of it. Shortly after arriving, he developed a cough and after more than a week of medical intervention, his health deteriorated rather than improved. He stopped eating, stopped playing, and began to have seizures and symptoms of left side paralysis.
Ruff Start’s emergency vets were mystified as to the cause and the sudden onset of seizures. They suspected a neurological condition with a poor prognosis for recovery. However, these veterinarians are as passionate about saving lives as the rescue workers and they acted swiftly to intervene and stabilize him. No one was going to give up on Little Waffles!
Little Waffles has now been seizure-free for the past 7 days and Ruff Start Rescue is working diligently to get him into the University of Minnesota for additional testing and diagnostics. Once they determine the cause, everyone can work on addressing his medical needs and improving his quality of life. Little Waffles definitely has a great big love for life and is so happy to have been given a second chance.
Everyone hopes that he can live for years in the love of a home environment-something he never knew until now. He definitely has many people fighting for him and showering him with love. He has been everyone’s Christmas miracle and now they hope he will be the miracle for the start of 2014 too!
Heroic Pooch Saves a Child's Life -- Monday November 25th, 2013
They say dog is man’s best friend, and no one proves that more than this adorable pit bull TaterTot! This rescue dog made fast friends with its adoptive family and ended up saving their young boy’s life!
See Ruff Start's TaterTot on rachaelrayshow.com »
River and Smokey -- Tuesday April 16th, 2013
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- If you want to know the true definition of friendship, look no further than River and Smokey.
The two German Sheperds are best friends, raised together since they were puppies.
Now in their old age, they're literally each other's eyes and ears. The two need each other to navigate the world.
"Smokey will follow the sound of River's breathing, and River will come back and check on Smokey to make sure he gets out," said Tara Boals, a foster with Ruff Start Rescue. "He doesn't even like to go out to the bathroom without his brother!"
Now they need someone to help them stay together. Their previous owner was forced to sell his house and forced to give up "his boys."
Tara, a foster with Ruff Start Rescue, took the dogs in and made a promise to the man.
"They will not leave here without each other," she told him. "If they have to stay here forever, until they are no longer with us, then that's what's going to happen. But I want them to go somewhere where they can be together."
Because of Smokey's blindness, the dogs need a quieter home with no stairs.
"Everything is about what he can smell right now, and he gets startled easily if there's loud noises," said Tara.
She prays there's a family out there who will take these boys in, even with all of their special needs.
"All they want is a place to sleep, and someone to love them, and some food," she said. "It's pretty simple."
Link to all news stories -- Tuesday February 26th, 2013
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WCCO Story 11/1/11 -- Tuesday November 1st, 2011
PRINCETON, Minn. (WCCO) — Boomer is a 9-year-old yellow lab and he lives in Princeton, about an hour north of the Twin Cities.
The trouble is Boomer is blind and wandered away from home Monday night.
As it turns out, Boomer is one lucky dog because he was found by a woman who runs a Princeton animal rescue organization. It’s a good reminder for all pet owners, though, to keep their animals safe , especially now that the weather is getting colder.
Ruff Start Rescue is a haven for homeless dogs. But it’s rare that these volunteers help a blind dog. Boomer went missing Monday night and was eventually found along a busy road.
“It was about rush hour and it was Halloween so everyone was out bringing their kids trick or treating, driving by, or driving into town,” said Emily Randolph with Ruff Start Rescue. “He was stumbling and running into things, she quickly found out he was blind, had to lure him, coax him into the car .”
Boomer spent the night a veterinary clinic, scared and shaken, a situation no one wants for their best friend. It could have been a lot worse had temperatures been below zero.
“With winter coming people need to definitely think about getting a fence if they don’t have one and if they have a fence also snow comes and builds up and dogs can jump the fence, we see it all the time,” said Azure Davis with Ruff Start Rescue.
Boomer’s owner was lucky to find him through word of mouth, but your chances of finding a missing pet are much better with a microchip.
It’s a little piece of science, it’s fairly inexpensive, and can be implanted in less than a minute. And any age dog can be micro-chipped from a senior dog like Boomer to a little guy like Loki. It’s a great way if your best friend gets lost that he can come home safe and soon.
And the puppy Lauren was holding is up for adoption. You can find out more about that process by heading to the Ruff Start Rescue web site.
Examiner Article - Ruff Start Rescue is off to a hot start! -- Sunday May 30th, 2010