Ruff Start Dog Rescue of Illinois


Welcome to Ruff Start Dog Rescue of Illinois! Our mission is to aid homeless, abandoned and neglected dogs, to nurture them in volunteer foster homes, provide them with training, socialization and medical care, and to find them permanent, loving and responsible homes.

A 100% volunteer run rescue, Ruff Start Dog Rescue of Illinois is also committed to decreasing the number of unwanted companion animals through spay/neuter programs and education.

At Ruff Start, we believe in working together to make a difference in the lives of dogs in need and the perception of adoption. We do not believe in competition between rescues, and instead want to work together to do as much as we can to support each other! Our Facebook page:

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Nov 29, 2014

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