About Us


Looking for a project or volunteer idea? We like to send our dogs to foster homes and to their new families with blankets and toys. They love fleece tie blankets! The dogs love their blankets and they're often the one familiar thing that goes with them through their journey to find a forever home. Call or e-mail us today to get more information!

Adopting A Friend

All of our dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, current on Distemper, Parvo virus, Leptospirosis, and Rabies vaccines for their age. Each dog comes with 3 private, in-home training sessions, a puzzle toy for feeding, and a week's worth of Nutrisource brand food. We offer lifetime behavior support and we will always take our dogs back, no matter what. Many of our dogs are mix breeds. We can guess at a breed, but it is just a guess.  Our adoption donations vary from $49-$349. 

Who We Are

Ruff Start is a 501c3 Non profit & PACFA licensed dog rescue.


Improving companion animal welfare and the human-animal bond through rescue and education. 

Achieving through Action

We work towards our mission every day by...
  • Rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected dogs 
  • Retaining dogs in their current homes by providing comprehensive adoption support for each of our adopted animals
  • Encouraging the human/animal bond through education, training & activities both on the Front Range and the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Reservations of South Dakota 
  • Supporting spay/neuter of all companion animals


Come Visit Us

We are a foster based rescue and have no facility. Please contact us to set up a meet!

Contact Ruff Start Rescue & Training


Available Animals

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