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4 Your Pets: Princeton Rescue Organization Wins Huge Grant

Princeton’s Ruff Start Rescue just got a much-deserved financial boost! The animal rescue organization received a $25,000 grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist following a Facebook contest.

06/27/2015

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4 Your Pets: An Update On Jayla, & Pet Pulltabs?

WCCO viewers may remember Jayla from a story we did in January. The Boxer mix was found wandering the streets in Alabama by a vet tech. Her fur was almost entirely gone due to mange, she had heartworm was very malnourished. Luckily, Jayla made her way to Minnesota with the help of Ruff Start Rescue.

05/15/2015

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4 Your Pets: Rocky & Waffles – Where Are They Now?

For the next few weeks, 4 Your Pets will be highlighting Ruff Start Rescue, a unique, non-profit animal rescue in central Minnesota.

05/01/2015

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4 Your Pets: Ruff Start Rescue’s Prison Program

Late last spring, Ruff Start Rescue founder Azure Davis and company started a program at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility, where rescue dogs are paired up with select offender trainers.

04/21/2015

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4 Your Pets: Meet Ruff Start Rescue’s Azure Davis

It’s not too often you find your life’s passion while in your teens, but that’s just what happened to Azure Davis of Princeton. She started bringing animals home when she was 16. “My parents weren’t happy with it,” Davis said.

04/15/2015

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Man Steals Cat From Mpls. Store, Returns It With Apology

After a man walked into a Minneapolis pet store and stole a kitten Friday afternoon, the rescue community that first found the pet sprang into action. Ruff Start Rescue coordinator Abbey Lynn says she snapped pictures of the man from PetSmart security video and took to social media for help to find the cat named Wednesday.

02/07/2015

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Rescue Dog Named In Memory Of Girl Killed By Wild Dogs

A Princeton animal rescue is looking for a home for one special dog. Ruff Start Rescue founder Azure Davis said when she saw the pictures of a little dog in Alabama, she could not resist helping.

01/02/2015

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4-Month-Old Puppy Battles Rare Esophagus Disease

Starting life in a high-kill shelter in Texas is not the only adversity 4-month-old Dutch Shepherd Rocky has endured. Rocky has battled pneumonia, an eye ailment and is living with a rare condition – megaesophagus.

11/12/2014

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Cupid The Dog Is On The Mend After Leg Surgery

A few months ago, WCCO introduced you to a puppy who needed a little help. Cupid was first found on Valentine’s Day in a snow bank, and was taken in by Ruff Start Rescue. Both of his front legs were bowed out due to a deformity, making it tough for him to walk.

05/01/2014

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‘Cupid’ The Dog Recovering After Corrective Surgery

A rescued puppy is back at his foster mom’s house and healing after undergoing surgery to correct deformed front paws. The hound puppy, Cupid, underwent surgery this week. Cupid was taken in a month ago by Ruff Start Rescue. His front paws bowed out, making it difficult for the hound puppy to walk.

03/15/2014

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Help Ruff Start Rescue Find A Home For Oke

Oke the pit bull has not a permanent home for two years, but Ruff Start Rescue is aiming to change that. Esme Murphy meets this lovable dog, and Azure Davis – the founder of Ruff Start Rescue in central Minnesota.

03/09/2014

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WCCO Viewers Help ‘Cupid’ The Dog Get Needed Surgery

A rescued puppy is able to spread the love he’s received thanks to WCCO’s 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.

03/04/2014

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Dog With Unique Deformity Steals Hearts, Looking For Home

Azur Davis, founder of central Minnesota’s “Ruff Start Rescue,” has helped save more than 1.700 animals. But Davis says there’s just something about Cupid, a 3-month-old hound dog with deformed front legs. “He walks with the front paws completely bent in,” Davis said. “We know that there’s a hard case that’s going to need a lot of vet care.” The overtly affectionate puppy was first found in a central Minnesota ditch.

03/01/2014

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Blind Dog Goes Missing, Gets Found By Animal Shelter

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.

11/01/2011