MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — 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.

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State Farm says 192,000 people casted 6.2 million votes, and Ruff Start placed fifth among the top 40 vote-receiving causes.

Ruff Start’s Jenna Trisko says most of the funds will go towards feline spaying and neutering, which will likely begin early next year. The rest of the grant money will offset sterilization expenses for cats taken in by the organization.

“We are so excited about this opportunity to make a lasting impact in the community,” Trisko said.

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She says Ruff Start hopes the funds will help spay or neuter about 500 cats.

If you would like to adopt or sponsor an animal, make a donation to help Ruff Start Rescue or become one of their volunteers, click here.

4 Your Pets and WCCO have done several stories on Ruff Start Rescue in the past. Click here to check them out!

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