From a rough start
to a happy home!

We are a 100% volunteer-based,
not-for-profit charitable organization.

At Ruff Start, we believe in working together to make a
difference in the lives of dogs in need and the perception
of adoption.

Are you interested in a Ruff Start Rescue dog?

Step 1

Submit Application

Complete and submit your application to Ruff Start Dog Rescue of Illinois.

Step 2

Application Processing

Your veterinarian and personal references will be checked. The faster they get back to us, the faster we can get back to you.

Step 3

We connect
with you!

A volunteer will contact you via email or telephone to interview you, answer any questions and set up a time to meet our dogs.

Ways to Give

We cannot help the dogs in our care without help from amazing people like you!

There are several ways you can donate and help the canines at Ruff Start Dog Rescue of Illinois! While monetary donations are always needed, there are other ways to help!