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Our Mission

Tuff Start Rescue was started in 2011 at St. Francis Veterinary Clinic in Isanit Minnesota. We rescue dogs and cats that would otherwise be euthinized due to full impounds, health problems, financial constraints, or just for being just being stray or feral (cat). We are a foster based, non profit organization and rely soley on dontations to care for these animails and to give them a second chance at the life they deserve. We have rescued and adopted hundreds of animals so far.

Adoption Policy

-  Our rescue is run completely by volunteers. Please allow at least 24 hours for a response to your inquiries and 3 days for a response to applications! Our rescue animals are well worth the wait!

- We are a foster based rescue so we do not have a shelter location to visit our adoptable animals at. Our rescue pets live in foster homes all over the twin cities and its suburbs. Not all animals are located in Blaine.

- Since our rescue pets live in foster homes and meetings are done at the fosters private residence we do require an application be completed and approved before a meeting can be scheduled.

- We do require home visits before adopting a pet.

- To guarantee the safety and well being of our rescue pets, we do require all dogs/cats to live indoors.

- Adoption fees for dogs include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, Rabies & DHPP (distemper) & Bordetella vaccinations, and he has been tested for Heartworm, Lyme Disease, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia

- Adoption fees for cats include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, Rabies & PRC (distemper) vaccinations, and Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) tests.

- All cats in the home at the time of adoption must be tested for Feline Leukemia (FeLV). A negative test is required to adopt a FeLV - cat, and a positive test is required to adopt an FeLV+ cat. If your vet has this on file, it can be confirmed via phone call otherwise it must be emailed or faxed to us.

- Cats adopted from our rescue must keep their claws. Declawing our rescue cats is strictly forbidden. Please review the following links for new research regarding declawing and the long term effects it can cause a cat.

Please note we will call your landlord to verify property policies and approval, so make sure you have this and know the rules prior to filling out an application. We also call veterinary references and our decision is often based on veterinary history of current and past pets. The future care of our rescue animals is our top concern and it is imperative they receive continued veterinary care by a licensed professional.



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