a Texas dog recovering from mange

Helping Texas after disastrous winter weather

Since news broke of the terrible conditions in Texas, Ruff Start has been working behind the scenes, arranging FIVE Texas transports to save 150+ dogs over the next 30 days.

We’ve spent the past ten years aiding states with the highest euthanasia rates of companion animals across the country through our Lone Star to North Star Rescue Relief program. Thousands of dogs and cats faced this fate before the unprecedented disaster millions of Texans recently endured. Weather conditions became unsurvivable. People, pets, and wildlife froze to death – an absolute tragedy.

a puppy in a kennel at Laredo
a dog in a kennel in Laredo

Here’s how you can help

Rescuing animals has and always will be a team effort. We hope we can count on you, our amazing animal welfare community, to help us help them. Please consider donating today so we can get animal supplies where they’re needed most, offset unbudgeted transport costs, and cover vetting expenses for dogs and puppies joining us in the coming days.

Any amount helps these at-risk animals in need!

You can send supplies directly to RSR animals in Texas through our Amazon wish list.

We can only save as many animals as we have foster homes.

You can support this cause when you buy Lone Star merchandise.

Watch news segments on RSR’s efforts in Texas

Kare 11 news segment link
RSR on Fox 9
Twin Cities Live
wcco segment

Watch videos of the animals arriving on their transport days

2/27 transport video

two puppies look outside of a playpen

3/6 transport video

a dog waits in a kennel

3/7 transport video

puppies play in a playpen

3/20 transport video

a woman holding a dog

3/20 transport video

3 27 transport