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ST CROIX
UNDERDOGS

Our mission is to proactively search out the dogs who can’t search for help themselves. In addition, we offer educational youth programs to encourage animal compassion and advocacy in their everyday lives.

Featured Dogs

HOBBES

Removed from a dire situation, this incredibly handsome 1-year-old, 55lb boy is looking for a forever home! Hobbes has learned to believe in humanity again and loves humans beyond measure. He is a very active young man who is neutered, up to date on vaccines, and ready to give his new family endless love. He gets along with dogs, big and small. In fact, his current BFF in foster is a 10lb chihuahua! 

TAG

Found terribly injured in an abandoned building at the dump after taking the hard brunt from a horrible dog fight, he had crawled under a garbage pile to die.  Thank goodness we found him when we did.

Today, Tag is 25 lbs, crate trained, potty trained, up to date on vaccinations, and heartworm negative. One year old, Tag walks very well on the leash. He loves other dogs and children. He’s full-grown and the perfect size for a travel companion. Not a huge fan of cats.  He’s super playful and would no doubt be some child’s best friend. He really is the best boy! 

William

William came to us emaciated, weak, and suffering from chronic paraphimosis but with the love and patience of his “medical foster”, he has healed beautifully. William is approximately 9 years old, easygoing, and is simply looking for a peaceful place to crash (but no cats please). William had a very tough start but we would like to find someone special who can show him that he has many beautiful chapters ahead of him in his journey!

Kate


Kate came to us very pregnant in February of this year. Just a couple of days later she gave birth to 8 beautiful puppies – thus Kate plus 8!!

Kate’s puppies are now in the adoption phase and this mama is ready to get her groove back!! 2.5 years, 40lbs, and up to date on vaccines, Kate is great on a leash and ready for her next adventure with a family of her own!

ARISTA & LILO

LILO is the pretty girl who is mostly white with dark patches on her face. 

ARISTA is the beauty with lots of brown markings. 

 These 1-year-old, 20lb girls, like so many of our dogs, could be the poster dogs for our rescue. Arista and Lilo were born at the dump.  It took many months for Arista & Lilo to learn to trust humans and just be dogs. Once they became used to collars on and going for walks, they really began to blossom!!

 They love each other immensely but have proven they are more confident when they are worked with individually. Both girls are good with other dogs, big or small, puppies or seniors. Crate trained and housebroken. Another interesting trait (according to their foster)- they hardly ever bark !!

OUR PROGRAMS

We focus on the ‘unadoptable’ dogs that would normally not make it in a shelter environment and give them the time and attention they need to become safe, adoptable, pets.

ABOUT US

Ruff Start STX is a
501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the U.S. Virgin Islands on the beautiful island of St. Croix.

GET INVOLVED

Whether you contribute financially or as an advocate for the underdogs on St. Croix, you make a real difference.

HELP US END ANIMAL CRUELTY

We have big plans, and we’re going to keep pushing forward to help the forgotten dogs suffering in the present, while promoting responsible pet ownership through our youth and community outreach programs.


DONATE TODAY

Your generosity makes our work possible and is tax deductible.


OUR MOTTO

if they don’t give up, we don’t give up

Your generosity makes our work possible. Whether you contribute financially or as an advocate for good, you make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives.

RESCUE, Rehab, REHome

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Free Monthly community clinic

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Future Events will be announced soon!

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

ADOPTIONS

A new member of your family is waiting to meet you at Ruff Start STX. Browse our list of adoptable underdogs. We will help you with the logistics of flying off island if needed.

FOSTERING

Many times we have underdogs that need specialized care or attention. Our foster volunteers are a critical component of our Rescue & Rehab program.

MAKE A DONATION

We are forever grateful for your monetary donations. There are many other ways to contribute to our fundraising efforts, please click below to learn more.

TRANSPARENT WITH OUR FUNDING

Ruff Start STX has earned the Silver Seal of Transparency from GuideStar’s Non-profit Profiles.

SO FAR WE HAVE

10

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

297

DOGS ADOPTED

25

YOUTH PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS