Our mission is to proactively search out the dogs who can’t search for help themselves. The critically ill, injured, abandoned dogs within our community. To go into known dump sites and remove dogs in need, and in some cases, remove dogs from bad living situations when an owner agrees to surrender.  We will work with scared and shutdown dogs to gain trust in order to capture, bring in for medical care, socialize, and eventually re-home.

Our secondary focus is to provide education for our local youth on how to better take care of owned and stray dogs.  We believe that children are the catalyst for true change.   Our goal is to make a difference at the root of the problem in animal care which begins with how our youth is taught to care for animals.

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 human companions. Ultimately, Ruff Start STX is the place where the last chance dogs are given an opportunity to begin a positive new chapter in their lives.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Tax ID#66-0942064.


Katie Nelson

Founder and President