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733 8th St SE
Washington, DC, 20003
United States


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Rescue. Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate. Educate.



Forever true to The Underdog, Rural Dog Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of dogs in shelters who are often overlooked for adoption or rescue.  

We save the dogs who are at most risk of being euthanized:  the hounds, the black dogs, the seniors, the sick and the broken…

We make a commitment to reserve a minimum of 50% of the dogs we save to The Underdog.

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Delilah Needs Help!

Poor Delilah was dumped in a drop-box after hours with a severely broken hind leg. She was in extreme pain and needed medical attention immediately. She was swiftly brought down to the clinic by a dedicated volunteer, where she was evaluated and started on a pain control and an antibiotic regiment to get the pain and swelling under control.

Delilah underwent emergency reconstructive surgery and had a pin drilled through her tibia to fit the two pieces back together. She also needed a plate placed to stabilize the bone. The end result will be a seamless rejoining of the two sections of the bone.

Now, we need your help. Due to Delilah's situation (we couldn't say no to her), we are in need of donations to help cover the cost of the surgery. We were given a very good deal of only $1800 total for the plate surgery. With our already high vet bills, we could use all the help we can get to cover this surgery.

Five Years aGO - over 1,000 Underdogs saved!

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The Story of an Underdog: ASHa AND cRYSTAL

Rural Dog Rescue has been asked by the Soi Dog Foundation to rescue some of the dogs that are survivors of the Illegal Dog Meat Trade in Thailand.  Asha and Crystal arrived in Washington D.C. from Thailand to Washington DC to join the Rural Dog Rescue Underdogs.....bringing the meaning of the word "Underdog" to a whole new level. They are settling into their new foster's home nicely. To read about Asha and Crystal journey or to make a donation please follow the link below. You can also donate through our website

Thank You Troop 3949!

Girl Scout Troop 3949 recently chose Rural Dog Rescue as a fundraising partner and their efforts saved a dog's life! Troop 3949 also crafted adoption bandanas, dog toys, and dog beds for our rescue dogs this Christmas! Thanks to them, we were able to save Scout! Scout is a hound/lab mix who is currently available for adoption! Know a group who'd like to help our dogs, have them e-mail!



Happy Tales





Major fka Harry

Major, who now goes by Harry, was adopted by his foster, Peg, back in January and he has settled so wonderfully into his new Forever Home. Harry was very eager to say hello to all his furry friends at the event today. His new owner says he's become an amazing companion and best friend. 

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