Rural Dog Rescue

Rescue. Adopt. Volunteer. Welcome to Rural Dog Rescue

Rural Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization whose mission is to save the lives of dogs in high-kill shelters in rural areas with euthanasia rates of 80% or higher.

We save stray dogs, who can be euthanized 72 hours after they are found, and owner surrenders, who can be euthanized immediately if the shelter is full.

Most of these dogs' lives depend on a dedicated network of volunteers and rescues to save them from a certain death. Once rescued, we find families in the DC, Maryland, Delaware and Northern Virginia (including Richmond and Front Royal) areas for our animals.

UPDATE FROM APRIL 22: We've rescued three momma dogs and 22 puppies and they all need homes. Visit our Adoption Process ~ Puppies page to learn more about adopting a puppy from Rural Dog Rescue and see what puppies are available on Adopt A Pet and Petfinder.

Dog Wash

Click on the photo above for info on our April 26 fundraiser!

Hilly Awards


Donate. Foster. Volunteer.

Rural Dog Rescue needs your help so we can save dogs from high-kill shelters and help them find forever homes. Learn more about ways to donate, fostering our rescue dogs or volunteering your time. Learn how...

Shop Online.

Rural Dog Rescue Gear Your purchase of Rural Dog Rescue gear helps us not only spread to the word, but a portion of the sale goes straight to our rescue. Go there now...

Meet our Dogs

Big dog, small dog. Lab, hound, terrier...we have them all. Rural Dog Rescue brings its rescues to the D.C. area weekly, so our list of available dogs is always changing. Adoptions are available to those in DC, Maryland, Delaware and Northern Virginia.

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View our Adoptable Dogs

Information on our lovable, adoptable dogs is always up-to-date through Go there now...

Become a Rescue Foster

Fosters save lives. You can help by temporarilty opening your home to a dog waiting for its forever family.Learn more...

Attend an Adoption Event

Meet our dogs in person on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. at Howl to the Chief, 733 8th Street SE, Washington, D.C. Learn more...

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