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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.

Root For The Underdog!

Give the Gift of Life !

Help support the Underdogs by giving the gift of life. Donations to Rural Dog Rescue on behalf of a holiday, special occasion, or birthdays, are the perfect way to say "I love you". 

It is only with your help that we can continue saving lives of dogs that so desperately need us. Each year, hundreds of lovable and desirable dogs sit on death row, in overcrowded shelters, waiting for the kind hand of rescue.

Your donation provides medical attention, food, and shelter for these dogs while they wait for their forever homes. Perhaps your pet was one of those dogs who was saved by the generosity of a stranger like yourself. 

Thank you for your consideration!

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The Story of an Underdog: FeFe

Meet FeFe, a  hound who was brought to the shelter pregnant. FeFe was left to perish in the shelter because the shelter did not have the capabilities to deal with a pregnant mom. This also wasn't FeFe's first litter. She was not only turned into the shelter pregnant, but turned in with some of her other puppies from a previous litter. Rural Dog Rescue knew we had to save this budding family. FeFe was pulled from the shelter and had her puppies in the comfort of a home. FeFe and her 8 puppies have now found all their forever homes! While everyone loves a puppy, we must remember that this was an unwanted and unplanned litter that almost cost this sweet girl her life. Unwanted litters only adds to the pet overpopulation problem. Rural Dog Rescue cannot advocate enough the need to spay and neuter your pets. If you are struggling to spay or neuter your pets there are many low-cost options and Rural Dog Rescue would be happy to help you identify those options.

To help Rural Dog Rescue continue to help FeFe and dogs like her, please consider a tax deductible donation here.

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!

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Happy Tales





Just wanted to let you know that grumpy (now "Little P" or "Pip") is fitting in fine with his big brother (also adopted from you, was named Hurley but now known as "Pup").  They are two peas in pod.  This guy has brought so much joy to Pup and me, we just love him to death.  And he takes spooning to a whole new level!  

Happy new year!  

Marcy Deetz

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