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



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…

Root For The Underdog!

Join Us Tonight from 5-8pm at Cantina Marina for our Fundraising Yappy Hour! A portion of the night's proceeds will go to Rural Dog Rescue to help Save the Underdogs!

The Story of an Underdog: Autrey

Meet Autrey, a 26lb hound who was hit by a car. Autrey was left injured, with a broken leg and a deep laceration on his head, in the shelter. He was about to be euthanized due to his injuries. While waiting to be claimed, he sat in the shelter with his broken leg causing him to develop an infection. As it turned out, his owners didn't want him due to the intense medical care he'd certainly need. Rural Dog Rescue was contacted by concerned volunteers and asked us to rescue this boy. As long as Rural Dog Rescue has the means, we will never turn away from a dog in need of medical care. Autrey is now in D.C. in search of a forever home. To help Rural Dog Rescue continue to help Autrey and dogs like him, please consider a tax deductible donation here.

Voting is LIVE for the 2015 Hilly Awards. Rural Dog Rescue was named Best Non-Profit in 2014 and we'd love to be considered again for 2015! Click the link below to vote for us!








RUral Dog Events

"When we met George he was painfully timid, reluctant to run, play, or be around other dogs. However, all he needed was a little encouragement and love to begin his transformation into the happiest dog ever.  He now loves running, hiking, playing with other dogs at the park, and even fancies himself a reluctant water dog.  George loves his forever home we now can't imagine our lives without him."- Brandon Moffitt, Rural Dog Rescue Adopter

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