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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!

Thank YOU! 2015 Best Non Profit! 

Rural Dog Rescue would like to thank all our supporters, volunteers, cheerleaders, and family for all your support this year. Rural Dog Rescue has won the Hilly Award for Best Non Profit! Rural Dog Alum, Crimmy, is so excited for her alma mater that she wants to sleep with the trophy! Be sure to check out our events page for our upcoming events! Root for the Underdog!

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 are up for adoption. 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.

Save the Date! Pet photos with Santa!

Rural Dog has a fundraiser coming up and we'd love to see you there!

Rural Dog Rescue will be having our annual Pet Photos with Santa December 12 from 10am-4pm! All proceeds will be going to help save the lives of the Underdogs! Holidays are terrible times for animal shelters, unwanted pets get tossed away and shelters fill up quickly. Stop by, get your pet's photo taken and help us clear the shelters for the holidays!

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Happy Tales





"Lola loves it here, the kids, the yard, the walks to the dog park, the toys and treats… She is spoiled but also spoils us with her constant happiness and kisses. We added a picture for your happy story board in the store.

Thanks again for all you do!"

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