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.
We've had some very sick dogs lately and are raising funds to pay off ALL their vet bills. On top of that Niko just had a $4000 surgery to repair his broken leg. We're in the hole and need your help!
THIS WEEKEND! Join us on November 23 from 10a to 40 for our Dirty Dogs Done Dirt Cheap Fundraiser.
Bring your FRIENDLY dirty dog and a Rural Dog Rescue volunteer will give them a bath and towel dry! Your pooch will be nice and clean for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday! Cost is $15 and all proceeds go towards Niko's vet bills! Download more information >>
DECEMBER 14! It's our annual holiday party at Howl to the Chief, and photos with Santa for your pet. All proceeds go to Rural Dog Rescue. Join us Saturday, December 14 from 10a to 4p. Download more information >>
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.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.
View our Adoptable Dogs
Information on our lovable, adoptable dogs is always up-to-date through Petfinder.com. 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...