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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.

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Help Us SAve Droopy!

Our lovable Droopy is at the emergency vet for the 3rd time in 2 weeks! He is in desperate need of an endoscopy and our rescue is scraping together funds to try to help get to the bottom of this medical mystery! Please consider helping! Any amount helps! He can't hold down food and his weight is dangerously low!

Here are TWO great fundraisers to help us get to the bottom of what is plaguing our beloved BASSET Hound.

  1. Fundrazr Event

  2. Hound District Booster T-shirt Drive (photo below)

Sign Up Today! Join us December 4 for our first fun run! Dress up your dog, dress up yourself and get moving this holiday season!


Thank you for Helping Dolly!

Dolly got not only her new leg but a new home! As some of you remember Dolly was born with a partial missing front leg and her left front leg is starting to sustain damage from the bearing so much of the weight. Rural Dog Rescue raised the money to have Dolly fitted for a prosthetic and shortly after, Sweet Dolly found her forever home! Thank you all for helping us help Dolly!

Five Years aGO - over 1,000 Underdogs saved!

Do you have an Underdog? Send us an update to to be featured in our Underdog Spotlight!

The Story of an Underdog: ASHa AND cRYSTAL

Rural Dog Rescue has been asked by the Soi Dog Foundation to rescue some of the dogs that are survivors of the Illegal Dog Meat Trade in Thailand.  Asha and Crystal arrived in Washington D.C. from Thailand to Washington DC to join the Rural Dog Rescue Underdogs.....bringing the meaning of the word "Underdog" to a whole new level. They are settling into their new foster's home nicely. To read about Asha and Crystal journey or to make a donation please follow the link below. You can also donate through our website

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!



Happy Tales





Major fka Harry

Major, who now goes by Harry, was adopted by his foster, Peg, back in January and he has settled so wonderfully into his new Forever Home. Harry was very eager to say hello to all his furry friends at the event today. His new owner says he's become an amazing companion and best friend. 

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