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


About Us

Rural Dog Rescue was founded in 2011 by the owner of Howl To The Chief, Rural Dog Rescue’s home base is in Washington, DC. We work with several high-kill shelters (euthanize in 72 hour and who’s kill rate is 70% or higher) in rural areas of Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina.  Rural Dog Rescue also helps dogs in need in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

A dedicated network of volunteers

Based in Washington, D.C., Rural Dog Rescue relies on a dedicated network of volunteers in the Washington, D.C. region and near shelters in rural areas of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Our rescue is 100% volunteer-based with individuals assisting in the transport, adoption and constant care of dogs without any compensation.

Rooting for the underdogs

We focus on efforts on shelters that euthanize over 70% of dogs or euthanize in 72 hours. We rescue a range of breeds from Chihuahuas and Dachshunds to hounds and Labrador mixes, and more!  As part of our efforts we make a commitment to rescuing the “underdogs”,  animals that are often overlooked in shelters because they are sick or injured or senior . Currently, we work with shelters in the following areas:  Rutherford County, NC; Beaufort County, NC; Gloucester, VA; Pocahontas County, WV.

To date, RDR has placed upwards of 1,000 dogs in forever homes, and helped individuals find the newest member of their family. In 2014, Rural Dog Rescue won the Hilly Awards’ Nonprofit of the Year. 


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Rural Dog Rescue is located at 733 8th Street SE at Howl to the Chief. We hold adoption events every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm -2pm.



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