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



1. Where do your dogs come from?

Our dogs are rescued from high kill shelters in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

2. What do your dogs come with?

Our dogs are adopted into forever homes completely up to date with vaccinations, spay/neutered, a microchip, and current on flea/tick and heart worm preventative.

3. How do I adopt a dog?

You can adopt a dog by filling out an application on our application page. We require a phone interview, landlord reference, veterinary reference (if applicable), a home visit, and a meet and greet.

4. How much is your adoption fee?

Our adoption fee is $400.00. This fee helps us vaccinate, treat, and rescue more dogs in need. Many times this fee does not even come close to covering the bills one dog can incur. 

5. I can't adopt, what else can I do?

Foster! We provide fosters with EVERYTHING they need. Many rescues do not do this. We are fortunate to have many supporters donate leashes, crates, food, and toys. Whatever we have donated, we pass along to our fosters! See our foster page for more information.

6. Where can I meet your dogs? Do you have a facility?

No, we are a completely foster based rescue. We do not have a brick and mortar shelter. You can meet dogs every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-2pm at Howl to the Chief, 733 8th Street SE. Once an application is submitted, we will arrange a private meet and greet.

7. Do you adopt out of state?

We have adopted out of D.C. If we can get a reputable organization to do a home visit and the family will pick up the dog in D.C., then we can arrange an adoption to the appropriate family. However, this is on a case by case basis.

8. I live in an apartment, can I still adopt or foster?

Of course! If you can provide a safe and loving home, your application will be considered. Dog's personality will be discussed with your adoption coordinator to ensure a fit with your current living situation.

9. What do I do if I cannot keep the dog I adopted?

Any dog adopted from Rural Dog Rescue, must be returned to Rural Dog Rescue if the owner cannot keep the dog.

10. If I'm the first one to apply for a dog, will I get him/her?

Not necessarily. Rural Dog makes the final decision on adoption based of what we feel would be the best fit for the dog.