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

4103104420

Meet the Rural Dog Rescue Team

Kim Hawkins, Director Kim founded and ran Rural Dog Rescue as a one man band in June of 2011.  It all started with saving one border collie and it grew from there.  Already heavily connected in the pet industry she thought it would be a crime to not use the contacts she had to save animals.  Kim currently serves as the Executive Director of Rural Dog Rescue which entaiils overseeing all board members and chief coordinators.  She is also the liason between the shelters, transport, veterinarians and trainers.  Her greatest joy in rescue comes from seeing our underdogs live the happy lives they deserve.   When not at Rural Dog Rescue, you can find Kim at her day job as Owner of Howl To The Chief a DC based upscale pet food store. 

Kim Hawkins, Director

Kim founded and ran Rural Dog Rescue as a one man band in June of 2011.  It all started with saving one border collie and it grew from there.  Already heavily connected in the pet industry she thought it would be a crime to not use the contacts she had to save animals.  Kim currently serves as the Executive Director of Rural Dog Rescue which entaiils overseeing all board members and chief coordinators.  She is also the liason between the shelters, transport, veterinarians and trainers.  Her greatest joy in rescue comes from seeing our underdogs live the happy lives they deserve.  

When not at Rural Dog Rescue, you can find Kim at her day job as Owner of Howl To The Chief a DC based upscale pet food store. 

Sabrina Porta, Marketing Coordinator Sabrina joined the Rural Dog Rescue team to make a difference and get free dog cuddles. Sabrina is a Detroit transplant and relocated to DC in 2012 for a career-move. She manages RDR's marketing and social media efforts with a team of volunteers, with the main goal being adoptions! Outside of volunteering with RDR, Sabrina enjoys trying new restaurants, yoga, dog parks and watching Soccer and lives in Shirlington with her husband Michael, Trina the Pitbull, and Lola the Tortie Cat. 

Sabrina Porta, Marketing Coordinator

Sabrina joined the Rural Dog Rescue team to make a difference and get free dog cuddles. Sabrina is a Detroit transplant and relocated to DC in 2012 for a career-move. She manages RDR's marketing and social media efforts with a team of volunteers, with the main goal being adoptions! Outside of volunteering with RDR, Sabrina enjoys trying new restaurants, yoga, dog parks and watching Soccer and lives in Shirlington with her husband Michael, Trina the Pitbull, and Lola the Tortie Cat. 

Ali Legros, Vice President Ali began volunteering with Rural Dog Rescue when she moved to D.C.  in 2013. She thought this would be a great way to meet new people in a new city and get her dog fix all at once! Ali has been a lifelong animal lover having had guinea pigs, cats, turtles, and of course dogs all her life. Currently, Ali manages our website, social media, veterinarian relations, adoption applications, operations and any other tasks that need completing. Ali also is a RDR rescue mom, adopting Crimmy in 2014 with her now fiancé, Sean.   When not doing Rural Dog activities, Ali can be found atthe Ambulatory Surgery Center Association working with state legislatures on improving healthcare in their states or chasing after Crimmy, who keeps escaping her apartment to hang out with the maintenance men in 70 Capitol Yards.

Ali Legros, Vice President

Ali began volunteering with Rural Dog Rescue when she moved to D.C.  in 2013. She thought this would be a great way to meet new people in a new city and get her dog fix all at once! Ali has been a lifelong animal lover having had guinea pigs, cats, turtles, and of course dogs all her life. Currently, Ali manages our website, social media, veterinarian relations, adoption applications, operations and any other tasks that need completing. Ali also is a RDR rescue mom, adopting Crimmy in 2014 with her now fiancé, Sean.  

When not doing Rural Dog activities, Ali can be found atthe Ambulatory Surgery Center Association working with state legislatures on improving healthcare in their states or chasing after Crimmy, who keeps escaping her apartment to hang out with the maintenance men in 70 Capitol Yards.

Laura Pratt, Adoption Coordinator Laura started volunteering with RDR soon after she moved to D.C. in 2015. She originally got her weekly dog fix by handling dogs at the weekend adoption events. Now, Laura also processes and coordinates adoptions, including managing phone interviews and interacting with applicants. Her favorite part of volunteering is handing off the leashes to adopters and watching our pups head off to their forever homes. When she’s not volunteering with RDR, Laura works at a think tank, and enjoys walking around the tidal basin and watching soccer and college football.

Laura Pratt, Adoption Coordinator

Laura started volunteering with RDR soon after she moved to D.C. in 2015. She originally got her weekly dog fix by handling dogs at the weekend adoption events. Now, Laura also processes and coordinates adoptions, including managing phone interviews and interacting with applicants. Her favorite part of volunteering is handing off the leashes to adopters and watching our pups head off to their forever homes. When she’s not volunteering with RDR, Laura works at a think tank, and enjoys walking around the tidal basin and watching soccer and college football.

Katie Ptak, Foster Coordinator