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



How Can I Help?

Rural Dog Rescue is looking for volunteers to join our teams. 

As an all-volunteer organization, Rural Dog Rescue depends on our dedicated network of volunteers to help us save our dogs from high-kill rural shelters.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our volunteer form:

current open positions

volunteer team

Volunteer Coordinator

Responds to volunteer inquires at volunteer email account, assist volunteers with finding a team, track volunteer follow-up.

adoption team

Adoption Application Processor

Arranges phone calls with potential adopters, references and vets as part of the screening process for adoptable dogs. 

Home Visit Volunteer

Assist the Adoption Team by completing home visits for pre-approved applications.

foster team

Foster Application Processor

Arranges phone calls with potential fosters, references and vets as part of the screening process for fostering dogs. 

Foster Team Volunteers

Assist the foster team by helping pack supplies and medication for fosters

fundraising & Donation team

Fundraising Volunteers

Sets up individual fundraisers for dogs requiring special medical needs.

Donation Thank You Letter Volunteer

Print and mail donation thank you letters. All supplies provided.  Can be done once a month. *Virtual Position

operations team

Dog Intake Team/Veterinary Records Management

Assists the Intake Coordinator in uploading new dogs records, maintaining current records, logging journal entries and reminders for medications and vaccinations.  *Virtual Position

marketing team,

Facebook Album Creator

Creates Facebook Albums for adoptable dogs. 

Marketing Materials Printing Coordinator

Assist with printing for events. Access to high volume color printer and willingness to donate printed materials a must. For the right volunteer, we can coordinate pickup of materials and/or pay postage.

Website Updater

Adds special events to the Squarespace website. 

events team


We have several special events each month. Please check our events page to see what's coming up. We would ask that you take photos for approximately 30 minutes during an event and then send us the photos within a week for social media and dog profiles. 

Special Events Assistants

Attends special events for a shift, coordinates set-up and take-down, answers questions from general public at events. Acts as the point of contact for event volunteers at events you lead. 

Special Event Volunteers

Helps special events assistants with event set up and/or take down. Acts as a representative of RDR at fundraisers. 

Adoption Event Volunteers

Assist with handling dogs, getting dogs ready for event, setting up the table and taking it down at adoption events. Events are every Saturday at Howl to the Chief from 12pm - 2pm. We ask that dog handlers commit to one weekend day a month for a minimum of 6 months.  


Belong to a group looking for an outing?

Rural Dog Rescue also welcomes groups looking for community service hours or team bonding events.  Some areas groups have helped before:  hold dogs at our adoption or special events, host a fundraiser,  a supply drive,  an off site adoption events at your place of employment/school or virtually sponsor a dog by networking/marketing them as a team to help find them a forever home. We have hosted the GW Swim and Dive Team, the GW Volleyball Team, and many volunteers from The Washington Center! Contact for info!

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