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733 8th Street Southeast
Washington, DC, 20003
United States

4103104420

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Rural Dog Rescue

Forever true to "the Underdog," Rural Dog Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of high risk dogs in economically challenged, high-kill shelters in rural areas — dogs that are often overlooked for adoption or rescue.  

We save the dogs that are at most risk of being euthanized: hounds, black dogsseniors, and the sick or injured. Click above to learn more about each category of our "underdogs" — and why we're committed to rescuing them. 

We make a commitment to reserve a minimum of 50% of the dogs we save to "the Underdog." 


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8th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas

Kick off Cinco de Mayo at the Eighth Annual Running of the Chihuahuas from 1pm – 5pm on Saturday, May 4 at the Wharf DC.

The “races” feature 96 Chihuahuas racing in groups of eight on a sixty foot “race track.” All race proceeds benefit Rural Dog Rescue.

If you don’t have a Chihuahua, you can still take part in the excitement with the all-breed contests for best dressed dog and best trick! There will be local vendors and giveaways from DC’s pet friendly businesses.


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