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



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." 


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.

Upcoming Adoption Events