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733 8th Street Southeast
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 heartworm preventatives.

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 is lower than the cost of saving a dog. 

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

Foster! We provide fosters with everything they need. 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 our dogs every Saturday from 12pm-2pm at Howl to the Chief, 733 8th Street SE. 

7. 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. The adoption coordinator will be in touch with the dog's foster to ensure they would be a good fit for apartment living.

8. 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.

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

Our rescue is not first-come-first-served - Rural Dog makes the final adoption placement based on the best fit for each individual dog.