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




Foster Hope.

Rural Dog Rescue primarily rescues dogs from overcrowded, high-kill shelters in the rural south. Our rescue is completely foster-based, meaning that the most fosters we have, the more animals we can save. Our foster parents provide temporary care, love, and support for our dogs while they await their forever homes. 

Fosters are asked to bring or drop off their dogs for our weekly adoption events on Saturdays from 12-2 p.m. at Howl to the Chief.  Annapolis and Kent Island fosters attend events in Annapolis and Kent Island.

Foster dogs are up-to-date on core shots, vaccines, and monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventatives. We try to provide crates, food, leashes, medical care, and toys when available to our foster parents. The more donations we receive of food, toys, and beds, the more we can pass on to our fosters!

Apply to Foster

To become a foster, follow the procedure below! 

Step 1:  Complete and submit an online foster application. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

Step 2:  You will receive an email from one of our application processors to set up a phone interview. These typically take between 15-30 minutes and are a chance for us to learn more about what you are looking for in a dog. If applicable, our volunteer will also conduct a landlord reference (if you rent), a vet reference check (if you have owned a pet in the last five years), and a background check.

Step 3:  After the phone interview, you will conduct a home visit with one of our volunteers. This allows us to make sure your home is a safe place for our dogs to live, as well as the opportunity to figure out which of our dogs will fit will in your home. All members of the family should be present during the home visit.

Step 4: After the phone interview and home visit are complete, you will be approved to foster one of our dogs. From there, the foster coordinator will work with you to place a dog in your home. You can be an overnight, a weekend/holiday, or a full-time foster! 

For a quick primer on fostering, please watch the video above interviewing Cathy, one of our long-time fosters.

You may also read blog posts about some of our fosters here and here - and check out some of our fosters' favorite pics of their former foster dogs below!