My name is Lil Joe!

Hound (Unknown Type)/Harrier Mix Dog for adoption in Washington, D.C. - Lil Joe
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Facts about Lil Joe

  • Breed: Hound (Unknown Type)/Harrier Mix
  • Color: White - With Brown Or Chocolate
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Approximate Age: 3 years
Approximate Weight/Size: 50 lbs
I am an UNDERDOG because.... I am a hound mix! Hound breeds are very prominent in the rural south and usually the first to be euthanized at the shelter due to the overpopulation of this breed.
Location Saved From: Beaufort County, NC
Needs a Foster in the D.C. area until a forever home is found?: No - currently in a foster home!
Needs a Home With Another Dog?: Yes - friendly and confident
Needs a Fenced Back Yard?: Yes - privacy type, at least 7' high including the gate
Additional info:
Lil Joe is a man with a plan – for adventure! He’s just waiting to meet the right person or family who will go there with him. Joe hasn’t known a lot of human contact and loving in his young life, but he continues to be curious and playful despite getting the brush-off. A play bow (him), a sideways glance (you), and you’ve got his attention (and then his affection). He’s open to learning all about hugs and snuggles. Still, he’s more fluent in dog language than this odd human behavior we have, so he might feel more confident in a home with another dog who can translate – and play! – with him. Lil Joe sees the world as a place to explore and is looking for the human to find the hidden paths with him. And if you don’t like the dog park crowd – good news: Lil Joe doesn’t need to go. Since he sees fences and boundaries as a suggestion (he didn’t have them growing up), he would rather wander far and wide on leash with you than play in a small space. He gets a little dreamy at times, lost in his own world of possibilities, but with a little coaxing he jumps right back into play. That said, he appreciates a good nap and quiet time, so between adventures he’s happy enough to curl up with a good book, bone or toy. As for the basics: he is in great health (good teeth, weight, no congenital issues), is perfectly potty trained, loves the crate, is quiet (no really – he’s a hound who doesn’t bark in the house!), walks and runs beautifully on a leash, is fine with cats, etc. City sounds and energy are a little overwhelming for this country boy, so he might be a little more at ease in the burbs either with a yard that has a significant fence or hanging out on the leash. Bottom line – He’s a hound so he can go the distance with you, and when you’re done – he’ll be done too. Can’t understand why folks aren’t lining up for this perfect lil guy – apply today to meet him! Things Joe enjoys: hiking, swimming, bird watching, trail running, snuggling, couch surfing, walking balance beams (and fallen logs), chewing bones, training, going for car rides, shopping in dog-friendly stores, vanilla and peanut butter ice cream, being at the office.

Things Joe should avoid: open doors, being left alone outside unsupervised – definitely with a fence less than 7’, running through the woods without a leash…Joe has a story to tell and much more to add to it! Do you want to be his confidant and help him write the next chapters??

Adoption/Foster Applications and additional information can be found at

Mission Statement: Forever true to The Underdog, Rural Dog Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of dogs in shelters who are often overlooked for adoption or rescue. We save the dogs who are at most risk of being euthanized: the hounds, the black dogs, the seniors, the sick and the broken. We make a commitment to reserve a minimum of 50% of the dogs we save to The Underdog. Root For The Underdog!

Rural Dog Rescue's home base is in Washington, DC. We support several high kill shelters that euthanize in 72 hours and whose kill rate is 70% or higher in rural areas of Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina. Rural Dog Rescue also helps dogs in need in Washington, DC and Maryland.

We are 100% volunteer and foster based and no salaries are paid. 100% of your donation and adoption fee goes to helping the dogs and cats of Rural Dog Rescue.

Although we try to be as accurate as possible, Rural Dog Rescue cannot guarantee the breed or full-grown adult size of any of the dogs or puppies in its care. Because many of these dogs were found as strays or are the result of irresponsible, unplanned breeding, we do not know the dog's exact background and can only list breed and size by our best educated guess. If exact breed and size are important to you, please consider adopting a dog from a specific breed rescue - We want our dogs to be adopted by people who will love and care for them forever for who they are - no matter what breed and size they turn out to be! All dogs go to their new homes spayed or neutered, up to date on all shots, wormed (although a 2nd worming may be required), started on heart worm and flea and tick preventative and sometimes microchipped.

About Rural Dog Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Rural Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization whose mission is to save the lives of dogs and cats in high-kill shelters in rural areas with euthanasia rates of 80% or higher.

We save stray dogs and cats, who can be euthanized 72 hours after they are found, and owner surrenders, who can be euthanized immediately if the shelter is full.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Meet our dogs in person on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. at Howl to the Chief - 733 8th St. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. Please note, not all dogs will be at all events.

Our Adoption Process...

All adoptions require a completed adoption application. Our adoption coordinators will contact you soon after reviewing the application. Our adoption fee is $300 to help off set the costs of rescuing dogs in need. Our dogs come spayed/neutered, up to date on all core shots (dhpp and rabies), wormed, checked for heartworm (treated if positive) and current on flea/tick/heart worm preventative. Some dogs may also be microchipped if the shelter/vet in that area offers the service.

To read more about the application process, or to fill out an application, visit