My name is Crystal - NEEDS FOSTER!

Thai Ridgeback Mix Dog for adoption in Washington, D.C. - Crystal - NEEDS FOSTER
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Rural Dog Rescue

Facts about Crystal - NEEDS FOSTER

  • Breed: Thai Ridgeback Mix
  • Color: White - With Gray Or Silver
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Crystal is full of love! This goofy girl is friendly and aims to please. She is smart and has already learned "sit", "stay", "place" and "heel". She loves to play fetch and enjoys her toys too. She would make a great running companion and also loves to relax at home with her people. This bright girl will do well with someone who has experience as the pack leader. We want to set all our dogs up for success -- with Crystal, we can offer a foster-to-adopt trial period with insight from our trainer who has worked extensively with her. We will be there for you every step of the way should you have questions. Crystal is house trained and crate trained. She needs someone to enforce what she's learned with crate training during a transition. 

Approximate Age: 3 years
Approximate Weight/Size: ~30lbs
I am an UNDERDOG because... I was rescued from the illegal dog meat trade
Location Saved From: Thailand
Needs experienced adopter? Yes 
Needs a Foster in the D.C. area until a forever home is found?: No - currently with a foster!
Needs a Home With Another Dog?: No - She is currently doing well in doggie daycare and does not react to other dogs when walked on leash. However, she would do best in a home without other dogs because she prefers to be the alpha.
Needs a Fenced Back Yard?: No
Special Needs Notes: None at this time

Additional info:
"Hello, my name is Crystal. I was stolen from the streets of northern Thailand and I am a survivor of the illegal dog meat trade. My journey was very difficult. They crowded a bunch of dogs into a metal cage and put hundreds of these cages onto a big truck. The truck drove in the middle of the night towards the border in an attempt to leave Thailand. We could not understand why we were in this cage and why these people were doing this to us. As we traveled towards the border, we could hear the younger dogs crying with fear. Many of the older dogs were unable to cope with the stress and the heat and died. We awoke to the rattling of cages and the truck stopping abruptly. There was lots of yelling and the dog smugglers were hauled away and we were released from the horrible cages and put into another large truck. Thankfully we were rescued from an unthinkable fate and taken to a safe shelter where we lived with hundreds of other dogs that are cared for by "The Soi Dog Foundation". The Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand contacted Rural Dog Rescue and asked if they could help Asha and me. Asha has been adopted."

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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