My name is Pumpkin!

Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Washington, D.C. - Pumpkin
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Rural Dog Rescue

Facts about Pumpkin

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Approximate Age: 2 years
Approximate Weight/Size: Medium
I am an UNDERDOG because.... I am a black dog! Many shelters believe that black dogs do not photograph well, therefore they will not generate enough adoption interest.
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!
Needs a Fenced Back Yard?: Unsure
Special Needs Notes: None at this time
Additional info:
Pumpkin is an approximately 2 year old lab mix who was surrendered by her owners when they could no longer care for her. Pumpkin is super sweet, gentle, low energy, and loves to lay with you in bed. She would much rather curl up at your feet while you watch TV than go for a walk, but she does like running around in the backyard. She is not great in the car due to some anxiety or car sickness. Pumpkin loves lounging in her crate and will happily go in. She has not shown signs of food aggression. Pumpkin will do best in a home with other dogs, as she is used to being in a pack environment and can be shy or unsure without another dog. She is also good with cats. Pumpkin would also do best in a home in the suburbs away from city noises. Loud noises do scare her a little bit, so after she hears something, she will sit there and look in the direction she heard the noise and just make sure nothing scary is happening. She is very shy and curious, so she will like to sniff everything to make sure things are okay before she proceeds. She's a quiet girl, but once she is out of her crate, she is very playful and loving. She is not the most food-motivated dog but is warming up to trying treats and bones! She really is an incredibly calm and great dog; she needs someone who has the time and can provide a relaxed atmosphere to help her settle into her new home. Pumpkin can’t wait to find her forever home!

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