My name is Lotus!

Bloodhound/German Shepherd Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Washington, D.C. - Lotus
Photo 1 - Bloodhound/German Shepherd Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Washington, D.C. - Lotus
Photo 2 - Bloodhound/German Shepherd Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Washington, D.C. - Lotus
Photo 3 - Bloodhound/German Shepherd Dog Mix Dog for adoption in Washington, D.C. - Lotus
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Rural Dog Rescue

Facts about Lotus

  • Breed: Bloodhound/German Shepherd Dog Mix
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Approximate Age: Adult ~5 years
Approximate Weight/Size: Large
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:
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
Needs a Fenced Back Yard?: No
Special Needs Notes: Currently HW+, but she will be undergoing treatment soon!
Additional info:
Lotus was rescued via boat by the Fire Department who pulled her from the flooded river waters caused by the Hurricane that devastated NC. When they spotted her, her head was barely above the rising water and she was struggling to keep her nose above the water line. Her owners had left her tied to a tree and evacuated... leaving her behind to fend for herself in the rising river waters. She was so exhausted from swimming that after she was rescued the shelter took her to the vet because she could not stand. She is still at the vet and I told them Rural Dog Rescue was committed to taking her and pay her vet bills. Her hernia has been repared - most likely from trying to climb a tree or something traumatic while trying not to drown. She is also heartworm positive. We will be treating her for heartworms in DC so she can rest and recover in a home and not in a kennel environment. She gets along well with other dogs and people and is estimated to be around 5 years old. We are looking for a foster who can commit to her for a minimum of 45 days. Food, crate and supplies provided. She's been through a lot , we just want her to rest and relax now while we work to find her a new forever family.

Update from her foster home:
Lotus is doing really well in her foster home. She has signs of long term neglect but is getting used to living in a house and getting lots of love. Lotus is super sweet and gentle. She loves getting petted but didn’t seem used to attention. After getting lots love and treats from her foster parents, she has started to feel more comfortable with people and even sometimes seeks out attention. One thing we've learned is that before she feels comfortable with certain people, she won't move or do anything, but will wait until your back is turned to get up to eat, walk around, etc.

Lotus doesn't seem to have had any training and occasionally will try to steal your food but generally responds to being gently told no. She has had a hard time getting used to stairs, but that seems to be getting better. At first she didn't like walks very much but now she enjoys going out with her foster sister and any other dog friends that are around. She takes it pretty easy on walks and we keep them short. She likes sniffing around outside. Her foster sister and other dog friends really seem to help her confidence, and she seems to really like dogs. She's also gotten used to a regular bathroom schedule outside but likes to go when she thinks no one is looking at her and she can be finicky about the spot she chooses. She's had a couple of accidents in the house but that seems to be improving.

Lotus hears and sees just fine but is timid and will stand very still and ignore everything if she feels threatened or uneasy. She is perky in the morning but does get tired easily, probably due to her health problems. She does have some trouble with her balance and if she gets overexcited she might fall over or walk into something.

Lotus loves her crate and will hang out in it with the door open. We had her crate in one spot for a while but then decided to move it so she could be closer to people in the living room since she liked the crate so much. Even though we showed her the new crate spot, for one day she would just stand in the corner where it had been and look confused. She did finally figure it out and earlier today was snoring away in there.

Lotus 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