My name is Lotus - NEEDS FOSTER!!

Hound (Unknown Type)/Shepherd (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Washington, D.C. - Lotus - NEEDS FOSTER!
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Rural Dog Rescue

Facts about Lotus - NEEDS FOSTER!

  • Breed: Hound (Unknown Type)/Shepherd (Unknown Type) 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.

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Needs a Foster in the D.C. area until a forever home is found?: YES!!
Needs a Home With Another Dog?: Unsure, still in boarding in NC
Needs a Fenced Back Yard?: Unsure, still in boarding in NC
Special Needs Notes: HW+
Additional info:
This is Lotus. She 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. She has a hernia - most likely from trying to climb a tree or something traumatic while trying not to drown. She is also heartworm positive. We will have her spayed and the hernia repaired next week after kidney and blood levels are rechecked. 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.

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