Rural Dog Rescue

A 719 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 rescue helping to find loving homes for dogs.

Pets at Rural Dog Rescue

  • Any
  • Dogs
  • Any
  • Baby
  • Puppy
  • Kitten
  • Young
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Any
  • Male
  • Female
Photo of Tessie


Female, Young
Retriever (Unknown Type)

Photo of Layla


Female, Young
Border Collie

Photo of Spike


Male, Adult

Photo of Abby


Female, Young
Rat Terrier

Photo of Shaggy


Male, Adult
Great Pyrenees

Photo of Matt


Male, Young
Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)

Photo of Freeman


Male, Puppy
Hound (Unknown Type)

Photo of Dolly


Female, Puppy
Hound (Unknown Type)

Photo of Girlie


Female, Young
Retriever (Unknown Type)

Photo of Benny


Male, Young
Hound (Unknown Type)

Photo of Future


Female, Puppy
Hound (Unknown Type)

Photo of Gracie


Female, Young
Labrador Retriever

Photo of Annabelle2


Female, Young
Labrador Retriever

Photo of Desiree


Female, Puppy
Hound (Unknown Type)

Photo of Paisley


Female, Puppy
Hound (Unknown Type)

Photo of Killian


Male, Young
Australian Shepherd

Photo of Pixie


Female, Young
Hound (Unknown Type)

Photo of Beulah


Female, Young
Hound (Unknown Type)

Photo of Lupe


Female, Young
Labrador Retriever

Photo of Beth


Female, Young
Hound (Unknown Type)

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Areas Rural Dog Rescue Serves

Washington, D.C area, including Northern Virginia and Maryland

Rural Dog Rescue's Adoption Process

1. Submit Application

Applications can be found at

2. Interview

An adoption coordinator will contact you for a phone interview

3. Meet the Pet

At anytime during the process you can meet our dogs at our adoption event. We do not have a facility and are 100% foster based.

4. Home Check

A quick home visit to make sure the dog you've chosen is a good fit and answer any other questions you might have.

5. Approve Application

Once approved and the adoption fee is paid, you can take your new family member home!

Adoption area is Washington, D.C area, including Northern Virginia and Maryland. All adoptions require a completed adoption application. Our adoption coordinators will contact you soon after reviewing the application. Our adoption fee is $400 to help off set the costs of rescuing dogs in need. 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.

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!

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

Adoption Application:
Foster Application:

About Rural Dog Rescue

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.

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.

Come Meet Rural Dog Rescue's Pets

Meet our dogs in person at our adoption events. You can find the calendar of events on our website:

Please note, not all dogs will be at all events.

Make a donation to Rural Dog Rescue to help homeless pets find homes