About Us

Our Mission

Founded in 2011, Rural Dog Rescue is based in Washington, D.C., serving adopters in D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia. Our dogs come from high-kill shelters in economically challenged areas of rural North Carolina.

A dedicated network of volunteers
Rural Dog Rescue relies on a dedicated network of volunteers in the D.C. region and our shelter partners in North Carolina. Our rescue is 100% volunteer-based with individuals assisting in the transport, adoption, and constant care of dogs without any compensation.

Rooting for the underdogs
We focus our efforts on shelters that euthanize over 70% of dogs or euthanize in 72 hours, and we rescue a range of breeds and sizes. Our commitment is to rescue the “underdogs" - dogs often overlooked in shelters because they are dark-colored, hounds, sick, injured, or senior. 

To date, RDR has placed more than 2,000 dogs in forever homes. 


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