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Support Adoptable Pups with Rural Dog Rescue

Rural Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization whose mission is to save the lives of dogs in high-kill shelters in rural areas with euthanasia rates of 80% or higher. We save stray dogs, who can be euthanized 72 hours after they are found, and owner surrenders, who can be euthanized immediately if the shelter is full. Most of these dogs’ lives depend on a dedicated network of volunteers and rescues to save them from a certain death.

We have several volunteer opportunities:

Dog handlers: Rural Dog Rescue needs volunteers (age 18+ unless with a parent) who are comfortable and familiar with dogs to hold dogs during our weekly adoption event and talk to potential adopters. Our weekly adoption events are 12-3 PM on Saturdays and 12-2 PM on Sundays at Howl to the Chief.

Fosters: Rural Dog Rescue does not have a facility that houses our dogs, so we also need fosters to keep our dogs before they go to their forever homes. Familiarity and comfort caring for dogs is required. We have all types of fosters – fosters for dogs who come to adoption events or fosters for dogs who are recovering from an illness or surgery. We offer weekend fostering and short-term fostering in addition to full-time fostering.

Application processors: Rural Dog Rescue needs volunteers who would be willing to help process applications of potential adopters. Responsibilities include conducting a phone interview, checking references, and organizing a home visit.

Home visit volunteers: Rural Dog Rescue needs volunteers who can take 15 or 20 minutes to do a home visit for our applicants before they take their new dog home. It is the last step in the adoption process and we provide a home visit checklist so volunteers know what to check for.

Event volunteers: Rural Dog Rescue needs event planners and coordinators who can help organize our fundraising events and coordinate our participation in city or neighborhood events. Volunteers should preferably be based in the DMV area so that they might provide logistical or staffing support at events. 

Fundraising volunteers: Rural Dog Rescue relies on donations to continue our important mission of rescuing dogs from high-kill shelters, and we are always looking for motivated individuals to help with our fundraising efforts.

Social media/marketing volunteers: Rural Dog Rescue needs volunteers to help spread the word about the rescue! 

Transportation volunteers: Rural Dog Rescue needs volunteers to drive dogs to/from our events or meet dogs off transport (meeting points are typically in Alexandria or northern Virginia). Volunteers must have their own car.  

Contact: Melissa Yeo /