Five years ago, three people joined forces to bring one dog from Georgia, where he was just about to be euthanized, to DC, where he was adopted into a loving home within a week. More than 2,500 dogs and 200 cats later, City Dogs Rescue is known as the place to go when pet adoption is in view. Here’s why. Working closely with high-kill shelters in rural communities with few resources, City Dogs finds at-risk adoptable dogs and cats and saves their lives. Once a dog or cat is identified, a vast network of Facebook supporters (46,000+) raises funds for transportation to DC and for top-quality medical care, vaccinations, and spay/neutering procedures. The pet has the companionship of a trained foster care provider until a permanent home is found – usually thanks to social media campaigns, dynamic adoption events, or the popular volunteer dog-walking program (for which dogs wear stylish “adopt me!” vests). The demand for rescue services is huge – and so are the rewards. Your support saves a pet's life and brings unconditional love into a home today.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   500
  • Dogs and cats rescued (number increases daily):   5200+

Awards & Recognition

Washington City Paper's Readers' Poll, Best Nonprofit 2018 & 2017 (winner), 2016 (Editor's and Reader's choice winner), 2015 (winner), 2014 (runner-up)
Washington City Paper's Readers' Poll, Best Charity Event 2016, 2015, 2014
Washington City Paper's Readers' Poll, Best Place to Volunteer 2017 (runner-up), 2016, (runner-up), 2015 (runner-up), 2014 (winner)
WTOP's "Click-for-a-Cause", 2015 (second place)
Washington Blade's "Best of Gay DC" as Finalist for "Best Non-Profit" (2014) and Finalist for "Best Pet Business" (2015)
Capital Pride Float Award Winner, 2013


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for City Dogs Rescue is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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