Since 2011, CDR has provided a lifeline to more than 3,700 dogs and 1,500 cats – animals that were just days or hours away from being euthanized for no reason other than lack of space. Working closely with high-kill shelters in rural communities with few resources, CDR rescues at-risk adoptable dogs and cats and finds them loving homes. Once a dog or cat is identified, a vast network of supporters (50,000+) raises funds for transportation to DC and for top-quality medical care, vaccinations, and spay/neutering procedures. A trained foster care provider offers companionship until a permanent home is found, usually thanks to social media campaigns, dynamic adoption events, or CDR’s popular volunteer dog-walking program. Demand for these services is huge … and so are the rewards. You can save a companion animal's life and bring unconditional love into a home today.

COVID-19 Update: Within a week of stay-at-home directives, City Dogs relocated intake operations to Congressional Cemetery and switched to virtual home visits to maintain continuity of operations. Additionally, it created a new seven-day trial-adoption policy to allow potential adopters time to meet dogs and cats since in person meet and greets were no longer a responsible practice. This allowed adopters to take the dog or cat home and return them without penalty if the arrangement was not a good fit. Application numbers almost tripled between March and June and adoptions increased by 48%.

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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