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City Dogs Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals

Mission: City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties rescues adoptable cats and dogs in overcrowded and high-kill shelters, where resources are severely limited. We offer a lifeline to as many of these wonderful animals as possible. Sadly, many of the cats and dogs that City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties takes are just days — and sometimes hours — away from being euthanized for no reason other than lack of space. By finding these animals permanent and loving homes in the DC metropolitan area, we can enrich lives of humans and their pets. We welcome your help in any capacity, through volunteering, fostering, adopting, sponsoring and/or donating. City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is a "rescue" not a "shelter." We are made up of a network of volunteers (most with full-time jobs) who foster cats and dogs in their homes. Since most of our available animals are living in private homes, we cannot arrange a visit without an adoption application and an appointment with the foster family.

Results: In 2019 alone, -- 1171 dogs and cats found homes -- 1097 dogs and cats were spayed or neutered -- 905 dogs and cats transported -- 553 medical cases were treated

Target demographics: adoptable dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2019 alone, 1171 dogs and cats find homes

Geographic areas served: the Washington DC metro area (to include parts of MD and VA)

Programs: Adoption Program: City Dogs Rescue and City Kitties (CDR&CK) has a comprehensive adoption program to ensure that its dogs and cats are placed in loving and well-suited homes. The adoption program consists of an adoption application, a review with an adoption counselor, reference and veterinarian checks, and a home visit.

Foster Program: City Dogs Rescue and City Kitties has a thriving foster program that enables the organization to rescue hundreds of dogs and cats each year. We do not have a shelter, therefore we rely on our amazing fosters to fulfill our mission. Interested foster families complete an application and a review process.

Volunteer Program: City Dogs Rescue and City Kitties relies on volunteers to conduct the organization's activities. Volunteers provide a wide array of services including, applications processors, foster assistants, animal transport, intake and shelter coordination, fundraising, medical care coordination, and marketing and communications.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat, Callie, in July 2019. I was so taken with the organization I started volunteering processing adoption applications and this weekend, I'll finalize my 100th cat adoption! Cities Kitties is filled with the best people, and the best cats! Everyone is so dedicated and attentive. The community that has been created is also invaluable as a cat owner. I'd give it a hundred stars if I could.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good about City Dogs Rescue and City Kitties! We adopted our guy, Spot, from them last year. He was 11 at the time and had no teeth, and you've gotta love a rescue organization that will save kitties like Spot. Every single interaction with all the volunteers has been amazing - so great that I started volunteering myself... And now we foster cats, too! Spot (watching bird videos) and some past sweet fosters pictured!

Carli W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my rescue kitten through City Dogs over the quarantine time period. Since joining this community I have been surprised at how supportive and caring the City Dogs and City Kittens organization is. They were there to answer all of my questions but they constantly are doing good for animals all over the DMV. They deserve so much more credit and help than they get. Everybody is amazing!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a volunteer and an adopter with this fantastic organization. City Dogs (and Cats) Rescue partners with high kill shelters in rural communities in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Three weekends every month a van comes from one of these shelters filled with the most wonderful and amazing dogs and cats who are given the opportunity for a new life with a loving family in the metro DC area. The best thing about this organization is that they never give up on an animal that they rescue. Once a city dog (or cat) always a city dog or cat. The cat that I adopted from them had been caught in an animal trap and had a traumatic amputation of one of his front legs as well as a crush injury to the other. He would’ve literally been unadoptable if left in the shelter where he was found. The rescue not only stepped forward and offered to save him but then they did a fundraiser to pay for the surgery to stabilize his remaining front leg (see attached pictures). They made this commitment without meeting him. Once they make a commitment to save an animal they will see that commitment through to the end. They never give up.

Almost everyone in this organization is a volunteer. We all have different roles but are all driven by the same goal which is to save these awesome dogs and cats.

Gwen P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of both adopting from City Dogs Rescue and working with and training many of the wonderful pups that City Dogs adopts to our DC and DMV human clients. As a CPDT-KA trainer I am thrilled that City Dogs Rescue is constantly looking to improve their process in placing dogs and helping owners understand behavior, manners, and concerns with each dog as an individual. I have frequently seen City Dogs place the happiness and well being of the dog over the placement, meaning if a dog is not thriving in a home they are open to rehoming and fostering and finding trainer's that understand and promote positive, science based training as well as working with the local veterinarians and vet behaviorists to address concerns

Bianca K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no place I’d rather volunteer with. I’ve adopted two cats from this organization and my experience has been great. The best part of CDR&CK is the community that you gain when you adopt. Everyone is so nice and helpful. People are always willing to help and offer advice in times of need. The volunteers are very passionate and work to ensure that every animal goes to the best possible forever home.

Sarah F.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I appreciated the process of adopting from City Dogs Rescue that I’ve been volunteering ever since. Such an amazing group of volunteers who make sure that all the fur babies find their furever homes!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started fostering with City Dogs Rescue late in 2019 and have had 2 awesome City Dogs stay with me . One went to his forever home on New Year's Eve! And the other is with me now, still looking for his forever home. I have been so impressed with City Dogs, they are well organized, have a huge network of dedicated volunteers, and use their funds so efficiently. As a foster I have had great support, and feel confident that we are finding the best homes for these pups. And seeing them adapt so quickly as the covid situation unfolded has been impressive. I'm proud to be a foster for them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Maxine a year ago from CDR and she’s pretty much the greatest creature to happen to us! CDR has become an invaluable resource to us since we started on this dog-parent adventure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out as a volunteer with CDR, became an adopter (almost five years ago), and now am back to being a hard core volunteer. The CDR community has enriched my life significantly and I enjoy even the boring admin work that is part of my volunteer load. I have found the CDR management to be open to feedback and even the occasional criticism, and always striving for improvement. I believe we employ best practices and strive for efficiency in an often chaotic environment with so many moving parts. We truly put the dogs (and cats) first, spending literally hundreds of thousands of dollars on medical care each year, and doing as much as we can to support our fosters and even alumni in need. I love being a part of this organization and hope I can continue to volunteer for a long time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted two dogs from City Dogs Rescue and was so impressed with the organization, I began volunteering over three years ago. The organization is very well-run by dedicated volunteers with a high commitment to the well-being of the animals they rescue. Whenever I have questions, I get quick responses and helpful information. I have fostered over 20 dogs and encourage anyone who has thought about it to take the plunge, its a great experience when you see your foster dog find their forever family. I look forward to continuing to volunteer with this amazing organization, who saved my two wonderful dogs!

Erica S.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my two cats from City Dogs Rescue and City Kitties. They processed my application in a time manner. Volunteers were friendly and always available to answer my inquiries. I cannot imagine my life without my cats! Thank you for CDR and CK to bring them to my life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are terrific they work with rural shelters who do not have resources to keep animals until they’re adopted these unwanted animals would otherwise be euthanized. There’s a great group of dedicated volunteers who help serve the mission through fostering, helping with transport and many other roles.

Rachael F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered with City Dogs Rescue for 3 years. The organization has thorough adoption and foster processes, plus they are accountable. Quality support for local adopters and Partner Shelters. Good ties with the community... we just need more foster families to help continue our mission of rescuing very deserving animals (such as Ruby, Ginger, Nico, Kira, and Dan, pictured) !!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for 3+ years with CDR - started as a foster and now a foster assistant. Their processes for adoption and fostering are thorough. Support they provide adopters are quality and they don’t stretch their resources thin. We need more fosters to take these wonderful dogs! We get dogs and cats a stepping stone to their next lives, and so far, this organization has done an incredible job at that!l.

Beverly P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted from other rescues and was so impressed by CDR I decided to volunteer. The following reasons are why CDR is amazing!
1. The support with issues both medical and behavioral is supportive and helpful and immediate!
2. The application is very thorough and they require a home visit. This ensures the dog or cat goes to the best home. Please do see their application! It is amazing!
3. I have been a volunteer Adoption Counselor, have done Home visits, did all Foster fail adoptions for a while, and now since I have moved out of state, am helping with online work. It has been my pleasure to find friends wonderful rescue animals from CDR.
4. The fundraising helps others. At Thanksgiving they have a pie ‘sale’ . One can donate their pie to a family who also gets a meal. Being out of state , this is a great way to give back!
Their fundraising in the Spring is online and fun. One never feels obligated to contribute.
5. The many like minded friends who love animals...CDR provides a Facebook connection. Here is where you need guidance aluminaes and fosters chime in immediately to help!
6. The animals come first! It always is so wonderful to see alum post pictures of their dog or cat and the length they go to provide safe, clean , homes for these animals and the before and after pictures! Adotaversaries are celebrated. Vacations many times are inclusive, weekends are for hiking, snuggling, and adventures!
7. Best rescue ever!

Megan E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

City Dogs Rescue (CDR) has had a tremendous impact on my life. They rescued the love of my life, Sasha, from a rundown shelter in South Carolina where she was on the euthanasia list. They gave her, and so many other dogs in her situation, a new shot at life and a chance to receive the love and affection that they so desperately deserve.

I regularly donate to them when they place a call out for help in rescuing some at need dogs or cats. They work tirelessly to give these sweet little loves and new chance at life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

City Dogs Rescue is a wonderful organization to work with, as they are working tirelessly to serve their community and help get dogs and cats to happy homes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties is a rescue organization that goes far above and beyond the call of duty to rescue and find homes for dogs and cats. The amount of support and community knowledge you receive when you adopt from CDR is unparalleled. After adopting 2 dogs from CDR, we wanted to stay involved and have fostered nearly a dozen more! CDR and it's team are truly exceptional!