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Who is

DC PAWS Rescue?

DC PAWS Rescue is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., committed to rescuing homeless animals from high-kill animal control facilities that are often under-resourced and under-funded. 

We rely on foster homes to save animals’ lives.

As a foster-based rescue, we do not operate a shelter where rescued animals are housed. We rely on foster homes and donated boarding space for housing until each dog or cat is adopted into its forever home.

We currently partner with a local rescuer in South Carolina who pulls adoptable dogs and cats from the local animal control facility and has the animals spayed/neutered and vetted.  While awaiting transport to the DC area, the animals are cared for in a boarding facility where they receive daily interaction with area volunteers and participate in play groups.  Upon arrival in DC, they are placed with carefully screened adopters or foster homes.