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Mission Statement

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. By working with committed volunteers, foster homes, local veterinarians, trainers, and boarding facilities, we are able to rescue hundreds of animals every year, provide them with loving temporary care, and find them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes. We also serve as a resource to our community and all pet owners by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter, positive behavior training, and good nutrition.


About Us

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals and educating the community on responsible pet ownership. Lucky Dog does not have its own facility. Instead, our dogs stay with temporary fosters (and occasionally boarding partners) while they wait to find their forever home. We hold adoption events each week where you can see the Lucky Dogs strut their stuff, and we also arrange private meetings for adopters who fall in love with a pup's internet photo. Our volunteers are more than just volunteers, and our dogs are more than just dogs. We are a family. And we welcome you to become a part!

What is a "Lucky Dog?"

A Lucky Dog is a fortunate animal who we are able to rescue from a high-kill shelter or from an owner who needs to re-home his or her pet. Right now, "Lucky Dogs" are primarily of the canine variety, but Lucky Dog Animal Rescue plans to expand to help animals of all kinds. We consider any animal in need a potential "Lucky Dog!"

Where do Lucky Dogs come from?

Most Lucky Dogs come from high-kill shelters in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We work with shelter partners in low-income and rural areas where hundreds of highly-adoptable dogs are euthanized each month due to overpopulation problems, lack of spay/neuter education and inadequate funding. With the help of our dedicated volunteers and supporters, Lucky Dog rescues as many of these pups as possible.

Where are the Lucky Dogs now?

The Lucky Dogs live in foster homes throughout the Washington, DC area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. They live as far north as Baltimore and as far south as Burke and Woodbridge. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue does not have a shelter of its own. We rely completely on the generosity of our foster parents!

How do Lucky Dogs get Here?

We have wonderful partners who drive the Lucky Dogs all the way from their rural shelters to the DC area. These "transports" can be as large as 60 dogs and as small as 1 dog. A portion of each adoption fee goes to the costs of arranging these transports. We always need lots of help when the dogs arrive from the shelters - let us know if you'd like to be part of the welcoming committee.

How can I get a Lucky Dog?

It's simple! Just fill out the adoption questionnaire on our website (www.luckydoganimalrescue.org) to get the screening process started!

How can I help the Lucky Dogs?

There are many ways to help the Lucky Dogs:

  • Foster
  • Adopt
  • Volunteer
  • Donate
  • Help Spread the Word!

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue's Non-Profit Status

It's Official! Lucky Dog is a 501c3 Non-Profit!

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is an IRS recognized, non-profit corporation based in the District of Columbia.

What does that mean for you and donations made to help save homeless or injured pets? It means that your donation. made now, in the future or even in the past is absolutely 100% tax deductible*!

We will be happy to share any information regarding our 501c3 status with the IRS or even our tax ID number with those that request it. Please email us at info@luckydoganimalrescue.org and we will send you any information you need!

*Please see IRS Publication For Additional Details*




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Average Review 12 reviews

Would you recommend Lucky Dog Animal Rescue?

by Valerie S. (December 29, 2015)
I volunteered to help out at an adoption event and had a great time. The coordinators gave a brief overview of how we should handle the dogs and interacting with possible adopters, then we were each assigned a dog to walk around with for the event and a packet of information about the dog. I would definitely do it again, I loved getting to know my dog and introducing him to people.
by Summer X. (August 24, 2014)
It's a good thing to help dogs to find a nice family and home.
by Gary R. (August 14, 2012)
I inquired on June 28 about a volunteer event on July 28. I got the confirmation email stating the referral was made, but never heard from the organization.
by Abegail A. (July 10, 2011)
Loved being a handler for Lucky Dog's adoption event. Great organization to volunteer for, especially for dog lovers!
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