What is a Rescue?

You may be confused as to the differences between a Shelter and a Non-Profit Rescue. Please read on to learn the major differences between a rescue like DC SIR vs. a shelter.


DC SIR uses only force-free positive training. Whether you are are seasoned dog owner, or considering adopting your first dog, we have training references for you.


DC SIR feeds our rescues a species appropriate raw diet. New to raw or interested in learning more? Check out our Nutrition page.

Puppy Mills

A puppy mill is an inhumane, commercial dog-breeding facility in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits. See more on our stances regarding puppy mills, as well as resources.

Collars vs. Harnesses

Ever wonder why you see our rescue dogs in harnesses?

DC SIR is a non-profit, volunteer-run network of foster homes in the Washington, DC area.

DC SIR does not have a shelter facility. To meet our adoptable dogs, interested adopters can attend one of our monthly adoption events.