You would like to help out but you’ve never been involved with any type of animal rescue and you’re not in a position to donate money or adopt a dog.

You CAN still help!

You can spend as little as a few hours a month volunteering or as many hours a week as you would like.

Here’s what goes on and how YOU can help.

Home Visits

On any given day we receive adoption applications from various areas in Maryland and Virginia. We also get applications from Pennsylvania, North Carolina and other surrounding states from time to time.

Once we receive an adoption application we assign someone to do what is called a home visit. The person doing the home visit calls the applicant to conduct a phone screening. If things go well during the phone screening arrangements are made to conduct the actual home visit to meet and interview the family. You could volunteer with us to conduct home visits when we receive adoption applications in and around the area you live. That’s a great help to us. We can easily teach you how to conduct a home visit. You could do home   visits that are close to where you live or as far away as you would like to drive.


Sometimes we need help with transporting a dog. For instance, there might be a dog in a shelter in West Virginia that needs to be transported to one of our foster families in Maryland or Virginia. Sometimes it takes a few people to get the dog to the foster home and several people help with various legs of the journey.  It might be that a dog needing transport will be traveling through your area. As a volunteer, you could drive a few miles one way, meet another transport volunteer who is delivering the dog to you, then you drive the dog a few miles in a different direction and meet up with another transport volunteer. The dog is well on its way to a safe and loving foster home.

Foster A Dog

If you really want to take the plunge and get involved, you might consider fostering a dog. You’re thinking, “I could never do that because I could never give the dog up after getting so attached to it”. Here’s what really happens. You decided to foster a sweet, appreciative dog in need of foster care. You get attached to the dog and can’t for the life of you figure out how such a nice, sweet dog could have wound up being in a rescue situation. All of a sudden an adoption application is filled out for your dog. Before you know it a family comes along to meet your dog, they fall in love and the next thing you know, you’re waving goodbye to your dog, holding back tears thinking, “why did I do this to myself”? You’re heartbroken. A few days go by and you can’t stop thinking about your dog. The family that took your dog was nice enough but that was your dog. You reflect back and it dawns on you what a rewarding and fulfilling experience it was providing foster care for such a sweet, appreciative dog. You think about the joy on the faces of the family that adopted the dog and you realize you did a good thing. A few days go by and you decide to make arrangements to foster another dog. That’s what really happens.

If you would like to conduct home visits in and around the area that you live in, assist us when a dog needs transport near you, or would like to foster a dog, contact us or fill out a volunteer application. We’ll be happy to talk to you about what you can do to help.

We are also in need of donations to help cover the cost of care for our pups. If you'd like to donate, please click on the PayPal link below.

Pup of the Month: Guinness

Hi there!  I'm called Guinness, you know, like the Irish Stout beer, but you can call me anything, as long as there is food or treats involved I'm right there!  I've been told that I'm a very handsome boy, I don't remember my Mom or Dad, but people tell me that I look like a flat-coated retriever and rough collie mix.  I don't shed very much, is that a good thing? I still act like a puppy sometimes, heck, I'm only about a year old. I love rough housing with my foster siblings, chasing toys (what? I'm supposed to bring them back?) and just hanging out working on a good chew bone.  I really love being close to my people, either laying by their feet or cuddling on the couch.

My foster Mom says I'm a really good boy because I never have accidents in the house - well of course, I know I'm supposed to wait and go potty when I'm outside!  I hang out in a crate when my people can't be home with me, and when I get tired at night I will put myself in the crate to go to bed.

I'm a little shy around people I haven't met before, especially men, but once I know you are a friend I'll stick to you like glue.  Because I'm kinda big and clumsy, it would probably be best if I only hang out with kids that are over 12 years old, like the kid in my foster home.  As for cats, there are a couple in my foster home, but I don't pay much attention to them, they think they are superior - hah!

I'm looking for a family that I can call my own - maybe that could be you?

If you would like to add handsome Guinness to your family please fill out our adoption application.


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