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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 all over the mid-Atlantic and surrounding states. In order to start the adoption process, there are several steps that are taken.

First, once we receive an adoption application, we have a volunteer hold an informal phone screen of the applicant. If things go well during the phone screen, arrangements are made to conduct a home visit where a volunteer meets and interviews the entire family.

We often need volunteers to help conduct home visits since our applicants are located all over the mid-Atlantic region. Home visits are a vital part of the application process and having volunteers help out is a huge help. Don't worry, we can teach you and provide guidance on how to do them and what to look for. 

Home visits are done by volunteers who live in the area near the applicant, so very little travel is needed.


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 several people to get the dog to the foster home. Typically we have several volunteers who help with different sections or leg of the journey. A dog needing transport might be traveling through your area and could use a lift to the next stop. As a volunteer, you drive a up to 100 miles one-way, meet a transport volunteer who is delivering the dog to you, then you drive the dog up to 100 miles in a different direction where you drop off the pup with the next transport volunteer. This is how we transport a pup from one location to another until we get him/her to the 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.



Dakota is a stunning 2-3-year-old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. His beautiful and unique looks are complimented by a wonderfully outgoing, high energy and fun personality.

This energy has given him an enthusiastic affectionate for people. He bonds quickly and enjoys showing his fondness for his people…He loves to tumble onto his foster mom's lap when sitting on the grass and jump onto his foster dad when he is trying to enjoy a nap on the couch.  His size and enthusiasm, however, would probably make him a better match for a home without small children.

Dakota also enjoys the company of other dogs… he loves running and playing with his four canine companions and compatibly shares his indoor and outdoor spaces with them.  He loves toys and will sometimes try to steel them from his buddies though (see his video). So, other household dogs that are tolerant of his antics are recommended.

Dakota is also good with the indoor cats at this foster home. He hasn’t shown any desire to chase them – basically ignoring their presence. He is a great indoor/outdoor dog.  He comfortably spends his days outside playing with his buddies in a large fenced field. When evening comes he excitedly bolts to the house for family time and dinner. Dakota is very food motivated.

Dakota has some with basic training, loves to ride in the car, and is house trained. He is learning to walk on a leash and is taking to it with a firm command. With a little more basic training, Dakota can become the dog everybody dreams of…an all-around companion, playful, obedient, loyal and loving. This smart, enthusiastic, high energy boy will need an active family with some dog experienced.Dakota is being fostered in Apple Grove, VA (just west of Richmond) by the Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue.  If you would like more information on Dakota please email his foster mom If you would like to apply for adoption, please submit a application below.






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