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: AYLA

A beautiful name for a beautiful girl. Ayla is a young female border collie mix, probably around 2 years old. She recently had puppies and it took its toll on her figure. With the puppies now weaned and moving on to their new homes she has had time to get most of her good looks back (she’s still growing in some hair) to match her never lost charm; but, she’s ready for her forever home. Ayla is a fairly large girl with a snowy white coat marked with blotches of black, a hint of merle and a traditional Border Collie face. She will make an eye-catching companion to walk or run with. But, she isn’t all about good looks.

Ayla is very nice healthy girl, high energy, playful, likes to fetch and likes her people. She gets along with her 4 male canine companions at her foster parents home but was a little less partial to her female counterparts at her previous foster home. So, a home with males or non-dominant females is probably best. She has not been tested with children. However, she has not exhibited any nipping behaviors so is a candidate for a home with older children. She will also need a home where she gets a good bit of exercise – people who will play, run or hike with her.

Ayla is somewhat a diamond in the rough and ready for someone to give her some polish. She is sweet and eager to learn - perfect for someone who would like to continue her leash and basic obedience training, maybe working her into flyball or agility.

Ayla is being fostered outside of Richmond, Virginia through the Atlantic Regional Central Border Collie Rescue. She is up-to-date on vaccinations, spayed, on heartworm medication and free of tick borne diseases.

If you are interested in adopting Ayla please submit an on-line application at www.arcbcr.org. If you would like form information email lamblady.anne@gmail.com.


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