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

Guinness is one of those very special rescue stories, he was saved from a high kill rural shelter literally minutes before he was to be euthanized … at 9:53AM we got notice that he only had until 10:00AM to get rescue commitment or he would be taking that last walk … the rescue community scrambled quickly to get him out and shortly after 10:00AM we learned that we had gotten to him just in time and that he was safe and would soon be on his way to his foster home...

Guinness is a bit of a mystery, we have no history on him, how he ended up in the shelter in the first place is unknown. We don't even know what breed or mix he may be … he looks like he may have some flat-coated retriever in his heritage, maybe some labradoodle and/or German shepherd judging by his appearance. He has a medium wavy thick coat and does not seem to shed much. Nevertheless, he is a very handsome fellow!

What we do know about Guinness is that he is just barely a year old and still very puppyish, he is very playful and can be a little mouthy at times. He is housebroken and crate trained and much prefers being where ever his people are. He does play a little rough with the other dogs at times but is not aggressive or dominant, he just does not realize how big he is. And he is a big boy, over 50 pounds and will probably still fill out a bit. He does seem to be a bit curious of the cats in his foster home, but he does defer to their superiority (he is fine with dog savvy cats).

Guinness does have his quirks … he has some fear of men, not all men, but some men, we are not sure what may trigger this fear as it seems to be selective. There is no overt aggression however he will give a low growl when he is uncomfortable with someone, even male voices on the TV will sometimes trigger a reaction from him. He is afraid of small children and will not be placed in a home with children under 12 years old because of his reactive nature around younger children. He has some fear of loud noises and thunderstorms.

Guinness has many wonderful traits as well … he is very bright and learns quickly. He is very sweet and affectionate, and will bond strongly with his person/people. If you are looking for a 'Velcro' type dog, Guinness is your guy! He wants to be next to you at all times and may be a bit protective. He wants nothing more than to have a family to love.

Guinness is looking for a special home that can help him learn and gain confidence, one that is patient and can show him that the world is not so scary after all. Most of all, he is looking for a forever family to love him which he will return tenfold.

Guinness is looking for a home of his own! If you would like to add sweet Guinness to your family please fill out our adoption application.


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