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 from a shelter to a foster home. We have a group of transport drivers who “tag team” or relay a dog in from one location to another. Each leg is typically an hour to an hour and a half each way. So no one driver needs to go very far in order to help. Plus, you get to spend a little time with a rescued dog and meet an amazing group of volunteers at the same time.

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 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 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.

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.

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Atlantic Region Central Border Collie Rescue, Inc. (ARCBCR) is extremely grateful for all donations, large and small. We are a nonprofit and your donation is tax deductible.

We have two separate and distinct goals at ARCBCR. We rescue, care for and place Border Collies and Border Collie mixes, and we also have to care for the dogs financially.

All of us at ARCBCR are volunteers with full time jobs outside of the dog rescue world. We do what we do for the love of the dogs and the desire to decrease the number of unwanted Border Collies and Border Collie mixes in need.

Every dog we take in is fully vet checked, spayed or neutered as necessary, brought current on necessary vaccines, heartworm tested and made current on heartworm medication. They are outfitted with an ARCBCR collar and identification tag. Some dogs may require additional veterinary care such as surgeries or x-rays.

If you would like to help us support the dogs by making a financial donation, please click the Donate button below.

Please seriously consider donating. We need your help and greatly appreciate it and remember it is tax deductible.