Capital Area Rescue Effort, Inc.


Who We Are

Capital Area Rescue Effort, Inc. (C.A.R.E.) was founded in 2011 in the Richmond, Virginia area.  We rescue dogs that have been abandoned, orphaned, or have experienced abuse or neglect and work hard to find them safe and loving permanent homes.

C.A.R.E. takes its responsibility for each dog’s future very seriously.  Please carefully read and consider our policies and procedures if you are interested in adopting one of our dogs.

Read our policies and our updated adoption process due to COVID-19.

Donate to C.A.R.E.

Capital Area Rescue Effort, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) rescue raising funds to support our sanctuary dogs and offset veterinary expenses. Donations are accepted via PayPal, at our adoption stands, or mailed to us at P.O. Box 575, Sandston, Virginia 23150.


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What We Do

C.A.R.E. rescues orphaned or abandoned dogs, often from shelters with high euthanasia rates, and selectively places them in their forever homes.  We begin to care for our dogs immediately upon their arrival, including vet examinations, vaccinations, flea preventative, spaying and neutering, and heartworm and other parasite testing and preventative.  When necessary, we also arrange for treatment of more serious medical issues, which can be very costly.


C.A.R.E. hosts adoption stands nearly every weekend in the Richmond area and participates in other events throughout the year to showcase our rescue and our dogs.  Please visit our calendar for upcoming events, and review our adoption policies if you are interested in applying to adopt one of our dogs.

Check out our wonderful adoptable dogs!

Volunteer with C.A.R.E.

C.A.R.E. is always looking for responsible dog lovers to walk dogs as well as volunteer in our kennel, at our adoption stands, and at fundraising events.  Visit our How to Help page for more information, and fill out our volunteer application to get started!


“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

- Josh Billings


2019 Animal Statistics:

Intake 308, Adoptions 279, Transfers 5

Lifesaving Percentage: 99%

Capital Area Rescue Effort, Inc.

P.O. Box 575, Sandston, VA 23150

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