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Welcome to C.A.R.E

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 consider our adoption policies and procedures and read our detailed policies if you are interested in adopting one of our dogs.


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, 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 participates in events throughout the year to showcase our rescue and our dogs and holds private meet-and-greets with interested and qualifying potential adopters.  Please visit our calendar for upcoming events, and review our adoption policies if you are interested in applying to adopt one of our dogs.

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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 events, or mailed to us at P.O. Box 575, Sandston, Virginia 23150.

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

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 and at fundraising events.  Visit our How to Help page for more information, and fill out our volunteer application to get started!


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