How to Help

Our mission to rescue homeless dogs and find their forever homes is not possible without our network of volunteers and supporters. We hope you’ll consider joining our cause. We have so many ways for you to get involved!


C.A.R.E. is always happy to welcome new volunteers. We welcome volunteers 18 years old and up, and we can always use help with our adoption stands, transports, in the kennel, or with special projects like our monthly yard sales. Volunteering with us is also a great opportunity for high schoolers to get their volunteer hours – yard sales, special events and fundraisers are great ways to earn volunteer credit hours without being required to have a parent attend with them..

Even a small amount of volunteer time is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out our volunteer application online.

Volunteer Opportunities

Adoption stands

Our adoption stand volunteers help with setting up and taking down tables and tents, loading and unloading dogs from transport vehicles, walking dogs, introducing dogs to potential adopters, and explaining the adoption process and requirements.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, be able to handle large dogs on a leash, and be willing to work with the public.  Adoption stands are held on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Most of our adoption stands take place at the Petco at 13329 Rittenhouse Drive, Midlothian, VA 23112.


Fundraising events

We can always use help at our special fundraising events like yard sales, restaurant fundraisers, community events, self-organized events, and more.  Our volunteers help organize and manage events by representing C.A.R.E. to the public, hosting adoption stands, and helping with retail sales of merchandise, when needed.



We rely on volunteers to help us save dogs from shelters both locally and outside of the Richmond area.  Transporters assist with bringing dogs or donations to our facility or to adoption stands and requires the use of your personal vehicle.  When possible, SUVs and vans often work best for transporting dogs, as they will be in various size crates.


Kennel Housekeeping

Kennel volunteers help with cleaning dog runs and crates, walking dogs at our private kennel, laundering towels and bedding, washing dog bowls and other kennel items.  C.A.R.E. can also use help keeping vehicles clean and maintaining kennel grounds and equipment.



Fundraising volunteers assist with planning and organizing activities to generate funds to support the organization, including our adoptable and sanctuary dogs.  Fundraising activities may include reaching out to sponsors, managing advertising, researching opportunities, writing grant applications, coordinating activities, etc.


Administrative Tasks

There are a variety of other ways to assist C.A.R.E., including preparing “thank you” letters for donors, organizing data, record keeping, registering microchips, and maintaining databases of donors.  Some of these tasks may require training with our more experienced volunteers.


Have A Skill or Talent to Share?

Are you a skilled writer, a passionate photographer, or a web designer?  If you have a special talent or skill set, please consider volunteering your gift to help save homeless dogs!  Whatever your skills, talents, or interests, there is something you can do to help C.A.R.E. complete its mission.

Other Ways You Can Help

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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Learn More

If you have questions or want to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact us at



PLEASE NOTE: The availability of volunteer tasks will vary depending on our organization’s need.  All volunteers must complete a volunteer application, read and agree to abide by our volunteer policies and procedures, and attend an orientation session.  For liability purposes, volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent and may be excluded from activities involving dog handling and/or kennel housekeeping.