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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. welcomes new volunteers ages 18 years and older, ready to make a consistent commitment. Help is needed transporting dogs, within our kennel and with special projects. Volunteering with us is a great opportunity for responsible high schoolers who need community service hours or simply to earn volunteer credit.

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


We rely on volunteers to help us save dogs from shelters both locally and outside the Richmond area, or possibly to move a dog to another location from our area. Transporters assist with driving crated dogs. Sometimes a CARE vehicle may be available, otherwise a SUV or van may be needed. Reimbursement for gas expenditures is always available upon request.

Kennel Housekeeping

Kennel volunteers help with bathing and exercising our dogs, cleaning the runs and cages, laundering bedding and washing bowls and water buckets. Sometimes special kennel projects are also identified and completed by willing 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.

Play Therapy and Exercise

Often dogs arrive who need more personalized care as it relates to socialization, recovery from an injury or learning to walk well on a leash. Other dogs, especially younger ones, benefit from regular one-on-one play time. Our handler helps us to identify these extra needs, and our volunteers help to integrate the recommendations into the dogs' days.

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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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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.

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