Get Involved


There are several ways to get involved. You can stay as busy helping animals as you’d like, or help only sometimes. You can do a little or a lot. Every bit makes a difference!

We are always on the lookout for volunteers.  During event season, we have something afoot nearly every weekend. If you’re good with people and love crowds, we can use you at the tent. If you’re painfully shy and crowds make your palms sweat, we can use you to help load dogs before our events, unload them afterward, and take care of them away from the public eye. Good at soliciting donations? We need people to approach businesses in our area and try to get them involved in our cause. We need grant writers. We need transporters. We need fosters. We need organizers and coordinators. We always need help in the kennels. From day to day chores all the way to major construction—if you have a skill, it’s almost certain that we can use it.

Fosters are key to our goal of seeing Tazewell County become a no-kill community. Ideally, a foster would only have an animal two weeks to a month before it leaves on transport. Sometimes the circumstances are different, but communication is vital to making sure no foster ever becomes stressed. We need puppy fosters most of all. Puppies will usually need quarantine for fourteen days, so we provide training to anyone willing to open their heart and home to the little guys.


If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer or foster, please click the links below. Fosters and anyone having direct contact with the animals may be subject to a background check as per Virginia state law. Signed forms stating each individual has never been convicted of animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment may suffice in some cases. VA Code 3.2-6549 C. 


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