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For a number of years, Lab Rescue has been rescuing and rehoming dogs in a small corner of North Carolina adjacent to the Tidewater area of Virginia. In the past several years, the Rescue has expanded our reach farther into North Carolina where the need for rescue is so great. These new areas offer fewer options for shelter dogs who are often euthanized, especially if they are infected with Heartworm disease.


With this expansion, we are in great need of expanding our North Carolina-based volunteer group. Please read on for opportunities and complete an interest form if you are interested in joining our pack!

Transporters — Urgently Needed!

We are in great need of volunteers to transport dogs both within North Carolina, and from North Carolina to Northern Virginia. In some instances, longer transports can be completed in multiple segments. Transports are generally done midday on weekdays or weekends. Transporters who can fit 2+ crates in their vehicle allow us to rescue even more. If you don’t have crates, it is generally very easy to find used ones for little-to-no cost.

Learn more about transporting >


Transports typically begin in:

  • Winston-Salem

  • Davidson County

  • High Point

  • Greensboro

  • Burlington

  • Salisbury

  • Raleigh/Durham

  • Henderson

  • Asheville

  • Charlotte

  • Richmond County

  • Williamston

  • Sampson County

And go to:

  • Williamston, NC 

  • Cary/Raleigh, NC

  • Greensboro, NC

  • Rocky Mount, NC

  • Henderson, NC

  • Emporia, VA

  • South Hill, VA

  • Richmond, VA

  • Fredericksburg, VA

  • Fairfax, VA

  • Purcellville, VA

Never transported before? It's one of the most rewarding and enjoyable roles at Lab Rescue, filled with tons of tail wags, kisses, and sweet passengers. One of our volunteers put it best:

"Whether it’s the former breeder dogs or strays from shelters, the most rewarding thing for me is that I am helping these dogs journey from a place of uncertainty to a home where they will receive the love and attention they deserve. The biggest downside: falling madly in love with just about every dog we transport and not being able to fit one more into the house!"

Post-Adoption Housecheck Volunteers

After a Lab is adopted from Lab Rescue, we do a house check to make sure all is well with the new family. It’s a great way to welcome Labs into the Rescue and send them happily on their way. 

As we expand our adoption area, we will need more house check volunteers in North Carolina.

House check volunteers visit adopted dogs and families that are located within a 20-30 minute radius of the volunteer's own location. The visits typically take about 15-20 minutes.

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