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Be a Part of a Lab's New Future

Become a Foster Home

Being in a foster home means so much to a Lab. By providing a dog with the basics—a safe, secure place to sleep, exercise, and love—a foster home helps the dog on his/her journey to a better life and forever home. Dogs in foster homes find their adopters much faster, plus moving dogs from kennels to foster homes also allows us to receive more homeless and neglected Labs that need our help.


Beyond the incredible impact that you will make on the rescue and life of a Lab, fostering is fun. It is a great way to enjoy the company of a Lab and witness the joy they feel in a secure and loving environment. Lab Rescue handles the vet care and even arranges transportation if needed, so all you have to do is provide love, fun, and a few square meals each day.


You’ll work with a seasoned volunteer that will help you select a foster dog that is right for you.

Foster Qualifications
  • Foster homes must be located within a 90 minute drive from one of our participating veterinarian practices located in Virginia (Falls Church, Purcellville, Yorktown, Richmond), North Carolina (Raleigh), and Maryland (Buckeystown, Gaithersburg, and Towson).

  • Pets need to be spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccines (or titers), and on regular heartworm/flea and tick preventatives.

  • Children in your household must be age 6+.

"With each new foster, the best feeling in the world is watching them finally relax and fall asleep for the first time, outside of the chaos of the shelter or vet kennel. It’s also so much fun watching a foster dog figure out toys for the first time, and find the joy in just being a dog."

– Katie, foster of over 200 Lab Rescue LRCP dogs

Adoption Coordinator

Help Labs Find Their Best Forever Homes

Join Us as an Adoption Coordinator

One of the critical volunteer roles within Lab Rescue is being part of our team of Adoption Coordinators (ACs). ACs partner with prospective adopters and help guide their search for a dog (or two) that will thrive as a new member of the family. We like to think of them as matchmakers!


As an AC, you are paired with a few prospective adopters each week. You'll get to know them through phone interviews, and then help them search for Labs that would be a great fit for their lives. Some ACs also attend our monthly adoption events and conduct interviews and matching onsite.

Volunteer Qualifications
  • You can devote 5 hours or more each week to working with adopters.

  • You enjoy talking with others about Labs.

  • You understand that not every Lab is right for every home, and vice versa.

  • You’re willing to ensure that our Labs find their way to the best home for their needs.

“The most rewarding thing about being an AC is getting updates about the dogs after they've been adopted into their fur-ever homes. I love receiving pictures and videos of the dogs enjoying the life and love that their new family has given them.”


– Zamoni, Adoption Coordinator and adopter of Lab Rescue alumnus, Mr. Poppy Seed

Other Roles


Transporters are needed throughout the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, as well as from:

Transporting Info and FAQs >

House Checks

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. 

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.

Special Events,
Marketing & Administrative

We are always looking for extra hands and knowledge to support these areas of the rescue. If you have experience in these areas, we’d love to put your skills to good use!

  • Special/local event organization and onsite volunteering

  • Administrative work & data entry

  • Social media posting and management

  • Website posting and assistance

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