Become a Transporter

WRL has three transportation needs:
1. Short, ad hoc trips, usually from veterinary offices to rehabilitators. These trips are occasioned by calls to our hotline from a veterinary office which accepted wildlife from a member of the public and needs to send it to a licensed rehabilitator. The hotline volunteer calls the transporter for help.
2. Long, scheduled trips between rehabilitators. Because of our increasingly urbanized area, our rehabilitators take in many more animals than rehabbers in more rural parts of Virginia, and sometimes our rehabbers need to send some of these animals to another rehabber. These trips may be to Staunton, Winchester, Orange, Fredricksburg, and other places in VA.
3. Daily pick-ups from the Fairfax Animal Shelter. Members of the public often take wildlife to the shelter, which is not equipped to handle them. The process for this is:
A. Toward the end of each month, the Transporter Coordinator sends an email with the calendar for the next month; each transporter reviews the calendar, his/her schedule and signs up to transport for one or more days.
B. We have asked the shelter to call at 1pm each day to advise what (if any) animals need pick-up. Since the shelter has no control over when the public might bring in animals, however, the calls do not always come at 1pm.
C. If there are no animals, your work is done for that day.
D. If there are animals:
• The hotline volunteer will contact the rehabilitator(s)
• The hotline volunteer will contact you advising what animals need pick-up and where they need to go
• You contact the rehabilitator(s) to get directions and to arrange a delivery time
• You go to the shelter to pick up the animals and deliver them to the rehabilitator(s).

In all these instances, the animals are in boxes/carriers/cages, and your requirement as a transporter is to deliver them safely to the designated location. You must not open the box/cage/carrier to look at the animal as it might escape, potentially causing you serious problems and danger to the animal. You should not play loud music, talk too loudly, or have the car too cold or too hot because this will increase the stress levels of these already nervous animals. You may wish to seek additional advice from the rehabilitator either to whom or from whom you are delivering the animals.

Transporters are sometimes also called upon to be rescuers, meaning you need to capture/contain the animal first and then transport it to a rehabilitator. We provide training before asking transporters to take on this responsibility.

Contact WRL for more information at or complete our ONLINE VOLUNTEER FORM.