Volunteer as a Transporter

WRL Transportation Needs


Short, ad hoc trips, usually from veterinary offices to rehabilitators. These trips are occasioned by calls to our Helpline from a veterinary office which accepted wildlife from a member of the public and needs to send it to a licensed rehabilitator. The Helpline volunteer calls the transporter for help.

Long Trips

These trips may be to Charlottesville, Richmond, Winchester. 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.

Daily pick-ups

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.

How Transportation Process Works


You will receive an email from SignUpGenius requesting to enter your schedule for the next month. The month’s schedule will be emailed out to all Transporters and Helpline volunteers.

On your scheduled day

If there are no animals, your work is done for that day.

If there are animals:

  • The helpline volunteer will contact the rehabilitator(s)
  • The helpline 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 veterinarian’s office or the shelter to pick up the animals and deliver them to the rehabilitator(s).

You are not responsible for placement of wildlife.

What Is Required 

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.


Upcoming Volunteer Training

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Interested in becoming a Transporter?

Complete our Volunteer Questionnaire to get started or contact us at volcoord@wildliferescueleague.org

Wildlife Rescue League - Viriginia
Wildlife Helpline 703-440-0800