Volunteer as a Transporter

WRL Transport Needs

Daily Transport

On a daily basis, at the direction of a helpline volunteer, transporters pick up wildlife from the Wildlife Rescue League’s three partner veterinary practices that take in wildlife as a service to their clients and the public. Wildlife is transported to various rehabilitators around the area. On occasion, a transporter may be transporting wildlife or supplies between rehabilitators.

Long Distance Transport

At times we need to transport wildlife to rehabilitators and wildlife centers that are a longer distances from the Northern Virginia area. Usually this happens when the rehabilitators in the Northern Virginia area are full or need to make space and transfer some animals to other rehabilitators. These trips can be to Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, the Northern Neck, and other areas around the state. Transporters can volunteer for these trips when the call goes out for a long distance transport.

How The Transport Process Works

20th of the month

You will receive an email from SignUpGenius requesting to enter your schedule for the next month.

On your scheduled day

If there are no animals, you will be notified by a helpliner that 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 volunteercoordinator@wildiferescueleague.org

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