C.A.R.E. July Update

Dear Friends,

With the celebrations of Independence Day over–and the cats and dogs have emerged from their hiding spots–we figured it’s a good time to give a quick update on what’s been happening with C.A.R.E.™ and let you know about the things C.A.R.E. is doing that are worth celebrating, too!

It’s hard to believe it’s been less than two months since C.A.R.E. officially left the Evanston facility. It’s been a whirlwind of activity ever since.

  • Thanks to tremendous support among C.A.R.E. volunteers and supporters, we’ve quickly found ways to keep our pet adoptions tracking at the same pace we’ve maintained for years, even as we continue our search for a permanent home. In fact, in May and June we placed slightly more pets on a per-month average than we typically do.
  • C.A.R.E. continues to hold adoption/outreach events and fundraisers to get our good name out–and help get more cats and dogs into “forever homes.”
  • C.A.R.E. has great relationships with participating adoption event stores. Two kittens were adopted from Follow Your Nose in South Evanston, and starting soon, Petco (6236 North Western Ave, Chicago) will feature adoptable C.A.R.E. cats in their onsite cat condos.
  • C.A.R.E.'s Pet Food Bank is running as strongly as ever. Our longstanding relationship with Irving Park Community Food Pantry continues, with our unique Pet Food Corner that helps people who are struggling financially keep family pets in their homes.
  • As ever, C.A.R.E. is committed to supporting pets adopted through us for life, offering assistance with transitions and behavior challenges that can arise with pets adapting to their new homes.
  • For the first time, C.A.R.E. is able to extend assistance to local shelters such as Tree House Humane Society so we can help place even more rescued cats into loving new homes.
  • And C.A.R.E. was just voted into first place in Martin Nissan’s community Facebook contest that invited locals to choose a favorite non-profit to receive a $500 donation. An enormous “thank you” goes out to Martin Nissan, Skokie, for its generosity – and to the many people who voted C.A.R.E. Number One!

That’s just a quick snapshot. Every day and every week, more and more great things are happening with C.A.R.E. Recently we’ve heard some community members ask, “what can we do to help?” The answer: Plenty! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Attend one of C.A.R.E.'s upcoming fundraisers or events.
  • Foster a pet. While we’re in transition, we’re still helping plenty of pets find new homes. Can your home foster some of these cats or dogs until they’re adopted? Please let us know!
  • Be an advocate for C.A.R.E. among friends and community members. As much as we have tried to keep our heads high and stay focused on serving the community, there are still some lingering doubters out there who don’t know the full story of who we are and all we do. If you have an opportunity, please share our many accomplishments with anyone who’s interested.
  • Follow C.A.R.E. on Facebook and Twitter or visit the C.A.R.E. website to stay abreast of what's happening and who's available for adoptions.

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, or anything else on your mind, please email us at news@care-evanston.org and we’ll do our best to get right back to you.

Thank you, and hope to see you and a dirty dog or two on Saturday, July 12, at The Evanston Subaru Dog Wash!