Contact C.A.R.E.

Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™) is an all-volunteer organization that works to find homes for unwanted and abandoned animals, serves as an educational and counseling resource for communities on Chicago's North Shore and for current and prospective pet owners, and works to reduce pet overpopulation. We currently work out of Evanston's municipal animal shelter. Since our founding in 1987, C.A.R.E. has been responsible for the adoption of thousands of dogs and cats that would have otherwise been euthanized. C.A.R.E. provides medical treatment and conducts all adoptions for the shelter animals. Read more about C.A.R.E. here.


How can I donate to C.A.R.E.?
Can I volunteer with C.A.R.E? What do volunteers do?
How can I adopt from C.A.R.E.?
How can I find low cost veterinary care?
I need to find a home for my pet. Will you take it?
I have found a stray, what should I do?
I have found Injured or abandoned wildlife, what should I do?
I'd like to do a journalism project about C.A.R.E. How do I set that up?
How do I get to the Evanston Animal Shelter?
How is C.A.R.E. licensed?

C.A.R.E. Voicemail:

847-705-2653 -- Please leave a detailed message so we can have the appropriate volunteer return your call. Please repeat your phone number twice.


Messages on our voicemail are responded to more quickly than emails, please use our voicemail at 847-705-2653 so your call can be returned by the appropriate volunteer. If your question isn't answered in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), click here to contact us.

C.A.R.E. Mailing Address:

for donations or any correspondence with C.A.R.E.
P.O. Box 1964
Evanston, IL 60204

Evanston Animal Shelter address:

2310 Oakton Street
Evanston, IL 60202

Adoption Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: closed
Saturday - Sunday: noon - 3:30 p.m.
closed major holidays, call to confirm


Evanston Animal Shelter/Animal Control (City of Evanston)

The Evanston Animal Control Bureau handles requests and complaints from citizens dealing with domestic and wild animals, including birds and reptiles. It also counsels citizens on animal control problems and issues citations for violation of animal control ordinances. In addition, it apprehends and impounds stray animals and handles adoption of unwanted dogs and cats in conjunction with C.A.R.E. Read more about Evanston Animal Control.

Evanston Animal Shelter/ Animal Control phone:

847-866-5080 or 311 (in Evanston)

Evanston Animal Shelter address:

2310 Oakton Street
Evanston, IL 60202