How can I donate to C.A.R.E?

C.A.R.E. is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization with no paid positions. Your tax-deductible donation will help to provide important medical care, allow us to purchase high quality and prescription foods for the cats and dogs and will further our mission to find homes for abandoned pets. Donors are listed in our PawPrints newsletter. Click here to find out how to donate and make bequests.

Can I volunteer with C.A.R.E? What do volunteers do?

Currently we have no in-shelter volunteer positions open, however, we are looking for cat and dog foster homes. For more information on our Foster C.A.R.E. Program, click here.

How can I adopt from C.A.R.E.?

Our organization strives to have successful adoptions that are ideal for both the pet and the adopter. Because the variety of animals in our shelter is constantly changing, the best way to find out about our selection is to stop by the shelter to speak to an Adoption Counselor. Follow this link to read more about our Adoption Policies. Follow this link to see some of our Cats for Adoption or Dogs for Adoption.


How can I find low cost veterinary care?

CARE does not provide veterinary care for non-shelter animals. However, there are great resources in the Chicago area for low cost and affordable Spay/Neuter and Vaccinations. Follow this link to our Directory of Low Cost Spay/Neuter information or Financial Resources for Pet Owners.

I need to find a home for my pet, will you take it?

The Community Animal Rescue Effort is a private organization that assists the Evanston Municipal Animal Shelter. Because it is a municipal shelter, only animals from residents of Evanston are accepted by Animal Control. For more information, please call Evanston Animal Control at 847.866.5080. The Evanston Shelter is a tiny facility and operates with a waiting list. We are unable to take in animals at a moment's notice, so you will need to contact Animal Control to be placed on the waiting list.

If you do not live in Evanston or need to give up your animal immediately, please follow this link to other Chicago Area Animal Shelters. Chicago Animal Care and Control is the only open-admission shelter in the area that will take in any animal. 

There is a large pet overpopulation problem in the Chicago area, so be prepared to spend at least 2 months to find a new home for your pet if you want to ensure the pet is not euthanized. Nationally, 3 out of 5 animals turned in to shelters are euthanized... don't you owe it to your pet to find another lifelong, permanent home? Don't let your loving pet become one of the over 8 million animals that are destroyed each year in the US for lack of homes.

I have found a stray, what should I do?

It is best to turn the pet in to the animal control agency that covers your geographic area. This makes it easier for the owner to locate their lost pet, rather than having to call the dozens of agencies and rescue groups in the Chicago area.

If you have found a stray in Evanston, call Evanston Animal Control - 847-866-5080 or 311. The Evanston Animal Shelter/Evanston Animal Control only accepts animals found in Evanston and turned in by Evanston residents with proof of address.

If you have found a stray in Chicago, call Chicago Animal Care and Control - 312-747-1406 or call 311 to see if you can take the animal to the nearest Police precinct. This will get the animal to Chicago Animal Care and Control where it can be easily located by the owner.

If you live in another municipality, please call your local police department or animal control department.

I have found injured or abandoned wildlife, what should I do?

C.A.R.E. does not have a license to work with wildlife, so we do not accept wild animals. Please refer to this page for basic information.

To find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area, click here

If you need the services of a wildlife rehabilitator in the Chicago area, visit Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation at 847-842-8000 or Willowbrook Wildlife Center at 630-942-6200.

I'd like to do a journalism project about C.A.R.E. How do I set that up?

Please email with your request. Please contact us at least 7 to 10 days before your deadline so we have time to schedule interviews with volunteer representatives.

How do I get to the Evanston Animal Shelter?

The Evanston Animal Shelter is located at 2310 Oakton between McCormick Blvd. & Dodge Ave. We are directly across the street from Home Depot and Steak 'n Shake and just west of the former Evanston Recycling Center.

C.A.R.E. Volunteers are at the shelter for adoptions during these hours:
Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Fridays, closed
Saturday-Sunday, noon-3:30 p.m.

closed major holidays, call to confirm



How is C.A.R.E. licensed?

C.A.R.E. is licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture (License 14383).

How to contact C.A.R.E.

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

For instructions on how to reach us at the shelter, please read How to Contact C.A.R.E.