C.A.R.E. Name: Dagmar


I had been seriously considering adopting a dog for months. Every few days I found myself looking through the pictures of dogs C.A.R.E. had available for adoption. Near the end of April 2014 I decided to stop looking at pictures and visit some of the dogs I had seen.

I was introduced to Dagmar, a Bulldog Terrier mix with an unusual name for a young, energetic girl who loved tennis balls. Throughout our first meeting she rarely stood still but when she did it was always to curl up at the feet of someone in the room.

I loved her immediately.

She left C.A.R.E. as Dagmar, despite the urging of some volunteers, but within a day she had become Rosie.

It took a week or two for Rosie to settle into her new life, during which a large number of chewable objects were lost, but for the past nine months she has been wonderful. She maintains her love of tennis balls, though she has been upgraded to larger, dog designed models, and she is never far off, rarely being in a different room than me and curling up beside me at any given chance.

Rosie also enjoys spending time with me at work, where she has a large, sun-filled window and the adoration of numerous passersby to keep her entertained.

I am very grateful to C.A.R.E for putting the two of us together.


C.A.R.E. Name: Eric The Red


Our two new family members are doing fine and have gotten used to each other.  When you see the pictures, they look like brothers and are behaving like brothers, play-fighting over little things but helping each other out when necessary.

Thank you to all of you for helping us add these two members to our family.  Both seem happy and healthy and although they born about the same time Nabi (Cheerio - adopted from PAWS) was here first, is larger and so is the “older brother.”

Thank you again,
The Shirai Family


C.A.R.E. Name: Savanah


I adopted a cat from C.A.R.E. in January of this year.  Her name was Savanah at C.A.R.E., but when she became part of my family, I named her Milly.  (I just liked the sound of Miriam and Milly.) Milly is doing really well!  She was SOOO skinny when I brought her home, but now she has a little more flesh on her bones.  She loves to play with string, and is very very very affectionate.  She loves people and loves to receive head rubs.  She might be one of the most affectionate kitties I have ever encountered, and others say the same about her.  She loves to lick me and snuggle with me at night.  We are a very happy pair! 

Thank you so much for helping me find her!




I went to C.A.R.E. looking for a cat. I didn't find one the first time I went but the second time around I found Katie Cat (Maya). My first cat had died and at first I didn't want another cat, but I changed my tune after I met KC (as I call her for short). I met several cats in the cat area but I didn't connect with any until Katie introduced herself to me in her cool cat way. I came back the next day and took her home. I agreed to a trial adoption since I have a parakeet (now two of them) to make sure they got along. After a couple of weeks I officially adopted her and she had been with me for four years now.





Hi C.A.R.E.,

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for helping me adopt Murray (formerly Moose)! I had been on the look out for a small friendly dog for a while that could take long walks and cuddle on the couch and C.A.R.E helped me find the perfect dog! Murray is a great fun loving dog with a goofy personality and I absolutely love him. Thank you again C.A.R.E. for the perfect dog for me! 

Here are some pictures of Murray enjoying his forever home.

Thank you again! I absolutely love Murray and please feel free to add any of all of these pictures to your website so they can see how sweet and awesome adopted dogs can be. I hope Murray's brother Mac is also having a great time at his new home! 








Meet King our new adoption thanks to your rescue. I also want to commend Mary Pat on the wonderful job in training King, he is a great member to our family. I also want to say he gets along great and has the run of the whole house.

Thank You , Robert.



Dear C.A.R.E,

I would like to let you know how much we love our dog that we adopted from you. Formerly known as Lacey, our Adira is such a wonderful and loving dog. She loves her doggy classes, which we have attended for months now, and continue to go to, and we plan to eventually get her CGC certification. She loves going to the dog beach, as well as going on runs with us, but she is also happy snuggling on the couch. We want to thank you for bringing her into our lives.



C.A.R.E. Name: Ripple

Spencer enjoys some chin skritches. Good kitty, Spencer!

Spencer enjoys some chin skritches. Good kitty, Spencer!

I woke up at 7am this morning, but was so exhausted that I decided to return to bed for a 15 minute nap. At 7:05am, I was awoken by Spencer.  He was behind my TV, sitting on the cords.  I became irritated.  ‘Get away from there!’

He acted as if he didn’t hear me.  I lifted my tired self from the bed and walked over to physically move him.  He didn’t even look up, he just kept staring at the floor.  What was he concentrating on?  It was a centipede!  I screamed and yelled… ‘oh no, get him Spencer, get him! HAH HAH.   My superhero cat jumped for that centipede and ate him whole.  Good protein. 

Thank you Jesus for my Spencer.  Amen!




C.A.R.E. Name: Zane

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We adopted our GSD Jackson from C.A.R.E. in 2002, when he was 3-4 months old. He weighed 18 pounds.

He was very intelligent, but timid and afraid of men. His tail had been broken and there were signs that he'd been abused. With activities like obedience training, agility, and lots of socialization, Jackson blossomed into a confident, happy dog.

As my husband says of Jackson: 'He's appreciative and he has a sense of humor.' I would add that he's a beautiful boy. Our thanks to Wendy DeCarlo for finding Jackson for us, as well as his foster mom Darlene for the TLC.

Thank you, Community Animal Rescue Effort, for all you have done. 

Tena and Ed


C.A.R.E. Name: Panache


Panache was brought to the shelter by the Evanston Police, who were concerned about her condition. It seemed that she had no eyes. After one of the C.A.R.E. volunteers took her to the veterinarian immediately, it was determined that she indeed did not have eyes. We're not sure if it was caused by a bad infection, congenital defect or foul play, but the poor kitten was definitely in need of help. Volunteer Mitzie took her home to offer her a quiet place to recuperate instead of the noisy, chaotic shelter. Well, it didn't take Mitzie long to fall in love with the little kitty. Panache has a new home and a new name: Cookie. She gets around very well by sense of smell and hearing. Cats truly are amazing!


C.A.R.E. Name: Angie

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Angie first arrived at C.A.R.E. six years ago. She ran into an Evanston resident's house, was brought to the shelter, and we named her Claudette. She had a microchip from the Anti-Cruelty Society, so this was at least the second shelter she had passed through. We adopted her out to a family who unfortunately had to return her to C.A.R.E. over four years later.

Unfortunately, Angie didn't show well to potential adopters and remained at the shelter for almost two years. A fantastic C.A.R.E. volunteer decided to give Angie a chance to spend time out of the shelter and that's where Angie blossomed. Read Angie's story here.



C.A.R.E. Name: Ragamuffin


It was just a year ago we added sweet Ragamuffin to our family! Thanks for rescuing him and taking care of him until he could be a part of our family!


From C.A.R.E.: One of our volunteers remembers how little Ragamuffin was covered with fleas when he arrived at the shelter. Each day, volunteers carefully combed the kitten to remove the fleas because he was too young and small for flea medication.

"This is how tiny he was when he arrived at our shelter loaded with fleas. The fleas kept traveling toward his face so he is covering his eyes to protect them. He wasn't much larger than that pink flea comb you see him laying next to. We couldn't believe how many fleas could be on an itty bitty kitty!"

"This is how tiny he was when he arrived at our shelter loaded with fleas. The fleas kept traveling toward his face so he is covering his eyes to protect them. He wasn't much larger than that pink flea comb you see him laying next to. We couldn't believe how many fleas could be on an itty bitty kitty!"

From Terra: "Here is our sweet Ragamuffin today, he still loves to lie on his back in the sun after reading the paper!"

From Terra: "Here is our sweet Ragamuffin today, he still loves to lie on his back in the sun after reading the paper!"

Archie and Bruno

C.A.R.E. Names: Butternut and Fagioli

C.A.R.E. kitties are the best! Here are my two adoptees, Archie and Bruno, playing with their favorite toy.

C.A.R.E. volunteers spend so much time socializing the cats that they have been a wonderful and easy addition to our family. 

Thank you, volunteers!



(C.A.R.E. Name: Roxie)


My husband and I adopted Roxie (she is a brindle Boxer mix) June 2012, and I wanted to send my thanks to you all! She is an absolute joy, and has become our daughter. She loves to cuddle and go on long walks. She recently injured her left "knee," but this has not kept her from being active & loving. I have attached some pictures just so you can see how she is doing...I cannot imagine not having her in my life.

Thank you all for your save lives!


Ruffy and Cici

(C.A.R.E. Names: Ruffian and Secretariat)


I write to give an update on our wonderful cats that we adopted from CARE in July of 2011.  Their shelter names were Ruffian and Secretariat, but we call them "Ruffy" and "Cici."  I'm sending a picture of the sisters in the bathtub (Cici is on the left). I grew up with cats and have never had cats who enjoyed the bath as much as these two! They are always getting in on their own accord, especially when it's all wet after a shower.

They also love relaxing on our radiator covers.  They have a special bond with each other and with us.  Cici also loves to play fetch and carries around her play mouse everywhere.  We are so thankful for having these cats in our life.  They make us smile everyday!  Thank you for all that you do!



(C.A.R.E. Name: Whoopie Pie)


Whoopie Pie came into my life on June 28, 2012, the evening I came back to adopt him at C.A.R.E. I saw Whoopie Pie about one week earlier on the eve of an already scheduled vacation. I learned on my initial visit that Whoopie Pie was a Zucchini’s Gift Cat, a cat whose adoption fee had been subsidized by a donor who wanted to help hard-to-adopt cats become more “adoptable.”

Because Whoopie Pie has the Feline Leukemia Virus, he is highly infectious to other cats, he needed to be in a home without any other cats or with other cats that also have this same virus. He also needed to stay permanently indoors so he doesn’t infect other cats. This made Whoopie Pie a hard to adopt cat even though he is an absolutely beautiful, affectionate one year-old male cat. I also was cautioned that Whoopie very likely would have a shorter life since he got this autoimmune disease as a kitten and when he starts to fail, he likely will go quickly. My vacation helped me to decide that if Whoopie Pie was still at the shelter when I returned home, I would adopt him. I thought we made a good match.
To read the rest of Whoopi's story, please click here.


(C.A.R.E. Name: China)

(Samantha on the left, Shelby on the right)

(Samantha on the left, Shelby on the right)

I just wanted to give a quick update on Shelby (CARE name China).  After week one at her forever home, she is getting along great with her older sister Samantha and has been a great addition to our family.  Shelby is very well mannered, smart, extremely affectionate and loves to play A LOT, which is just fine with Sam.  Thanks again to the staff at CARE for taking such great care of Shelby until she was ready for adoption.

Ron & Val



(C.A.R.E. Name: Nina Simone)


We adopted our beautiful Standard Poodle, Cleopatra, almost 9 years ago now, when she was about 1 yr. old. She is one of the greatest joys of our life; loving & sweet, smart and loyal.
She still runs like the wind in our back yard, loves to go for walks; which we do every day. Has a lot of puppy left in her. She can identify and retrieve all of her toys, of which there are too many to recount here.
She is our 3rd 'daughter' and she too has made us proud parents. She goes everywhere with us; on vacation, for rides; sleeps in the bed. We won't board her, so that probably limits our travel, but it's ok with us, as we wouldn't ever want to be without her.
Just thought you might like to hear of the life we've given her and the constant smiles she has brought to us. She was formerly known as Nina Simone, at C.A.R.E., but now, truly Cleopatra(sometimes Cleo, Cle).
She has given us our forever home :)
Chuck & Marlen


(C.A.R.E. Name: Lucy)


I'm writing to give an update on Locy, formerly known as Lucy, a pit mix that I adopted on May 23rd, 2011.  I had visited Locy in the shelter twice, even though I knew after our first meeting that she was the girl for me.  Everyone at the shelter warned me that she was very shy and "not at all a people person," but as soon as she came hope with me she really opened up.  Locy comes to work with me at least a few times a week and loves to curl up and take naps underneath my desk on an old sleeping bag. 

With weekly doggie playdates, meals cooked from scratch, and a futon to call all her own, no doubt her current life is a real step up compared to life on the streets of Evanston.  As a geologist, I go out of town fairly frequently and Locy is always in tow for these exciting adventures.  Recently we took 2 road trips out west and Locy and I climbed Mt Grays, one of the 14,000+ft peaks in Colorado.  The companionship and loyalty that she has added to my life is both indescribable and unquantifiable - she is just simply fantastic!  I can't thank the folks at C.A.R.E. enough for the wonderful work that they do, keep it up!

I've attached some pictures of our recent adventures in Colorado.



(C.A.R.E. Name: Jabba)


When our family was looking for a dog, we wanted a laid back dog who didn’t bark, was pre-trained and was not high maintenance since we would usually be gone most of the day. Everybody thought we were nuts when we told them our expectations. When we came to the shelter as a family to look for a dog back on a chilly day in November, they said they only had one dog that seemed right for our family. All four of us thought this was going to be a waste of time. But boy, were we wrong! We instantly fell in love with “Jabba.” He would jump around for a few minutes and then come up to you and nudge you to get you to snuggle with him  and pet him. We decided to get him. He loves belly rubs, snuggling, treats and taking naps with you. We have had a great time with him ever since that day back in November 2009. Not one minute have we regretted getting him.

The Grimsted Family