What is C.A.R.E.?
Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™) is a 501c3 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.
Each day, the 100+ C.A.R.E. volunteers assume
responsibility for total care of all Shelter animals. Each volunteer
puts in anywhere from 3 to 30+ hours every week, both at the Shelter
and in activities outside the Shelter, performing functions such as:
- Walking Dogs
- Exercising Cats
- Cleaning cages
and kennel areas
- Bathing and
- Working with
frightened, anti-social animals
- Paying for
veterinary care, inoculations, and vaccinations
animals to and from veterinary clinics
- Working with
veterinarians at the Shelter as part of a testing/inoculation program
initiated by C.A.R.E.
animals as directed by veterinarians
- Feeding &
watering animals on evenings, weekends, and holidays
- Washing bowls,
toys, towels, bedding, etc.
- Working with
Evanston Animal Wardens as needed to comply with city rules &
assure accreditation by the Department of Agriculture
all potential adopters in-depth and then matching appropriate animals
- Conducting all
adoptions, filling out required paperwork, administrating follow-up
city food budget with volunteer funds to provide higher quality food
for Shelter animals
additional equipment not in city budget to maintain quality care for
Shelter animals (including such things as cages, kennel fan, vaccine
refrigerator, washing machine, clothes dryer, etc.)
on-going fund-raising to raise monies to cover all expenses
community out-reach programs to educate residents on responsible pet
frequently called upon to take animals into their homes and "foster"
them in times of overcrowding at the Shelter and when animals need
With only one
visiting room, two washrooms, and a vestibule in which to introduce and
show animals to prospective adopters, C.A.R.E. manages to find good
homes for more than 400 cats and dogs each year. While the majority of
animals adopted out are in the 2-5 year old range, a large percentage
of the animals are older; and a very special goal of C.A.R.E.
volunteers is to find loving homes for these older animals. Puppies and
kittens make up less than 10% of adoptions.
Without the gratis
participation of C.A.R.E. volunteers, it could be necessary
once again to euthanize the majority of animals brought to the Shelter
-- because of insufficient salaried personnel to care for them and
insufficient dollars to continue the programs and services that
C.A.R.E. itself now funds.
C.A.R.E. is licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture (License 14383).
as a C.A.R.E. volunteer or financial supporter WILL make a difference. For more information, please read our FAQ.