C.A.R.E. Critter Adoption & Rescue Effort, Inc.
C.A.R.E. is a 501 (c)3 public charity; a no-kill animal shelter for neglected, abused and unwanted cats and dogs with a mission to reduce the number of homeless and abandoned animals through adoption, sterilization and education.
Most of the animals that come to CARE need just a few weeks of special care before they are ready for adoption to a good home. Others, who are older or sick or have suffered extreme trauma, become CARE ambassadors and find a special home at CARE for the rest of their lives. In addition to a shelter, CARE also participates with Hillsborough County Voucher Program to offer a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in the hopes of deterring the homeless pet population in the Ruskin Community.
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Help your community and make some animals
(and yourself) very happy.
Volunteers play a critical role in keeping our animals healthy and happy, thereby improving the quality of their lives while here at the shelter.learn more
Check out Critter Chronicles, our official monthly newsletter
Chock full of valuable articles and recent events.Click here to download the latest newsletter
Pets for adoption
All C.A.R.E. pets up for adoption have been neutered or spayed.
Additionally, all of our animals have received their vaccinations and are micro-chipped.Click here to view pets for adoption
News & Events
We are a small shelter, as shelters go, but we’re actively involved in community events year round.
These events give us the opportunity to share our mission of reducing the number of homeless pets through adoption, sterilization and education. Please join us at any of the events posted. We hope to see you there!Click here for more