Our dogs and cats come to C.A.R.E. either as strays, or after being abused or abandoned by their former owners, or after being relinquished by individuals who can no longer care for them because of death, illness or other unforeseen circumstances. For many of these animals, C.A.R.E either gives them their first chance at a happy and healthy life or a viable second chance to find a responsible and caring family to spend their lives with.
As with most no-kill shelters, however, C.A.R.E. is unable to take many of them because of resource constraints and space limitations. Our adoption rates over the past have averaged between 10-15 adoptions each month, far lower than the requests we receive for animal intakes. When we are full, we always refer requestors to the other shelters and rescue groups whom we work with in attempts at alternative placement.
The dogs and cats we are able to take in receive all normal tests, treatments, vaccinations and a microchip implant for identification purposes. If not already done, they are all spayed and neutered as part of their adoption agreement. They all receive care, attention, exercise and socialization every day of the year by a committed group of volunteers, which includes our Medical Director who sets medical policy and oversees medical protocol. We also employ an animal manager who cares for animal health on a daily basis and conducts intakes and adoption, as well as several contract veterinarians who also look after animal health issues as well as performing spay-neuter surgeries in our discount clinic.