Sunday, March 15, 2009

Compassionate Animal Relief Effort, Inc. (C.A.R.E.)

C.A.R.E. is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization. Contributions directly benefit the animals and are tax deductible.

Pet Adoptions
Foster pets are made available for adoption at area veterinarian clinics and pet stores. Also look on our Petfinder and Facebook sites. Sam Sez also posts pictures of our available animals.

Humane Education
Our volunteers are out in the community on most weekends promoting responsible pet ownership practices, enlightening people to the reality of homeless animals, encouraging the spaying/neutering of all cats and dogs, and presenting foster animals for adoption at area veterinarian offices, pet centers, and special events.

Our all-volunteer group began as a food bank for homeless animals. For twelve years, we worked under the umbrella of a city shelter. This work contributed to the welfare of small animals in a number of significant ways: under writing facility improvements; offering low and no cost spay/neuter certifications and food supplies; and promoting humane education within the community.

In July 1995, our group was officially incorporated as Compassionate Animal Relief Effort, Inc. The focus of our effort is on the promotion of spay/neutering, as each year millions of cats and dogs are needlessly euthanized because of overpopulation. Additionally, we do limited rehabilitation of stray dogs and cats for adoption through our foster care program.

Spay/Neuter Program
Our organization offers low cost spay/neuter assistance for those who cannot afford this procedure. We also provide spay/neuter assistance for those caring for feral colonies. Over the years, the group has developed relationships with a large number of area veterinarians to provide safe procedures for animals in need of this service. To date, more than 7,500 pet owners have received assistance through our program.

Foster Care Program
A significant portion of our work is devoted to the rescue and fostering of stray cats and dogs. Foster animals are cared for by volunteers in their homes until permanent placements can be made. One notable effort took place in 1993: volunteers joined forces in the rescue, medical rehabilitation, and placement of 85 cats and kittens from one city residence. In past years, volunteers have performed the same services at other sites, one involving 29 cats and another 70 cats.

Our Goal
Each year the animal shelters in the city of Philadelphia euthanize thousands of healthy, adoptable animals simply because there are not enough homes for them. This problem is solvable; we already know the answer - Spay & Neuter - especially strays. The success of our program depends on us and you. We need your financial support to continue our work.

Please help us make Philadelphia a city where every animal has a home and "euthanasia" is only a word found in the dictionary.

Please care about these animals. We do.

P.O. Box 2527
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 462-1889