WHAT IS C.A.R.E.?

Since 1987, Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) has been promoting adoptions and care for dogs and cats. The all-volunteer, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization has expanded to serve Chicago’s North Shore communities by supporting positive relationships between people and companion animals. C.A.R.E. places companion pets into forever homes, and serves as an educational and counseling resource.


How can I donate to C.A.R.E?

Please look at our How to Donate Page (CAREnorthshore.org/how-to-donate) for links to different ways to donate. We accept online donations through networkforgood.org, a secure, non-profit donation processing system. You can donate by mail by sending checks made out to Community Animal Rescue Effort, P.O. Box 691 Skokie, IL 60077. Please use this form to make your donation through the mail.. Check out our Wish List at CAREnorthshore.org/wishlist. We also have an Amazon Wish List on Amazon.com.

 


Can I volunteer with C.A.R.E? What do volunteers do?

Volunteers are the heart & soul of C.A.R.E. Volunteers provide our full range of services, including animal care, fostering animals, conducting adoptions, providing education, and participating in community outreach and fundraising events.  We have volunteer positions at our Adoption Center, including roles that directly involve animal care and those that don’t. There's something for everyone.

For information on current opportunities, please check our Volunteering page.


How can I adopt from C.A.R.E.? HOW DO I MEET ANIMALS FOR ADOPTION?

C.A.R.E. strives to make successful adoptions that are ideal for both the pet and the adopter. Because animals in our care are constantly changing, the best way to find out about available animals is to work with an Adoption Counselor. You can fill out a questionnaire online ahead of time, or come in to the Adoption Center. An adoption counselor will work with you to find your perfect match.

Follow this link to read more about our adoption process. Follow these links to see some of our Cats for Adoption or Dogs for Adoption.


WHERE DOES C.A.R.E. GET ITS CATS & DOGS?

C.A.R.E. primarily acquires its animals from Chicago Animal Care & Control.  We sometimes accept animals from Hoopeston Animal Shelter in central Illinois. We even took in some ‘Hurricane Harvey’ cats from Texas!


DOES C.A.R.E. ACCEPT ANIMALS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY?

Owner relinquished animals are taken in by appointment and as space allows.  We try to offer support to people who may need to rehome their pets by offering behavior advice or food in an effort to help the pets stay in their home. If we are unable to take in pets, we can suggest other rescues or advise on how best to find a new home on their own without having to bring their pet into a shelter.  

If your pet was adopted from C.A.R.E.:

C.A.R.E. will always take back any animal we adopted out should the adopter no longer be able to care for it. If you are no longer able to care for the dog or cat you adopted from C.A.R.E. — please contact C.A.R.E. We will welcome the pet back and will continue to care for it as before. Please call us at 847–705–2653; identify yourself as a past adopter so we can help you immediately. 

Other Resources:

For more resources, please follow this link to other Chicago Area Animal Shelters. Chicago Animal Care and Control is the only open-admission shelter in the area that will take in any animal immediately.


IS C.A.R.E. A NO-KILL ORGANIZATION? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Yes, C.A.R.E. operates as a no-kill facility. This means no animal would ever be euthanized to make space for incoming cats or dogs, or because the animal has been with us for a long time.


WHAT IS C.A.R.E.’S OPERATING BUDGET?

Well, we can't say for sure as far as building expenses (ask us again in a year), but we think including animal care, we'll run in the $150,000 to $200,000 range.


How can I find low cost veterinary care?

C.A.R.E. does not provide veterinary care for non-C.A.R.E. animals. However, there are great resources in the Chicago area for low cost and affordable Spay/Neuter and Vaccinations. Follow this link to our Directory of Low Cost Spay/Neuter information or Financial Resources for Pet Owners.


I have found injured or abandoned wildlife, what should I do?

C.A.R.E. does not have a license to work with wildlife, so we do not accept wild animals. Please refer to this page for basic information.

To find a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area, click here

If you need the services of a wildlife rehabilitator in the Chicago area, visit Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation at 847-842-8000 or Willowbrook Wildlife Center at 630-942-6200.


How is C.A.R.E. licensed?

C.A.R.E. is licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture (License 14383).


How to contact C.A.R.E.

Call us at 847-705-2653 or email us at CARE@CAREnorthshore.org.  You can also reach us through our Facebook page.