C.A.R.E. To Open Doors of New Adoption Center in Skokie with a Community Grand Opening

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Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™ )
Janice Cha
C.A.R.E. Publicity Director
janice@carenorthshore.org

C.A.R.E.’s new Adoption Center opens to the public on Saturday, August 4, with a ribbon-cutting at noon, followed by building tours, snacks, photos with our mascot, and more. 

July 2018/ SKOKIE, IL – Community Animal Rescue Effort, an all-volunteer run organization for more than 30 years, is pleased to announced the opening of its new Adoption Center in Skokie at 4927 Main Street, Skokie, Ill.

C.A.R.E.’s official Community Grand Opening  will take place on Saturday, August 4, from 12 pm to 3 pm. The event will start with a ribbon-cutting at noon, followed by building tours, opportunities to learn about volunteering, face-painting for kids, refreshments, and more.

The brick building, on the corner of Main Street and Niles Center Road, is more than 100 years old. In its new life as an animal rescue facility, C.A.R.E. will be able to host up to 30 cats and 20 dogs.

Highlights of the building include:

  • spacious cat enclosures, designed for group living, called ‘catios’
  • a ‘real life’ room for dogs or cats to spend time in during office hours
  • three adoption rooms, where potential adopters can meet future pets
  • two shaded, enclosed dog runs, ideal for dog play time and bad weather
  • a canine training space
  • community room that will be used for events, outreach and as a gathering space
  • a nearly 60-foot-long mural of frolicking cats and dogs by local artist Jay Ryan, owner of The Bird Machine print shop in Skokie 
  • a wellness room
  • hot water system boosted by solar panels

C.A.R.E. looks forward to welcome everyone to our new Adoption Center on Saturday, August 4, at noon.

ABOUT C.A.R.E. --- Community Animal Rescue Effort is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization founded in 1987. C.A.R.E.’s mission is to place companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; and serve as an educational and counseling resource.   CAREnorthshore.org     #  #  #

 

 

C.A.R.E. PLANS VOLUNTEER FAIR

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Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™ )
Janice Cha
C.A.R.E. Publicity Director
janice@carenorthshore.org

Visit C.A.R.E.’s Adoption Center at 4927 Main St., Skokie, on Sunday, July 22, from 11 am to 2 pm, to learn about volunteer opportunities with dogs, cats and more.

Calling all pet-loving people who want to give back! C.A.R.E.’s beautiful new Adoption Center is opening soon in Skokie. The C.A.R.E. Volunteer Fair, slated for Sunday, July 22, from 11 am to 2 pm, at 4927 Main St., Skokie, will be your chance to visit the shelter and see how you can play a role.

C.A.R.E. is recruiting dedicated, reliable volunteers to feed, clean and socialize C.A.R.E. cats and dogs. We are also seeking people for general support roles – greeting, counseling, gardening, fundraising, event planning, publicity and more. Young animal-lovers aged 12-15 are welcome to volunteer with a parent. People age 16 and over can volunteer on their own. Fill out an application online at CAREnorthshore.org/volunteer-application. Please note that C.A.R.E. is 100% volunteer-operated.

C.A.R.E. Volunteer Opportunities

Available weekly shifts include dog care, cat care, front desk, adoption counseling, and landscaping & building upkeep.

Dog Care: Assist with caring for, exercising and socializing our resident C.A.R.E. dogs. The fun work includes feeding, walking dogs, and socializing them by playing, training or grooming them. The dirty work includes cleaning kennels, laundry, washing dishes, sweeping/mopping, and, yes, scooping poop. Training to become a dog care volunteer takes approximately three sessions. You will learn about dog body language, the proper way to enter and exit the kennels, how to move through the kennel, how to leash the dogs up, and so much more. Dog care volunteers commit to a three-hour shift once a week: 9 a.m.-noon or 6-9 p.m.

Cat Care: Assist with caring for and socializing resident C.A.R.E. cats. Socialize with resident cats by grooming, petting, loving, talking to them and play/exercise. You will also be feeding, cleaning cages and ‘catios’, cleaning litter boxes, laundry, washing dishes, sweeping and mopping. Cat care training generally takes two sessions of shadowing one of our experienced volunteers so you can learn how to care for our cats. Cat care volunteers commit to a three-hour shift once a week: 9 a.m.-noon or 6-9 p.m.

Welcome/Reception Desk Representatives: Volunteers working C.A.R.E.’s ‘front desk’ will provide general Adoption Center information, field questions, and show visitors around. Also: help with paperwork, filing and other administrative tasks as needed. Volunteers commit to a three-hour shift once a week. Several training sessions are needed.

Adoption Counselors: Adoption Counselors roles are to introduce potential adopters to our animals, answer calls about available animals, interview potential adopters, and assist with applications. Also: help with paperwork, filing and other administrative tasks as needed. Volunteers commit to a three-hour shift once a week. Several training sessions are needed.

Landscaping / Building Support: If you’re a handyman or love gardening, you can work on projects that enhance and maintain the C.A.R.E. Adoption Center both inside and outside. For more information, email news@carenorthshore.org and reference Landscaping/Building Volunteer.

ABOUT C.A.R.E. --- Community Animal Rescue Effort is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization founded in 1987. In June 2018, C.A.R.E. will be opening a 10,000 sq. ft. Adoption Center at 4927 Main St., Skokie. C.A.R.E.’s mission is to place companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; serve as an educational and counseling resource; and work to reduce pet overpopulation. CAREnorthshore.org # # #

C.A.R.E. INTRODUCES THE ‘PRECIOUS PAYS IT FORWARD’ PROJECT

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Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™ )
Janice Cha
C.A.R.E. Publicity Director
janice@carenorthshore.org

C.A.R.E. INTRODUCES THE ‘PRECIOUS PAYS IT FORWARD’ PROJECT

Community Animal Rescue Effort debuts a new way to help pets find forever homes through a ‘pay-it-forward’ fundraising program that covers adoption fees.

August 7, 2017 / SKOKIE, IL – The seed for C.A.R.E.’s recently debuted “Precious Pays It Forward” project was planted back in 1992 when a C.A.R.E. adopter named Andrew adopted an orange tabby named Zucchini. The cat was Andrew’s best friend for 19 years. When Zucchini was in his later years, Andrew made a donation to C.A.R.E. in honor of his companion to subsidize the adoptions of 10 difficult-to-place C.A.R.E. cats.

Fast-forward to 2016. A woman who had adopted one of the Zucchini Fund cats decided to also “pay it forward” by covering the adoption fee for a cat named Precious. And thus, the “Precious Pays it Forward” project began to sprout.

If there is a C.A.R.E. dog or cat a supporter loves but cannot adopt for whatever reason, the Precious Project, powered by online donation site GiveGab, allows them to make a tax-deductible donation toward that animal’s adoption fee.

“There are a lot of animals who get overlooked because of their size, age, or they are just not ‘right’ for a potential adopter’s home,” says Diane Moe, C.A.R.E. cat adoption counselor and the lead driver behind making the program a reality. “I see the Precious Project as a ‘feel good’ for people who cannot adopt a given cat or dog, but they’ve still ‘clicked’ with that animal and want to help it.”

Animals selected for the Precious Project are those who have been with C.A.R.E. for a longer-than-usual time. It could be their age, size or personality quirks that have made finding the perfect match more of a challenge. C.A.R.E.’s first Precious Project beneficiary is a tabby cat nicknamed Queen Agatha for her sometimes imperious ways.

Precious Project supporters can help an animal take an important step toward finding his or her forever family by helping offset its adoption fee. “And by bringing attention to our animals in a different way,” Moe adds, “we hope this campaign will catch the right person's attention—and heart.”

How to Sponsor: Supporters can make a one-time contribution on behalf of a specific C.A.R.E. cat or dog through C.A.R.E.’s GiveGab site. Here’s the link: gvgb.co/CAREnorthshore.

About C.A.R.E.

C.A.R.E. is a volunteer-operated, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization founded in 1987 in Evanston, Ill. C.A.R.E. rehomes companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; serves as an educational and counseling resource; and works to reduce pet overpopulation. Today C.A.R.E. has expanded its mission to serve the communities of the North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. C.A.R.E. plans to open an animal rescue facility in Skokie near the end of this year. CAREnorthshore.org

PHOTOS attached: C.A.R.E. Cat Queen Agatha serves as the first beneficiary of the Precious Pays It Forward project.