Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago's North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. 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. Read more about C.A.R.E. here.





Saturdays - 11 am to 3 pm - Cat and Dog Adoptions
Sundays** - 11 am to 3 pm -
Cat and Dog Adoptions
Tuesdays - 6 pm to 8 pm -
Cat Adoptions Only
Wednesdays - 6 pm to 8 pm -
Cat Adoptions Only
Thursdays - 6 pm to 8 pm -
Cat Adoptions Only

**The Adoption Center will be closed on Sunday April 14 and Sunday April 21**

Visits by appointment at other times available - fill out adoption questionnaire through the link below.

4927 Main St
Skokie, IL 60077


If you see a cat or dog on our website that you are interested in, please fill out our cat questionnaire or dog questionnaire and a C.A.R.E. adoption counselor will contact you to answer any of your questions and to set up a meet and greet with the pet.

For other questions, please see our FAQ.

C.A.R.E. News
C.A.R.E.’s Solar Hot Water System Saves Money & Helps Environment

A solar panel array on the roof of C.A.R.E.’s Adoption Center at 4927 Main Street, Skokie, may not be the most “adorable” part of the building (our cats and dogs wear that crown!). But those solar panels, purchased with the support of a generous grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and installed by Solar Service, Niles, Ill., are helping reduce C.A.R.E.’s utility bill considerably while preventing tons of carbon dioxide emissions from being released into the environment.

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C.A.R.E. Chosen for The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Life-Saving Cat Pawsitive Program

Community Animal Rescue Effort, Skokie, Ill., has been selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a Signature Program of, to participate in the Spring 2019 Semester of Cat Pawsitive. This life-saving initiative is designed to keep adoptable shelter cats mentally and physically active using positive-reinforcement training. Supported by the Petco Foundation and Halo pet food, the training program aims to increase feline adoption rates and maintain cat “mojo.”

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from hope to home capital campaign and C.A.R.E.'s NEW ADOPTION CENTER

C.A.R.E.'s new building at 4927 Main Street, Skokie, Ill., will enable the organization to expand its efforts to rescue and re-home dogs and cats.

Be part of this exciting opportunity to leave your mark on the North Shore’s newest animal rescue and adoption center.


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