C.A.R.E. has a Guidestar Silver rating for transparency

C.A.R.E. has a Guidestar Silver rating for transparency


C.A.R.E.™ is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization with no paid positions.

All donations to C.A.R.E. are tax deductible. C.A.R.E. relies on charitable contributions to finance operating costs, including veterinary bills and medications, as well as to finance longer-term capital costs and projects.

Donors are listed in PawPrints, our newsletter.

Online Donations

We accept online donations through networkforgood.org. Your personal and financial info are safe through this non-profit donation processing system.

Mail Donations

Please use this form to make your donation through the mail.

Please send donations to:
Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.)
P.O. Box 691
Skokie, IL 60077

Please make checks payable to C.A.R.E. or Community Animal Rescue Effort.  If you would like to make an In Memory or In Honor of donation, please use this form to provide the information and the address of the household where we can send an acknowledgment of your donation. We will send a hand-written note.


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.  


For a donation of $250, a two-inch pet tag with your inscription will be placed on permanent display in the lobby of C.A.R.E.’s Adoption Center. A pet tag is a great way to honor a beloved friend, relative or pet.


C.A.R.E. Wishlist

There are many items that we currently need for our adoptable dogs and cats, puppies and kittens. Click here for our current wishlist.


Our pets love Kuranda beds! Donate a dog bed, cat bed or cat tower to C.A.R.E. and it will be shipped to us. Click here to donate Kuranda items.


Donate to the Pet Food Pantry

C.A.R.E. has partnered with the Irving Park Food Pantry since 2011 to supply pet food and supplies for cats and dogs, but also for smaller pets such as birds, ferrets, hamsters, etc.This program ensures that animals are not entering shelters because of financial reasons. We are helping families keep their beloved pets, which is good for the families, the animals AND the community. Each week, we help anywhere from 50 to 80 pet owners.

Click here for information about donating supplies to the Pet Food Pantry.

DONATE YOUR CAR (or other vehicle)

Donate your car to C.A.R.E. to help support our mission. Our donation partner will accept any vehicle (running or not) and will facilitate easy pickup and a tax receipt. C.A.R.E. receives the majority of the sale value as a donation. Follow this link to start the process:


Make a Bequest

Bequests to C.A.R.E. may result in tax savings for your estate. Most importantly, your bequests will help us to protect future generations of lost and abandoned animals.

Download files of the appropriate procedures for making a bequest to Community Animal Rescue Effort. C.A.R.E. is an Illinois not-for-profit, charitable organization which qualifies for exemption from federal tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Bequest Information (PDF)

Shop for C.A.R.E.

When you shop online through online retailers (including Amazon), we earn a percentage at no extra cost to you! Or sign up for the Action for Animals MasterCard that gives 1% to C.A.R.E. Click here for our shopping links.