C.A.R.E. To Host Indoor Yard Sale & Open House

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Janice Cha
C.A.R.E. Publicity Director
janice@carenorthshore.org

On Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11 am to 3 pm, C.A.R.E. will host an Indoor Yard Sale & Open House at our Adoption Center in Skokie. 

February 7, 2019 / Skokie, Ill. – Be it rain or snow (or blue skies), Community Animal Rescue Effort will host its first Indoor Yard Sale & Open House on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11 am to 3 pm at the Adoption Center, 4927 Main Street, Skokie, Ill. 

The Indoor Yard Sale will feature some amazing finds, including pet-related items such as dog beds, crates, carriers, heated beds for pets, cat accessories, designer bowls, and also household goods. The collection will include both new and gently used items. 

During the Open House, visitors can tour C.A.R.E. Adoption Center (opened last August),and  take selfies in front of the fabulous 55-foot mural hand-painted by The Bird Machine artist Jay Ryan in our Community Room. Best of all, adoptable cats and dogs will be ready to step up as your new Valentine. 

All money raised at the Indoor Yard Sale goes toward caring for and re-homing C.A.R.E. dogs and cats. 

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

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Janice Cha
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Community Animal Rescue Effort is Selected for Innovative Training Program to Increase Cat Adoptions

JANUARY 2019 / SKOKIE, IL — Community Animal Rescue Effort, Skokie, Ill., has been selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, 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.”

Jackson Galaxy, star of the television show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet, developed Cat Pawsitive with a team of feline behavior experts. Program highlights include:

  • Maintaining cat “adoptability” and feline social skills by enriching shelter cats’ day-to-day lives

  • Increasing adoptions

  • Decreasing length of stay at shelter

  • Engaging and empowering shelter volunteers and staff

  • Showing potential adopters that cats are cool and can even be trained!

Cat Pawsitive focuses on fun, positive reinforcement-based training sessions that go beyond playtime-as-usual to help cats connect more quickly with potential adopters. From teaching high fives and head bumps to “sit” and “come when called,” caregivers at Cat Pawsitive participating organizations engage with cats in a brand new way to really help cats to “click” with adopters.

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“The genesis of Cat Pawsitive stemmed from the simple desire to duplicate the ‘AHA!’ moment I had in the early stages of my life with cats as a shelter worker,” Galaxy said. “By utilizing training concepts that were, to that point, only used for the dogs, not only were the cats stimulated, motivated and energized, but so was I. That, along with the most important result of lives being saved, was the win-win I envisioned passing on to as many cats, shelters, and rescues as I possibly could. Today I am filled with an indescribable mix of joy and anticipation as we enter the Spring 2019 semester of The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive program.”

“Any enrichment that can either increase a shy cat's confidence or engage a confident cat’s attention is a wonderful thing. This is also a fun way to get other volunteers even more invested in our cats' wellbeing,” says Diane Moe, the cat volunteer and adoption counselor heading up the Cat Pawsitive program for C.A.R.E. ”We are grateful to the Petco Foundation and to Halo for making this all possible—and of course to Jackson Galaxy.”

ABOUT C.A.R.E.

Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) is a Skokie-based, volunteer-operated, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization founded in 1987. C.A.R.E.’s mission is to rehome companion pets into safe forever homes; to serve as an educational and counseling resource; and to work to reduce pet overpopulation. C.A.R.E. operates an Adoption Center at 4927 Main St., Skokie, Illinois. Carenorthshore.org

ABOUT THE JACKSON GALAXY PROJECT
The Jackson Galaxy Project, founded in 2014, is a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Project is the realization of Jackson’s long-standing dream of improving the lives of animals at risk and helping the people who care for them.

ABOUT GREATERGOOD.ORG
GreaterGood.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Over the last 11 years, GreaterGood.org has given over $175 million in cash and in-kind grants to over 3,000 charitable partners worldwide.

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

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A grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has helped C.A.R.E. save money on water heating bills in order to help more dogs and cats find forever homes.

JANUARY 2019 / SKOKIE, IL – A solar panel array on the roof of Community Animal Rescue Effort’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.

The solar system produces about 200 gals. of hot water per day or 80,000 gals. per year, reducing the demand for natural gas and saving money for the all-volunteer run organization.

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Hot water and constant cleaning are an essential part of animal rescue. C.A.R.E. Adoption Center volunteers rely on ample hot water for daily loads of laundry, for bathing dogs, and for cleaning dog kennels, cat areas, and floors throughout the 10,000 sq. ft. building. To further save on water and heating bills, C.A.R.E. invested in high-efficiency front-loading washing machines, which handle eight to 10 loads of dog and cat bedding and towels each day.

“The sun provides free heating power, so why burn fossil fuels when sunshine can do the job?” says C.A.R.E. Past-President Linda Gelb, who oversaw planning and construction of the Adoption Center. ”C.A.R.E. is an all-volunteer organization with roots deep in our community. We are conscientious of our perception by the public and work hard to set a good example.”

The Nitty-Gritty Solar Details

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The Adoption Center’s solar hot water system consists of six flat plate solar collectors mounted on the south-facing roof above the kennel. The panels are connected by tubing to two large hot water tanks in the mechanical room below. Glycol fluid is circulated through tubes in the solar collectors where it is warmed by the sun. The solar-heated glycol travels down to our mechanical room into one side of a heat exchanger. A pump circulates cold water on the other side of that heat exchanger, so that heat from the glycol transfers to the water with each pass. The cooled glycol is pumped back up to the panels to be reheated, and the now-hot water is stored in two 119-gal. storage tanks.

Any time a hot water tap is opened, it comes from the solar-heated water tanks. In the event that the solar system cannot keep up with demand for hot water, C.A.R.E. can supplement with a gas-fired 50-gal. energy-efficient hot water heater. The system is designed to be fully automatic, and requires minimal maintenance outside of a yearly check-up.

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. C.A.R.E.’s Adoption Center, opened in August 2018, is located at 4927 Main St., Skokie, IL. CAREnorthshore.org 

C.A.R.E. To Debut Pet Food Pantry

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

The C.A.R.E. Adoption Center in Skokie will launch a twice-monthly Pet Food Pantry to provide food aid for area dog & cat owners in need.

JANUARY 2019 / Skokie, Ill. – In a move to support area pet-owning families in need, including furloughed government employees, Community Animal Rescue Effort will launch a Pet Food Pantry.

The C.A.R.E. Pet Food Pantry will debut Friday, Jan. 18, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the C.A.R.E. Adoption Center, at 4927 Main Street, Skokie. Subsequent Pet Food Pantry hours will run on the first and third Fridays of each month. always from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 

The C.A.R.E. Pet Food Pantry’s goal is to provide emergency food support for cats and dogs of residents of Skokie and surrounding communities. Program participants will receive dog and/or cat food that has been donated by area pet supply businesses. In addition to food, the C.A.R.E. Pet Food Pantry may also offer various pet supplies (leashes, bowls, toys, etc.) as available. 

“We want to help families keep pets in their homes rather than giving them up to a rescue group,” says Angela Love, the C.A.R.E. Kennel Director and a longtime volunteer at the Irving Park Food Pantry. 

C.A.R.E. Pet Food Pantry guidelines are as follows: 

  • C.A.R.E. will provide food assistance (one time per client per month) to pet owners. 

  • Pet owners must provide a document proving their pets have been spayed or neutered (veterinary record or adoption paperwork). If a pet cannot be spayed or neutered due to a medical issue, we ask clients to provide a letter from their vet on the animal hospital’s stationery.

  • Only one person per household may apply for assistance. An ID will be needed at time of application.

  • C.A.R.E. asks that clients agree to treat their pets humanely and provide medical assistance as needed.

  • ·We ask that clients refrain from adopting additional pets while involved in the C.A.R.E. program.

  • The amount of food clients receive will depend on the number and size of their pets.Since our food comes from donated sources, C.A.R.E. cannot guarantee availability of particular brands.

  • C.A.R.E. does not provide shelter or medical assistance, but can provide clients with a list of low-cost spay and neuter clinics.

To apply for pet food assistance, please visit carenorthshore.org to fill out the application online. Clients can also fill out the application when they arrive at the Adoption Center. 

Here’s how people can support the C.A.R.E. Pet Food Pantry:

  • C.A.R.E. welcomes donations from our Amazon.com wishlist

  • C.A.R.E. accepts donated dog and especially cat food in its original sealed packaging (both dry and canned), with its “use by” date within 6 months of when you drop it off.

  • Also welcome: donations of cat litter, dog and cat treats, new or gently used stainless steel bowls, collars, leashes, and or dog and cat toys.

  • If you are interested in organizing a pet food drive at your school, house of worship or place of employment, C.A.R.E. will volunteer to help with distribution or pet food pick up.

Pet food donations can be dropped off at the C.A.R.E. Adoption Center, 4927 Main St., Skokie, on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm in the bright orange Subaru donation box near the reception desk. 

ABOUT C.A.R.E.: Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) is a Skokie-based, volunteer-operated, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization founded in 1987. C.A.R.E.’s  mission is to rehome companion pets into safe forever homes; to serve as an educational and counseling resource; and to work to reduce pet overpopulation. C.A.R.E. operates an Adoption Center at 4927 Main St., Skokie, Illinois.

Pet Tag Project Fundraiser

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C.A.R.E.’s New Pet Tag Project Adds Art & Shimmer to Adoption Center Entrance—And Helps Animals

At C.A.R.E.’s Adoption Center, an installation of silvery Pet Tags in the building’s foyer offers people a way to honor special friends, family and pets.

September 2018/ SKOKIE, IL – Community Animal Rescue Effort’s newly opened Adoption Center has added a dramatic art installation that doubles as a way of financially supporting the organization’s animal rescue work. The installation, created by C.A.R.E. volunteer Karey Uhler, consists of an array of engravable discs, or Pet Tags. The silvery two-inch tags are securely attached to hooks and mounted in a grid on a matte-black wall. Every time the Adoption Center doors open, air movement causes the array to move and catch the light.

Karey’s inspiration behind the piece came during a tour she took at the San Francisco SPCA. While the inside of the animal rescue facility was bright and cheery, “a detail on the outside of the building caught my eye,” Karey recalls. “Up high, a large wall of red pet tags was reflecting the light of the setting sun.”

When Karey began thinking of a similar wall for C.A.R.E., she used her San Francisco experience as a launching point. “Normally pet tags are a way for lost pets to safely find their way home,” Karey adds. “I love the significance of this wall for C.A.R.E.’s lobby because the pets inside our Adoption Center are seeking their forever homes. At the same time, the wall serves as a way for supporters to be recognized in our new space.”

“I like to think that the tags will offer a glimmer of hope and one day all pets will have tags that will lead them back to loving homes,” Karey says.

Engraved C.A.R.E. Pet Tags serve as a unique way to honor special people or animals. Businesses can use tags to show their support of animal rescue. And with the holidays drawing ever nearer, Pet Tags make the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person.

A donation of $250 is all it takes for your inscribed Pet Tag to be placed on permanent display at C.A.R.E.’s Adoption Center. To order, download an order form from our website, CAREnorthshore.org/pet-tags, fill it out and send in. You can also place an order online at the same site.

Funds raised by the Pet Tag Project go toward care of the rescued cats and dogs under C.A.R.E.’s charge.

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. C.A.R.E.’s Adoption Center, opened in August 2018, is located at 4927 Main St., Skokie, IL. CAREnorthshore.org

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C.A.R.E. To Host Multi-Family Yard Sale To Benefit Cats & Dogs

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C.A.R.E.’s highly anticipated Yard Sale will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 am to 3 pm, at 1530 Seward, Evanston. All proceeds will benefit C.A.R.E. animals.

August 30, 2018/ SKOKIE, IL – Calling all treasure hunters! The tireless volunteers of Community Animal Rescue Effort will be hosting the organization’s highly anticipated Giant Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1530 Seward, Evanston.

C.A.R.E.’s Giant Yard Sale will feature household items, kitchen accessories, animal and pet-related products, and much, much more. And C.A.R.E.’s solemn promise: “no junque!”

Mark your calendar for C.A.R.E.’s Giant Yard Sale on Sept. 15 so you can discover treasures new and gently used. One day only, rain or shine.

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. C.A.R.E.’s Adoption Center, opened in August 2018, is located at 4927 Main St., Skokie, IL. CAREnorthshore.org

 

 

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

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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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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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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.