About Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals
CARE's mission is to conduct animal rescue by providing medical care and placing animals facing impending euthanasia into foster and permanent homes, to increase awareness for the need to sterilize pets to reduce overpopulation, to establish a mobile spay/neuter clinic, and to work with and advise animal shelters in Central Arkansas on animal-welfare issues.
Created in 1998, CARE has grown from an initial group of four volunteers into an organization with three employees and hundreds of volunteers who devote thousands of hours to its rescue/adoption and spay/neuter efforts and to recruit the necessary financial support. CARE is a 501(c)(3) Arkansas nonprofit corporation and a charitable organization fully funded by donations. All donations are tax-deductible. CARE headquarters/gift shop is located at 5516 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Little Rock (in the Heights Business District).
CARE does not have a physical animal shelter, and operates out of our office in Little Rock's Heights neighborhood. We use this website as a virtual shelter so you can view the available pets for adoption and submit your Online Adoption Application. To date, the rescue/adoption effort has saved 3,300 animals (as of January 14, 2014) -- once homeless or unwanted, these pets are placed into loving homes. Also because we have no shelter, CARE relies upon volunteers to "foster" adoptable pets until permanent homes are found. In December, 2011, CARE found a way to expand its rescue/adoption effort by partnering with the Arkansas Department of Correction's Arkansas Paws In Prison program, which places adoptable CARE dogs temporarily into state prisons for housing, socialization, and training by professionally-supervised inmate trainers -- this remarkable program is a win-win for CARE and the Department, for the dogs and the inmates! Bottom-line: the number of adoptable pets that CARE can accept into its rescue/adoption effort at any time is determined by the number of available spaces for them, either in volunteer foster homes or the Paws in Prison program.
Our spay/neuter effort has helped approximately 10,000 pets! CARE's "Paws In the Clinic" offer low-cost sterilization surgery for cats and dogs who are owned by qualifying low-income families. For person who do not qualify for the clinic, vouchers are available for use in obtaining discounted spay/neuter services at designated veterinary clinics.
CARE relies heavily upon volunteer assistance to operate every day! Volunteer support is essential to accomplish CARE's mission. Many different volunteer jobs are available, including fostering, caseworking, showing, or transporting adoptable animals, staffing the CARE gift shop, assisting with office work, and planning/working each fundraising event.
CARE is governed by its volunteer Board of Directors: Jeremy Fleckenstein, President; Becky McCauley, Vice President; Jennifer L. Smith, Secretary; Harry Light, Treasurer; Mary L. Parker-Reed; Ron Maxwell; Liz Russell; Amy Turpen; Jessie Smith; Sandy Cordi; Virginia Boyd (Emeritus); and Ava M. Hicks (Emeritus). Operations are supervised by employees Ashley Younger, Executive Director; Samantha Helsel, Programs Coordinator; and Jessica Rogers, Volunteer Coordinator/Assistant.