About Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals
CARE's mission is to conduct animal rescue by providing medical care to 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's 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, and you can view the available pets for adoption and submit your Online Adoption Application. To date, CARE's rescue/adoption effort has saved 3,850 animals (as of November 10, 2016)---once homeless or unwanted, these pets have now been 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, the Department, the dogs, and the inmates! Bottom-line: the number of adoptable pets that CARE can accept into its rescue/adoption program 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 over 11,000 pets! CARE's "Paws In the Clinic" offers low-cost sterilization surgery for cats and dogs who are owned by qualifying low-income families. For people who do not qualify for the clinic, vouchers are available for use in obtaining discounted spay/neuter services at designated veterinary clinics across the state.
CARE relies heavily upon volunteer assistance to operate. Volunteer support is essential to accomplishing CARE's mission. Many different volunteer jobs are available including fostering, caseworking, showing, 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; Dr. Chloe Charlton; 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.