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10/30/2014 10:48 AM


  Community Animal Rescue Effort (CARE)

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Mission Statement:

C.A.R.E. is a non-profit, all volunteer group based in Columbus, IN working to promote animal welfare through community awareness, education and responsible pet adoptions. We promote spaying and neutering as the way to relieve the number of animals entering our local shelters.. We work with the Columbus Animal Care Services, helping them to increase the number of adoptions.

 We want people to know that what we do helps not only the animals but the people who care about them.  Our latest story -  CARE was contacted by a lady who was entering the hospital for major surgery.  She had 5 dogs and found homes for 2 and needed help with 3 of them.  She knew she would be going into a nursing home to recover from surgery.  CARE volunteers responded and took the 3 dogs before she went for surgery.  She was very grateful that her pets were in good hands.  Her family called to tell us she died 2 days later and again expressed their gratitude for helping them in a time that they needed our help.  Two of the dogs have been adopted and one is in a foster home waiting for her forever home. We are people helping people who love animals.

As most of you know, CARE has no buildings.  We are all volunteers that donate time, our homes and money.  The money all goes toward caring for the animals until the day they are adopted.   We want people to know that the money donated to CARE does go to the animals- vet expenses (all animals receive the vet care they need- teeth cleaning and extractions, broken limb repair, respiratory problems, parasite issues, fleas, heartworm treatment, etc), food, litter, ads to promote adoptions, kennels and crates.........

 We are applying for grants to help cover the expenses of some of our programs such as Kind News that is in Bartholomew Co School Corporations 2nd, 4th and 6th grade classrooms, TNR (trap/neuter/release) for feral cats to help lower the number of births in the wild cat populations, Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program we hold 2 clinics a month (with the help and support of Columbus Animal Control) to make the spaying and neutering of pets as inexpensive as possible.

Our mission to help the animals in our area is based on the money we have to work with.

As always---Thank you for CAREing! 

Is Spaying /Neutering Really A Big Deal?

Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are put to death in U.S. shelters each year. According to The Humane Society of The United States, the number of homeless animals varies by state—in some states there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals euthanized annually in animal shelters.   Thousands were euthanized last year in Indiana.  These are not the offspring of homeless "street" animals—these are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and purebreds. Spaying/neutering is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring every pet has a chance to live with a family that loves them.  In 2010, 779 cats and dogs were spayed or neutered via the petsalive clinic due to a partnership between C.A.R.E. and Columbus Animal Control.  This number does not include the many C.A.R.E. and City Animal Shelter animals spayed and neutered by our local veterinarians.  Collaboration works! 

Is it easy to spay / neuter in the Columbus area?

 Why Should I Care?

Spaying or neutering a pet is an important topic for all of us.  We all need to understand the impact of this decision.   Large numbers of abandoned pets means a high cost to taxpayers and non-profit donors to gather, evaluate, provide treatment, and house or euthanize animals.  Abandoned, unvaccinated animals also provide a health risk to our community.

What Can I Do?

Millions of pet deaths across the United States each year are a needless tragedy.  By spaying and neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution. Contact your veterinarian or C.A.R.E. (Community Animal Rescue Effort) today to make an appointment to spay or neuter your pet.  Be sure to let your family and friends know they should do the same.  To further help stop pet overpopulation, consider giving an abandoned pet a forever home.  Volunteer your time or donate funds to facilitate humane treatment of abandoned animals.  Through collaboration, we can all make a difference! 

Information compiled by Melissa Fairbanks, a local animal welfare advocate, from materials provided by C.A.R.E. (Community Animal Rescue Effort), The Humane Society of The United States, and petsalive nonprofit spay / neuter vaccination clinic in Bloomington, Indiana.

















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