Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™) is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago's North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. 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.
To start the process of meeting our adoptable pets, please fill out an online questionnaire by using the Adoption Application link posted on this page.
As of March 2020, all adoptions and visits are by appointment only. If you see a cat or dog on our website that you are interested in, please fill out our cat adoption survey or dog adoption survey and a C.A.R.E. adoption counselor will contact you to answer any of your questions and to set up a meet and greet with the pet.
Be 18 years or older
Have valid ID with current address or ID & proof of current address
Live in the Chicagoland area
Participate in the adoption counseling process
Puppies (6 months and under): $350
Cats and kittens: $150
Two cats or kittens (bonded pair price): $200
Senior pets: $75 (dogs 7 and older, cats 10 and older)
An additional deposit for unneutered or unspayed animal is collected until proof of alteration can be provided.
Our fees include a full medical exam by a veterinarian. This includes a Feline Leukemia and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) test for cats, Rabies and Distemper Vaccines, deworming and Spay/Neuter. Dogs receive a Heartworm Check, Spay/Neuter, Rabies and Distemper Vaccines, Canine Flu Vaccine, deworming, and Kennel Cough preventative. Our modest adoption fees do not cover the procedures and vet work that we provide the animals. We fundraise to make up the difference. Any ongoing medical needs that C.A.R.E. is aware of are explained fully, (including daily medicine costs), to the potential adopter, and become the responsibility of the adopter.