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C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue

1328 West Sunshine St
Springfield, MO 65807

Our Mission

Castaway Animals Rescue Effort, otherwise known as C.A.R.E., is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals. Established in 1992, C.A.R.E. has saved over 25,000 lives and we are still counting. From our humble grassroots beginnings, we have grown into southwest Missouri's largest no-kill shelter. Operations are still overseen by founder and director, Melissa Sartin. Her compassion for all living creatures drives the organization forward.

Looking for a way to donate from the convenience of your phone or computer? C.A.R.E. has a wish list on amazon, and all donations are shipped directly to our store! All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated, we rely solely on donations to save lives! Check it out!

We rely entirely on the public's kindness and donations to care for our animals. We are not city or state funded. All monetary donations accepted. All donations are tax deductible.

Items needed on a daily basis: premium dry food, cat litter-clay type-not the sand type, collars (any size), hoof treats, long paper shreds, newspaper, bleach, laundry soap, towels, air freshener spray, postage stamps, latex exam gloves, stainless steel food bowls, Thrift Store items, volunteers.

Interested in volunteering? Email us at

Adoption Policy

All animals are spayed / neutered before they are available for adoption. This helps reduce pet overpopulation in the Ozarks - the highest in the country.

Each animal is current on vaccinations. Both dogs and cats must receive three total sets of vaccinations to prevent deadly animal diseases. All animals at C.A.R.E. are kept current on their vaccinations while in our care (All animals are vaccinated for Bordetella or "kennel cough", DA2PPV, CVK-puppies, DA2PPV, Lepto-adult dogs, FVRCP-C-kittens & adult cats). Dogs and cats above the age of 12 weeks old also receive their rabies shots and are sent home with a rabies certificate, collar, & rabies tag.  If a puppy or kitten is adopted before they have received the total three vaccinations, it is the responsibility of the adopter to provide them.     

Each animal has been dewormed and treated for fleas. Worms are parasites that can cause serious damage to your pet. C.A.R.E. deworms all of the animals in our

  • day hours
    Monday By Appointment
    Tuesday By Appointment
    Wednesday By Appointment
    Thursday 10AM - 4PM
    Friday 10AM - 4PM
    Saturday 10AM - 4PM
    Sunday By Appointment
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