You Can Help
Who are we?
CAReS is a local not for profit society and federally registered charity that exists to promote compassionate care and prevention of cruelty and neglect to animals.
In addition to adopting or fostering a shelter pet, animal lovers can help shelters and rescued dogs and cats by becoming a volunteer, donating time, money or supplies and just by spreading the word.
We need volunteers to do everything from feeding, caring for and keeping rescue animals company, to assisting at adoption events, stuffing envelopes for mailings, or spearheading a fundraiser.
As a volunteer, you can get an opportunity to give needy animals much needed love and attention. Cats will need their cages and litter boxes cleaned, and many will also appreciate a good cuddle or quality playtime. Dog walking is a great way to give shelter dogs the exercise they need, since many are confined to cages. Walking also gives dogs a opportunity for socialization and to learn the on-lease skills they’ll need in their new lives. If walking is not for you, you can volunteer as a driver. Rescued animals often need to be shuttled between shelters, or to and from the vet.
In most cases, you will need to fill out application forms to be a shelter volunteer. We require you to sign a liability-release agreement; some require you to attend volunteer orientation classes before you work with them. For more information and details, contact us to volunteer now.
MAKE A DONATION
Making a financial donation help cover working and facilities costs, plus the costs of food and medical care. Beyond making a fiscal donation, we are in desperate need of supplies as well. Pet collars, beds, bowls and toys in good condition make good donations. Blankets, towels, and sheets are always appreciated; donated bedding helps create a more home-like environment for rescued pets and provides needed comfort to animals who are often frightened by their new surroundings. If you’re a sewer or knitter, consider creating comforters especially for shelter pets. Dogs and cats make “nests” out of small, handmade blankets, which eases stress while in shelters. You can use the donation application to the right and thank you.
SPREAD THE WORD
Animal lovers can help the cause by telling other animal lovers about the value of shelter adoption. Many people are unaware that there are healthy dogs and cats available for adoption that can be longtime, loving and happy companions, or that there are pure breed rescue programs for those interested in a specific breed. If you know anyone considering getting a new pet, let them know how they can help a needy animal. You’ll be doing a good deed for a shelter pets and for their future owners.
Find out who we are and what we do
We help pets by:
Increasing awareness of humane treatment of animals and promoting spay/neuter programs to reduce overpopulation;
Providing humane care and medical treatment to stray animals;
Providing a clean, warm bed and a full tummy to any homeless or unwanted animals;
Inspiring awareness and compassion for all living things; and
Finding loving and responsible homes for animals at the shelter.
TNR Program – Trap Neuter Return for Feral Cats
CAReS in association with the Claresholm Veterenary Services funds a TNR program to help control the feral cat populations. People who find there are a large number of feral cats in their area can submit their location for consideration in the program. We trap the cats spay/neuter then and then return them to the area from which they were taken. We return them to the same area to ensure that new cats do not move into the area.