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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Support Your Local Shelter

I'm late for posting this. I missed the July 15th date, but our shelters need our help all the time, not on just one particular day.

The local shelter we support is C.A.R.E., Castaway Animal Rescue Effort.

C.A.R.E. is the brainchild of Melissa Sartin. She was dedicated to helping save animals lives for many years before she started and incorporated a non-profit animal rights organization in 1992.

She struggled for years working toward the goal of establishing a permanent No-Kill shelter facility and sanctuary. She purchased the land and a small building where the shelter stands. She and other volunteers dug trenches for water pipes, installed indoor and outdoor drains, put up chain link fencing, created dog walking trails and built out buildings.

C.A.R.E. now has a storefront adoption center and an attached thrift shop for fund raising.
C.A.R.E. does not accept animals from individuals. Instead they rescue dogs and cats from death row at various local kill style shelters. The animals can be seen at the adoption center or at one of the many adoption events the volunteers attend with adoptable animals.

In October the adoption center was broken into and $1000 was stolen. To a shelter that depends on donations to exist, that is an overwhelming loss. Last month some kids were seen on a surveillance tape breaking into a storage shed and stealing dog and cat food.

C.A.R.E has a wishlist, as do most shelters, of supplies they need. They also need volunteers for any number of tasks.

We'd love to hear about your favorite shelter.


  1. What a great post, and a truly lovely shelter. I really don't have a favorite local shelter, but I'm always happy to help any of them out!

  2. What a great shelter and a great story! We know that all have tremendous needs and we wish we had a bazillion dollars to help them ALL! Our favorite right now is Town of Mountainair Animal Shelter in Mountainair, NM that we found on our travels. They would love a shelter this nice!
    The Road Dogs

  3. I've met so many greats this year I can't pick a favorite. I thinks that's a good thing. :)

  4. What a wonderful shelter! Our shelter here in Arlington, Texas recently got a whole new facility too. Now it has a full time vet who does spay and neutering on all pets for adoption and there is a really nice dog exercise yard. It's only about a year or so old and we're really proud of it.


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