C.A.R.E.’s mission is to find good, permanent homes for dogs that were abandoned, relinquished, or never reclaimed. C.A.R.E. provides temporary shelter, food, love, and medical care to these foster dogs and puppies until they are placed. In order to promote the reduction of pet overpopulation and euthanasia, C.A.R.E. spays or neuters all of its foster dogs. Our purpose is to educate the public on pet ownership and responsibility.

Who We Are

Founded in 1987, the Companion Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) is a nonprofit, all volunteer, animal rescue organization based in Santa Clara County. We accept owner-relinquished dogs as well as abandoned, abused, or otherwise-neglected puppies and dogs that would otherwise face uncertain futures working with Bay Area shelters. These once homeless animals are taken into our volunteer foster homes where they receive quality nutrition, medical attention, and lots of love and warmth until placed into quality, pre-screened, permanent homes through our adoption center in San Jose.

Because C.A.R.E. is a “no-kill” animal rescue organization, our animals (except in extreme cases) remain in foster care until adopted into quality, loving homes, regardless how long this may take. This long-term care can lead to further expenses over and above the animal’s initial medical expenses. All of our dogs and puppies are spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to adoption.

Since C.A.R.E. is a non-profit organization that does not receive local or federal funding, we depend on fundraisers along with support from our community and adoption fees to keep us operational. C.A.R.E. is committed not only to saving the lives of homeless animals but to public education. It is our belief that with knowledge about responsible pet guardianship (in all its forms), we can curb and eventually end, the suffering of neglected animals and the tragedy of pet overpopulation which last year alone resulted in over 13 million pets euthanized in our nation’s animal shelters.

How Our Process Works

When C.A.R.E. dogs are ready for adoption, our foster home volunteers bring them to our adoption center during specific adoption hours at 1080 Saratoga Ave #3 in San Jose. There they are viewed by the public and adopted into pre-screened, permanent homes. Because each foster home has learned a little about each dog or puppy in their care, they are responsible for interviewing prospective adopters, answering any questions they may have, and taking them through our adoption process.

As dogs or puppies are adopted to good, permanent homes, new ones come into our foster home program and the cycle repeats itself. Being a patient, avid animal lover is a must to become a C.A.R.E. foster home. Those who foster find it very rewarding. Each foster home remains available should new adopters have questions or concerns after bringing their new pet home. Because we believe in quality not quantity, C.A.R.E. extensively screens all potential adopters to ensure that each pet is perfectly matched into their new home.

C.A.R.E. Expenses 2016

graph- monthly expenses 2016
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