Note from the President – New Beginnings!
Reflecting on this past year, C.A.R.E. has turned the corner and started a new chapter. We have had our share of struggles and challenges, but we have always remained steadfast and never wavered in our mission to save animals and to find loving permanent homes for our foster dogs.
In February, we opened up our new adoption center in San Jose. Ironically, it is right around the corner from a previous location (at 1080 Saratoga Avenue #3 in San Jose). We have downsized, but also have welcomed and added a few new foster homes which has helped save a few more lives and give some of our foster dogs happy endings.
The C.A.R.E. website has also been given a facelift, our blog is now live and on our website, our Facebook page now has almost 1,000 fans, we’ve adopted 26 dogs to date this year, and our new eNewsletter is reaching you today.
I would also like to take this opportunity to give thanks to our donors, volunteers, trainers, veterinarians, and to those who come and visit us at our adoption center and events to share their stories.
I hope you will enjoy our new website, will comment on our blog, will like us on Facebook, and will share our stories. I also welcome you to come visit us in person at one of our Saturday pet fairs. I always appreciate you, our adopters, for your support and for adding a C.A.R.E. dog to your family!
Keep Calm and Wag On,
Sharon Clifford, C.A.R.E. President
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C.A.R.E. at Local Events
Every year C.A.R.E. attends several local events. In January, we were at the San Jose Pet Expo at the San Jose Fairgrounds and in September, we were at Bark in the Park at Williams Park in San Jose. These events give us the opportunity to talk about C.A.R.E. and meet new and old friends. Many people who have adopted from C.A.R.E. stop by our booth to say hello and tell stories about their dogs. Here are a few shots from the events we attended this year.
You can read memorial stories here: http://www.carepets.org/donate/memorials/.
How You Can Help C.A.R.E.
Our biggest need is for foster homes – the more foster homes we have, the more dogs we can save. If you’ve ever thought about doing fostering, please contact us. And even if you’re not sure and just want to commit to be a one-time foster parent, we’re happy to give you that experience. What many foster parents like about C.A.R.E. is that we let you pick the dog(s) you foster based on the size, breed, temperament that works for you! It’s a great experience, one we hope you’ll consider.
Our biggest expenses are related to vet expenses and rent for our adoption center. Our adoption fees cover some of these expenses, but we also look to our donors for their support. We sometimes knowingly or unknowingly take on dogs that are special needs dogs, and often this results in higher vet expenses. This year we took in ranch-born puppies, some of whom had worms and other minor issues – all of which were cured and these pups are now in great homes.
If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so directly on our donate or send a check to C.A.R.E., P.O. Box 111474, Campbell, CA 95011-1474. Keep in mind we’re a 501c3 non-profit, so donations are tax deductible.
C.A.R.E.’s mission is to find good, permanent homes for dogs that were abandoned, relinquished, or lost and never reclaimed. C.A.R.E. will provide temporary shelter, food, love, and medical care to these foster pets 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 pets. Our purpose is to educate the public on pet ownership and responsibility.