I discovered CARE through their extended social media family and first volunteered for transport, of course moved onto fostering from there, and now I am the proud mom of a CARE dog. Sugarbaby and I actually just had our second anniversary! Without CARE's help she certainly would have been another 5 o'clock dog at the city shelter. Sometimes it takes a village, and between CARE, their vet, and their followers Sugarbaby healed and is now a loving sister to her two puppy brothers and a wonderful ambassador for other CARE dogs. They even featured her at their annual gala and told her story and shared her before and after photos to show everybody just how far she's come and just how important the work they do is to dogs who have no other options. We are forever grateful!
Review from Guidestar
I don't understand the negative reviews at the top of the site. I adopted a rescue dog from CARE and knew it was my responsibility to properly introduce that dog to our other dog as well as our cats. A dog takes all of its emotional cues from the one in "charge", so a foster may say they never had an issue with a dog because their attitude and emotional cues were different than the adopters. It ultimately falls to the adopter to train their dog, and as far as saying it's CARE's JOB? We should be grateful for organizations that are run by volunteers, because they are that. Volunteers who do the absolute best they can. A dog's life is expensive to save, and CARE is unfailingly meticulous in giving their dogs the absolute best medical care and ensuring they are microchipped and have a clean bill of health before adopting.
I knew my adoption fee went to cover those costs, and I was happy to pay it, and they were very upfront about those costs. In fact family members out of state have also adopted from CARE, and were always told about additional transport costs which must be added to the regular adoption fee.
I couldn't be more happy with the treatment I received, and the dog that is now part of our family. Thank you CARE, for all that you do, and all the volunteers of the organization.
I found a mixed lab on adopt-a-pet that I thought would be a good fit for my family. She happened to be in San Antonio, TX, which I initially did not realize. Since all I could find to adopt in Pittsburgh were mixed pit bulls, and I am a lab person, I decided to pay the high cost of having her shipped up to us (total cost with adoption $550). Before receiving this dog I REPEATEDLY asked them if she was good with cats and was told that she had no prey drive, but that they would test her. This happened several times. After she arrived I realized that she was not going to do well with my cat so I hired a trainer to see if this could be remedied. During this time the cat was living in my bedroom only. Well, after having the dog for three weeks the cat accidentally got out of the bedroom and the dog killed her. I feel that all I am receiving from Cressie is excuses about the situation and denial that they should know the temperament of the animal. This is their job. They are to test the dogs with other dogs, cats, and humans. They lied to me repeatedly about having tested her. Their excuse to me was that at the time there was no foster family that had cats to test her with. They told me they HAD tested her. I would never get a pet from Cressie Animal Refuge!
I had a bad experience fostering for them. CARE has charming sales persons but in my experience they showed little regard for the foster pets’ best interest. Although CARE appears to be a cool deal on the surface, after further examination, I didn’t see long term commitment to the pets. Luckily by virtue of the northern markets they advertise in many of them get good homes. Two stars for that. Their hearts are not in the same place as mine. It made me wary to foster for other groups but turns out most other groups are a lot more caring and committed to the pets. This group was not a good fit for me and what I expect from a nonprofit type group, I felt it was operated like a for profit business.
CARE is the WORST organization that I have ever worked with. As a foster I had the worst experience... This organization is just in it for the money! They charge $550.00 for an adoption fee and use fosters to take care of their pets and all the do is pocket the money. They are very unprofessional and extremely rude! If you are thinking about fostering/ adopting do it with another organization that is actually in it to help the animals and one that isn't in it for the money.
Cressie Animal Refuge and Enrichment, d.b.a. CARE, has saved hundreds of dogs this year alone! San Antonio is probably the worst place to be a stray dog as hundreds of dogs are euthanized monthly here. CARE saves dogs from euthanasia from the city shelter and places them in homes for foster and adoption. CARE founders and volunteers are committed to saving lives and making San Antonio a better place for those who cannot help or speak for themselves.
My involvement with CARE started when I saw an advertisement on my employer’s buy/sell site; and there was Cleo, looking for a forever home. That was about five years ago and the rest is history. My wife and I welcomed Cleo into our family. Soon after that, my wife joined the CARE board and I recently joined. CARE truly makes a difference in the lives dogs in our community.
I volunteer for CARE and I adopted a dog from them. Peggy Brink and her team are very compassionate, caring, and they are doing a great job in helping San Antonio's pet overpopulation problem. As an adopter I can say that the adoption process was very smooth and the communication was exceptional. I am proud to volunteer for them and I recommend them to anyone looking to adopt a pet.
Review from Guidestar
We adopted our dog through CARE and had a wonderful experience! I was concerned about adopting a dog long distance (Texas to Oregon) but Alex (Lightening) was exactly what we'd been looking for so I took a chance. Vickie's communication was excellent, she even sent us videos because we couldn't meet the dog in person, which made us feel at ease about long distance adoption. I was so excited to meet our little guy at the airport and bring him home with us! We have remained in contact with Vickie, sending her photos and videos as Alex settles in to his new family because she truly cares about the dogs and wants to make sure her foster dogs are happy and settled into the right home.
I adopted my dog through CARE and couldn't be more pleased with the service that was provided. The fee was reasonable and communication was excellent. Vickie was amazing throughout the whole process and it ended with me finding my perfect dog. Thanks so much!!!