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September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE) is the oldest non-profit, no kill, animal rescue organization in Chatham County, North Carolina. It was originally incorporated in the mid-1970s, but the physical animal rescue work started in the mid-1980s. Six people were in attendance at the first meeting, but the organization has grown significantly since then. Over the years, CARE volunteers have been responsible for many advances/improvements for the welfare of animals in Chatham County, NC. In addition to fostering and adopting out dogs and cats, the group has been involved in pushing the local government to build a modern animal shelter facility, and implement a local animal control ordinance. Today, CARE is a network of committed and caring volunteers who have helped thousands of dogs and cats find loving, forever homes. The organization stays active in the community through fundraising, outreach and educational activities. In recent years, CARE has offered low-cost spay/neuter services, named in memory of Lillie Cameron, one of the six members in attendance to that first meeting (and CARE's first foster home). CARE provides food and medical services to all animals in foster homes. It has a great website, which has increased the adoption rate significantly since it was started. CARE volunteers work very closely with the local county animal shelter to promote and find homes for those animals, too. And many times animals find their way out of the shelter and into the CARE foster care system. Thus, increasing the chances for finding an adoptive home significantly. I think there is an advantage to adopting an animal from a foster home over a shelter or a breeding kennel situation. That is, the adopter gets a much better idea of what kind of pet they are getting. Since it has been living in their home, the foster parent knows much more about the animal. Things like, does it get along with other animals, or children. Does the animal like to play, or ride in the car? Does it know any obedience commands, and is it housebroken? These can be complete unknowns with animals coming from shelters or breeding kennels. CARE is a top notch organization. It is well run with several committees focusing on things like animal welfare, education, community spay/neuter programs, and fundraising. Its Board of Directors operates professionally and efficiently to oversee that CARE is run responsibly and with integrity. Even though I am not as active with CARE as I was for the first 15 years or so, I am so proud of this organization and its volunteers. Chatham Animal Rescue and Education is a role model for animal rescue groups, and I will always support this organization. Check out CARE's website at www.chathamanimalrescue.org

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the overall decline of stray animals wandering the roads of Chatham County, NC. As a pet foster parent, it is the ultimate reward to match pets with families that are perfect fits for them.

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2009

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