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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To work with our community to strengthen the bond between animals and people as we enhance the quality of animals' lives through sheltering, compassion, responsible adoptions, education and community outreach.

Results: We mostly do fundraisers to raise money for the medical care needed. We treat alot of heartworm positive dogs, do major bone, eye, and speciality surgeries.

Programs: Foster and Volunteer

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We found CARES through a friend who had rescued their dog from this amazing organization. We found our fur baby on the website and contacted Lisa and started the adoption process. We were impatient but I was so gratified to see that the process is not quick as this rescue takes the time to truly make sure their dogs go to the right home. They required pictures of our home and garden and contact numbers for our vet. We answered questions about our previous dog and our grooming habits and what we used for flea and heartworm treatments. For me this solidified our decision to rescue from CARES - none of their dogs are going anywhere unless it is the right home for them. Alfie is, without question, the best dog we have ever had and it is hard to say who actually rescued who. We are indebted to Lisa and all the staff and I would recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone who is looking to rescue a dog or cat

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a great experience with the CARES team where we found our Layla. A rescue from the Redlands area. After completing our application, CARES contacted us to arrange a home visit and the rest is history. We are so happy with Layla. She has really come out of her shell and we love having her as part of the family.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Gods angels. They bring light when there is only darknesss for the abandoned and suffering pets that they take in. Dedicated, loving and caring. Unwavering in their mission. Truly a blessing for the little ones in need of help, love and a good loving home.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my julie Chihuahua in 2014 and welcome the work they do. I volunteered for a short time and the love and care these animals receive is AWESOME AND GENUINE. Wish I lived closer to help more with the adoption venues what a great way to help the community and place pets in fur-ever homes.

2 Joyce53

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a former volunteer for this great organization, I can vouch for the care and love all these animals receive once they pass through that front door. I have seen so many of them come to life and learn to trust again. The facility is cleaner than any hospital I've ever been in, too! If you volunteer, it's hard not to want to take them all home with you--we didn't take them all, but we did find the cutest 3-month lab/hound mix that someone threw to the roadside. Skipper has become the hub of our family and is a constant joy. Skipper is almost 2 years old now and pushing 80 lbs of love! If you're looking for the best pet to fit your family, then CARES should be at the top of your list! Lisa ALWAYS makes sure her pets go to the right family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and supporter of this organization for almost 2 years now. I fall in love with every dog there, but one in particular pulled at my heartstrings this past December. Yeller had been dumped from a car and had only been at CARES for 2 weeks when I knew I had to have him for my very own. He was renamed Skipper and has made us the happiest fur-ever family in Hernando County. CARES always puts the need if the animal first. It is one lucky cat/dog that ends up in their care!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I lost the love of my life to cancer, I decided to rescue a dog. However, it was the dog that rescued me.

7 years ago, I came to C.A.R.E.S. just to meet Hemi (then named Corky). I left C.A.R.E.S. with a new best friend and as a new C.A.R.E.S. volunteer. From the moment you walk into C.A.R.E.S. you know the animals are well taken care of and loved. After speaking to Lisa about the rescue, I knew I wanted to be apart of it. I volunteered there for three years (I live out of state now) and in that time I learned so much about dogs and about the importance of animal rescue.

I can not speak highly enough about C.A.R.E.S. Everything they do for these animals is done with love! I have been witness to amazing rescues. I have seen first hand them nurturing a sick animal back to health. C.A.R.E.S. is truly a community rescue as they have also worked with adults with disabilities. They taught them how to interact, take care of and play with dogs.

I will always be grateful to C.A.R.E.S. for teaching and guiding me but most importantly for giving me the best gift of all, Hemi! He is still the lovable grumpy puppy as he was then. He's almost 16 years old but he's still absolutely perfect!! I've included a picture of Hemi on his adoption day and him today.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lisa is great and Nicole's pictures get me in trouble. Lol We have adopted two dogs from this rescue. I am always looking at Nicole's pics on fb. That is how we started adopting from Cares. LIsa treats all the dogs as if they are her own. We drive over 2 hours just to adopt from this rescue. The hard work all the volunteers put in shows! We love Cares!

2 Barbara264

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cares Rescue is wonderful!! They take such wonderful care of the fur children, in their charge, some of them are in so much need. This care continues until the day that pet is adopted. They will go to all lengths to regain health in all animals they rescue and will continue, as it is needed. We know, because Cares Rescue is where we found our most amazing little fur child, KC. We love Cares Rescue!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cares Rescue is the best! We have personally witnessed their compassion and love, for we have adopted one of their amazing and well cared for, rescued dogs. KC would not be with us today, had it not been for their swift response in getting him the help, he so badly needed. Here he sits, on my lab, while I am writing this, fast asleep in his forever home. Thank you so much Cares Rescue, you are absolutely the best and we love KC so much.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about CARES! I adopted my dog from them in March 2016 and it could not have been a better match! They take such good care of the animals in their care, often taking on the cases others would not give a second look. The transformation and happy adoptions I've seen over the past year have been nothing short of devinely inspired. Their love of all the animals in their care is beyond measure. Just an amazing organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I have rescued two dogs from Lisa at CARES. I feel that Lisa gives her dogs so much care and attention. She loves each and every one of them as if they were her own. Both of our dogs are wonderful and were well taken care of by the staff at CARES. I would recommend anyone thinking of adopting to visit this shelter. The dogs there are given a very homey environment until they find their forever home :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost our 9 year old jack Russell "Brady" to cancer a year ago. I was so heart broken I searched for another jack to fill my empty house. I stumbled upon cares rescue and loved everything about it. They researched the new adopters thoroughly and made sure the dogs in their care went to the best suited home for the breed and age. As of august 6 we will have had our sweet Madison a full year. Her is a pic of when we got her that my husband labeled and a picture of her now when she smiles.

4 Robin110

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted a German Shepard from Community Animal Rescue & Educational Shelter. I could not have had a better experience. Truffles, my dog, turned 16 on July 2, 2017. Truffles was found wandering the streets of Pasco County. She was taken in by CARES and treated for heart worm. Her foster parent, that would be Mommy Diane, would not give her up to just anyone. She turned down other people who wanted to adopt Truffles because they were not the right fit for the dog. We spent many hours with Truffles and Diane to be sure we were the right people to adopt her. Truffles has been with us for 5 years now. Couldn't have asked for a more fabulous dog.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wrote my story about Truffles in Sept. of 2016. Truffles, our German Shepard adopted from CARES is still with us. She is 15 1/2 years old. Could not have asked for a better experience from any rescue group

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two little girls that were left alone after their human mommy passed away. They were amazing during the adoption process and I have followed them in Facebook ever since. I make a small monthly donation to help out with the amazing work they do though I wish I could do more. God bless Lisa and her team for all that they do!!!

3 LoRich

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful organization with people who are really passionate about the animals they care for. I rescued my sweet Leia from CARES and I am eternally grateful for the love she was shown and the treatment she received before we welcomed her into our home. Here she is with her also-rescued sister, Leslie!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lisa and everyone that volunteers with CARES are amazing!!! We adopted Flash earlier this year. He had been through a tough time before Lisa brought him into her rescue and healed him. We are so lucky to have Flash in our family, and thankful to Lisa and everyone at CARES for the great work they do.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Lisa and Diane are a joy to work with! They are so devoted and so are all the other staff , volunteers and foster families. We adopted our Westie, Toby in 2015, and it was a smooth process and good experience. We love our little rescue!
The work CARES has done with the Redlands dogs in Miami is unbelievable! To save 100+ dogs from a certain death and help them recover and then find loving homes is so amazing! I am happy to donate occasionally and wish I could do more to help out, but I live 2 hours away! Good luck to all of you for a fine job!
Thank you for all your concern, love, efforts and TLC to these sweet animals in need!
All the best, Bonnie Byrne

4 Diana J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A year ago we lost our little girl of 16 years. In April, we saw this precious picture on a web site. CARES rescued this little girl from the Redlands and gave her hope. They then gave us a large piece of our heart. Since then we have seen all the positive work they do, the many animals that they have saved, the tremendous fundraisers they have and more importantly the love of the volunteers. This is a fantastic organization that needs more exposure, support and donations to help them help these animals not just survive but thrive

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I live in Ohio and and got Zoey (the cutest dog in the world) from Cares Rescue and she has brought me so much joy. Cares knew I was a first time dog owner and walk me through it step by step. I still reach out if I have questions and they always give me guidance. Class act rescue!

2 Emily134

Client Served

Rating: 4

We adopted our dog Pongo from Cares a few weeks ago and couldn't be happier. The ladies at Cares are so sweet and professional. They are on top of their site and I was impressed with how quickly they respond. If anyone is looking for a furry family member I would absolutely recommend going through Cares!

2 Cherie8

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted an older cocker from CARES even tho' she wasn't truly what we were hoping for, but she was so aloof, withdrawn I feared she would never get a home! She had 2 and a half years with us, and her love and affection that came with time was worth every effort. She was truly a great example in how much you can help an older dog, how much love they have to give, and how they can all be saved if we just open our hearts and try!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

About 3 years ago we adopted an older, black cocker from CARES. I adore the people of this rescue organization for seeing that this poor and despondent dog still should have an opportunity for a loving home and wonderful days for the rest of her life. Too many organizations take only those that are easy to find homes for, but CARES truly cares and helps in every way they can. What a wonderful opportunity to see that in action and to share our life with one who needed it so badly. Thank you and hugs to all!