To Whom it May Concern: Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) truly is an amazing place! I have been involved with CARA for the past 5 years, in one aspect or another, and just cannot say enough about this organization. CARA has seen it all... from bunnies, to rats; from healthy animals to animals on death's door; and from the cute and playful to the unadoptable. Through it all CARA never ceases to amaze me. Located in the Jackson area, it is one of several shelters in our area, but has such a strong following and such a great base of givers - and for good reason - it is the best shelter in the area. CARA has provided temporary and long-term housing to a countless number of animals since it opened almost 11 years ago, and with support and exposure that it might recieve due to campaigns like this one, it can continue to get unwanted, abused animals into loving homes while promoting spay/neuter.
I first met Bear in September 2009 when I started volunteering in the cattery at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) in Jackson, MS. I was recovering from cancer surgery and Bear seemed to be very slowly emerging from his own ordeal. At first he was so shy I could barely pet him but I kept reaching out to him because, at some level, we had already bonded. After a few months, Bear let me pet him and eventually brush him—which he loved. Even though I felt affection for all the cats in the cattery, Bear was special and he kept tugging at my heart. In July 2010, I lost my 12 year old rescue cat, Thunder, which broke my spirit in so many ways. After months of grieving Thunder’s loss, I knew it was time to bring Bear home to meet his new companion, Lightning, my 13 year old rescue cat. No one could ever replace Thunder but Bear has become a much loved member of our family. I am convinced that the special care Bear received at CARA is the only reason he is still alive and healthy—physically and emotionally—today.
After adopting Bear I began volunteering more and more at CARA because I saw what a special place it is for so many abused, unwanted and neglected animals—300 dogs and 125 cats to be exact. The staff at CARA gives their all each and every day to improve the lives of these innocent animals. I am blessed to be a part of the CARA family.