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Review for Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts, Catoosa, OK, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

One day just before Christmas a couple of years ago, I saw a Facebook post from a local animal rescue group I'd never heard of, C.A.R.E. They were looking for fosters for dogs about to be euthanized by a municipal animal shelter. The dogs were poor harmless victims of Oklahoma's scandalous pet overpopulation problem, and I just couldn't stand to see them all put down a few days before Christmas, so I messaged C.A.R.E. and offered to temporarily foster one.
They quickly responded with an application to foster and more information about the last dog for which they needed a home. She was a young female pitbull mix who had demodectic mange and was being ignored by potential adopters.
I also discovered that although C.A.R.E. was located in Catoosa OK, this poor dog was all the way over in the Enid OK animal shelter. The folks who run C.A.R.E. were going to put in a couple of hundred-mile-plus drives two days before Christmas just to save a dog far outside their city.
When they delivered the new foster to me, they brought everything. Food, a toy or two, a crate (which we didn't need as we had a spare). They inspected the area where we would be keeping her. They set up vet care for the poor pup right away with an excellent local vet. They paid for her meds and shots. They resupplied us with food when we needed it. They communicated with us quickly and often. Then they sent this poor lively girl pup - who just needed attention and love to bloom - to an intensive inmate training course they had set up at a local minimum-security corrections facility. They handled all transport for this.
That pup is now a showcase animal for local rescue efforts: adopted into a loving family, a certified Canine Good Citizen, and featured in local media as an example of what rescue efforts can do.
I have seen C.A.R.E. pull some of the worst cases from local shelters that are overwhelmed and place the dogs with fosters when other rescues couldn't find a temporary home for them. They help wounded animals who have no other financial source for vet care. And of course they hold events where these now-lucky animals are then adopted into permanent homes.
C.A.R.E. is a first-class rescue group.We're very lucky to have these folks working on our terrible animal welfare problem in the Tulsa area, and in the State of Oklahoma.

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