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4/19/2014 6:12 PM



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  Located in Columbus, Indiana

 Contact us: ColumbusCARE@gmail.com -or-

 Write us: C.A.R.E., PO Box 1234, Columbus, IN 47202 

For inquiries about PetsAlive Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics: 

 For all other inquiries about C.A.R.E: 

Upcoming Events  

 Pets Alive Drop-off for the Spay / Neuter Clinics:
April 22nd, May 8th & 27th

Adoption Event, Microchip & PetsALIVE Registration: 
Saturday, April 19th &
Sunday May 18th
1-4pm @Petco

Our next fundraiser will be the Summer Doggie-lympics taking place at Tipton Lakes Marina. It will be a fun event for owners and canine alike!  Hope to see you there!

Farmers, looking for a barn cat?
If you are willing to provide food & water, we will provide a free barn cat (with rabies shots & spayed/neutered)

Want a portion of your Amazon.com purchase to get donated to CARE at no extra cost to you?
Go to http://smile.amazon.com and search for Community Animal Rescue Effort (in Columbus, IN), Amazon will then donate 0.5% of your purchase to CARE!


**** The SPAYghetti Dinner event was a success!!  Over 340 people attended with over 40 volunteers working the event.  Final count was $10, 800 profit for CARE's spay and neuter program.  A huge THANK YOU for all the volunteers and our sponsors - Tre Bicchieri Italian Restaurant, Hope Veterinary Clinic, Columbus Animal Hospital, Voelz Body Shop, Q-mix 107.3, NTN Driveshaft, INC and WIN 104.9. THANK YOU to Chef Gregory for his wonderful baked goods, Savory Swine for the gelato and to all the CARE volunteers who donated desserts.  Thank you Hotel Indigo for table linens and to the hard working CARE Board for all the work they did making this event successful!

 In every community, in every state, and right here in Columbus, Indiana there are an abundance of homeless animals. In the U.S. alone, there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made family additions. (Source: Human Society of the United States)

The importance of spaying and neutering pets cannot be overstated from both a community perspective, as well as the general health and well-being of each individual pet.

In Columbus, C.A.R.E. (Community Animal Rescue Effort), a Columbus-based not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to supporting and funding both the messaging of the importance of spaying/neutering pets, as well as low-cost spay/neuter clinics in our community. The proceeds from the annual "Spay-ghetti" dinner supports C.A.R.E.’s spay/neuter efforts in Columbus by going to C.A.R.E.s spay/neuter fund. Last year alone, C.A.R.E. was able to spay/neuter over 1,400 animals!


** Feral cats are FREE in April.  Cats must be brought to clinic in live traps.  They will receive rabies shot and will be eat tipped.

***** Other Specials *****

Donate a Kuranda Bed!


Donate a bed and give the gift of comfort to a shelter dog or cat.

Your bed donation will make a world of difference to them.

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Happy New Year!!

As we welcome in 2014, we wanted to share how we did in 2013:

  • 483: Total number of dogs spayed / neutered from CARE and CACS   (126 dogs from CACS, 357 dogs CARE)
  • 988: Total number of cats spayed / neutered from CARE and CACS     (48 cats from CACS, 940 cats CARE)

287 total adoptions for 2013

1,471 total spay/neuter for 2013

  Looking for another way to help CARE?

Support CARE with a simple energy survey! CARE will receive $25 for everyone who signs up! Check it out here:

Energize Indiana
THANK YOU for everyone who has signed up for this program- we have had over $600 in donations so far!

You can also help us by donating Thundershirts! (for all those pets that are not quite so brave when the thunder & lightning start!)  :) 



Donate a Thundershirt!

CARE is happy to say that we are working towards a relationship with 1800PetMeds, which has told us that they they will donate up to -$500.00 worth of these non- prescription, OTC (over- the-counter), products to worthy causes, and pet- related events..

Here's to hoping that  PETMEDS supports our cause!


CARE could REALLY use some help with grant writing! C.A.R.E. is a not- for- profit , 501c3 animal rescue group.  We are made up of 100% volunteers.  Our funding comes from donations and grants.  We have no building- our animals are all in foster homes. We provide funding for low cost spay/neuter surgery, Kind News newsletter for all 2nd, 4th and 6th grade classrooms that want them.  We help with Emergency Medical situations when funds are available.  GRANTS are vital for what we do for the animals and their owners.  Please volunteer to be a grant writer!  Just fill out our online volunteer application and we will get back to you.  THANK YOU!

Remember! Proper Animal Care is VERY Important!

 A healthy and happy pet is...


 Up to Date with Shots,

 On Heartguard or another Heartworm prevention (See story below),

 and On Flea Meds.  (The vets are saying this winter was so mild that we still have fleas!)



Chi-Chi was taken in by CARE after his owner had passed away. At his initial vet visit he tested a strong positive for Heartworms.  Untreated this condition will kill a dog.  His treatment has begun at Franklin Animal Clinic and all is going. well  He will be in good shape in 2.5 - 3 months.  BUT it is hard on the dog to go thru this treatment and the treatment is extremely expensive. Any donations toward Chi-Chi's care are extremely appreciated as we work to get this little guy back to health.


 Heartworms is a highly preventable condition with an inexpensive (only ~$6) monthly pill.  It is transmitted by an infected mosquito (lots of those in Indiana) and the worms grow and work their way thru the bloodstream and to the heart.  There they "gather" and will finally  damage the heart and can be fatal. Once infection occurs the treatment is extremely expensive and not always effective. Please keep your animals up to date on their shots and preventative medications!  


More Information!!

NEEDED- CAT LOVERS! - CARE is in need of cat cleaners for our cats at the Columbus Petco store.  Open time slots are on WEDNESDAY mornings and evenings.  Petco is our main outlet for cat adoptions, so keeping things clean and the kitties happy is a huge help for us!  Two volunteers a day (one morning, one afternoon) go in to clean and play with the cats- it takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour (depending on number and age of the cats).  Please fill out an online VOLUNTEER APPLICATION if you are interested in helping with the cats at Petco.

CAT and DOG FOSTER HOMES NEEDED- CARE does not have any sort of building or office- all our animals are in foster homes or at Petco (cats only). We are in GREAT need of more foster homes for both cats and dogs.  Our animals come from the Columbus Animal Shelter (to help reduce the euthanasia rates), owners who have lost their homes or must give up their animals for personal or health reasons, and strays.  We put them into a foster home and CARE pays for all medical expenses so they are healthy and ready to be adopted.  Foster homes get to know the animals, work on socialization (walks around the neighborhood, trips to Rural King and Petco, etc), housetraining and basic obedience.  We provide crates, leashes, and food (if requested).  Please fill out an ONLINE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION if you are interested in helping CARE help, not only the animals, but the people who need us.  The length of stay for the animals vary- if you are going on vacation we provide a temporary foster  home or will pay to have the animal boarded in a kennel ( Small dogs tend to get adopted quickly as do many pure breeds. BUT there are times when adoptions are slow.......


  Please check here for details on spaying / neutering your pet!  

You can donate to CARE through PayPal, even if you don't already have a PayPal account! We welcome any donations of any size!


   Throughout the year, CARE often comes upon special cases. These are situations where an animal has had a particularly tough life, and is in need of special care. These are also cases where we often need a little extra help to make life a little better for these poor dogs and cats. Please check out their stories.  

  To date, SNAP has benefited from a whopping $33,650 in Pet Friendly License Plate sales!

 Visit http://www.spayneuterservices.org

  Do you have your plate yet? 


  Low cost spay neuter year end totals

       We hold clinics the second Thursday and fourth Tuesday of every month!



  THANK YOU Columbus Animal Control for all your help with the spay and neuter clinics! We could not do this without your help!!  


REGISTRATION: 3rd Sunday of Every Month - 1-4pm @ the Petco - Columbus
NEXT CLINIC: 2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday of Every Month
Surgeries start @ $60.00 FOR ALL DOGS ...$30 FOR ALL CATS*
*feral cats get a free rabies shot and ear tipped

Rabies-  $15  (Indiana law) cat/dog

 Distemper- Parvo combo-  $15 (dog) 

Heartworm test-  $15 (dog)

 Bordetella- $15 (dog)

 FeLeuk/FIV test-  $25 (cat)

 Fe Leuk shot- $15 (cat)

 Distemper/Upper Resp- $15 (cat)

Flea meds, wormer also available
 Drop off time is 7:30- 8:am.  No food after midnight the night before.  All animals must travel in an approved travel crate (not wire).  If you do not have a crate one can be provided for you. 

  Animals will travel to Bloomington for surgery and will be returned around 12:30pm the next day.  


Columbus Dog Park

Looking for something to do with your dog? Want to meet people and help socalize your pet? Help us push for the Columbus Dog Park!
Missed their first Dog Walk? CARE was there, check out our Pictures

 Want to support C.A.R.E. while getting something nice for yourself or for a gift?
Check out ZAZZLE
And specifically, the CARE Gallery
They have a huge selection of different items that you can get made (no minimum order!), and if you follow our link CARE will receive 7% of the sale! What a great way to get cool stuff & support a good cause all at the same time!

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Donate to CARE through Paypal even if you don't have an account!


 Make a purchase from Zazzle, and CARE will receive a portion of the proceeds!

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