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Over the weekend, “Hogs for Dogs” took place to benefit C.A.R.E. animal rescue. This is the 4th year for the event and just one of many fundraisers taking place throughout the year. No-kill shelters like this one, rely solely on these fundraisers and other donations, in order to provide care to the numerous animals they save. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann went down to the shelter’s adoption center to learn more.
That is the sound of the 34 dogs that need homes at the Castaway Animal Rescue Effort, or C.A.R.E., adoption center. Rows of cat enclosures house playful kittens, while the walls are lined by chain-link pens filled with eager dogs. Melissa Sartin is founder and director of C.A.R.E. She says that all of these animals were abused, neglected or abandoned, and are now awaiting permanent homes.
“We rescue neglected and abused animals through law enforcement and we take animals from ‘death row.’ Through our shelter assistance program we go into facilities that either don’t have an adoption program, or have really low adoptions. And we rescue animals that are getting ready to be euthanized in those facilities,” Sartin said.
Sartin says the shelter’s average costs to care for each animal is about $200 to $250, varying upon its individual medical needs. She says that at any given time there are around 40 dogs and 30 cats at the adoption center, and another 100 or so rehabilitating at the sanctuary. Sartin says that the shelter is a non-profit organization not funded by the city or state. Their biggest fundraiser events include Hogs for Dogs and the annual Millwood Golf tournament. However, Sartin says whether it is bake sales, garage sales or car washes, they’re always fundraising.
“Really without the fundraisers, our shelter could not exist. Three quarters of the money that comes into our shelter comes from the fundraisers that we do. And of course we have a thrift shop. Everything that we sell in our thrift shop, all of the proceeds go to pay for medical care for the animals at the shelter,” said Sartin.
Sartin says that C.A.R.E. is a no-kill shelter, meaning that they do not euthanize animals because of space limitations. She says that they keep animals until they are able to find homes, and have a limit to the total number they can care for at one time. Sartin says in order to have room to help more animals, they must first find homes for those they already have.
“The shelters would not have to exist if people would be responsible, spay and neuter their animals. If you’re not in a position to get a pet, don’t go get one. And if you are in a position to take home a pet, please, please go to the shelters. There are so many being euthanized in the local shelters that really need homes. If you adopt from us, you are really rescuing two. You are rescuing the one that you took home, and you’re rescuing the one that we can now rescue,” Sartin said.
Click below for more information. For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Bettmann.
Click here to learn about C.A.R.E.