Welcome to CARA!

Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc. (CARA) is a True No-Kill Shelter located in Jackson, MS.  We care for an average of 300 dogs & 120 cats daily. Read more about us.

Dog Days of Summer 2014Our biggest fundraiser of the year! CARA's 7th Annual Dog Days of Summer at Pelahatchie Shore Park Saturday, August 23 from 10am to 3pm is on the horizon.  Join us for tasty food, children's carnival, doggie agility courses, dogs on parade, dog contests, educational demos, live music, arts and crafts, silent auction, petting zoo by The Jackson Zoo and more!  CARA's Dog Days of Summer Event raises needed funds to support the pups and cats at the shelter while providing a great time for friends, families, and lots of happy dogs on leashes.  Entrance admission to Dog Days of Summer is a bag of dog food.  We can't wait to see you there!

View/Print 2014 DDS Event Schedule for the Day

View/Print 2014 DDS Map of Park

Kudos -- MADDGKUDOS -- We were overwhelmed and humbled this morning to receive 20 new Kuranda-style, modular dog beds!! Many thanks to the Mississippi Agility Demo Dog Group for the PVC pipe and labor to assemble the beds and to Bob Moran of Appearance Awning & Canvas, Inc. for donating and sewing the fabric. Pictured below are Marsha Jones (MAD Dog Group), Sharon Sowell (CARA) and Connie Campbell (MAD Dog Group). Thanks to these special people, 20 dogs will sleep better tonight!!

Cat Adoption BookletAre you interested in Adopting?  Read our Dog Adoption Booklet or the Cat Adoption Booklet to ensure your know the basics about adding a CARA shelter pet to your family.  Each is filled with tips, behavior training and advice.  We guarantee you will learn something new!

From our Back in Black Adoption Event in November 2013 -- 98 Adoption Fees were PAID by generous Facebook Followers.  To date (04/26/14), 61 shelter pets have been adopted through this event!  Please check out our listings of our Black and mostly Black Dogs and Cats who are spayed/neutered, UTD on shots and now have PAID adoption fees! All they are waiting on is YOU -- Click Here! 

Want to Volunteer at CARA?  Click here.

Bree's Bark ParkSummer is here and the Dog Park is the place to be!  Get your dog's membership today!  Read our Dog Park Page for the latest as well as how to get your dog's membership, rules, and what to expect during your first visit!  Contact us at breesbarkpark@carams.org for additional questions or comments.  BREE's Bark Park is located right next to the CARA shelter.  Catch up with other DP members on Facebook at Bree's Bark Park Group.

KUDOS - Meet our recent donors. CARA appreciates all of your help!  We can't thank the businesses and individuals enough who continue to support our cause. 

Happy Tails -- ToddHAPPY TAILS - Read successful adoption stories and get an update on how our former furbabies are doing in their new fur-ever homes!  If you are interested in adopting please come by the shelter and see our precious ones waiting to find forever homes. Pictured is Todd the kitty on his way to his forever home!

ADOPT-A-LEASH – If you are not able to have a pet of your own right now, please review this alternative program at our shelter.  You can still make a difference in the life of a homeless animal.  Click here for more details on our Adopt-A-Leash program.

Be part of the solution for no more homeless animals by having your pet spayed or neutered.

Patron of the Pets

Your monthly donation gives us funds we can count on each month to keep food in bowls and litter in boxes!

  • $15 a month will feed an animal for one week
  • $25 a month will vaccinate three animals a month
  • $40 a month will spay or neuter an animal
  • $55 a month will help save the life of a heartworm positive
  • dog or feed a nursing mama and her babies.

CARA Puppy

Pet of the Week

Cat of the Week

Munchkin is a female Tuxedo cat who is about 6 weeks old. She has a unique look with her long body and short legs. She is a quiet kitten who likes to be held and plays well with other cats. If you are interested in adopting Munchkin, please click on the link below.

 Dog of the Week
Roman is almost 3 months old and we cannot even speculate on his mix. This sweet boy is nothing but love and that goes for everyone, human or animal. As you would expect from a puppy, he loves to play!  If you are interested in adopting Roman, please click on the link below.


Contact Us Online Form
960 N. Flag Chapel Rd., Jackson, MS 39209

Shelter Hours:
Mon.- Tues., Fri.- Sat.(12 pm - 5 pm):
Wed., Thurs., Sun. Afternoons (By Appt.):
Map and directions:

Pet of the Week: Fridays at 12:30 WLBT-TV3:


This program has provided funds for over 60 animal organizations around the state of Mississippi, primarily with their spay/neuter efforts.  By promoting this fund, we are helping animals all over our state.  Click here or on the image above.

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Our New Sponsor -- Fondren Muse

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Animal House Picks CARA!

Animal House

CARA is thrilled to be chosen to participate in a new national reality show called "Animal House" and we will be part of the first season!  Animal House and CARA will be contacting local businesses for support and donated materials for this project to improve our shelter. Any organizations or individuals interested in playing a role, including having their donated products and services promoted on the show, Read More.