Application Process

CARA Volunteer CARA Shelter CARA Puppy


  1. Adoption application must be filled out COMPLETELY by the ADOPTER either online or on paper at the shelter. (Links below)


  1. The adoption application will be reviewed by CARA management. Veterinarian and other references will be checked. When checking veterinarian references, we are looking for a history of routine, as well as emergency, services. The application will then be forwarded to the Adoption Committee for a decision.


  1. Adoption applications are approved on an individual basis by the Adoption Committee. CARA’s goal is to make the best possible match for the animal and the ADOPTER. CARA will notify the adopter of application status within seven (7) days.


  1. ADOPTER will receive a copy of the Health Records/ Rabies Certificate (if available), a copy of the contract, and a new owner dog/cat adoption pack when he/she takes possession of the animal.


  1. It is CARA's policy that all animals in the ADOPTER’S household be spayed/neutered. If a medical condition exists that would make the procedure dangerous to the animal(s) this may be waivered. Other special circumstances will be considered.


  1. ADOPTER must be at least 21 YEARS OLD. NO EXCEPTIONS!!


  1. ADOPTER must read and agree to abide by Adoption Contract prior to adoption. If any item on the contract is not fulfilled, the animal may be reclaimed by CARA.


  1. Adoption fee is $100.00 for a puppy or dog and $75.00 for a kitten or cat. Fee includes up-to-date vaccinations, deworming (given prior to pet leaving the shelter), spay/neuter of the animal, and rabies (if over 4 months) vaccine. A heartworm test is also included on dogs 6 months and older.

Thank you for choosing CARA and for your patience during processing of your application.


For Cat Adoptions Please Click Here.

For Dog Adoptions Please Click Here.

CARA Puppy

Pet of the Week

Cat of the Week

Thomas (male, orange Maine Coon mix) is 6 weeks old and Flynn (male, gray tabby) is 8 weeks old. Both are playful, loving kittens who are ready for their forever homes. If you are interested in adopting Thomas &/or Flynn, please click on the link below. 

 Dog of the Week
Mavis is a female Wire Haired Jack Russell who is 3 years old. As the perfect companion dog, Mavis is very friendly and enjoys spending time outside with people. She also loves to nap in the cool shade. If you are interested in adopting Mavis, please click on the link below.

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960 N. Flag Chapel Rd., Jackson, MS 39209

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