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.

CARA Christmas Happenings 2015,
Get Ready for the Holidays!
5th Annual CARA Angel Tree Fundraiser -- Pick an ornament & fulfill the “wishes” of our precious animals. Our trees will be in stores by Thanksgiving at these locations:

K-9 ProCuts, Casabella Interiors, William Wallace Salon, Hollywood Feed in Ridgeland & Flowood, Tractor Supply in Clinton, Atmos Energy in Flowood & Industrial, Petco, Animal Health Center in Madison, Repeat Street, Orange Leaf Yogurt, Diva Dog, Petsense, AWE-Renaissance, Starbucks in Maywood Mart, Northeast Animal Hospital, Fondren Muse, Cups in Madison, California Concepts in Pearl, Planet Fitness in Clinton.

Free Holiday Gift Wrapping at Barnes & Noble -- During the weeks leading up to Christmas (Nov. 27th - Dec 24th), CARA volunteers will be at Barnes and Noble at the Renaissance in Ridgeland, MS, wrapping your holiday purchases for FREE! As we are a no-kill shelter, we just ask that you leave us a tip to ensure a happy holiday for our beloved animals as well. Check out our wrapping schedule.

CARA's Holiday Photo Contest Starts Nov. 27th, 2015!  Enter your pet for prizes worth over $400 for 1st place while raising funds for homeless animals.  More details closer to the start date.
  It's that time again for PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA!

CARA will be at the following locations taking Pet Photos with Santa for $10/pet or $15/multiple and/or family included.

Sat. 12/5th  - Casabella Interiors 1139 Old Fannin Road, Brandon, MS 39047 10:30am -2:30pm (call 601-665-4920 for an appointment)
Sat. 12/5th - Hollywood Feed 1250 E County Line Rd, Ridgeland MS 39157 11am-3pm (no appointment necessary)
Sun. 12/6th - PETCO Madison MS 175 Grand View Blvd., Madison MS 39110 11am-3pm, (no appointment necessary)
Sat. 12/12th - PetSense 315 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon MS 39042 11am-2pm, (no appointment necessary)

 Thank youOur heartfelt THANKS go out to everyone who donated to CARA's emergency medical fund during the first Mississippi Day of Giving. Our goal was $10,000 and thanks to your donations and prizes from the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and Engage Mississippi, we raised $10,420!! Because of your compassion and generosity, more dogs and cats will receive medical treatments to prolong and enhance their lives.  See stories of animals who have benefited from emergency medical donations in the past.


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 ParkThe 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 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 - 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.

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

Caroline is a sweet 8 year old female who, through no fault of her own, has spent most of her life in the cattery. Even though she is an independent cat, Caroline still longs for that special bond with a human. Iyou are interested in adopting Caroline, please click on the link below.

 Dog of the Week

Audrey is a female Terrier mix who is 11 years old. This lovable girl is a little timid and would do better as an only dog. If you are interested in adopting Audrey, 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:

CARA - SAVING LIVES SINCE 2001 T-shirts are available online now for a $25 donation (includes shipping and handling).

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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