Welcome to our site!  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.

 Barks, BBQ & BluesGET YOUR TICKETS-- 2nd Annual Barks, BBQ & Blues -- Join us for a fun night of all-you-can-eat BBQ on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 6-9pm at Duling Hall, 622 Duling Avenue, Jackson MS  39216 in the Fondren Area.  Event proceeds will benefit Community Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA) and is sponsored by Deerfield Golf Club and Cane Creek Cookers.  Wine by Fondren Cellars and Beer by Hops & Habanas in Fondren. Live music will be provided by Blues Band, The Envelope Pushers.  All you can eat BBQ plates provided by Cane Creek Cookers and a cash bar will be open.  Vegan options available by request.  Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 day of the event or $350 for a table of 8. There will also be a great silent auction as well! Come out of a night of great food and entertainment for a great cause!  For more information please contact Liz Kepner 601-209-0667 or Dana King 601-826-4968. Click here to purchase your tickets!

MS Craft Show SAVE THE DATE -- Handmade USA Craft Show presented by Mississippi Craft Show at the Trade Mart -- Saturday, March 7th from 9am-6pm and Sunday, March 8th from 11am-4pm.  CARA will be in attendance holding a Pet Food and Adoption Drive!  Donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the show. Our wish list includes dry dog food, dry cat food and cat litter.  We will have some adorable pups available for adoption so come on out and join us.  Click here to print a coupon to present with your ticket and we will receive $1 donation from Mississippi Craft Show (one coupon per person).  We appreciate your support.

Cat Adoption Booklet Are 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 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 - 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.

CARASNIP & ARF, two of the largest NO KILL animal shelters in Metro Area, have teamed up to help fight pet overpopulation.  Representatives from both CARA and ARF will be promoting the benefits of spay and neuter across the metro-Jackson area and handing out free or low cost spay neuter vouchers, while they last!   We would love for everyone to help spread the word about the benefits of spay and neuter and help us fight the ongoing overpopulation problem!  Read more about SNIP or if you would like to fund more SNIP vouchers, please made a donation directly by clicking here and  designate "SNIP" with your contribution.

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
Vanilla is a female domestic shorthair who is about 1 year old. She is very friendly and good with children and other cats.If you are interested in adopting Vanilla, please click on the link below.

 Dog of the Week
Sampson is a male, 4 year old, Rat Terrier with a laid back personality. He loves long walks and does very well on a leash. If you are interested in adopting Sampson, please click on the link below.

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

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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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