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's 8th Annual Dog Days of SummerOUR BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR -- CARA's 8th annual Dog Days of Summer sponsored by Petco Foundation is Saturday, August 29th, from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Pelahatchie Shore Park at the Reservoir!  Join us for dogs on parade & pet contest(s); live music by Steve Deaton; silent auction; children's carnival ($5.00) with a Petting Zoo and much more; tasty hamburger, chicken and hot dog lunches by Outback Steakhouse; blessing of the pets; adoptable CARA dogs; arts & crafts market; agility, obedience & K-9 Unit demos and more! Y101.7 & Mix 98.7 FM will be broadcasting live from the event. Voluntary admission is a bag of dog food. Leashed pets welcome! CARA's 8th Annual Dog Days of Summer T-shirt

PRE-Order your Dog Days of Summer Special Tie-Dye T-shirt online by Aug 1st, 2015 for $20.

Last year we had over 1400 people attend.  Art and Craft Vendors click here to register with us and sell your goods.  If you would like to show your support for CARA and have a local business to advertise please consider becoming a Sponsor with 4 levels of sponsorship available.  Business sponsors please click here to register your business.

$9 for 9 Lives Cat Adoption Event

$9 for 9 Lives Cat Promotion with Best Friends Animal Society runs the entire month of August. CARA has reduced the adoption fee for cats 9 months and older to just $9. This includes Vaccines and Spay/Neuter. Standard application approval is required. CARA has over 100 cats looking for loving, forever homes so please share this with your friends. Come out to the cattery and/or fill out an adoption application online.


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.

CARASNIP and other local animal shelters in the Metro Area, have teamed up to help fight pet overpopulation.  Representatives 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

Bon Bon is a gorgeous, female, Himalayan mix who is 4 years old. She is a very affectionate lap cat. Since she has been declawed on her front paws, Bon Bon would need to be an indoor-only cat. If you are interested in adopting Bon Bon, please click on the link below.

 Dog of the Week

ADOPTED!! Arthur is a male Catahoula mix who is around 10 weeks old. He has an outgoing personality and loves everyone who will roll his ball for him. If you are interested in adopting Arthur, please click on the link below.

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

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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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