About Us

CARA is...

  • Operated by volunteers, volunteer board members, and part-time shelter employees
  • Supported by private donations from individuals, businesses, & fund raising events
  • Receives no funds from the city, county, state or federal government
  • Recognized as an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau

The Primary Goals of CARA are...

  • To place our adoptable animals into loving, caring homes
  • Support spay/neuter programs and ensure that all animals in our care are spayed and neutered prior to adoption.
  • Promote responsible pet ownership
  • Teach communities the proper care & treatment of all pets & why spay/neuter is important



Mon. - Tues. & Fri.- Sat. (12 pm - 5 pm)

Wed., Thurs. & Sun. Afternoons (By Appt.)

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

Map and Directions to CARA

Mailing address : P. O. Box 231, Clinton, MS 39060

Phone: (601) 922-7575

Contact Us Online Form

2015 CARA Board

The 2015 CARA Board Pictured L to R, Front Row: Lea Ann Craig (Vice Chair), Cristy Bullock (Treasurer), Janet Madden (Shelter Director), Liz Kepner, Denise Cantrell (Executive Director).  Back Row L to R: Dj Clark, Valerie Hicks (Chairman), Ann Somers (Secretary), John Holloway, Laura Lillard, Rick Terry, Karen Goodman. Not pictured: Bertha Gordon, Marita Smith.

CARA Shelter and Cattery Staff:
Janet Madden, Shelter Director
Hollie McClelland, Assistant Shelter Director
Peggy Harrell, Cat Manager
Sharon Sowell, Office Manager

Link to our financial statements -- CARA_FIN_2013.pdf

Link to CARA 2013 990 Form

Link to our BBB Annual Report for CARA 2014 -- BBB_Annual_CARA_2014

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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.

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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.