Justin Mayfield -- Volunteer Volunteer -- Danni Daivd Fonchee -- CARA Volunteer 

Are you interested in volunteering for CARA?  This will be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do!!  There are tons of ways you can volunteer for us.  We are always in need of volunteers to do everything from as simple as writing a thank you note, to as complex as planning a fundraising event.  Check out all the our options below and contact us today!!  Whatever your schedule allows, we have something you can help with.  No matter if you only have minutes, hours or days, your contribution is HUGE to us!!   We invite you to complete the volunteer form below and get started now! All new volunteers are asked to complete a brief volunteer orientation. Check the CARA calendar in the "Events" section of the website for dates of upcoming orientations, which are held every two weeks.  Volunteers can begin to help CARA as soon as they've completed orientation.
Don't have time to actually volunteer, but still want to help out? You can:

  • Help us get the word out by telling everyone you know about CARA.
  • Place our promotional materials in your place of business.
  • Be the proud sponsor of a CARA Donation Box.
  • Offer your business as a CARA drop off point for donated supplies.

Volunteer to Foster A CARA Pet: A foster home is a temporary home in which our pets can live like they are supposed to live – as our companions – until they are adopted.

Foster homes provide a safe and loving environment for animals in our care that are either waiting for their new families to find them, are seniors and need a more peaceful surrounding or are taking special medications that need to be monitored.  

Volunteer with CARA Community Council CARA: The CARA Community Council (CCC) was formed in an effort to gather volunteers from all over the community to support our great cause!

As a member of the CCC, volunteers participate in the following:

  • Fundraising events
  • Picking up donated items at drop-off locations and taking them to Shelter
  • Generating Sponsorships
  • Volunteering at the CARA shelter
  • Volunteering at Adoption Events
  • Transporting CARA pets to and from vet's offices and events

    We ask that all prospective volunteers attend orientation. 

Contact Matthew Holmes for more information on CCC at --  holmes.matthew.r@gmail.com

Volunteer at the Shelter:  The Shelter always needs volunteers to bathe and groom, socialize the animals, clean kennels, help with laundry - the list of the everyday work the Staff does that is necessary to keep our dogs and cats neat and tidy is a long list for the many dogs and cats that live at CARA right now.

To get our volunteers off to the best start, we ask that anyone wanting to volunteer with CARA attend orientation.  Orientation is held on a Wednesday, every two weeks, 6 PM at the Shelter. (Please check our calendar for dates for Orientation.)  

A prospective volunteer who is under 18 years of age must be accompanied to orientation by a parent who can sign a permission slip for their child.  Children wishing to volunteer must be at least 9 years old - any child younger than 11 must be accompanied by a parent at all times that they're in the Shelter.  We don't require that children 11 and older have a parent with them, but all must attend orientation.

Please contact us if we can help in any way:  Melissa Barthold, Volunteer Coordinator (volunteer@carams.org) or Jackie Burns, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator (volassist@carams.org)

Volunteer for Fundraising for CARA: It takes approximately $1300 a day to operate the Shelter so we welcome ideas and volunteers for ways to raise money!!


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.

Contact Us Online Form
960 N. Flag Chapel Rd., Jackson, MS 39209

Shelter Hours:
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Wed., Thurs., Sun. Afternoons (By Appt.):
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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.