Mississippi Animal shelter near closing

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  1. savvytangerine

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    On Monday night (5/19) a beautiful resident of Jackson Mississippi shared that their local no-kill shelter is close to be shut down due to lack of funding. Below is more information on this wonderful facility. Please take the time to forward this message to every animal organization and corporation that can help!

    C.A.R.A. (http://carams.org/ - Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc) is in desperate need of monitary donations. The following is from a local news report (read the whole story at http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=8341736&nav=menu119_3)

    Hundreds of dogs, cats, and other animals call Community Animal Rescue and Adoption home. Although most of the kittens and puppies are adopted quickly, it's the older pets that find years of sanctuary at the "no-kill" shelter. Recently lack of funding has made it hard to keep the lights on.


    C.A.R.A. receives no government funding or grant money. It relies solely on donations. If C.A.R.A. does not get the funding it needs, it will have to shut down and the approximately 400 animals will have to be adopted or put down.

    "Nobody wants to see that happen," said Cathy Gatlin, the shelter manager. "As much as we would like to we can't run on love alone. It's a real possibility."

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. Know that passing it on and raising the awareness of this need is 90% of the battle!

    Does anyone has any ideas on how to keep this organization from shutting down? Any ideas that would raise awareness of their need?
     
  2. wracso

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    Check with Laurie Hood at Alaqua, maybe she has some contact info or ideas. I will stay on the lookout and pass onto everyone I know.
     
  3. savvytangerine

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    I already did! But thanks so much for reading this post and passing to others!!! :wave:
     
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    Found this --- had to share.

    (Source: http://network.bestfriends.org/mississippi/news/24349.html)

    CARA - MAKING THE FAIRY TALE COME TRUE


    April 5, 2008 : 9:37 PM

    Article by Leigh Breland : Best Friends Network

    Nestled deep in the heart of Mississippi lies a true gem. Better known to the locals as CARA, Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc.

    CARA is a non-profit no-kill animal shelter that was started in the year 2000 by Jerri Bennet, Janet Madden and Pat Sellers. These 3 women, along with help from family and many animal lovers, had a dream to create a wonderful place for unwanted animals with daily adoptions. Well, they soon realized that there were way more unwanted and stray animals than homes available for adoptions. Did that discourage this amazing team? Of course not! These are real "steel magnolias". They just pushed up their sleeves and got busy pushing their idea... a functioning, successful, no-kill animal shelter. Ready to stand up to MS.'s unwanted pet problem by taking in, socializing and adopting out hundreds of loving dogs and cats that needed a second chance.

    Today, CARA has close to 300 dogs and 60 cats that are waiting patiently for that special someone to come in and make a familial connection. And just who takes care of the future best friends? A staff of twenty-two part-time employees and countless volunteers. The staff is caring, friendly and very busy doing daily tasks. These folks know, socialize, and lovingly care for anywhere from 30-60 dogs each. Some would say they are the best friends. Carolyn, Robert, Elijah, and Jason, just to name a few, tirelessly care for the unwanted and forgotten friends that have come to CARA.

    Do the animals seem to mind hanging out at CARA? Not from what I saw. When you enter the doors you are greeted by Noah, a friendly brown mix who has decided he likes it indoors. He's happy to allow visitors to scratch his head and ears. He loves the attention! Deeper inside the 30,000 sq.ft. shelter, dogs are divided into zoned living areas. The staff members have zones that they care for by feeding, giving fresh water, and rotating the dogs outside for "playtime".Then back inside for a little "r and r". Over in a special corner, you can occasionally see Martha Gardner (volunteer groomer) making everyone look fabulous for their future family. During our visit, Rosie, a beautiful buff cocker was having her turn in the "salon".

    As you go outside into the exercise area, you see dogs in kennels and runs. All are happily taking their turn outside. I was greeted outside by a curious pup in a kennel that resembled the frame of a baby bed. This sweet thing stood up on her back paws, propped her front paws over the sides and graciously accepted my greeting of ear scratching.

    CARA has a vast 8 acres to utilize for these animals. But, funds & manpower are limited so more outside runs are on hold for right now.

    Back inside, I discovered something that can only be described as a beautiful act of kindness. In the very back of CARA, behind all of the zones, is yet another zone. Only this one doesn't belong to CARA. During Katrina, hundreds of animal organizations were destroyed and needed a safe haven for their animals. ARF (Animal Rescue Fund) was one of these. CARA opened their arms and allowed ARF to come in and use part of their building and still does today. With expenses through the roof, food, vet bills, etc. does CARA require a lease? No, they only receive a very nominal fee from this fortunate organization. Looks like the kindness revolution has made it to the deep south and is here to stay!!

    As I made my way back into the lobby, I got to meet the new adoptive family of Ginger. She's a sweet girl who picked out Stacy and Tracy Hipp. Lucky them!
    Ginger was giving some good-bye love to Holly. She's another devoted staff member, who after working and volunteering still finds time for college.

    There are so many wonderful stories of rescues and found loves at CARA. A new page in their book includes the opening of Northview Bingo in May of this year. 60% of the proceeds will go to operating expenses & the other 40% will go to CARA for taking care of the expenses for day to day living.

    Well, after meeting the folks at CARA, I asked what we could do to help them out. Adoption is always at the top of the list. But if that's not possible in your world, there are many other things you can do. Sponsorship might be for you. Also many foster homes are needed. This helps with socialization and transition into "home life". What if you want to volunteer? Well, they would just love that. If you love animal contact you can help with the dogs and cats. If you love them from afar, there are many other things that can be done to benefit these precious animals, like being a friendly voice on the CARA phone or helping to build new runs.

    Hannah, Cheyenne, Maggie, Scottilyn, and Brooke (all students at a local school) got together with their school counselor and organized a fund-raiser entitled "Dollars for Dogs". They raised $420 and took a field trip to present it to CARA. So any creative ideas are welcome.

    Janet Madden said "Our wish is for every dog to live happily ever after". Seems like CARA is making this fairy tale come true.

    CARA is located at 960 North Flag Chapel Road, Jackson, MS 39209. Phone number 601-922-7575. Be sure to check out their website, http://CaraMS.org.
     
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    :wave: Hi Savvy...does anyone know how much money it takes to keep this No Kill center running???
     
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    Ummm --- alot? :dunno: Food costs alone have to be shocking. I think one of the articles quotes 1k a day. :shock:

    The main thing I am hoping for is someone sees that this place is in trouble and maybe has a way to contact a corporation that would be interested in sponsorship.

    Anyone know of a company in Jackson Miss. that could use some good publicity? :blush:
     
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    They just added a magazine fundraiser:

    http://www.magfundraising.com/carapets

    So if anybody out there already buys magazines for their home/office - why not save a little money and do some good? :wub::clap:
     
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    thanks so much for taking time to post this!:wave:
     
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    Ok, went to the website. Looked at puppies. There are some cute ones on there. :wub: Does anyone know why on some of the puppies it states that the dog must stay in mississippi??? Wouldn't a home be a home, whatever state it was in???:dunno:

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  10. savvytangerine

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    I have heard certain places have rules similar. Not sure the specfic reason why C.A.R.A would. However, if they are as close to shutting down as it seems I would assume that exceptions would be made.

    Would you like me to contact them and find out the offical reason?
     
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    no you dont have to contact them. I just thought it was strange. A home is a home is a home...
     
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    How cute. I agree with you, why would it matter whether they were kept in Mississippi or not. Unless they keep up with how they are doing in a new home for a certain time period. Doesn't make since. I would be denied one if I wanted one due to being in Tennessee.
     
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    I am the office manager for CARA. The reason of animals staying in MS is because those dogs are being placed from individual's homes and are being helped by CARA. Most of the dogs were found by these people & held at their home because of lack of room & money to care for them. A lot of these dogs are not even available by the time someone shows interest in them. Our contract states that all dogs must be returned to CARA if unable to keep. Those that are being placed owner to owner would not be known as CARA dogs. We would have no record of them and not know for sure that we did help place them. It would be hard to transport a dog out of state because of this. Most of these owners would have no contract nor application for us to verify their adoption. We like to be able to follow up on the dogs from the shelter & can't do that for those we help place from homes. I hope this helps people understand the reason for dogs to be adopted in MS only.
     
  14. Smiling JOe

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    The no-kill shelter in Bay County (Panama City), FL was also on the local news last night saying they are struggling financially, and may have to close if they cannot raise enough money. They say they are non-profit and that they cannot receive grants, so money is tough and costs are on the rise. They are trying to raise $100,000 to stay open until some other fund raisers are held. Currently, they have raised $16,000 toward that goal.
     
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    The problem is overwhelming and has bothered me for some time. Google "animal rescue" or go to "petfinder.com". You will find thousands of urgent pleas. I know that the Bay County shelter got quite a bit of help awhile back but as was noted here, one shelter could require $1,000/day to maintain.$365,000/year for each shelter! How can donors support this?

    HSUS estimates that there are 4,000-6,000 shelters in the US. That's $1.4 -$2.2 BILLION per year to maintain these animals. It's estimated that 25% of these pets are purebred. Approximately 50% of all animals entering shelters, are euthanized. How do we stop killing these innocents that get no more respect from the average person than their car does? In many cases less.

    IMHO we need laws. I would love to see the AKC abolished. It is the notion of purebred superiority that they started and continue to perpetuate which causes people to breed animals for money. Secondly, it is the ignorant owner who purchases pets and doesn't spay them. Or the loving owner who wants to experience the joy of puppidom. Seeing one beautiful soul euthanized for lack of someone to love should be enough for them to put aside their own paternal needs and selflessly spay their animal so that others can live.


    How about how "cute" a puppy or kitty is and then when they are no longer cute, they are put on Craig's list, or Sowal.com or worse yet, left in a vacated house or thrown from a car.

    FOR EVERY ONE THAT IS BORN, ANOTHER ONE DIES

    It breaks my heart and I feel so helpless. We had a great event yesterday trying to help Alaqua which is a grain of sand on the beach. A handful of people turned out to help. An extremely modest number of people even showed up and a small number of them donated $5. WHY???????

    There was legislation to limit breeding last year but it still allowed "licensed" breeders to breed. WTF was that? I would like to see the "SALE" of animals of any kind outlawed. Maybe when we have 0 animal births, we can start adopting them from other countries - it would cost less than it does now to feed, house and euthanize them. Selling human organs is illegal. I just can't understand why it's illegal to sell a child but not an animal. ALL life is precious and should not be subject to being sold for a profit.

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    We like to think that it's only the abusers and dog fighters that are part of the problem but it is the puppies that we breed and the family pet that was given away because he barked too much. It should be a lifetime commitment. If we can't do that, we shouldn't take them. Maybe when the breeders can't sell their puppies, they won't make more. Supply and Demand. Help stop the demand for purebred animals. It is now "chic" to adopt and to wear faux fur if that's what motivates you.


    I don't know how to do it but if anyone knows someone who can work through the system to lobby for legislation, I would love to be the force to make it happen. Can I put together a presentation for anyone? Can we get a county law to make the sale illegal. Can the educated and creative people of sowal start a trend?

    Ever occur to you why some of us can be this concerned with animals
    suffering but government is not. Why? Animals don't vote.
    Paul Harvey

    I dare one politician to care enough.
    I apologize for this and I try real hard not to push my beliefs on anyone. I believe in freedom and I respect each person's right to choose their own paths but I also know that many good people are simply not exposed to the facts regarding animals. For me, when I became aware, my only choice was to stop buying pets, stop eating meat, stop wearing fur and stop using leather. This is MY choice and I don't judge anyone who supports any of these practices. None of my family and friends live as I do but they respect my right and I respect theirs. Please don't slam me for posting this. I have the right to post it just as you have the right to post beach concerns and cyclers on the street.

    For those that want to know, I was a HUGE meat eater. I took a 30day challenge to stop eating meat and it worked. I don't need it. I feel better. Slowly weight is coming off (now that I found ways to eat something other than carbs) and my gastric reflux has nearly disappeared. Now if something could shock me into exercising, I'd be thrilled :rofl: What caused such a change in me? Beach Bummett did and she didn't mean to :clap: but I thank her for it. She sent me a link to sign a PETA petition when Michael Vick was arrested. I need to say that I don't agree with the tactics of Ingrid Newkirk but for those who WANT to know, Sunshine's website offers a way for you to learn what you want without being exposed to things that you don't want to know. No graphic movies pop up in your face and no horrible images. YOU are told in text and you can decide to click or not to click on the information regarding many various animal issues. Her webpage on our concerns is:


    When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants
    to murder him he calls it ferocity. George Bernard Shaw


    My dad is better and I'm ready to focus on other things that are important to me. If there's anyone else like me out there, let's assemble. Let's brainstorm. Let's do lunch (even if you eat meat :rolling:). Let's do what we can with no pushing, guilting or expectations. If there are 10 or 20 of us that can spend 1 hour a month maybe we can make a change for just one animal, maybe more.

    $1 buys 3 cans of food. Donate whatever you can to these shelters :wub: until we can make bigger changes - I did.


     
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    CARA closure

    CARA is housing over 300 dogs & 70 cats. There are countless animals in foster care that we also trying to help place. Our daily expenses run over $1500 daily. That doesn't include the discount by vets. We also get no grants are government aid. Oh BTW -- HI Beach Bum!
     
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    Unfortunately, Mississippi is a state where dogs are dumped off in people's yards. Cats also. I cannot tell you how many I see wandering Hwy 72 in Northeast Ms., pitiful. I'm not saying dogs are not dumped out where I live because they are, but in the country it is more prevalent.
     
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    Even a small contribution helps the shelters. I will do my part for both the Mississippi and the Bay County shelters. I know the Bay County shelter has contacted larger businesses and some are setting up large events such as silent auctions and wine tastings which can bring in much larger donations. We all just need to our part, no matter how large or small to save these animals. Anything helps- just need to get the word out!
     
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    [quote=Lady D;432844]Unfortunately, Mississippi is a state where dogs are dumped off in people's yards. Cats also. I cannot tell you how many I see wandering Hwy 72 in Northeast Ms., pitiful. I'm not saying dogs are not dumped out where I live because they are, but in the country it is more prevalent.[/quote]
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