Who are we?
CAReS is a local not for profit society and federally registered charity that exists to promote compassionate care and prevention of cruelty and neglect to animals.
In addition to adopting or fostering a shelter pet, animal lovers can help shelters and rescued dogs and cats by becoming a volunteer, donating time, money or supplies and just by spreading the word.
If you or someone you know is interested in enhancing the lives of shelter animals without cleaning cages or walking the strong and often energetic dogs, there are plenty of additional opportunities to volunteer. Even better, you might be able to read that book you’ve been lacking time to dig into at the same time.
Cats are very sensitive creatures and shelter life can take its toll on them rather quickly. Some cats crave lively interaction such as playing with toys you toss to them so they can utilize their natural play/hunting instincts. Other cats simply want some quiet time with someone. The gentle, repetitive strokes of someones hand can go a long way to reduce the stress of a kenneled cat. Many cats entering shelters are fearful or shy, and you can help them through this without risking battle wounds in the process. Grab a book and a chair and go to the room where shy cats are held. Sit where they can see you, and just read. Reading your book out loud not only allows you to relax with a good book, but the constant sound of your voice will make them more comfortable with humans. Seeing you and hearing you, without someone reaching into their space, can be very beneficial to shy cats as they learn that something scary doesn’t happen every time a human comes into the room.
These kitties appreciate any entertainment people are willing to supply.
If dogs hold your interest, but running or walking with them doesn’t, you can ask CARES about a quiet room, a blanket and a chair. Or, you can even do this outside on a nice day if there is a quiet area with a bench for you to sit on. Some of the jumpiest, highest strung dogs benefit most from this exercise. Sitting in a chair in a quiet spot, lay a blanket on the floor by your feet and shorten the lead so the dog can’t get anywhere. Sit very still and ignore the behavior of the dog completely. Once they settle and lay down, feel free to grab that book or magazine and start reading. In a kennel environment, the dogs rarely sleep well or relax, so this time is well deserved and much needed.
Find out who we are and what we do
We help pets by:
Increasing awareness of humane treatment of animals and promoting spay/neuter programs to reduce overpopulation;
Providing humane care and medical treatment to stray animals;
Providing a clean, warm bed and a full tummy to any homeless or unwanted animals;
Inspiring awareness and compassion for all living things; and
Finding loving and responsible homes for animals at the shelter.
TNR Program – Trap Neuter Return for Feral Cats
CAReS in association with the Claresholm Veterenary Services funds a TNR program to help control the feral cat populations. People who find there are a large number of feral cats in their area can submit their location for consideration in the program. We trap the cats spay/neuter then and then return them to the area from which they were taken. We return them to the same area to ensure that new cats do not move into the area.