Welcome to CARA!

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.

4th Annual CARA Angel Tree Fundraiser -- Pick an ornament & fulfill the “wishes” of our precious animals. Please return the item(s) to the location by DECEMBER 21st.  Don’t have time to shop?  CARA can always use monetary or gift card donations – just give these to the store clerk and any location! Thanks from all the staff and animals at CARA!  CARA Angel Tree Locations: Briarwood Pet Shop, The Rug Place, William Wallace Salon, Hollywood Feed in Ridgeland & Flowood, Tractor Supply in Clinton & Canton, Atmos Energy – Flowood & Industrial, Petco, Animal Health Center in Madison, Repeat Street, Orange Leaf Yogurt, Diva Dog,  Starbucks - Renaissance & Maywood Mart, Frog Head Grill – Clinton, Northeast Animal Hospital, Fondren Muse, Family Pet Clinic in Clinton.  Print/View Angel Tree Flyer.

Barnes and Noble Gift Wrapping Free Holiday Gift Wrapping at Barnes & Noble -- During the weeks leading up to Christmas (Nov. 28th - Dec 24th), CARA volunteers will be at Barnes and Noble in Ridgeland, MS, wrapping your holiday purchases for FREE! As we are a no-kill shelter, we just ask that you leave us a tip to ensure a happy holiday for our beloved animals as well. Check our Schedule.


Cat Adoption Booklet Are 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 ParkFall is here and the 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 breesbarkpark@carams.org 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 -- GordonHAPPY 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. Pictured is Gordon and his new family.  Gordon was found wandering the streets all alone.  He is a senior dog who is blind and partially deaf.  We can't thank the Davis family enough for giving this sweet boy a forever home. 

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 & ARF, two of the largest NO KILL animal shelters in Metro Area, have teamed up to help fight pet overpopulation.  Representatives from both CARA and ARF 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

Storm Cloud is a female Russian Blue mix with a bobtail who is about 4.5 months old. She is extremely friendly and loving. If you are interested in adopting Storm Cloud, please click on the link below.

 Dog of the Week
Gianna is a female Lab/Shepherd mix who is about 3 months old. She would be especially fun in a home with children who love to play as much as she does.If you are interested in adopting Gianna, please click on the link below.


Contact Us Online Form
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:


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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Our New Sponsor -- Fondren Muse

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