Welcome to CARA!

Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc. (CARA) is a True No-Kill organization that cares for an average of 300 dogs & 120 cats. Read more about us.

NEXT EVENT!  A “Run for the Roses” Tuesday Night April 29th, 2014, 6-9 p.m. Anjou at the Township in Ridgeland.  Come experience the Derby “CARA style”, wearing your finest derby style outfits and hats, sipping Mint Juleps in special souvenir cups, while waiting for the trumpet call for riders to come to their post. Contests and Prizes for Best Hats! Doors Open at 5:30, Call to the Starting Gate begins at 6:00!  Bet on Prerecorded Races with Derby Cash & Take Your Winnings to Our Exciting 'Live Auction'.  Sponsor a Race, Name a Horse and/or Jockey.  Join us for food, fun and fast horses running for the roses while raising money to support CARA's mission and homeless animals. For Tickets ($50 in advance, $60 at the door) and to purchase Horse , Jockey and/or Race, Call Nancy at 601-497-0375. Must be 21 to attend.

HOLD A FOOD DRIVE FOR CARA -- Do you know how many lbs of food it takes to feed 400 animals at CARA?  A LOT -- Several hundred lbs each day!  Help keep our food storage above LOW and get your neighborhood, church, school group, etc. to hold a Food/Supply Drive for CARA!  Get more info and our food drive flyer.

FlashMyCaseNEW OFFER!!  iPhone cases with Pet Photos!  The nice folks at FlashMyCase will contribute $5 to CARA for every one ordered that includes your pet in the Jackson Metro Area. It's easy! Download the app today and get yours!

Cat Adoption BookletAre 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 (03/26/14),  59 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! 

Bree's Bark ParkSpring 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.

Want to Volunteer at CARA?  Click here.

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 -- ToddHAPPY 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 Todd the kitty on his way to his 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.

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

Joy is a female domestic shorthair who is about 2 years old. She is a sweet girl who gets along with other cats but is afraid of children. Joy would love to become your lap cat.  If you are interested in Joy, please click on the link below.

 Dog of the Week

Solomon (m), Suki (f), and Simone (f) are German Shepherd mixes, about 3 and half months old. They are happy, well tempered pups who are hoping for a home and family of their very own. If you are interested in adopting, 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:


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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