Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort & Shelter (C.A.R.E.S.) is a 501c3 not for profit organization designed to improve the condition of our community's shelter while ensuring the livelihood of our shelter pet population.
Our vision for C.A.R.E.S. is to not only provide a safe haven and adoptions for these animals, but to also promote a sense of pride and ownership. We have a compelling story to tell about how a new shelter could inspire our community. C.A.R.E.S., along with the people of Clarksdale are working to make the vision a reality.
Why is our organization needed?
At the end of the day, Clarksdale does indeed have a stray dog problem. It's a problem that affects many other socioeconomic areas in our state, but instead of turning our heads and driving past, we are facing it head on for the betterment of our community. Over the years, many of you have made contributions to the city animal shelter, but for one reason or another, funding seemed to dwindle before the needs were met. Those needs caused C.A.R.E.S. to reevaluate itself in 2014 and become active in pursuing our mission of making a difference in Coahoma County.
Why is it important for this mission to happen now?
Our biggest threat is TIME! Clarksdale is at a fork in the road, and we can either continue to ignore our growing animal population, or we can join together and become a "tale of togetherness" in our effort to solve the problem. These are living, breathing dogs and cats that have no choice but to sit in a kennel and wait for us to make up our minds.
CARES' initial goal has always been to purchase/build a building that allows us more space, more visibility, and a better quality of life for the dogs and cats here. In October, after six months in operation, WE BOUGHT IT! We purchased an empty structure on the gateway of Clarksdale along HWY 49. The vacant building will be completely repurposed to fit our needs, but it’s got everything we were initially seeking. Our animals will all be housed indoors, away from the cold of winter and heat of MS summer. Diseases will lower. The cats will have their own area. The dogs will have outdoor exercise yards as well as indoor training areas. We'll have an adoption room, an isolation room, and an educational room for our humans. Even room for birthday parties! This is no inexpensive project, and we'd love your support as we continue to progress.
Another objective is to provide spay and neuter services for those who cannot afford local veterinary care so that the number of animals roaming the streets will decrease. It's been proven in city after city that this type of preventative program will pay for itself in the reduction of animals that have to be picked up, fed, cared for, and often euthanized. Thanks to A Guardian Angel Foundation, C.A.R.E.S. has recently acquired a $3,000 grant to help cover the cost of spaying and neutering our current animals.
The third objective, and possibly the most important, is to engage the public and humanely rehabilitate these animals. It's imperative that both young and old find the reward in saving lives and learn the impact of animal cruelty, safety, and welfare. In collaboration with area schools, local veterinarians, and other nonprofit groups, we can work to provide support for our diverse population and the socioeconomic disadvantaged who sometimes have to overcome the largest obstacles for healthy pet care. We look forward to offering programs such as Break the Chains, Kids and Critters, and a Pet Food Pantry to benefit and provide the shelter with the proper networks from which to grow and change a community mindset from one of neglect to success.