Community Animal Rescue and Education (St. Francis C.A.R.E.) was founded in 2006 by a group of animal enthusiasts who wanted to provide shelter for unwanted animals before placing them in good homes. The founders soon expanded their purpose to help educate the public about the importance of paying and neutering pets to minimize the use of euthanasia for population control.
St. Francis C.A.R.E. is also home to the first low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Southern Illinois. We offer spay/neuter services and yearly vaccinations to families who meet our low income qualifications.
Our mission is as follows: “We provide shelter and veterinary care to lost, unwanted and abandoned animals until they can be placed in a kind and loving home where they will be cared for in a safe and humane environment for the rest of their natural lives. We also seek to improve the community as a whole by educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering in order to prevent undesired breeding and minimize the need for euthanasia, and by promoting the adoption of animals as pets from pounds, shelters and animal rescue groups rather than supporting inhumane puppy and kitten mills, which contribute to the problem of overpopulation of domestic animals.”