Welcome to St. Francis

Community Animal
Rescue & Education

Upcoming Events

Join us for an organized bike ride with routes of approximately 22, 30, 37.5, 49 & 54 miles! The ride starts and ends a John A Logan college, Parking Lot A. Mass start at 9:00 a.m. (route closes at 2:00 p.m.)


$30 Pre-registration fee includes a t-shirt if you register before May 6th, 2023!


$35 to register the day of the event


$15 t-shirts are available to the first 50 people


Age 18 and under pre-registration is $25 (t-shirt not included)

FORE! Each year St. Francis CARE hosts a golf scramble. Teams of four golfers hit the links for a day of golf, food, and FUN! 

The cost? Just $100 per player (that includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, and beverages). And if golf isn’t your game, you can showcase your business and support St. Francis CARE by sponsoring a golf hole. Hole sponsorships are $100. Kennel Club opportunities are also available.

Please contact Diane to register your team! 

Give a lifesaving gift today.

Working with our compassionate community to end pet homelessness and animal suffering.

find your friend

Adopt a Pet

  • A New Home

    We strive to make sure our pets are adopted to their furever homes.

  • Safe Environment

    Come to St. Francis CARE and fall in love with your new pet in a friendly and safe environment.

  • Vaccinated

    Our adoption fees include spay or neuter, microchip, and vaccines up to and including the rabies vaccine.

  • Pets are Family

    St. Francis CARE will not adopt dogs or cats to homes where they will spend their whole life outside.

Adopt Now

View our adoptable cats and dogs that are ready for you to take home.

Get Involved

Interested in becoming part of our volunteer family? We’d love the extra help!

Our Services

We are home to Southern Illinois’ first low-income spay/neuter clinic; S.P.O.T.

St. Francis CARE

Community Animal Rescue and Education 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 educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering pets to minimize the use of euthanasia for population control.

Pet Adoption is

Working with our compassionate community to end pet homelessness and animal suffering.



Our adoption fees include spay or neuter, microchip, and vaccines up to and including the rabies vaccine. All of our dogs over the age of 6 months are checked for heart-worm disease and will either be started on a preventative or treated for heart-worm disease. All of our adoptable cats are screened for FeLV/FIV.

We prefer Purina One or Diamond. We ask that you avoid foods with artificial coloring.

Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying or neutering will help your pet live a longer, healthier life.

Adopt, donate, and volunteer! There are many ways you can help us save lives, whether you are directly involved in the volunteer team or from a distance through different donor opportunities

We are home to southern Illinois’ first low-income spay/neuter clinic, St. Francis C.A.R.E. S.P.O.T.

To find out if you qualify for service or to learn more about the program, click here.

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We love hearing from other hoomans! Drop us a line, say hi and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

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what we do

Our Mission

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 by educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering. This prevents undesired breeding and minimizes the need for euthanasia also 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.

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Make a Donation

We are a 501c3 not for profit organization, which means we rely heavily on donations from the public to keep us up and running. Our animals need many things to keep them comfortable and happy, and we strive to make sure they are spoiled rotten!

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