Castaway Animals Rescue Effort, otherwise known as C.A.R.E., is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals. Established in 1992, C.A.R.E. has saved over 25,000 lives and we are still counting. From our humble grassroots beginnings, we have grown into southwest Missouri's largest no-kill shelter. Operations are still overseen by founder and director, Melissa Sartin. Her compassion for all living creatures drives the organization forward.
Everyday we strive to ease the pain that victims of neglect and abuse endure, offering safety and hope, and finding them the homes they so richly deserve. We are proud to work alongside government agencies and other nonprofits making a difference in the lives of the animals we care so deeply about. Together we serve as a voice for those who cannot speak.
C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue houses hundreds of homeless animals. The Adoption Center in Springfield is open to the public Thursday-Saturday while scheduling adoptions by appointment Sunday-Wednesday. The Adoption Center gives guests the opportunity to meet some of our animals offering a one-on-one experience prior to adoption. Our sanctuary near Aurora is reserved for animals who may need some extra time to fully recover and become ready for adoption. We also house our rescued farm animals at this location. Our unadoptable animals reside at our sanctuary as well, each spending their days with cageless freedom, their nights in warm beds, and receiving lots of love and individual attention.
C.A.R.E. relies solely on the kindness and donations of the public to care for our animals. We are neither city- nor state-funded and all donations are tax deductible. We rescue approximately 1,000 animals a year, including dogs, cats, small mammals, horses, pigs and more. Your donations change the lives of so many animals who would otherwise not have a chance.
To rescue as many adoptable animals from death row as we can properly provide and care for.
To provide medical treatment for sick and injured stray animals.
To combine an aggressive spay and neuter program with a high-volume adoption program while providing quality lifetime care for unadoptable pets.
To network and provide a rescue service for other shelters, ultimately reducing the kill rate in Southwest Missouri.
Nestled in Aurora's countryside, C.A.R.E.'s sanctuary provides life saving rehabilitation and lifetime care to all types of animals. Each animal is unique in the time and care required to heal from lives of neglect, abuse or injuries. No matter their history, our sanctuary gives these animals the freedom and quality of life they deserve. We provide a loving environment for elderly animals who have lost their homes through our hospice program, and we accommodate animals with special needs where elsewhere they may be deemed unadaptable. We have a feline leukemia cabin, and we are consistently taking in animals with emergency medical needs. The sanctuary is a peaceful place where transformations happen when animals realize they are safe and loved.