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C.A.R.E., Cat/Canine Assistance, Referral & Education (Sherman Oaks)


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C.A.R.E. operates a no-kill, cage-free animal sanctuary, opened in 1998, for cats & dogs providing rescued pets a great quality of life regardless of their age, health status or adoptability. We also provide morale and informational support to pet rescuers, and work to education pet-care givers regarding problems in an effort to help them understand and keep their pets.


C.A.R.E.
P O Box 56631
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 685-9980 (voice mail only)
[email protected]

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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Hello, Looking to re-home my cat Luna. She is about 5 years old and incredibly sweet. Unfortunately due to a roommate having severe allergies with no medication to help she needs to find a new home. She is spayed and was vaccinated before adopting her as a kitten. Good with dogs and friendly cats.  I'd be happy to donate toward your cause as I'm aware there are so many cats in need. If there are no openings with you I was wondering if you knew of other organizations I could reach out to? I will not take her to a shelter. Please let me know what other information I can provide. Best,Veronica
posted by Veronica Brown, on 2020-02-07 00:38:54
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I'm in desperate need of finding loving, forever homes or Animal Rescue situation (for willing rescue I can take kittens to your location from mine in the city of Norwalk, CA) for 2 solid black male kittens & 2 black & while males with different markings, all short hair that are approximately 16 to 18 weeks old that are playful & loving; along with litter box trained. Each one will make a great addition to any loving home or a perfect match for an individual in need of an E.S.A. Born to a feral mother & being fostered by my family to keep them out of harms way at the hands of a homeless individual that is as of now no longer a threat. The mom is being spade & re-released back to her colony , however the kittens being fully domesticated would be served best by remaining with people. I have a no pet policy & am on the verge of losing the roof over my families head because of fostering. For interested parties I can be reached at (562) 708-5807 or at [email protected] com
posted by Shanon Day, on 2019-12-14 00:14:31
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My black cat Sevoug is missing from the Encino/Tarzana area. If you have any information please contact me at (818) 489-8938. Thank you. -natalie
posted by Natalie Tanijian, on 2019-09-07 01:59:01