BBB Charity Review for
Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 8/29/2002



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Business Name:
Business Address: 960 N. Flag Chapel Road
Jackson, MS 39209
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Original Business Start Date: 3/30/2001
Local Business Start Date: 3/30/2001
Type of Entity: Charity/NonProfit
Laura Lillard, Executive Director
Phone Number:
(601) 922-7575
Fax Number:
(601) 924-2203
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Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets all those standards.


CARA is a non-profit "No-kill" animal rescue group which provides food, shelter & care for hundreds of abused, unwanted, & stray animals.

The primary goal of CARA is the placement of our adoptable animals into loving, caring homes, thereby enhancing the bond between animals & people.  Our services are designed to promote responsible pet ownership.  By education, communities can learn the benefits of proper care & treatment of all pets & why spaying and neutering are so important.


Foster A CARA Pet: A foster home is a temporary home in which the pets can live like they are supposed to live – as our companions – until they are adopted.

Volunteer with CARA Community Council CARA: The CARA Community Council (CCC) was formed in an effort to gather volunteers from all over the community to support this great cause! For more information, contact Matthew Holmes

Volunteer at the Shelter: The Shelter always needs volunteers to bathe and groom, answer phones, socialize the animals, laundry, and assist the Staff with their everyday duties of cleaning cages and kennels. If you are under the age of 14, a parent or guardian must accompany you on your first visit to volunteer at the Shelter to complete the Consent Form. For more information, contact Sheri Rowe.


-Replacing/Adding 40 new kennels for dogs
-Establishing a Cattery seperate from the dog area
-Ongoing transport of puppies/dogs to New England for adoption
-Implementing the "Adopt a Leash" Program for people who want to interact with dogs and cats but cannot adopt them into their homes
-Won the National Fuzzy Nation/Pet Supermodel of the Year Award for Francis, their miracle dog
-Collaborated with the Animal Planet cable channel in filming an episode of Confessions: Animal Hoarding
-Selected as one of 5 top charities by the Jackson Restaurant Association
-Approved to adopted pets from Petco during special adoption events


Board Size:13
Paid Staff:1

Fundraising Methods

Fundraising for CARA: It takes approximately $1000 a day to operate the Shelter so we welcome ideas and volunteers for ways to raise money!! For more information, contact Denise Cantrell

"Patron of the Pets"
With the help of $15.00 a month, a patron can help CARA continue daily operations.

CARA is...

•Operated by volunteers & part-time employees
•Supported by private donations from individuals, businesses, & fund raising events
•Receives no funds from the city, county, state or federal government

Financial Summary

According to the IRS Form 990 for the Fiscal Year ended 3/31/2011:

Total Income $495,882.00
Total Expenses $475,268.00
Gain/Loss for the Year $20,614.00

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $445,041.00 93.64%
Fund Raising $26,668.00 5.61%
Administrative $3,559.00 0.75%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $495,882.00 100.00%

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CARA uses fundraiser events such as: Fashion Faux Paws/ A Stylish Benefit for CARA, Easter Pictures with Pets at Diva Dog, Bob Coleman Winter 10K Run / 5K Walk, Animal House Party. They also use direct mail, newsletters and grant request. Expenses for CARA's programs and services are supported entirely by individual donations. CARA receives no funds from the city, county, state or feceral governments.

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Report as of: 4/19/2014
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