C.A.R.E. formed in June 2007 to help transport homeless animals from remote or rural shelters in the Midwest get to Colorado based rescue organizations. These animals were facing euthanasia in the shelters. They had limited or no adoption options in their current area. By bringing them to Colorado, they would be placed in foster care with a rescue group, have their health and behavior assessed, and placed properly with a forever family. In August of 2016, the weekly big interstate transports were passed to a new group, named Hope For Paws Colorado. C.A.R.E. continues to fund animal rescue transports all over the western United States and has provided or funded close to 60,000 rides through October 2023.
Over the years, we saw the need to develop other programs to assist the animals in shelters and rescues. In October, 2008, we started Jake's Fund to help shelter and and animals in rescue with veterinary care. Through October 2023, over 9,000 animals have been helped with their veterinary expenses.
In 2009, we started organizing and funding Spay & Neuter programs in poor, rural and tribal communities. Through October 2023, more than 50,000 pets have been fixed with our funding. Spay and neuter funding our top priority now because of the animal welfare crisis.
Next, C.A.R.E. started a program to help rural shelters and rescues with their capital, veterinary and pet food needs. Last, we also saw the need to help owners who love their pets keep them during challenging times.