Member Login


Support Us

URGENT Rufus is lost -- Friday May 14th, 2010

Rufus jumped out of his adopter's car in the Petsmart parking lot on Harbison Boulevard. He was last seen in the parking lot of Rooms To Go on the other side of Harbison. Please help us find Rufus.

Download Flyer

Bark To The Park 2009 -- Wednesday April 29th, 2009

beannieBark to the Park was a roaring (barking?) success.

Not only did we and the CARE dogs who attended have a wonderful time, we also raised over $450.00 for the rescue! That's enough to cover heartworm treatment for one of our dogs who is waiting. Our t-shirts were a huge hit. If you missed out, they will be available for order soon on our website. We met lots of new friends in the rescue community and found some neat dog-based businesses, like this one.

Thank you, Midlands, for supporting CARE and other rescues, for the love of dogs.


Check out our photos from the event!
While you're there, you can join our cause on Facebook.

Christmas shopping helps! -- Wednesday November 26th, 2008

Help a pet in need just by shopping

You can help a pet in need while you Christmas shop! All you have to do is go to the bottom of our home page, click on one of our affiliate links and make your purchase. The retailers will make a donation to CARE for sending them customers.

You can also find HUNDREDS more online stores who will donate to us when you shop through iGive. All your favorite stores are here including the Gap, Eddie Bauer, Home Depot, Best Buy, and more!

Give the gift that keeps on giving! Shop from the comfort of your own home while helping needy animals.

Your shopping can help all year round, not just at Christmas. Remember to bookmark these links for all your shopping needs.

Avery's Adventure -- Wednesday October 22nd, 2008

Avery's Coast to Coast Adventure


Avery is the star in an unusual chain of events that led to a happy ending for four dogs in peril. Avery is a 2 year old German Shorthaired Pointer who was stolen one year ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was one more blow in a string of sad events in the lives of Avery's parents, Bill* and Eden*. Bill's grandfather and Eden's father were both diagnosed with terminal cancer on the same day. They made a last minute trip to Ohio to say goodbye to Bill's grandfather, and Avery was left with a friend in Colorado. While they were away saying their goodbyes, Avery was stolen.


Bill and Eden tried everything to find her and eventually resigned themselves to the idea that they may never see her again.


"We had in one sense given up on ever finding her, yet I still hung onto a little bit of hope. I look at the pets section on craigslist on a fairly regular basis in an apparent attempt at torturing myself by looking at all of the unwanted animals. Every time I saw a female GSP I would check to see if it was her. If the pictures were lousy or taken at a distance, I would compare a picture of Avery to them to make sure the markings weren't similar. I had some hope I would find her, but I never dreamed she would get to come home. I figured if I found her she would be living with some other family who loved her and had taken her in when she needed a home. I tried really hard to not imagine that she had been hit by a car or something of that nature". Eden

Their excitement was tempered with the realization that they could not afford the flight to bring Avery home. CARE Volunteer, Lil, put the same determination to work to raise the funds to get Avery home that she used to track down Avery's family. In less than 12 hours, we had the funds for her plane ticket and airline safe crate. We cannot thank the folks enough who generously contributed to help Avery get back home. Without your help, Avery's family would have had to settle for knowing that she was safe, but they would never see her again. Thanks to you, Avery has been reunited with her family back in Colorado.


As mysterious as how Avery found herself in SC are the events that helped her find her way back. So many things had to come together in just the right way that one has to wonder if it was divine intervention. Avery's mom believes her Dad had a hand in it. Eden's Dad understood more than anyone how much Bill and Eden loved Avery. He passed away this summer. Perhaps he did help Avery get back home as his way of helping Eden through her first holiday season without him.


"I can never possibly thank all of you enough for saving her. I don't know for sure what set in motion this whole chain of events. I don't know how she found you all who definitely went above and beyond every step of the way for her, but I guarantee I will never forget any of you or the generosity people showed in donating for her flight home. After having our family really torn apart over the last year, we can finally add a piece of it back in. I can look forward to another fun-filled Christmas baking season of trying to keep Avery from stealing all the Christmas cookies off the counter as soon as I bake them and knocking the Santa train off its tracks every time it makes noises. My husband can finally look forward to running with another live being that has the stamina to keep up since neither basset hounds nor cats are exactly endurance runners and teenagers just tend to complain a lot." Eden 

Avery is back home, now, and Bill and Eden say she fell right back in to her old routines. She still likes to steal food whenever she gets a chance. The only family member not thrilled that Avery is home is Desmond, the cat. He'll come around.


Avery is not the only dog with a happy ending in this story. CARE Volunteer, Kelly, was at the shelter that day looking for Missy, a CARE foster dog who had dug out of her fence and gotten lost. Missy was found safe and has been adopted. When CARE Volunteer, Lil, went back to the shelter to bring Avery home, she saw a St. Bernard and a German Shepherd Dog who needed to get out. She contacted a local St. Bernard rescue group who bailed out the St. Bernard, and Lil is fostering Jemma, the German Shepherd Dog herself.


We may never understand how this all came together so perfectly, but we are all thrilled that it did. Our only regret is that there were many more dogs who we could not save. We can save them all if we all come together. Please check your local shelters and rescues when you are ready for a dog. They are filled with wonderful pets who deserve a chance to live as part of a loving family.  

Avery in the News 

* Names have been changed.


Facing Foreclosure? -- Sunday September 21st, 2008

Hope Now - hope for people who are facing foreclosure

Hope Now is a FREE resource offering guidance, counseling, and assistance to people who are facing foreclosure on their home. If you find yourself in this situation, please visit their website, or call the hotline at 1.888.995.HOPE. They may be able to help you keep your home and your pets.

Scary accident ends OK -- Wednesday September 3rd, 2008

Saturday August 30 will go down as the worst adoption day in history (we hope). One of our volunteers was on her way to SuperPetz for Adoption Day with 3 dogs and 3 cats when her car went into a ditch and flipped several times. We are thankful that Alicia suffered only a broken rib and cuts and bruises. Amazingly, none of the animals were hurt. The scariest moment for them is that the crates came open, and the animals were loose. Fortunately, a volunteer with Carolina Boxer Rescue was 2 cars behind Alicia. She was shaken from what she had just seen, but she jumped into action and rounded up all the animals. Alicia was airlifted to Richland Memorial, but she refused to leave her vehicle until all the animals were safe. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Anna Cope for all your help!

Beechnut's DNA Results -- Wednesday August 13th, 2008

Beechnut's DNA Test results are in! donated a free DNA test to CARE to use on one of our rescue dogs. Beechnut is the lucky guy who got to learn his ancestry. We are very excited about this because we typically have nothing more to go on than our best educated guess based on our experience as rescuers to determine our rescue dogs' mix. This was a wonderful opportunity to not only get positive ID on one of our own, but also to test our skills at guessing.

As it turns out, we're pretty darn good at guessing! Listing sites only allow you to put in 2 breeds for display. So, we always pick two breeds that we think are the most likely mix, and that is how we list the dog. The two breeds we chose for Beechnut are in fact in his DNA! It is good news that we are good at guessing because we could not afford to test all of our dogs!

In addition to the two that we guessed, Beech is made up of three other breeds. Go to our home page to try your hand at guessing the breed mix, or go straight to the results.

And, of course, you can be the lucky one to adopt Beechnut!

LionShop & Share -- Tuesday July 29th, 2008

Cullen’s Archangel RescuE has enrolled in the Food Lion LionShop & Share program. It’s the easiest way in the world for you to raise money for animals in need, and it costs you nothing extra. You shop for the groceries you would buy anyway, and Food Lion donates a portion of your total purchase to CARE.

Please help Cullen’s Archangel RescuE by linking your MVP card and shopping at Food Lion. You may link your MVP card by filling out this simple form.

Remember to shop Food Lion and scan your MVP card. This program does not interfere with the MVP discounts and no MVP product has to be purchased to participate.

Print this flyer to help us spread the word.

Adopt-A-Cat Month -- Friday June 13th, 2008

CARE is celebrating the American Humane Association’s national Adopt-A-Cat Month this June. It’s the perfect time to promote cat adoptions because the spring and summer months typically bring a surge of cats to the nation’s shelters and rescues. When cats are not neutered or spayed, they easily reproduce, and the spring and summer is that time of year when cats are more active, resulting in more kittens showing up at our doors.


In an effort to make lives better, this year’s Adopt-A-Cat Month is proudly sponsored by 9Lives® cat food, which last year led a nationwide campaign to promote the adoption of 1 million cats from the country’s shelters. It looks like 9Lives® cat food, with the help of shelters everywhere, will soon achieve this goal. To continue the momentum, CARE encourages people to enrich their lives by adopting a cat.


American Humane provides these insights to consider when adopting:


• Age : While kittens are hard to resist, adult cats are often better suited to families with young children. Mature cats respond better to the clumsy handling of inquisitive toddlers.

• Number : It can be beneficial to adopt more than one cat or kitten, especially if the pets will be left alone for long periods while you are gone. Not all cats enjoy companionship, but many are very social with members of their own species. Young kittens need to engage in vigorous play for several hours a day – another pet can help get the job done.

• Personality : Many cats are under a great deal of stress in a shelter environment. A cat’s true personality may not emerge until he has been in his new home for several weeks. (Organization name) encourages you to visit the cat you’re interested in several times and to read any information from a previous owner.

• Coat : The longer the cat’s fur, the more brushing will be needed to prevent painful matting.

• Nutrition and health : Good nutrition and yearly vet visits will keep your cat healthy and happy. Keep your cat indoors to prevent her from getting into accidents or fights with other cats. Check your cat for fleas, and make sure the litter box is clean and odor-free. Finally, set aside time every day to play with your cat; it is beneficial for you both!

• Tags : Animal shelters take in millions of lost cats each year that are not wearing any identification. Make sure to include your cat’s name and your name, address and phone number on the tag. Even indoor cats can slip outside, so make sure she’s wearing her tag at all times. Microchips are another excellent way of identifying your pet. These tiny chips are permanently implanted under your cat’s skin and therefore can never come off or get lost.

• Prepare your home : Both adult cats and kittens love to climb and explore. Be aware of possible hazards. Keep trash cans closed, toilet seat covers down and cabinets latched. Don’t let cords or wires dangle, and cover any floor heating and air vents. Some houseplants may be toxic, so check with your vet for information on cat-friendly indoor plants. Kids and cats • : Children should be taught that a kitten or cat is a companion, not a toy. Rough handling can lead to injuries to both the cat and the child.

• Dogs and cats : Contrary to the expression, “fighting like cats and dogs,” in reality cats and dogs often enjoy each other’s company. It is not unusual for them to engage each other in play and snuggle up together for a nap. However, great care must be taken when introducing these two species. Some dogs may be aggressive toward small animals and may not be suitable for sharing their homes with cats. If you have a dog, ask the adoption staff if you can bring him to the shelter to meet the cat in a controlled environment before you adopt. The shelter staff can help assess their interaction. Remember that most cats will be frightened the first time they see a dog and will need time to accept a canine companion. This may take several days or even weeks depending on the cat.


About the American Humane Association Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Through a network of child and animal protection agencies and individuals, American Humane develops policies, legislation, curricula and training programs to protect children and animals from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The nonprofit membership organization, headquartered in Denver, raises awareness about The Link® between violence to people and violence to animals, as well as the benefits derived from the human-animal bond. American Humane’s regional office in Los Angeles is the authority behind the “No Animals Were Harmed”® end-credit disclaimer on film and TV productions, and American Humane’s office in Washington, D.C., is an advocate for child and animal protection at the federal and state levels. American Humane meets the strong, comprehensive standards of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, has been awarded the Independent Charities of America’s “Best in America” Seal of Approval, and has received a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity evaluator. Visit to learn more.


Morris’ Million Cat Rescue™ is a campaign led by 9Lives® Cat Food’s own Morris® the Cat, who was originally rescued from an animal shelter in Chicago, Illinois, in 1968. 9Lives® Cat Food and Morris® the Cat, supported by his newly adopted pal Li’l Mo™ (the first cat in a million), have traveled the country on a mission to find loving homes for 1 million cats. 9Lives, Morris, Morris’ Million Cat Rescue, Li’l Mo, and Morris’ Million Cat Rescue logo are trademarks of Del Monte Corporation.

Gourmet Candle Fundraiser -- Tuesday May 20th, 2008

Your last chance to buy gourmet candles and custom note cards from to help pay for Ellie's surgery is May 26th. The candles get rave reviews. Don't miss out! Purchase yours today.

CARE has gone Widgetal -- Saturday May 17th, 2008

CARE has been busy trying to get the word out about us and the wonderful pets we have available for adoption. You can now find us all over the Internet and even add us to your own personal pages. CARE now has its own Myspace page. Social networking sites are a great way to spread the word about the wonderful pets we have for adoption. Check us out at If you have a Myspace page, add us as your friend to get bulletin updates about what's going on with us. Please also join our cause by following this link CARE is also on Facebook, another popular social networking site. Join our cause by following this link. We also have a couple of widgets that you can add to your Myspace or Facebook profiles or your iGoogle home page... or wherever you would like to post it. Get CARE News and see our featured pets. There's always a way to stay in the loop with what's going on with CARE!

New Dogfighting Hotline -- Friday May 16th, 2008

Dogfighting foes turn to hot line, billboards By LEE HIGGINS - Law enforcement officials unveiled a statewide hot line and billboard advertisement Thursday as their latest weapons against dogfighting and other animal cruelty. The telephone hot line number — (888) CRIME-SC — will appear on 10 billboards that will feature an image of a dog with a scarred face and missing an eye. Dogfighting can be associated with crimes including gang violence, drug trafficking, serial killings and child molestation, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. “If someone will abuse an animal,” Lott said, “they will abuse a human.” The payout in a fight between two pit bulls in a rural South Carolina ring could be $100,000 — drawing people from New York to Texas, Attorney General Henry McMaster said. “The message is, if you see something, say something,” McMaster said. Anyone providing information leading to an arrest and conviction in an animal-fighting case can receive a reward up to $5,000 from the Humane Society of the United States and distributed by CrimeStoppers. McMaster established a statewide Dogfighting Task Force in 2004, which has made more than 50 arrests, authorities said. More than 300 dogs have been seized. Dogfighting comes with some severe penalties. In November 2004, David Tant of North Charleston, considered the nation’s No. 2 breeder of pit bull dogs, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for dogfighting activities. He pleaded guilty to 41 counts of dogfighting and one count of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. In the highest-profile dogfighting case of late, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is serving a 23-month term in federal prison after pleading guilty last year to running a dogfighting ring. Some of those fights reportedly took place in South Carolina. In February, Kenneth Gadson, accused of hanging a dog with an electrical cord to teach blood lust to stronger animals, was found hanged in an apparent suicide. Richland County deputies had charged Gadson, his brother and a third man with maintaining a training operation for dogfighting. Often people who fight dogs will steal domestic dogs to build blood taste and train the animals to be vicious, Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts couldn’t imagine if anything happened to his 10-year-old miniature poodle, Buddy. “It is sad that the problem has gotten to this extent,” Metts said, “but we need to do something.” Lamar Advertising partnered with Crimestoppers to launch the program, which will continue for at least 30 days, said Scott Shockley, a general manager at the company. Adams Outdoor Advertising and Fairway Outdoor Advertising also have joined the program, he said. Criminals cross jurisdictions, so a statewide hot line works, Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Chief Wendell Davis said. Animal abuse pulls at the heartstrings, he said. “Just look at this animal and look into the animal’s eye. If you can’t have compassion for that, there’s something wrong.” Reach Higgins at (803) 771-8570.

When Hearts Get Broken -- Monday February 11th, 2008

Volunteering in rescue is an immensely rewarding experience. We get to see pet after pet go from struggling to survive on the streets to living the life of luxury curled up on a soft couch. There are times, though, when being a rescuer breaks our hearts. There isn't always a happy ending. Like when Volunteer, Breeda O'Mahoney, found a little dog standing in a puddle of rainwater in the street on Christmas day. The following are Breeda's words describing that day. She hopes this will find the little dog's family and give them some peace about what happened to her.

I found Mary on Christmas Day, on Baker Avenue near the corner of Walton Way. She was standing in a puddle of rainwater and almost on the street itself. It was obvious that she was in peril. I pulled into a parking area beside her and picked her up. She was very weak and frail. She was not wearing a collar, but it was obvious that she was someone's best friend. We named her Mary because it just fit her so well. I took her to St. Francis Animal Hospital. She was examined and found to be in shock, and she had a massive infection. She was scanned for a microchip ID, and several people checked everywhere they could for anyone looking for her. Mary was very weak and dying. I had to make the decision to have her put to sleep. I want her family to know that I am so sorry that I could not help her more, but there was nothing else that I could do. I sat on the floor, and Mary was on a warm blanket beside me. I stroked her, talked to her and told her that she was loved. I stayed with her for a long time, and then the kind people at St. Francis took her and helped her out of this world. Everyone there was so kind, and treated her so gently. I just know that this wonderful dog had a loving home, and I wanted to let her owners know what happened. I know that it will ease their worry. I have dogs, and if the same thing happened to one of mine, I would want to know what happened to them. Breeda O'Mahoney, Augusta

Adopted CARE dog HERO! -- Thursday November 29th, 2007

Roscoe, a dog adopted from CARE in April of 2007, is a hero. His new companion, Joe, said that a man tried to break into his office. It happened one night around 1:00am. Joe had fallen asleep in his recliner and Roscoe was on his bed by the office door. All of a sudden Roscoe made a low gutteral sound. Joe woke up and started for the office door. Roscoe got between the door and Joe so that he could enter first. As soon as Joe opened the office door he saw a crow bar coming through the glass door on the other side of the office. Roscoe leaped into the air in the direction of the crow bar. Joe grabbed Roscoe in mid air to prevent him from getting hurt. The man with the crow bar looked at Joe and then at Roscoe, saw the fury in Roscoe's eyes and ran away.

Joe said it took a couple of hours after the police left for Roscoe to settle down enough to lie down. He said Roscoe paced the office, the apartment and the front of the building on full alert. He also kept a very close eye on Joe and rarely lets him out of his sight now.

He's such a cool dog!

Shaw AFB Pet Care -- Wednesday August 15th, 2007

CARE's own Alicia DeBoe is featured in an article about pet care at Shaw Air Force Base 'Never a dull moment' Private Animal Care at Shaw does more than provide care for animals Keith Gedamke / The Item Leann Jones, a veterinary technician at Shaw Air Force Base's Private Animal Care, tries to keep Buster, a chocolate Lab puppy, from prematurely getting a treat during a visit to the clinic recently. By ROBERT BAKER Item Staff Writer bbaker@theitem. com Every day that Margaret Doore goes to work at Private Animal Care at Shaw, she knows she's going to have a busy day. After being office manager for the clinic for 11 years, Doore knows her day will either be filled with paperwork or helping the two veterinarians associated with the clinic see animals. The tasks are done on separate days, but there's never a dull moment, she said. "Well, I'm here Monday through Friday," she said. "But the doctors are only here on Tuesdays and Thursdays." On the days the vets are present, Doore said they can see a maximum of 47 animals, and they frequently meet that limit. "We only see cats and dogs," she said. "We do all routine vaccinations and we can do full laboratory work because we have an outside lab that we work with. We also do sick calls for things like ear and skin diseases." But the clinic, which falls under both U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force jurisdiction, is not allowed to handle any kind of long-term care problem, however. PRIVATE ANIMAL CARE HOURS CLINIC HOURS: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday (No veterinarian) 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday (Veterinarian) "We cannot do anything that involves a chronic condition or one that might involve surgery," Doore said. That includes spaying and neutering. The clinic can also euthanize an animal, but only for an age-related or medical condition. "We don't euthanize the animal for a behavioral problem," Doore said. And although the clinic employs two veterinarians, those doctors are only able to visit the clinic twice each week, and are rarely there together. "Well, our Army commander, she's one of the vets, and she's over Fort Jackson, Shaw and Charleston, so when she's not here, she's at those other places," Doore said. "The other vet, she's more of a relief vet, and she works on an as-needed basis and for other offices in Sumter when a vet goes on vacation or leave." Maj. Bonnie Martin, the veterinarian responsible for three separate bases, felt so strongly about the Army's veterinary command division that she went to Iraq last year as a volunteer. "She went through three months of training, mostly to become airborne," Doore said. Martin could not be reached for comment. "She was helping trying to teach the Irazis how to treat their animals, trying to help vets over there acquire more water and medicines. Although veterinary command (VETCOM) is a very small part of the Army's mission, it's an important one. They provide food inspections. " Doore said that those food inspections are a large part of veterinary work in the Army. Keith Gedamke / The Item Staff Sgt. Alicia Deboe and her cat Buster wait to be seen at Shaw's animal clinic recently. "Anything that's purchased by the military that's a food product has to be inspected," Doore said. "There are all kinds of phases to VETCOM. It's not just about caring for animals." But caring for animals is what most people think about when they bring their pets to the clinic, which provides more than just medical services; they also offer full-lines of products to use at home, like Frontline. "Another thing that we help with is when families are PCS-ing (permanent change of station)," she said. "I cannot stress enough that people need to plan ahead. As soon as they know they will be PCS-ing, they need to go ahead and bring the animal in so that we can see where they're going and what the requirements and regulations are." She said that families can take the pets to clinics in town, but that many of those offices will send the pets to the base anyway. "The regulations change constantly, so the vets in town don't really have to keep up with those requirements, " she said. "Some of the regulations can also be very strict. For example, in order to PCS to Japan and take your animal, the animal must have a micro-chip imbedded and then two rabies shots after the micro-chip. So, if your animal wasn't chipped, but he's just had a rabies shot, he still has to have the two rabies shots after the microchip, and we have to wait 30 days in between the shots, so as you can see, you can never start too soon." The chip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, contains contact information for the owner in case the pet gets lost. Many countries require them now as a way of monitoring stray populations of animals. "The strictest country for us was Iceland," Doore said. "When someone was being sent to Iceland, we would just cringe because they only allow you to bring in pets two weeks out of the month. There are all these tests you have to have, and they all had to be in that really tiny window. It was just a nightmare to have to send people there." She said that airmen from Shaw don't PCS to Iceland anymore, which made clinic employees happy. "They really were the worst," she said. "If the paperwork was wrong, they'd euthanize the pet at the airport. People need to know about these kinds of things before they leave. That was a blessing to us that people won't be going there anymore."

Pet Food Recall -- Sunday March 25th, 2007

Menu foods has recalled several different brands of wet pet foods due to the presence of rat poison. Several cats and dogs have died already from the contaminated food. Please check this list to make sure you're not feeding a food on the list! Symptoms may not show right away.

Have-A-Heart4ChainedDogs -- Wednesday February 7th, 2007

February 7th kicks of Have-A-Heart for Chained Dogs week. You can send a Valentine to a chained dog through If you know a chained dog, you can submit them to dogsdeservebetter to receive a Valentine. Dogs who live on chains are not happy dogs. Have a heart and help a dog break his chains.

Positive Press for Pits -- Monday February 5th, 2007

One of CARE's volunteers, Nicole Milligan, is quoted in the Sumter paper. Finally, some positive press for pit bulls.

Read the articles here:
Dog Fighting Pit Bull Rescue

P. O. Box 715 •  Lexington, SC 29071  •  (803) 622-9813 •  caretoadopt [ at ]