The volunteers at Community Animal Rescue Efforts (C.A.R.E.) have been aiding in the rescue of abandoned, neglected and abused pets in the Strawn-Gordon-Mingus area for the past ten years. Now they have a new facility to accommodate their efforts.
Not only has C.A.R.E. been a visible source in caring for animals by finding foster and adoptive homes for animals, rescuing and treating those who have been abandoned or abused, they also offer low cost vaccination clinics and help low-income families with spay/neuter vouchers when funds are available. Even with the new facility there are only seven kennels so they are still in desperate need of volunteers who will foster dogs. 100% of all donations go into rescuing animals. Follow them on Facebook to find out about their next fundraiser or to donate or volunteer.
Jan Underwood owns the building and thanks to her foundation, The Each and Every One Foundation, the building in Mingus was renovated especially for C.A.R.E. The donation to C.A.R.E. is in memory of Jan’s good friend, Jo Ann Riley, who lost a courageous battle with cancer recently and had joined with Jan to form The Each and Every One Foundation before her death. It is also in honor of Jan’s family, the Biondini family, who were long time residents in Mingus, business owners and served their community.
The Strawn Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the new facility April 1st. The afternoon was filled with live entertainment, raffles and drawings, a drive-thru vaccination clinic and a visit by Austin’s Underdawg Food Truck. Austin Underwood, president of Austin’s Underdawg and Jan Underwood’s son, was born with Down syndrome but hasn’t let that stop him from achieving success. Visit their website to read more about Austin and his efforts to fund-raise, bring awareness, and improve the lives of those with limited abilities.