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Cause Area

  • Animals


1328 W Battlefield RdSpringfield, MO 65807 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To rescue as many adoptable animals from death row as we can properly provide and care for. To provide medical treatment for sick and injured stray animals. To combine an aggressive spay and neuter program with a high-volume adoption program while providing quality lifetime care for unadoptable pets. To network and provide a rescue service for other shelters, ultimately reducing the kill rate in Southwest Missouri.


Castaway Animals Rescue Effort, otherwise known as C.A.R.E., is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals. Established in 1992, C.A.R.E. has saved over 25,000 lives and counting. We have grown into southwest Missouri's largest no-kill shelter. ‚Äč

Everyday we strive to ease the pain that victims of neglect and abuse endure, offering safety and hope, and finding them the homes they so richly deserve. We are proud to work alongside government agencies and other nonprofits making a difference in the lives of the animals we care so deeply about. Together we serve as a voice for those who cannot speak.

The C.A.R.E. shelter houses hundreds of homeless animals. We have our Adoption Center in Springfield, open seven days a week, which house our current adoptable pets. Our sanctuary near Aurora is reserved for animals who may need some extra time to fully recover and become ready for adoption. We also house our rescued farm animals at this location. Our unadoptable animals reside at our sanctuary as well, each spending their days with cageless freedom, their nights in warm beds, and receiving lots of love and individual attention.

We rescue approximately 1,000 animals a year, including dogs, cats, small mammals, horses, pigs and more. Your time change the lives of so many animals who would otherwise not have a chance.


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