Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc.
Foster Puppy Party Save an Animal's Life...Become a Foster Home.

Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. (CARE) needs volunteers commonly referred to as foster caregivers, to provide quality, temporary, in-home care for homeless kittens and cats from Chatham County until they can be permanently adopted by a loving home. CARE does not have a shelter. We can only rescue as many animals as we have space for in our volunteer foster caregiver network. Short term (as brief as a week) and longer-term foster caregivers are needed. Fostering can be an incredibly rewarding experience; however, it is a common misconception that fostering is easy!

While in the custody of CARE, the animals must receive affection, food, shelter, sterilization and socialization to be successfully adopted. CARE pays for the cost of approved veterinary care and quality food. Fostering takes a great deal of time and energy - both emotional and physical.

To accomplish the goals of our foster program, standard policies and guidelines are in place to create an environment that is beneficial to the animal, the foster home and the organization. Several of the policies are highlighted below:

  • Each foster caregiver will attend a comprehensive training session after the approval process is complete.
  • Each new foster caregiver is assigned an experienced mentor and is given a foster handbook with standard procedures and guidelines for animal care, fostering and policies.
  • Foster caregivers must be able to provide a safe and caring home environment.
  • Foster caregivers showcase their animals at CARE sponsored adoption events and should be able to show foster animals to potential adopters.

If you would like additional information on becoming a foster caregiver, please contact CARE at 919-542-5757 or email us.

Thank you for making a difference by saving an animal's life!

CARE (Chatham Animal Rescue and Education) is seeking volunteer foster caregivers to provide quality, temporary in-home care for one or more homeless dogs from Chatham County until they can be permanently adopted by a loving home. CARE does not have a shelter. We can only rescue as many animals as we have space for in the homes of our volunteer foster caregivers.

While in the homes of foster caregivers, we ask that dogs receive affection, food, shelter and socialization to be successfully adopted. CARE pays for the cost of veterinary care, spay/neuter, vaccines and food.

New foster caregivers are assigned an experienced mentor, who will guide them through the procedures and guidelines for dog care, fostering and CARE's policies.

Fostering a dog takes time and energy. However, it is a wonderfully rewarding experience and a critical need in Chatham County.

If you would like information on becoming a dog foster caregiver, please contact CARE at 919-542-5757 or email us.

Thank you for making a difference by saving an animal's life!

If you are still interested the next step is to set up a home visit. CARE volunteer will come to your home and assess the suitability of your home for fostering and chat with you about fostering. We have established foster homes and a Foster Care Handbook to help you learn the basics of foster care. This is a great help to all the animals and to CARE.

Thank you for your interest. Please contact us using the information below to set up a home visit appointment. Thank you for CAREing!

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The Reason
(to rescuer from rescued pet)
I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don't care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted, skin that
isn't flea bitten, good food and enough of it, beds to sleep on,
someone to love me, to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands.
Your big heart saved me... You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair ...Why do I do it?
When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes.
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter.
Make just a little more room...to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes,
In the best way I know how. Reminding you why you go on trying.
I am the reason.
The dogs before me are the reason. As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given.
We would die if not for you.

--- Author Unknown ---