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Central Mississippi’s Community Animal Rescue and Adoption, the state’s largest “no kill” animal shelter, was organized in 2001 to rescue, rehabilitate and facilitate the adoption of stray dogs and cats.

CARA set up operation in Clinton in 2001 and moved to a Flag Chapel Road property in December, 2003, where it owns a 32,000 sq. ft. building and eight acres of land. It currently houses its maximum capacity of 250 dogs and puppies plus 75 cats and kittens on-site. More animals are being housed in private homes around the area. All are awaiting adoption.

CARA spays and neuters all pets before they are adopted. To ensure the safety of the pets, prospective pet adopters must fill out an application which is then reviewed by a committee before the adoption is approved. The committee considers the number of other pets in the household, the ages of any children, whether or not there is a fenced yard, and other factors when considering applications.

CARA  is presently transporting puppies and dogs to New England, where it has a network of adoption partners. CARA receives no financial assistance from any government agency and relies on donations, fund raisers and small grants. It is proud to have an active spay/neuter program to assist needy people.

CARA’s board consists of 18 members and meets once a month.  The executive director, Jerri Bennett, is a volunteer.  Its staff consists of:  Shelter Director—Janet Madden, Assistant Director—Hollie McClelland, Cat Director—Elizabeth Snyder , Office Manager—Sharon Sowell and Kennel Supervisor—Lynn Shaw.  Two staff members are volunteers. Volunteer Cathy Gatlin is the transport director. There are approximately 18 part-time employees who receive no benefits and are paid minimum wage. Volunteers are welcome, and there are opportunities for volunteers to help at the CARA facility or at fund raising events. CARA’s web site is