September 2020

Upcoming Events
Run Virtually For Their Lives! 2020. You still have time to register and help support CARA! Run a 5k or a 10k anytime at your own pace! This is CARA's 12th year Running For Their Lives! and has become one of CARA's primary fundraisers. Registration has been extended through September 5th! Registration is $25 or if you want the super cool t-shirt option registration is $30. We would love to see you out there running (especially running with your dogs)! Please post pictures and tag #caravirtual2020.

CARA Online Auction
Event will be LIVE on Facebook on September 20th at 3pm! We had so much fun at the last online Auction, we decided to do it again! We have great vendors lined up for you! We have Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, Norwex, and many more who have generously donated items for the auction! You DO NOT have to be on the LIVE Facebook event to win! We will notify the winners. Each individual "entry" (aka your number(s)/paddle) is $15, 2 numbers/paddles are $29, or 3 numbers/paddles for $43! You can win multiple times! We will also have many door prizes! Don't miss the fun and great chances to win!

Purchase you numbers/paddles:
CARA Ride For Their Lives! 2020 has been cancelled for September 19th. We tried to reschedule to this date, but conditions have not improved enough for a large gathering. Please save the date for May 8, 2021, where we can once again RIDE for Their Lives!

If you wish to donate to CARA please go directly to our donation page 
Sponsor of the Month
Thank you to the wonderful Riders of Cross Creek Cycling Club in Fayetteville for continuing to support CARA! Even though we couldn't Ride For Their Lives! in 2020, we look forward to next year's Ride For Their Lives! The Ride in 2021 has been scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021. CARA loves C4!
Message from our President
Friends of CARA,

Thank you once again for being there for us on our Facebook campaigns. We have had several special surgeries and needs this past month and your assistant worked miracles!

Just a quick update on the Go Fund Me for our industrial wash and dryer. The Go Fund Me is still active and between it, direct donations made to CARA for them and money from a yard sale we had about $5,000 has been raised! Almost half way there!!! Thank you!

I, myself, had the wonderful experience of updating my Will. The attorney was delighted to hear all the wonderful things going on at CARA. I explained how we had to cancel all our big events this year and were trying to come up with new fundraising ideas. She had a few suggestions about estate planning she wanted me to share that is good for any charity you would like to support. Times like these your smaller local charities are struggling. If anyone had the ability to think of CARA or any other charity when planning their estate, she suggested the following.
Retirement assets, old stocks, bonds or other investment investments you may have may be good candidates for charity bequest because they can be among the highest taxed assets in any estate. Leaving a portion of your retirement assets to a charity has two distinct advantages:

* Increasing the impact of your bequest. The charity would not have to pay income taxes on your donation when it receives the assets from your retirement account.  

* Decreases the estate tax burden for your family. Your assets would be past directly to the charitable organization, so your estate would be eligible for a federal estate tax charitable deduction on the account’s value.

Any charity will appreciate your thoughtfulness. Whether it is through estate planning, support as you can or even volunteering!

Thank you for your support!
Steve Frederick
CARA President
CARA Animal Feature
"Happy to finally meet all of our supporters again even if it's virtually and through a picture." Wilbur is CARA's resident meatball for a second time this year. He just started his second stint as a homeless CARA dog and looking for a permanent home he can call his own. He would like to find a family where he can plop his meatball self beside a favorite human or two. He does advise to be the only lovable meatball pooch in the house even though he does get along with select dog friends. This handsome canine has an endless amount of love, protection, and fun to offer to a couple who are empty nesters or cannot have kids. Wilbur identifies with the awesome staffy breed and says he is not a day over 4! The resident meatball comes fully vetted, micro-chipped, AND neutered. Wilbur says the life of being a dad was not in the cards as he rather be the center of attention in his new home filled with toys, beds, food, water, and love!

Fill out an application today for our meatball, who is patiently awaiting for is his forever family. If you want to know more information about Wilbur and his doggy cohorts, call 919-774-9433 or email
Obi Wan's Update
We thought we would give our adopters an update on Obi Wan. We've had a tremendous amount of support and love for this big lug. Obi came to us as an owner surrender and was in poor health. When we took him to the vet, we found out he had cancer, skin tags, and hematomas in ears. Last week, our Obi had his big surgery. In the surgery, he had cancerous tumors removed, skin tags removed, the hematomas removed, and was neutered. The neuter was added due to Obi Wan already being under anesthesia. The surgery went very well and he is recovering nicely. He's not keen on having his ears wrapped to his head but his foster family is making sure he is spoiled and getting the rest he needs to recover. Everyone at CARA appreciates all the donations made to Obi's surgery. We definitely couldn't help this big love bug out without all of our supporters! Go to Obi Wan's Facebook for continuous updates on his recovery!

A Thank You to Our Sponsors
Job Opportunities
Midday Volunteer Opportunity:
Interested volunteers must by 18 years or older. Person must be able to commit one day a week for three months.Midday volunteers come in the afternoons at 12:15 pm to 2:15 pm. Volunteers must be comfortable with any kind of dog and/or cat. We have a wide variety of dogs from big to small and low energy to high energy. Middays will go through a couple of days of training. Tasks that middays do are checking on cats in the cat room, letting dogs out in the yard to play and socialize, walking dogs, work on basic commands, and checking water bowls at the end of your shift. If interested, email Mary Ann Gaster at or

ACG (Animal Care Giver) Positions (Paid Position):
Potential ACG must by 18 years or older. We need an ACG for Saturdays/Sundays between the times of 7am to 11am. The pay is $8.25/hour. AM ACG tasks include feeding animals, letting dogs out to potty, cleaning kennels, laundry, washing dishes, taking care of cats and administering medication when needed. ACGs need to be comfortable handling a variety of dogs and cats, have good time management, and have a passion for taking care of animals. If interested, email your resume at

Groundskeeper/General Repair Person(s):
We are in need of grounds keeping and general repair persons needed as volunteers! Volunteers need to be self-motivated and have general knowledge on grounds keeping or general repairs. As little as one day a month or more will help us keep CARA in tip top shape. 

Things you can do at CARA that will make a big difference:
Pressure Washing
Weed trimming
Hedge trimming
Tree triming
Using a leaf blower
Replacing light bulbs

If you are interested in helping with maintenance, email us at
Sponsorship Opportunities
We have started a new way to bring in funds to the shelter since our fundraisers have either been canceled or moved to be virtual. We are featuring certain CARA animals that need sponsors to help cover their care while they are with us. We are asking for $100 total per animal. This covers the animal's spay/neuter and feeding them.

Anastasia, pictured left, needs a sponsor. She needs to get spayed once she gains some weight. You can donate through our Facebook page or through our website at If possible, put a comment on the box provided letting us know you want to help sponsor Anastasia.
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We are looking forward to the day we can open our doors to the you without health safety measures and having events with our CARA. We miss seeing you and wish you and your family the very best during these difficult times.

42 Deep River Rd, Sanford, NC |  919·774·9433 |