C.A.R.E. (Castaway Animal Rescue Effort)

This non-profit organization is different from any other animal rescues in our community. C.A.R.E. in Springfield, MO is Southwest Missouri’s no-kill shelter. They specialize in rescuing sick, injured, and abused animals in the Ozarks. After the animals recover they are then sent to the Adoption Center in Springfield. If the animal isn’t adopted they return to the sanctuary where they remain cage-less, running and playing freely with a lot of love.

C.A.R.E. partners with local humane societies by taking in animals that weren’t adopted and saving them from being euthanized. All pets are spayed or neutered before they are adopted. Adopters will be screened to ensure the perfect home for each dog or cat.

If you aren’t interested in helping by adding a four legged friend to your family, that’s ok, there are plenty of other ways to get involved.

Contact Information:
Address: 1328-A West Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807
2012 W. Garton Road, Ozark, MO 65721
Phone: (417) 875-6565
Website: http://carerescue.org

Adoption Center is open everyday from 10 am to 6 pm.


The C.A.R.E. Mission: To rescue as many adoptable animals from “death row” as we can properly care for. To provide medical treatment to sick or injured stray animals. To combine an aggressive spay/neuter program with a high volume adoption program while providing quality lifetime care for unadopted pets. To network with and provide a rescue service for other shelters, ultimately reducing the kill-rate in Southwest Missouri.

Ways to Help:

Adopt a pet:

Adoption fee is $50 per cat and $100 per dog: This helps cover vet fees to have the animal spayed or neutered and to give them their current vaccinations. Click here to see available pets. If you find a new friend, just visit the Adoption Center.

Go Shopping:

Shop or donate items at the C.A.R.E.’s Closet Thrift Shoppe. 100% of the proceeds go to helping the animals at C.A.R.E.

Hours: Sunday 12 pm-5 pm, Monday Closed, Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm

Located right next door to the Adoption Center at 1328-B West Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807

Wash Your Car at Legend’s Car Wash:

Support C.A.R.E. by using this code (1027) with purchase of wash #1 or #2. 20% of your purchase will help homeless dogs and cats. (820 West Battlefield Road, Springfield)


View their Amazon Wish List or donate a Kuranda bed to help the many sick and/or injured animals that arrive at the shelter.

C.A.R.E. for Cans: Save yours cans, save a pet! Drop of your empty and rinsed out cans at a Adoption Center (Springfield or Ozark) and help support C.A.R.E. all year long.

If you prefer to donate money then just send your donation to P.O. Box 215, Aurora, MO 65605 or donate online through PayPal.

Become a Volunteer:

Just stop by one of the local Adoption Centers and see how you can help!


What a great local charity that aids in helping sick, abused, and unwanted animals in the Ozarks. There are so many ways that you can help these furry friends get a second lease on life.

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