Hoopeston, Ill. (WCIA)

C.A.R.A. is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit, No Kill animal shelter and rescue for homeless, injured, and neglected cats and dogs. It was founded February 2009, located at 609 E 5th street in Tilton, Illinois in an old church. C.A.R.A. is prepared, when taking in animals, to care for them their entire life or until adopted. We provide not only food, shelter, and vet care, but take time to socialize and love on the animals, knowing they will possibly be with us for years. C.A.R.A. is mostly equipped for cats with lots of great cats of all ages needing homes. We have several free roaming rooms for the cats. We do not have as much room for dogs but do take them in as space allows.

We do have cats who have been in our shelter for several years and the big question is, “How will they be in a home setting?” We’ve had lots of people adopting our older cats and sending in pictures and comments about how wonderful they are, so please give them a chance. The volunteers are wonderful, and they give a lot of extra attention and love to the animals, so they are very friendly and social.

Another great thing about C.A.R.A. is when you ask about meeting some cats, we will find out what color, gender, and personality you are looking for and will have several ready for you to meet. We want to make sure you and your cat, or dog, will be happily matched.

All animals are spayed or neutered before leaving and all are UTD on vaccinations.

We require a preapproved application which can be sent to your email. Please contact citizensanimalrescue@gmail.com for an application.

We take appointments T-F 1-4 and Saturdays 10-2 to meet the animals but will work with you if some other time is needed.

We have a thrift store that helps support C.A.R.A. It’s called C.A.R.A. over the Bridge. It is literally just over the bridge from the shelter, located at 219 E 5th Street, Tilton, IL We encourage donations and shoppers. We also are not funded by state or local governments, so we count on the community for donations. We are grateful for the support.

C.A.R.A. also depends on private donations to maintain the proper health and care for every animal at the shelter. So, donations are always welcome and appreciated. Monetary Donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off at the shelter 609 E 5th St. Tilton, Il
or mailed in:
PO Box 665
Catlin, Il 61817

We also have an ongoing Wish List!
Items can be dropped off or shipped to C.A.R.A. 609 E 5th St, Tilton, IL

  • Purina Cat Chow (blue bag)
  • Purina Kitten Chow
  • Purina Dog Chow
  • Dog treats
  • Dog & Cat toys
  • Pet beds
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Wash clothes
  • Small dog harness
  • 2 Large dog collars
  • Equine bedding pellets
  • Box flats
  • Paper Towels
  • Dawn Dish soap
  • 42 Gal or larger Garbage bags
  • Clay cat litter
  • Bleach
  • High-efficiency HE Laundry soap
  • Pet Carriers

We do count on our great volunteers to make it all happen. There are lots of ways to volunteer. Under age 14 are able to volunteer with an adult as a helper. We have lots of cats and need help cleaning, socializing, and playing. If you are not really one to play with animals, here are other ways to help: You could clean inside or outside the building other than cages. You could help organize, do maintenance, dish washing, and laundry are ongoing.

More of a dog person? You can walk dogs, play with dogs, bathe dogs, clean dog areas, socialize. There’s always maintenance projects needing done, if you are more of a handy person. And we always appreciate when people share and spread the word about the animals needing adopted.

Also, many companies have opportunities for you to give back to the community in exchange for various rewards, depending on the company’s options. Some offer paid time off to volunteer as well. Please look into the available options to you.

We don’t like to think of ourselves as being in competition. Everyone in Rescue and running No Kill shelters are all with the same goal. Saving animals, getting them healthy, and finding them homes. No kill shelters tend to be crowded as we do keep them for the long term. We encourage you to consider us for adopting, fostering, volunteering.

We offer lower cost spay/neuter clinics for cats at least twice a month, sometimes three times a month. Please call Connie 217-799-8858 for additional details and to get signed up. We do ask people to Please spay and neuter your pets. It’s one of the best ways you can help the overpopulating of shelters.

Business/Organization Name
C.A.R.A.(Citizens for Animal Rescue and Adoption)
Business/Organization Phone
Business/Organization Address
609 E 5th St, Tilton, IL,61833