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Welcome! The CARE Center provides education and resources that foster a mutually supportive bond between companion animals and people. The Helping Paw Fund keeps families together in East Central Illinois. By providing financial assistance for the expense of illness or injury, we help people and their animal companions and sustain the bond between them. More than 300 animal companions – cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs – and their families have benefited from our program.

Rylie received veterinary diagnostics and treatment for a detached retina. Although she may experience some loss of vision, prompt attention afforded by the Helping Paw Fund enabled veterinarians to save the eye.

Please consider making a donation to the CARE Center so that we can continue this important work. Use the Donate button below or mail a check to our address on the Contact Us page.

See the Resources section for information about applying for assistance from the Helping Paw Fund.


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or other credit/debit card with eScrip and earn up to 3% of your purchase amount for CARE Center. Sign up and select “Companion Animal Resource and Education” as one of the organizations you wish to support. Thank you!

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