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The CARE Center provides education and resources that foster a mutually supportive bond between companion animals and people. Through our classes and programs, we strive to give people a better understanding of their pet’s basic needs, open the lines of communication between companion animals and their people, and keep pets in their homes. CARE Center brochure

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“CARE for a Taste?” Fundraiser a Success!
Thank you to everyone who supported and attended this event!  A record $7,357 was raised for the CARE Center’s Helping Paw Fund.  Thank you to Hendrick House for hosting the event. Visit the event page for additional photos and acknowledgements. Save the date for next year’s event, March 21, 2015!

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CARE Center Instructor Earns CPDT-KAcpdt-ka-logo
Congratulations to Susan Helmink, CARE Center dog training class instructor, on earning the Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed® (CPDT-KA) credential! Susan now joins over 2,000 certificants worldwide to be credentialed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. See the Education page for information on future CARE Center dog training classes.

CARE Center and Helping Paw Fund featured in The News-Gazette
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Illinois residents: Help end companion animal homelessness
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Browse the pages to learn more about the CARE Center and our programs, including the Helping Paw Fund.

The Helping Paw Fund keeps families together. By providing financial assistance for the expense of illness or injury, we help people and their animal companions and sustain the bond between them. Numerous animal companions – cats, dogs, a rabbit and a guinea pig – and their families have benefited from our program. Please consider a donation to the CARE Center so that we can continue this important work. Use the Donate button above or send to our address on the Contact Us page.