Care of South Bend is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit charity that provides important programs and services that save the lives of South Bend’s at risk animals.
To create a community, with an emphasis on population control, where no animal of reasonable health or temperament is euthanized simply because he or she does not have a home.
CARE was established in 2008 with the dream of seeing the City of South Bend one day become a No-Kill City.
Since 2008 there has been A LOT of change in South Bend and at CARE.
However, despite all the change our focus at CARE has not; we are here to help the animals.
To this end, CARE has provided the following resources for the animals at our City’s shelter over the years: $76,163 for medical and boarding expenses, $27,786 for supplies and building improvements, $7,328 for animal transports as well as thousands of volunteer hours assisting with caring for the animals at the shelter.
We are so pleased with the progress that South Bend has made towards achieving No-Kill.
In 2008, an estimated 66% of the animals entering the City’s shelter were euthanized. Eight years later, in 2016, the City reported that 42% of the animals entering the shelter were euthanized.
While there is still a lot of work to be done, this is a significant reduction.
This progress has been made possible because of the work of so many. We are happy to have provided the shelter with the resources that we have.
Reviewing the work that remains to be done to achieve the goal of a No-Kill South Bend, we believe that a critical area moving forward will be shelter prevention.
Over the past eight years there has been a significant reduction in the intake volume at SBACC. We believe that by shifting our focus to shelter prevention can support, and hopefully, accelerate this trend.
To this end we’re pleased to introduce our new program, the CARE P.R.C. (Pitty Resource Center).
The CARE P.R.C.* is a community based effort that provides education, outreach and intervention for the local “pit bull” dogs. This program addresses the high rates of homelessness, abuse and euthanasia of “pit bull” dogs occurring in South Bend/St. Joseph County.
We are focusing on pit bull type dogs for a very important reason. In shelters locally and across the country the percentage of pit bull type dogs that are euthanized is higher than any other breed/breed mix. While a recent study shows that the numbers are decreasing**, close to 50% of pit bull type dogs entering our shelters every years are euthanized.
Therefore, the CARE P.R.C. will be a program aimed at saving the lives of pets that are at the highest risk of being euthanized due to overpopulation.
In the same way that the work we have done of the past eight years has come with equal parts of joy and sorrow, we are certain that the work ahead will present new challenges and rewards. By accepting that reality and remaining focused on the goal of becoming a No-Kill community we look forward to the future.
Onward for the animals.
* Please see the CARE P.R.C. page under “Key Initiatives” to learn more.
** Weiss, Emily, “Climbing out of the Pit”, (ASCPApro.org, Blog), May 28, 2015 Weiss, Emily, “Climbing out of the Pit”, (ASCPApro.org, Blog), May 28, 2015
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