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Members of CARE recntly celebrated the fifth anniversary of the organization. Top row from left: Ellen Weedman, vice president ; Kim Billings; Tabitha Warren, organizer and fundraising coordinator; Patricia King, secretary treasurer; Rebecca Brown and Jac

Covington Animal Rescue Effort recently celebrated its fifth year anniversary. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has rescued more than 600 dogs in Tipton County. 

CARE is compromised of a small number of members, around 20 people, but the scope of their work is of an organization much larger. The group ensures all animals are thoroughly vetted, including spaying and neutering, before being placed in a home. 

Fostering animals can be difficult, said Susan Stevens, a volunteer with CARE. 

“You fall in love with the dogs, but yet you know you have to find them a home. They become a part of the family and then they leave and go to their forever home.”

Founded by Sarah Sullivan, the group recognized a need in the community for this fostering service. 

"We’re all animal lovers. We hate to see animals suffer. I began with fosters and now I’M very active,” said Stevens. “I love this core group of volunteers. We all pitch in and help to keep things rolling.”

In addition to dog adoption days every third Saturday at Hollywood Feed in Atoka, CARE actively promotes their cause by attending local events such as Heritage Day and Celebrate Munford; Thanksgiving and Christmas bake sales; a summer yard sale and an October tasting event.

They will have a booth at the upcoming Lawn and Garden Expo in Brighton, selling CARE t-shirts and canned goods.  

CARE is also eligible for the matching points program at Kroger, where Kroger donates points to a loyalty member’s designated charity. The points are used towards items needed to take care of the animals, such as food, grooming supplies, etc. 

For additional adoption locations, more information on volunteering opportunities, or to make a donation, visit their website: www.covingtonanimalresueeffort.com.

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