Happy 2017 Pet Lovers!
It is a year for changes again at the Care Van and we are BEYOND excited about it!! Our New low cost pet Co-op store opened in January at our new location: Northeast Community Fund on Wednesdays from 2 to 4pm. Jerry Peltz and his staff have been so accommodating! This is a new model for us and for pet food banks in general. We have switched from emergency pet food distribution to a low cost pet store selling a variety of pet foods and supplies. The food is very reasonable at 25 cents a pound. Why did we do this?? For many reasons but after seeing the benefits to our clients and their pets we
know we are headed in the right direction. At our new store you can purchase as much food as you want, you decide. If you are low on funds you can join our Co-op and volunteer in the community earning $8.25 per hour in "credit" that can be used to buy food/supplies/services at the Co-op, spay or neuter your pet for FREE, or "banked" for future emergencies. To join the Co-op is FREE and you just have to attend a short orientation. We hope to see everyone at our new PET STORE in the near future!!
We are also pleased to announce we will be hosting low cost vaccination clinics this year, a weight pulling contest and expanding our Care Van spay/neuter program. We will continue to partner with Sgt Hollan and the Animal Shelter to identify situations and pets that can use our assistance. The shelter in the last ten years has dropped its euthanasia rate from 70% to less than 25% and increased its adoption rates and the number of animals that have been pulled by rescues every year. WE ARE PROUD OF OUR COMMUNITY FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN!!
We sincerely THANK ALL OF YOU for supporting and donating to us in the past 10 years and look forward to the BEST THAT IS YET TO COM E ......
Look for our van with the "NEUTER" plates and give us a shout out ..... YOU ARE THE REASON WE ARE MAKING IT HAPPEN HERE IN DECATUR AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS!! SALUTE!!
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Giant Garage Sale for the Animals
Friday, October 14
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Suzie "St. Francis" Woodard passes away
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - Our Paws are over our hearts today here at the Care Van. The animal community has lost a true "saint"!!
Our friend, Suzie Woodard passed away this week after a courageous battle with cancer. We extend all our sympathy to her husband, Jeff and the entire family & friends. Suzie leaves behind her beloved chocolate lab "Harley" and a very grateful clan of barn cats. The kitties will miss the gravy she made for them when it was cold to keep their tummies warm. We will miss her for her unending compassion for animals everywhere!!
Rest Easy Suzie, we will keep the fires burning........
Donations in Suzie's honor can be made to:
Suzie Woodard Memorial Fund
%Care Van Community Outreach 1985 E. Eldorado
Decatur, IL 62521
The money will be used to purchase Tomahawk Cat Traps that we use to trap/neuter/release barn cats. The traps are $56 each and her name and the donor's name will be inscribed on each trap.