From the Director
Welcome to 2016 From the Care Van Training Wheels Community Outreach Program
As you can see, we at Care Van have adjusted our name slightly to more reflect our mission. We started the "Care Van" idea 7 years ago based in large part by a program we attended at an Humane Ed conference in Champaign. I asked the coordinator of that conference what was the "must hear" talk and she said don't miss Training Wheels. That program was developed by Sue Sternberg out east and we attended her talk that very day. We were hooked and said "Decatur NEEDS this program". Within a few months we were at a all day training class for Training Wheels and got to see it implemented real time "on the streets". The rest is history..... This name change let's folks know we are not a SHELTER in the terms shelter is used present day. When I explain to people what we do I tell them "we are like a social service organization for low income pets and their owners." You can imagine our excitement when The HSUS launched its "Pets For Life" program a few years ago, very similar to the Training Wheels program, just expanded. All of this is a WIN-WIN for low income pets........and we couldn't be happier!!
We just recently started our Care Van Facebook page - so make sure and check it out under CARE VAN PET PROGRAM.
We are starting the year off right with a spay/neuter promotional for free-roaming cats. For the next several months we are partnering with Operation SAFE (Saving Animals From Euthansia) to offer these surgeries, with full shots, ear mite treatment and ear tip for only $10!! No limit, No residency requirements. Don't forget you can easily sign up on-line now, at least 30% of clients do!! Just connect at "Request Spay/Neuter".
The Care Van hits the streets in May with our giveaways and surgery sign-ups but you will see us around town delivering straw, dog houses and cat houses every week.....
Stay warm and keep yours pets inside, we want both of you to be around for a long time!!
Beth Hughes, Director
Care Van Pet Program
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.