CARE to Start Accepting Open Surrenders May 1

As of May 1, 2018, Open Surrender will return to Jefferson County. Companion Animal Rescue & Education (CARE) will be providing a full-service animal shelter for all companion animals.

CARE is a membership driven nonprofit organization. Website is

CARE will be working closely with the current Humane Society of Jefferson County to ensure a smooth transition so that the animals that currently reside at the shelter will be well cared for and to provide the least disruption to them and the community.

Backed by an aggressive spay/neuter program CARE will provide new solutions to old problems. One of the biggest reasons for overpopulation of pets in the community is that not enough people get their pets spayed/neutered. Fixin’ to Save Lives will continue to provide free spay/neuter as funds are available and CARE will provide access to lower cost spay/neuter.

CARE will also provide creative educational programs within the community, actively engage in rescue transport, and work cooperatively with animal control.

CARE’s adoption program will offer the community healthy adoptable animals at reasonable fees. These fees include vaccinations, spay/neuter, and microchipping for dogs.

Mayor Palmieri stated, “We trust that the community will support CARE and contribute to the success of these initiatives.” The former Humane Society of Jefferson County will be moving into a new space and will continue as a private, nonprofit organization.