Community Animal CARE [CAC] is an innovative Public Health centered program designed to prevent and solve persistent
challenges to Human and Animal Well-Being. CAC will deliver critical resources to community members led by Proximate Leaders.
In particular, Access to Care and Prevention, Pet Behavioral Training, Pet Resources, Compliance Awareness, Lost and Found Pets,
and Involuntary Surrender Prevention.
Our Method For Change
Allison Cardona | UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine,
Koret Shelter Medicine Program
The communities we love and partner with are dramatically and willfully underserved, compelling CARE to create a comprehensive safety net, Community Animal Care [CAC]. CARE Center Proximate Leaders regularly do fantastic work for their communities. But, because they live in underserved communities, they often face insurmountable odds. CAC provides an opportunity for Proximate Leaders and communities to have a Human and Animal Well-Being support system capable of saving municipal dollars and relieving suffering for both people and animals.
Aside from physical wellness, CAC will focus heavily on keeping pets at home.
To that end, the division’s In-Reach Team will ensure communities of focus are aware of local ordinances to thwart seizures and fines, connected with local and online pet behaviorists, and supplied with disaster relief guides and resources. The In-Reach team will promote and support community-based fostering programs, adoption events, and re-homing.
Direct CARE Fund
Access to Preventive CARE & Emergent CARE
Using our Pet Census data, CARE’s In-Reach
and the veterinary team will provide the following
Preventive CARE resources:
Environmental Justice & Policy
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color [BIPOC] and their pets
are on the front-lines of Global Climate Change, Air Pollution,
and Rising Sea Levels. Millions are paying a price for policies
they have little control over. To that end, CARE is deploying
Environmental Justice and Policy strategies to support our
communities of focus.
In partnership with Proximate Leaders, the team will review and
analyze local ordinances, statutes, regulations, and policies that
could harm or benefit the community residents. When possible,
grassroots techniques will be used to encourage self-advocacy.
Emergency Response [Volunteer-Based]
Fostering Assistance Network [FAN]
Foster Assistance Network (FAN) is an incentive foster program to lower the burden on foster families. FAN has the potential to provide much-needed relief to shelters and provide advice to fosters and pet parents, including behavioral training resources, affordable supplies, and low-cost veterinary partnerships
The network would assist in local re-homing and promoting adoption, fostering, and temporary fostering for people facing emergent housing challenges for their pets (domestic violence, natural disasters, etc.)
Community Compliance Program
Identify Proximate Leaders
Engage and encourage potential CARE Center Leaders
If applicable, mentor/support proximate leaders
Event Hosting and Coordination
Host or Co-Host quarterly events with other community
partners. Attend and, if applicable, sponsor community events