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Our Featured Louisville, IL Partner:

Clay County Animal Rescue & Shelter

14400 Hwy. 45
Louisville, IL 62858
(618) 665-3005

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We take in animals from Clay County, Illinois, but adopt out to good people all over the country.

About Our Shelter:

CCARS is a non-profit set up to run the animal shelter for Clay County, Illinois. We run a low kill animal shelter and strive to find homes for every adoptable animal that comes through our door, spaying/neutering as many of them as possible prior to adoption.

We take in over 700 animals per year from our area and at some points are responsible for more than 100 animals who live either at the shelter or in foster homes.

Our goal is to work with our community to make a difference for animals who are lost or unwanted. CCARS provides hope in a situation that used to be hopeless.

Donate to Our Shelter...

We have a secure online donation link on our website. Alternatively, tax deductible donations can be mailed to CCARS, P. O. Box 623, Flora, IL 62839.

Our Adoption Process:

If you are interested in adopting, please fill out the online adoption application form on our website, which can be found in our website menu under Forms/Applications. Click the link, then click "Fill Out Form" next to the adoption application. This way we will have all of your contact information and the dog you are interested in on file. Thanks!

The adoption fee is $50 for dogs and includes vaccination and deworming along with microchipping, which is now mandatory by state law. You must sign a contract stipulating that you will spay/neuter the the dog within 30 days of the adoption, or 6 months of age whichever comes first.

We have negotiated special shelter rates at two local vets, Dr. Abby Deuel in Salem, IL and Flora Vet Clinic. As often as possible, we get shelter dogs spayed/neutered prior to adoption. When we do so, we ask for the reduced shelter rate spay/neuter fee in addition to the adoption fee. The shelter rates range from $55-70 for male dogs and $75-90 for female dogs. We also get a reduced rate rabies shot at the time of spay/neuter and ask for this fee as well. Rabies vaccine cost is reduced to $5 at Dr. Abby and $8 at Flora Vet.

We are running a special on cat adoption fees of only $20 for a spayed/neutered cat to roll out our new 100% spayed/neutered policy on cats.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.