Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption

Today’s Welcome to Sanford “Business” of the Week is Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA), a no-kill, non-profit animal shelter dedicated to finding permanent homes for North Carolina dogs and cats. In 2020, CARA had over 350 adoptions.

CARA began in 1977 when Dr. Ron Myres opened his veterinary practice in Sanford. Dr. Myers, along with Pat Sprouse, Sissy and Poly Cohen, and Diane and Rodney Harrill decided to find a solution to the growing population of homeless animals in Lee County. In the 1980’s, the San-Lee Humane Society was formed in cooperation with the Lee County Government and Central Carolina Community College. After losing county funding, the were forced to close their doors before the organization regrouped in 2003 under the name Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption.

CARA is a is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, meaning that they are funded completely by donations and fundraising proceeds. If you can, click here to donate and help an animal in need find a loving home. They also accept donations of common items such as bleach, paper towels, litter, PURINA brand dog and cat food. If you are able to donate your time, CARA is run almost completely by volunteers. Click here for more information about volunteering.

Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption are currently holding a fund raiser to raise money for one of their dogs Obi to receive knee surgery. Visit their Facebook page to help Obi get his surgery, and to see photos of the countless adorable animals up for adoption! You can also find CARA on Instagram @carasanfordnc 

Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption can be found at 42 Deep River Road in Sanford, you can call them at 919-774-9433 and learn more at

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