Programs & Accomplishments
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Fund - To prevent the birth of unwanted litters, ICARE, in cooperation with our local veterinarians, provides financial assistance for pet owners who would otherwise be unable to afford vital spay/neuter surgeries for their pets.
Feral Cat Trap, Neuter & Return (TNR) - ICARE pays for feral cats to be spayed/neutered and returned to their territory. This stabilizes the colony and is the humane answer to the feral cat challenge.
Adoption Promotion - ICARE photographs Inyo County Shelter animals and features these photos in local newspapers, TV stations and on this web site.
Stitch Fund - The ICARE "Stitch Fund" pays for ill or injured Inyo County Shelter animals to receive the veterinary care they need to recover and find loving homes. Visit our special page to learn more about this unique fund and how it helps animals in need.
Happy Pet Fund - This fund was established in honor of Pat Nahin and enhances the well being and enriches the environment for cats and dogs during their stay at the Inyo County Animal Shelter by providing toys, treats and other items of comfort and joy. The Happy Pet Fund has helped purchase over a dozen Kuranda dog beds for our Shelter dogs!
"Give 'em Shelter" Dog House Recycling Program - ICARE advocates bringing pets indoors, but we realize that isn't always possible. That's why we started the the dog house recycling program in Fall 2003. If you have a portable dog house that your pet is no longer using, please donate it to ICARE so we can bring comfort and shelter to a deserving dog in need. We prefer the Igloo-type or similar prefab plastic/resin dog houses because they are watertight, insulated, sturdy, light and easy to transport. If you'd like to donate a dog house or if know a dog that needs one, please call ICARE at 760-872-3802. If you'd rather make a monetary donation to allow us to purchase new dog houses, you may make an on-line donation by clicking the PayPal button on the left.
Dog Obedience Classes - ICARE pays half the cost of Obedience Classes for dogs and puppies adopted from both the Inyo County and Mono County Animal Shelters.
♥ ICARE has provided hundreds of volunteer hours and funded $35,000 in improvements to the Inyo County Animal Shelter in Big Pine since 1997. We have significantly increased the shelter’s capacity, as well as improved living conditions for the animals by installing new indoor and outdoor dog kennels and new stainless steel cat kennels. That was then and this is NOW! We have raised almost $750,000 to build a new Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center. Construction began in August 2014! Visit our Shelter Campaign page for more info.
♥ In the past 16 years, ICARE has spent $455,000 (from donations) on 10,800 spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs in need. This has prevented the birth of thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies. Consequently, Inyo County Shelter impounds (strays and owner turn-ins) have decreased 65% (1,164 in 1995 to 413 in 2013).
♥ ICARE’s promotion and photographs of Inyo County Shelter animals on this web site and in local newspapers have increased adoptions by 315% (from 82 in 1996 to 259 in 2013).
♥ Most importantly, as a direct result of all of ICARE’s animal welfare programs, the number of cats and dogs euthanized at the Inyo County Animal Shelter has dropped an amazing 95% (from 1,784 in 1995 to 48 in 2013).
Of course, none of this would be possible without the incredible support of our faithful members and donors. Since ICARE has no paid employees, your gifts go directly to help animals in need. Thank you!