Who We Are


CARES was founded in September 2007. What was once just a vision soon turned into our Mission. We here at CARES(Community Animal Rescue & Educational Shelter)dedicate our entire being in helping the unfortunate pets of our community. In just over four years, CARES has rescued and re-homed over 1000 pets. These pets once belonged somewhere, to someone and left to fend for themselves either by abuse, neglect, or pure ignorance. CARES believes that there is that perfect Forever Home for each and every pet we rescue. CARES soley relies on the support we receive from our volunteers, fosters, sponsors and donors. CARES is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.

A little about each of us:

Lisa Lewis-Co Founder

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I have spent my entire life surrounded by pets and working with the less fortunate pets in need. I have worked for veterinians, rescued everything from horses to bunnies. My ranch is currently occupied with rescued horses, goats, bunnies,hens,dogs, cats and a bird. I am DART certified(Disaster Animal Response Team)and have spent time during Hurricane Katrina doing search and rescue.

Diane Konitz-Board Member

I am a bookkeeper and mother of two grown children. I' devoted to helping the less fortunate four legged animals. My home is in Pasco and is a safe haven for dogs, cats, and rabbit. I'm proud of the re-homing of so many wonderful "furkids" that CARES has placed over the past years.

Krista Williamson

Bio coming soon!