Clyde's Adoption Fee - Precious Pays it Forward

Help Clyde get adopted by subsidizing his adoption fee.

Precious pays it forward for dogs too!

Clyde has lived in a C.A.R.E. foster home more than a year, now. Though he loves his foster family (including dog and kid siblings of all sizes), Clyde would really like to have a family of his very own.

If you want to give this big boy a boost so he can move on to the next chapter of his life, consider donating toward Clyde’s adoption fee!


In 1992, a man named Andrew walked into C.A.R.E., met a cat he named Zucchini and were best friends for over 19 years. After Zucchini passed, Andrew started the Zucchini's Gift fund in order to subsidize adoption fees for C.A.R.E. cats who were harder to place because of age or health.

Fast-forward to 2012, when Catherine Feuerstein met C.A.R.E. cat Mimi. Mimi was an older cat, and fractious in the shelter environment. Catherine decided to take a leap of faith and adopt her. Even though they were only together four years, it is time Catherine wouldn’t trade for anything. Mimi served as proof adopters should consider taking in older kitties, as they are wonderful beings, deserving of love.

After Mimi crossed the Rainbow Bridge, Catherine trial-adopted Precious, a six- year-old girl who had lived as a single cat for most of her life. Unfortunately, Precious and resident cat Abby were not meant to be roommates, so Precious came back to C.A.R.E. Remembering back to the Zucchini's Gift fund, Catherine decided to pay it forward and subsidize Precious’ adoption fee, calling it the Mimi Fund. What a great way to honor Mimi, Zucchini and Precious.

Precious has now been adopted into a single-cat household, is loved and doing well. And—Precious’ adopter continued Zucchini’s legacy and has ‘paid it forward’ by contributing toward the adoption fee of two more C.A.R.E. kitties, Ramona and Mendel. Ramona and Mendel have been adopted, so now it's Clyde's turn! 

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About the Organization

Community Animal Rescue Effort - C.A.R.E.

Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission to serve the communities of Chicago's North Shore by fostering and supporting healthy, positive relationships between people and companion animals. C.A.R.E. rehomes companion pets into safe, healthy, lifelong homes; serves as an educational and counseling resource; and works to reduce pet overpopulation.