Welcome to KARE

Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education (KARE) is an volunteer-powered, non-profit organization, based out of Kitsap County, whose mission is to provide animal welfare education as well as animal rescue/shelter support for the community. We provide classes, workshops and seminars revolving around dog behavior, communication and training, in the effort of reducing the number of homeless and relinquished pets in the area. Our goal is to help pets find and stay in their “forever homes”. We hope to share our mission, while continuing to build our network of community partnerships.



During this time of social distancing & the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, we have temporarily suspended all in-person classes, workshops, assessments and consultations.

Working with you face-to-face is obviously a much preferred method of training but until we are able to see you in person, we want to offer as much support as possible.  Thus KARE is working at finding ways to give you the help you need while keeping us all safe.

Some of the tools we will be implementing include live webinars, one-to-one video consultations and instructional videos.  Currently we are working at putting together a couple of live webinars, filming a few instructional videos on specific behaviors and compiling a list of online resources.

Please stay tuned to our social media and website. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We are still here for you!

KARE Training and Activity Center is NOW AVAILABLE! Participate in a KARE class, or rent our indoor or outdoor play areas for personalized, one-on-one sessions.

NEW Clients Register Here Existing Clients

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Educate. Advocate. Rehabilitate.


  • Educate people on understanding and learning how to communicate with their pets in hopes of reducing the number of homeless pets.
  • Rescue adoptable dogs and cats that do not thrive in the shelter environment and simply need a good home and a little training and TLC to make them great pets.

Featured Community Partner:

Special thanks to our communications partner, NW Canine Coalition. Be sure to check out their segments on KING 5 featuring adoptable Northwest pets.

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Spice and Everything Nice! Spotlight on Cinnamon

Thanks to our community partner, NW Canine Coalition, Cinnamon wants everyone to know he’s ready for his forever home and he’s going on KING 5/KONG 6 television to share his story. Tune in tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:45 a.m. to hear from NW Canine Coalition’s founder, Kathleen Hunter.

Adoption Highlights 2018

We’ve had a fantastic year at KARE. In 2018, your generous donations raised from the Kitsap Great Give went towards medical, transportation and basic care (nutrition, supplies) for the 42 dogs KARE rescued in 2018. KARE’s motivation for rescuing relinquished or abandoned dogs aids the larger rescue community in achieving an end goal where all dogs truly find their forever homes. We’ve also established a facility to host educational programs intended to improve communication and relationships with pets and their owners to keep them in their loving homes. Funds generated from the 2019 Kitsap Great Give will continue to go towards our rescue program, but also allow us to subsidize expenses associated with our education programs so that we may continue to offer low-cost and free classes to keep at-risk dogs in their forever homes by reducing or eliminating behaviors that cause pets to be relinquished in the first place.


We know dogs and cats are re-homed, but do we really understand why? A better question we can ask ourselves is, can we do something about it?  An estimated 6.12 million households re-home pets every five years. Weiss, E., Gramann, S., Spain, C.V. and Slater, M. (2015) Goodbye to a Good Friend: An Exploration of […]

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