CARE hosts inaugural tourney

Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals (CARE) will host its first Paws at the Net — a charity tennis tournament — at Rebsamen Tennis Center from Friday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 14.  

Paws at the Net is a USTA sanctioned tournament with a two-event limit. Registration is now open.  

Players and guests will enjoy competitive matches, food, beverages and a silent auction. There will also be an opportunity to meet a few of CARE’s adoptable animals. CARE invites you to have a “ball” for a good cause while supporting its mission to rescue and re-home cats and dogs in need.

CARE’s Executive Director Ashley Younger hopes this tournament will an “ace” for animal rescue and is excited to raise awareness for pet adoption within Arkansas’s tennis community.  “CARE has been ‘serving’ up homes for pets since 1998, and I am excited to see my passion for animal rescue and tennis come together for such a great cause.”  

CARE was established in 1998 for the dual purposes of rescuing abandoned cats and dogs facing euthanasia in Arkansas shelters, as well as providing low-cost spay/neuter programs. CARE has grown from an initial group of four volunteers into a well-known nonprofit organization with three employees and hundreds of volunteers who devote thousands of hours toward continuing CARE’s mission.  

CARE also partners with the Arkansas Department of Correction on the Paws in Prison program. For more information on CARE or the tournament, please visit