Support Our Cause
After years of planning, fundraising, building and preparing, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter opened its doors on March 19th. Four days later, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we were forced to close to the public, doing adoptions by appointment only.
Under very trying circumstances, we saved over 100 animals and found loving, forever homes for over 60 of those animals in our first three weeks of operation. Such as Daisy, who was dumped because her owner believed he could catch COVID-19 from her and is now adopted to a wonderful forever family. Or Bouncer, who came into our care from DeSoto County after being found in a plastic bag on the side of the road.
We have also assisted five different municipal animal control shelters and four rescue groups ease their burden. We assisted ten families who could no longer care for their animals by giving them a haven until they find their new forever home. We found foster homes for over 20 animals to ease our burden of being at capacity and understaffed.
And this is just the beginning. In order to support the lifesaving work of our shelter and to provide a much-needed service to our community, our low-cost, state of the art veterinary clinic has opened for business. We believe now more than ever people are going to need a low-cost alternative to keep their pets healthy, happy, and out of the shelter. Our services will include vaccines, spay/neuter surgery, illnesses and wellness visits, and the sale of flea and heartworm preventative and prescription food. Due to the generosity of our donors, we were able to purchase such equipment as a digital x-ray machine, an ultrasound machine and a digital dental x-ray machine which will allow us to do more extensive and difficult procedures. CCAS is brining low cost veterinary care to the community to fulfil our mission to engage a special bond between people and animals by means of adoption services, medical care, education and training for the prevention of cruelty and abandonment.
Opening the shelter during a virus pandemic was certainly not in the plans, but we are pushing forward with our mission and persevering. We could not have done this without the support of our amazing staff, volunteers, donors and local community. We have seen firsthand what our community is capable of, and that’s why we know that we will make it through this tough time together. Thank you!