This year has been difficult for so many non-profits, and Cape Coral Animal Shelter has had its share of challenges. After years of preparation for opening day on March 19th, the entire world shut down just a few days later. Changing its model to adhere to social distancing guidelines, CCAS forged on and has found loving, forever homes for over 800 animals.
Although CCAS hopes every animal finds a loving home quickly, ultimately there will be cats and dog in the shelter on Christmas Day. In an effort to make the day special for those residents, staff and volunteers handed out presents to each dog and cat in the shelter, give them special treats, and shower them with the same love they will soon be getting in their forever home. “I am adopted—born in December and adopted in January by a wonderful family. I spent my first Christmas in an orphanage. When I became involved with animal rescue, it reminded me of my first Christmas, so making Christmas Day special for these abandoned animals has become very personal and very important to me” said Liz McCauley, Executive Director of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter. “Volunteers and staff grow very fond of the animals while they are in our care and it gives us great joy to see them enjoying treats and toys on Christmas Day. Even on a holiday, it’s important to us that they are shown love.”
In an effort to “Pay it Forward,” Lee County Domestic Animal Services is donating some excess supplies and toys as are several other groups in the community.
For more information, please see our website at www.capecoralanimalshelter.com
The mission of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter is 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. We provide a safe place where animals will remain in our care until they are placed in qualified, forever homes.
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