Meet the new Executive Director of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter

Meet the new Executive Director of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter

Liz McCauley, a native of Pennsylvania, comes to the Cape Coral Animal Shelter with over 30 years of experience and a Master’s Degree in Business with a specific concentration in Non-profit Leadership and Management. 

As a little girl who brought home and nurtured countless homeless critters during her childhood, she spent many years volunteering in various aspects of animal rescue.  In 2007, while adopting her first dog from a local shelter, a staff member told her he was most likely a “puppy mill breeder dog”.  From that moment, Liz’s life was forever changed and she has spent the last 12 years fighting to strengthen the animal cruelty laws nationwide through tougher legislation and educating people about animal neglect and abuse.

In 2015, Liz became the Executive Director of one of the largest open-admission animal shelters in Eastern Pennsylvania where she had previously served on the fundraising committee, the board of directors, and as a foster.  During her tenure, she led the organization in expanding the foster program, developing relationships with other rescues, implementing new programs and procedures, and substantially increasing live release rates for both dogs and cats—an extremely difficult task for a shelter that is responsible for county-wide animal control.  Liz became a Pennsylvania Humane Police Officer in 2016 and assisted with animal cruelty investigations throughout the region.

After moving to the “Sunshine State” in October of 2017 to escape the freezing cold winters, Liz took the job as Shelter Manager for the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Striving to ease the burden placed on animal control facilities throughout SWFL, Liz developed relationships and worked tirelessly to save unwanted, abandoned, and abused animals. 

Her passion for animals, experience in rescue, and education in the non-profit sector will help guide CCAS as we embark on our mission to save and protect the animals of our region and find them forever homes.  

Liz and her husband Bobby enjoy spending time with their four rescue dogs—Sammy, Abbey (pictured), Holly, and Buckey (pictured).  They reside on Pine Island and are having a blast discovering all the benefits of living in a “tropical paradise.” 

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