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, they were forced to close to the public, doing adoptions by appointment only. Under very trying circumstances, they saved hundreds of animals, provided medical care, and found them loving, forever homes. By mid-August, just five months after opening, CCAS reached its 400th adoption.
To support the lifesaving work of the shelter and to provide a much-needed service to our community, CCAS will open a low-cost, state of the art veterinary clinic on Tuesday, August 25th.
“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, dental procedures, and the sale of flea and heartworm preventative and prescription food” said Melanie Waite, Director of Operations.
CCAS has hired Dr. Kristie Welsh to provide veterinary care to our clients and their pets. Originally from Kentucky, Dr. Welsh graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Biology and later received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. She moved to Florida in 2004 to practice in the Sunshine State and lives in Cape Coral with her husband, Chris, son, KC and three miniature dachshunds.
“We are fortunate to have hired a veterinarian with Dr. Welsh’s experience and compassion for animals of all kind. She is a welcomed asset to our team!” said JoAnn Elardo, President of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter Board of Directors.
The clinic, located at 325 SW 2nd Avenue, Cape Coral, will be open by appointment only Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 239-573-2002, Extension 106. Currently we are not taking walk-in appointments.
For more information, please see our website at https://www.capecoralanimalshelter.com/services/veterinary-clinic/