In June, CCAS was contacted about an adorable 10-week-old Catahoula puppy with some very serious physical challenges. Among other issues, “Bleu” is almost completely deaf and blind. We immediately contacted one of our volunteers–local Certified Dog Trainer Louise Hebert with Rescue Dog Training. Louise began fostering and working with Bleu immediately, researching various methods of training deaf and blind dogs.
Bleu also suffered from genetic issues that required specialized surgery, but we are happy to report those issues have been resolved and she is ready for her forever home! Bleu will require a very special household that is willing to continue the training Louise has started, which she has very generously offered to continue with Bleu’s new family.
“Since arriving at CCAS I have had quite an adventure! Besides being deaf and blind, I am a little girl who is full of life and curiosity, bringing a smile to the face of everyone I meet. Even though Louise has been diligently working to train me on how to “see” and “hear” in ways beyond my physical senses, she would be the first one to tell you that my training has not been so much about basic commands such as “sit”, “stay”, or “come”, but more about teaching me that the world is safe, people are good, and how to navigate my life.
Along this journey, I have discovered so many things about myself. One thing I realized is that I love being outside! I am dreaming of a small fenced-in yard where I can continue my love of exploration. I have also realized I really love other dogs! I have a foster brother right now, with whom I love to hang out, but I am getting too big for him. It would be great to have a brother or sister a little bigger than me. I also know that I am very playful, and I have a lot of energy! When I get into things that I shouldn’t, my mom lovingly says, “Oh, Bleu, you’re such a Catahoula!” whatever that means!
My mom says that I am a quick learner! I am figuring out how to manage life without sight and only limited sound. I can follow shadows and objects directly in front of me. The most important thing that I have discovered is how much I love people! In fact, there is nothing that I like better than cuddling!
After all this new stuff, I am ready to learn more, and I am looking for a forever family with whom I can continue this journey. If you are a special family (kids should be older) who has the love and patience for an unusual puppy like me, please make an appointment to come and meet me!”
Roseanne is a very special girl who came to the Cape Coral Animal Shelter in January, saved from a horrible situation as a breeder dog outside Miami. Although she lived with other dogs in her past life, it has become very clear that she now prefers to spend her life with people rather than other animals.
Roseanne quickly became a volunteer and staff favorite and loves (almost) every human she meets. Because we are always at full capacity, Roseanne resides in the office our executive director—and she is the perfect tenant!
A few months ago, our executive director Liz McCauley started posting “Conversations with Roseanne” on her personal Facebook page and these posts were shared throughout the community. As a joke, Roseanne was given a “friend” named Bones–a dog she gets along with—and through these funny conversations, they have become engaged to be married!
As word spread of their upcoming nuptials, friends from near and far have sent well wishes, gifts, even purchased their wedding attire! Volunteers have planned the whole wedding, complete with bridesmaids, groomsmen, flowers, and a lovely outdoor ceremony in our big play yard here at the shelter.
Best of all, we are inviting the public to share this event with all of us.
If you would like to witness the wedding of Roseanne and Bones, please come to the shelter at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11th.
The public is welcome to bring donations for Roseanne’s dowry, which she promises to share with the other pups at the shelter. (Our wish list can be found at Wish List – Cape Coral Animal Shelter)
No wedding would be complete without a champagne toast and special cupcakes, so we hope you will join us for this very special event. Of course, our greatest wish for Roseanne is that all this fanfare will get the attention of the perfect family who will adopt her and take her (and Bones) home forever.
Since the Cape Coral Animal Shelter (CCAS) opened their doors in March 2020 at the start of the global pandemic, there have been challenges but also lots to celebrate.
February was a BIG celebration as they have had 1,000 animals adopted! Honey (pictured here with her new family) is glad to join the many homeless animals that have found forever homes.
Sincere thanks to everyone who has adopted from CCAS, their volunteers, staff, board, donors, and everyone that makes up the amazing village. They can’t wait to see what the next year brings!
CCAS is dedicated to their 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.
One of the most common reasons pets are surrendered to local shelters is the lack of affordable pet wellness, training, and education programs. Due to cost and other barriers, pets in under-resourced communities often do not have access to basic veterinary care such as spay/neuter services, vaccinations, dental care and other medical and preventative care.
With a $51,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the CAPE CORAL ANIMAL SHELTER AND VETERINARY CLINIC aims to support pets and pet parents in need of these services throughout South Florida by providing low cost veterinary care.
This full-service clinic provides services such as wellness visits, vaccines, dental procedures, spay/neuter surgeries, preventative medicines, bloodwork, and microchipping. It is estimated that CCAS, located at 325 SW 2nd Avenue in Cape Coral will serve several thousand clients each year in their state-of-the-art facility.
“This grant could not have come at a more crucial time for our organization” said Liz McCauley, Executive Director of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter.
“Our community has a large population of seniors on fixed income that have difficulty affording basic care for their pets. Further, the effect of the C-19 pandemic has been particularly hard on our region, which relies heavily on hospitality and tourism revenue. Being able to open our clinic and provide affordable care is more important than ever and in line with the mission of our organization.”
“Cape Coral Animal Shelter’s new facility is a vital resource that is needed in an area that previously did not have a full-service health and wellness provider for local pets,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “We are proud to support this work that will allow pet parents to focus on being with their pets, instead of how to provide for them.”
Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.4 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,650 PetSmart® stores.
The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $430 million, to positively impact communities, to connect people and pets, to help preserve families and to improve access to veterinary care through initiatives like this with the Cape Coral Animal Shelter.
To find out more about the low-cost veterinary services provided by the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, visit their website at www.capecoralanimalshelter.com or call 239-573-2002, Extension 106.
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter (CCAS) is pleased to announce Yoga at the Shelter will begin weekly beginning December 2nd. “We are happy to provide a community event for our staff, volunteers and others interested in joining the classes. Attendees can enjoy the space the community has so generously helped us build for the animals in need,” stated Liz McCauley, Executive Director. For those who attend the classes and have not seen the facility, CCAS staff will be available to answer questions and provide tours afterward.
Class instructor, Robin Anne Griffiths said, “These outdoor classes are excellent for those new to yoga as they are gentle and slow paced, but all levels of yoga participants can benefit. Instruction will focus on flexibility, balance, range of motion and releasing tension.” Classes will be held from 10-11 am each Wednesday. Cost will be $10 per person per class with shelter volunteers receiving a discount of $8.00 and 50% of all proceeds going to the shelter. Attendees are advised to bring their yoga mat, a large towel or sheet for ground cover, water and as an option yoga blocks and strap if desired. Prior sign up is not required but early arrival is advised for paperwork and set up.
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter mission 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. A safe place, where animals will remain in our care until they are placed in a qualified, forever home. More information on the Shelter can be found at www.capecoralanimalshelter.com.
Robin Anne Griffiths is a certified master development coach, personal trainer, behavior change consultant, and yoga instructor. She specializes as a movement instructor for senior populations. Her mission is to help with living a fuller and healthier life as you age. Her Better You Series is three unique programs tailored to help with positive changes in diet, fitness, and life direction. She works with groups and individuals on life transitions to create personal balance – physically and mentally. For more information www.robinannegriffiths.com.
Let’s have a little fun this spooky season with a Virtual Pet Halloween Costume Contest. Prizes will be awarded to the following: cutest, scariest, and most original. Only one entry per person please.
In need of a pet costume? We’ve got you covered! The CCAS Boutique located in the main lobby at the shelter has a wide selection to choose from. Stop on by!
How It Works:
Enter the contest by completing the entry form. Submission deadline to enter is 11:59 pm Tuesday, October 27.
Voting will take place via the Cape Coral Animal Shelter Facebook page. A photo album for each category will be uploaded by 10 am on Wednesday, October 28. Simply give a photo a like/thumbs up to vote. The photos that have the most “likes” win! The voting window concludes by 11:59 pm Thursday, October 29.
Winners will be featured on our website and social media pages on October 30.
Donations are welcome. After you submit your photo you will be directed to a page where you can support CCAS. All proceeds will benefit Cape Coral Animal Shelter.
Each category winner (cutest, scariest, and most original) will receive an incredible basket of goodies, including but not limited to dog/cat treats and toys, CCAS swag, gift cards, and more!