The Cape Coral Animal Shelter has announced that it will be handing out Christmas presents to its resident cats and dogs on Christmas Day, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Since we opened in 2020, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter has found homes for almost 2,000 unwanted, abandoned, and neglected animals.  Although we hope every animal finds a loving home quickly, ultimately there will be cats and dog in the shelter on Christmas Day. 

To make the day special for those residents, staff and volunteers will hand 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.

Santa and his helper will be “arriving in style” this year on our donated and newly refurbished golf cart.

“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 fell like they are already part of a family.” 

Later this week, Sadie from the “Logan and Sadie Morning Show” on 96.9 WINK will be delivering donated toys and treats from their listeners.  These gifts, along with other donations will be part of the Christmas Day celebration for our residents. 

Although we have enough treats and toys currently, CCAS is always accepting donations from our very caring and supportive community. You can check out our current Wish List of items as well as our Chewy and Amazon Wish Lists at

For more information, please see our website at

Lee County Domestic Animal Services offers public opportunity to help out with annual Gift Giving Tree

Lee County Domestic Animal Services offers public opportunity to help out with annual Gift Giving Tree

Lee County Domestic Animal Services will celebrate the holiday season with a Gift Giving Tree. The tree in the adoption lobby at Animal Services is decorated with ornaments with a wish list of gifts for the shelter pets.

Visitors may pick one up and return gifts to Animal Services by Dec. 22 to help make the animals’ holiday a little brighter. The ornament is yours to keep for your tree.

The adoption center is open 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers. Dogs, cats, bunnies and guinea pigs looking for a home just on time for the holidays. Visit to see pets available for adoption.

The adoption package includes spay or neuter, microchip, up-to-date vaccinations, county license and a 10-day health guarantee. The package is valued at $600.

Volunteers and staff are waiting to introduce your new family member to you.

Using Fireworks Safely and Within The Law

Using Fireworks Safely and Within The Law

The Fourth of July brings together family and friends to celebrate our nation’s founding. With that commonly comes fireworks celebrations large and small. The Cape Coral Police Department wants to ensure that home fireworks celebrations are being conducted safely and within the law.

Recent amendments to the law in Florida have made the calendar dates of July 4th, December 31st, and January 1st the only dates where fireworks are permitted. Many prefer to set off their fireworks at home, despite the excellent displays put on each year at the city’s “Red White and BOOM” event. If you choose to do your own this year, please keep your safety and others a top priority. Please keep in mind that fireworks are not exempt from the City of Cape Coral noise ordinance, which is in effect at all hours of the day but becomes more stringent between the hours of 11pm and 7am.

Common complaints regarding fireworks are the distress they can cause combat veterans, as well as distress caused to family pets. Please consider asking your neighbors about these issues beforehand to avoid potential issues.

The Cape Coral Police Department thanks you for celebrating the birth of our nation safely and responsibly.


  • Never let young children light or handle fireworks.
  • Use fireworks away from people, houses and flammable material.
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting.
  • Do not ignite devices in a container.
  • Do not use fireworks while under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
  • Keep a garden hose or bucket of water handy in case of fire, and soak spent or unused fireworks before throwing them away.

Sun Splash Offers Free Admission to Moms during Mother’s Day Weekend

Sun Splash Offers Free Admission to Moms during Mother’s Day Weekend

Moms Splash Free May 8-9 with Purchase of Regular Child Admission

Sun Splash Family Waterpark is offering free admission to moms during Mother’s Day Weekend, May 8-9, with the purchase of a regular priced child or teen General Admission ticket.

In addition to regular operating hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun Splash will host its first “Family Slide Night” of the season on Saturday, May 8 with evening hours of 5 – 8:30 p.m. and special after 5 p.m. pricing.

The park will also raffle off a variety of prizes to moms during the weekend including tickets to Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and gift certificates to Red Salon, Discount Pets and Supplies in Cape Coral, and Marker 92 at the Westin. 

“We recognize that family entertainment budgets are limited, so are pleased to offer the Mother’s Day Weekend special,” said Sandie Greiner, Waterpark Manager.

“This is a fun way for families to thank moms and spend quality time together, and, with the first Slide Night of the season being on Saturday, it gives families another chance to take advantage of the savings.” 

Sun Splash is currently open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The park’s seven day a week operating schedule will begin on Thursday, June 18 and run through August 9, weather permitting. 

For more information about Sun Splash, admission rates and directions to the park, call (239) 574-0558 or visit

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