The Cape Coral Animal Shelter (CCAS) has partnered with Hope Hospice to take current services one step further for hospice patients.
In animal rescue, one of the most heartbreaking owner surrender requests is when a person is terminally ill and must give up their beloved pet. Once surrendered, the person ultimately loses touch with their pet after it is adopted, spending their last days wondering about and missing their companion.
Finding a home for pets can also be a burden for family members when a loved one enters hospice unexpectedly and they scramble frantically to find a home for the pet.
Hope Hospice created the Hope for Pets program to alleviate that worry and give people in their care some peace of mind that their pets will have veterinary visits, exercise, and, when needed, a new, loving home. To ensure no pet is left behind, Hope for Pets has partnered with various shelters to help coordinate pet adoptions and veterinary care.
Now, CCAS is offering enhanced services to keep the connection between Hope’s pet owners and their loyal companions strong for as long as possible.
Our program will facilitate the surrender of a pet by a hospice patient. However, that pet will stay in the home of the patient until he/she is no longer able to care for the pet. During that time, CCAS will handle medical care of the pet, transport to and from the patient’s home for vet visits, and supply food/supplies if needed.
Further, if the Hope Hospice patient enters a hospice facility, CCAS will put the pet into a foster home until the patient passes away. These fosters will be specifically chosen and trained to be compassionate and understanding of the situation. They will provide updates, pictures, phone calls, and (if possible) visits to the patient in a hospice facility. Once the patient passes, CCAS will find a loving, forever home for the pet.
“We have a network of fantastic foster parents who are specially educated about end-of-life care. They keep in touch with the owner and help them stay connected to their pet with updates, phone calls and visits,” said McCauley.
“We are creating a continuity in transitioning a pet from owner to foster family, while forging a faster pathway to adoption.”
Oftentimes, pet adoptions are delayed due to an absence of medical information or lapsed treatments. Now, veterinary services are brought up to date and pets are given the care they need to stay happy and healthy well before they join their new adopted home, giving the hospice patient and their families great relief during a most difficult time.
Please see the attached link to the office article posted by Hope Hospice for their insight:
Due to the overwhelming demand for low-cost veterinary care, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter has opened it clinic SIX days a week effective immediately.
Located at 324 SW 2nd Avenue, the hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm. They are closed Sunday. Appointments can be made by calling 239-573-2002, Extension 106.
To support the lifesaving work of the shelter and to provide a much-needed service to our community, CCAS opened its low-cost, state of the art veterinary clinic in August. The response was overwhelming and with the pandemic still in full swing, gearing up to meet the demand was not without challenges.
“It took us a while to get all the people and systems in place” said Executive Director, Liz McCauley. “We are still receiving hundreds of calls a week, but we have added additional administrative and veterinary staff to handle the demand. We’re ready to go full steam ahead six days a week!”
“We believe now more than ever people need a low-cost alternative to keep their pets healthy, happy, and out of the shelter. Our services include vaccines, spay/neuter surgery, illnesses and wellness visits, dental procedures, and the sale of flea and heartworm preventative and prescription food. We also carry a private label line of skin care products for your pets.” said Melanie Waite, Director of Operations.
Dr. Kristie Welsh and Dr. Chad Weddell provide full service veterinary care to our clients and their pets. The clinic is not limited to low-income patients or patients from just Cape Coral. They can serve anyone who needs quality veterinary care. All revenue generated from the clinic supports the live-saving efforts of the shelter, which has done over 1,000 adoptions in less than one year of operation.
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.
Arts & crafts, car shows, fairs, festivals, yappy hour and more.
Making weekend plans? Check out these 5 things to do this weekend inSWFL:
Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair
Our first Friday is always the most exciting of the Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair! 4 – 6 pm (on Friday only) – FREE Gate Entry; 5 – 6 pm – FREE Rides. Gates open at 4 pm. Adult Tickets: $10, Child (6-12) tickets: $5. If you can’t make it on Friday, the fair continues on until March 7th. **Active Military & Veterans – Free Admission only – must present military ID card. As always, all the fun happens at the Lee County Civic Center. For more information, daily gate & ride specials, or information on what we are doing to keep the fair safe, visit us at www.swflcfair.com
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter and Fathoms Restaurant invite you to join us between 5:30 and 7:30 pm for our monthly Yappy Hour. This is an opportunity for the community and their pets to enjoy an evening of outdoor entertainment, drinks, 50/50 Raffle and more. Proceeds always benefit the Animal Shelter.
Come out Saturdayand Sunday for the 55th Annual celebration of the Sabal Palm tree at Barron Park in LaBelle with the Swamp Cabbage Festival. Good Food, Good Music, and a Good Time for all! The fun starts at 9 am and runs until 5 pm. Best of all it is FREE to attend!
This charity car show, benefiting the Cape Coral Caring Center, is for FREE family fun! Happening on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm at Sun Splash Family Waterpark, there will be a DJ playing 50’s and 60’s music, food, 50/50 drawings, a church bake sale and great door prizes. There will be vendors and information booths for the charity and church sponsor. Goody bags and dash plaques to the first 100 show vehicles. Show is open to any and all cars and trucks. Have fun mingling with other car collectors and people who love cars, great music, food and good clean fun!
Enjoy Ave Maria this weekend at the Arts & Crafts Festival. FREE event and FREE parking from 10 am – 4 pm both days! Sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography, ceramics, and much more. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find it among the various array of artists and crafters participating in the festival. There will be LIVE music from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday is the weekly Farmers Market from 9 AM – 2 PM. For event information, call (239) 352-3903
On Saturday, March 20, 2021, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter will be hosting our first Rescue Run 5k to benefit the animals—and you can bring your dog!
Originally planned for last year, the Rescue Run 5K will finally take place starting at the Cape Coral Animal Shelter and winding through the scenic streets of The Cape. There will be a Pre-run Breakfast at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 8:00. All CDS social distancing protocols will be adhered to for everyone’s safety. Dogs are welcome and must be on a standard leash. (Retractable leashes are not allowed.)
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter could not have faced a bigger challenge in its first year of operation. With the onset of the pandemic coinciding with its opening, CCAS had to make some adjustments quickly and efficiently. As a result, 1,000 animals have found their forever homes and hundreds of pets in our community have received low-cost veterinary care in their first eleven months of operation.
“CCAS brings hope to South Florida’s homeless dogs and cats by understanding their needs and bringing an increased level of awareness to the intolerance of animal abuse in our community,” said Pamela Aubuchon, Chairperson of the Rescue Run and CCAS Board Member. “The Rescue Run 2021 5k allows each of us to be part of our mission of making a difference for the animals of our community.”
“Fundraising during the pandemic has been a huge challenge as many of our events have been postponed or cancelled” said Liz McCauley, Executive Director of CCAS. “Finding creative ways to host events but still be safe has been difficult. Because we can socially distance and this event is outside, we hope to be able to raise the much-needed funds we need to continue our work while keeping everyone safe. And how much full will it be to bring your dog for some fun and exercise?!”
If you would like to support the Cape Coral Animal Shelter by sponsoring this event or by participating in the run, please go to our website at www.capecoralanimalshelter.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register for the run at The Run Shoppe, 1407 Cape Coral Parkway E., Cape Coral.