CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The Cape Coral Animal Shelter presented gifts to its resident cats and dogs on Christmas Day.
This year has been difficult for many non-profits, and Cape Coral Animal Shelter has had its share of challenges. After years of preparation for opening day on March 19, the entire world shut down just a few days later. Changing its model to adhere to social distancing guidelines, CCAS forged on and has found loving, forever homes for over 800 animals.
Although CCAS hopes every animal finds a loving home quickly, ultimately there are cats and dog in the shelter on Christmas Day. To help make this day special for the animals, staff and volunteers handed hand out presents to each dog and cat in the shelter, gave them special treats, and showered them with the same love they will soon be getting in their forever home.
“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 CCAS. “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 are shown love.”
In an effort to “Pay it Forward,” Lee County Domestic Animal Services donated excess supplies and toys as well as several other groups in the community.
For more information about CCAS, please visit www.capecoralanimalshelter.com