CAPE CORAL, FLA — In less than a year, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter has grown tremendously.
"We're coming up on our 900th adoption," said shelter Executive Director Elizabeth McCauley.
And McCauley says one of their earliest supporters was none other than late Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello.
"From the very, very beginning," McCauley.
He loved it so much, his family had a brick placed out front...
"He was a big Mets fan, and his brick says, "Go pets!" she said
And McCauley says he even stopped by to visit.
"It was so heartwarming to see how proud he was of the shelter and that cape coral finally had the cape coral animal shelter and the low-cost veterinary clinic for the people that live here," she said.
And so, it should come as no surprise that even in death the mayor found a way to give back to them. His family asking for donations to the shelter and a scholarship fund, instead of flowers.
"It means the world to us," she said.
And McCauley says donations in his honor are already coming in.
"We don't receive funding from any outside sources. So, we don't get money from the state or even the city for that matter. We survive strictly on donations. So every dollar goes to good use here," she said.
McCauley adds that the shelter's low-cost vet clinic has been full of people on fixed incomes or who have lost jobs but need care for their pets.
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