The Cape Coral Animal Shelter is filled with dogs and cats. It’s been that way even before Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida.
“We had 93 animals in the shelter already on the day of the hurricane plus another 20 or so in foster, ” said Liz McCauley, the Shelters Executive Director.
McCauley has been the Executive Director at the shelter for the last 8 years so she kind of knew what to expect when Hurricane Ian was headed to our area. She and her husband were at the shelter before, during and after Ian passed through.
“The next couple of days after the hurricane were very sad,” she said. Sad, because of the amount of people who now need to surrender their beloved pets.
Since the hurricane the shelter has taken in 80 animals on top of the 100+ they already had. 30 of those were owner-surrendered, that’s more than normal. On top of that, this shelter has also helped out Lee County Animal Services.
Weeks later they’re still taking in more, “we’ve taken probably 14-15 cats from them just the other day but we were all set to break ground and start working on our new building which we desperately need because we would’ve been able to help a lot more animals during this time.”
Despite the overflow of animals, people’s hearts are overflowing too, according to McCauley there have been 70 adoptions already. That was a shock to the shelter after a disaster like Ian, but what she is worried about, “I’m concerned that the owner surrender that we were asked to take are going to just be on the rise over the next couple of months as people get relocated if it’s just a financial challenge for people tell us that we’d rather have you keep it than bring it to us.”
If you have the means to help The Cape Coral Animal Shelter could use monetary donations to continue serving animals and families in need in our community.
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