Cape Coral Animal Shelter Corporation

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CAPE CORAL, FL   |  Www.capecoralanimalshelter.com

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. A safe place, where animals will remain in our care until they are placed in a qualified, forever home.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Cape Coral Animal Shelter is making a huge impact in the lives of animals and pet owners throughout Florida. With over 2,250 adoptions in our first two years and 5,000 new clients in our low cost-veterinary clinic, we are poised to be one of the largest shelters in Florida over the next 10 years. Plans are underway for a brand new 14,000 square foot shelter which will increase our life saving capacity by 300%. This will also allow us to expand our clinic to accommodate more patience who rely on us for low cost veterinary care. We are a leader in saving animals in our community and beyond.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Liz McCauley

Main address

325 SW 2nd Avenue

CAPE CORAL, FL 33991 USA

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EIN

81-3632884

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A large part of our program will be to take in owner surrenders, similar to most shelters. But unlike others, CCAS wants to be able to help pet owners find a way to keep their pet. Contrary to popular belief, most pet owners do not want to relinquish their pet. They think they have no other choice. CCAS can be the difference to those community members that want to keep their pet but need help doing so. Our Have a Heart Fund will allow us to provide low cost and free medical services to pet owners who would otherwise have to surrender their pets. We have partnered with several local human food pantries to provide food and free vaccines to pets in at risk homes. We never want an animal to be surrendered if we can provide food or medical care to keep it in a loving, happy home.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

No-Kill Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility

The Cape Coral Animal is a leader in animal life-saving efforts throughout Florida. We save at-risk animals from county and local municipal shelters including Lee, Collier, DeSoto, Hendry, Hardee, Polk, and Miam-Dade Counties, and the cities of Clewiston and Bowling Green.

We partner with many small rescues and rescue partners to save unwanted and abandoned animals, bring them into our loving shelter, provide veterinary care, and find them qualified forever homes. We also take in animals that owners can no longer care for and give them refuge until we can find their new forever family.

Since our inception, we average 120 animals in our care on any given day and 1,200 adoptions each year. Our state-of-the-art facility provides the greatest comfort and care available in a shelter environment. We are in the planning stages of a major expansion that will more than triple our shelter capacity and expand our clinic.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CCAS has a full-service veterinary clinic that provides low cost veterinary care to the community and helps to sustain our shelter. Our services are not limited to low income clients and many people in the community use our clinic specifically to support the life-saving efforts of our shelter. Thanks to generous donors, our clinic uses the latest technology, includes a digital x-ray machine, a digital dental x-ray machine, ultrasound, and cold laser. We also perform inhouse diagnostics, which includes bloodwork and urinalyses. This is vital to the care of the animals that come into our clinic.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of public animals spayed and neutered in our low cost veterinary clinic.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

No-Kill Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We opened and did our first adoption on March 19, 2020.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

No-Kill Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the number of volunteers who have attended our Volunteer Orientations and are approved. It also includes foster families.

Number of patient visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of patients that use our low cost veterinary clinic.

Number of approved foster families

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of approved foster families who have attended orientation and have fostered animals prior to adoption.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CCAS expects to see a community more knowledgeable about the importance of spaying and neutering, how to properly care for a pet, and the responsibility that lies with the pet owner when deciding to adopt. There needs to be a paradigm shift stressing that pets are forever and CCAS can be the catalyst for change. By spreading these educational messages in a constructive and encouraging manner, CCAS expects to see an increase in pets being spayed/neutered, an increase in the number of pets being cared for properly, and more people being informed on how to be a responsible pet owner, so they are able to keep their pet. CCAS fully supports the notion that pets are a commitment for the lifetime of the pet. CCAS expects to improve not only the well-being of Cape Coral’s pet population, but it will serve its residents in an encouraging way. CCAS will help owners identify ways in which they may be able to keep their pets rather than having to surrender them.

CCAS hopes to provide a model for other shelters, including animal control facilities, to emulate by providing a much-needed service to sustain and support the shelter and to keep animals out of the shelter in the first place. From its inception, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter has been welcomed and strongly supported by the city, the residents of Cape Coral, the veterinary community, other rescue organizations, and our surrounding communities. All
funds raised to date have come from individuals in our community, community support organizations, local
businesses, school groups, civic organizations, and various other grass roots groups. We expect that to
continue.

CCAS opened March 19, 2020—just four days before the entire world shut down due to Covid-19. We persevered and proceeded to find loving, forever homes for over 2,200 animals in our first two years of operation. These pets enter their new homes already spayed/neutered, vaccinated and with registered microchips.

With skyrocketed unemployment, a primarily senior population, and the devastating effect of Covid on our economy, the need for our low-cost veterinary clinic is greater than ever. We average 280 appointments per week, have seen over 5,300 new patients and 3,700 new clients since opening in 2020. We have performed 1,300 spay/neuter surgeries, 375 dental procedures, administered over 2,700 rabies vaccines and implanted over 600 microchips. Our mission to improve the health of pets in our community is being realized every single day and our impact has far exceeded our expectations.

CCAS as exceeded all expectations during our first two years of operation, proving there is a desperate need for both an animal shelter and a low cost clinic in our community.

From the very beginning, Phase II was planned, although we are looking to start it much sooner than anticipated. We knew we would outgrow our shelter and clinic quickly and we surely did. The planning has begun for a new 14,000 square foot shelter on the same property adjacent to the current building. Shelter operations will move to the new building and will more than double our intake capacity for cats and dogs. Our existing building will be refitted to expand the clinic operations and increase our capacity to see even more patients weekly.

Our goal has always been to impact the lives of animals far beyond Cape Coral, and as we continue to expand, will be able to assist other shelters and rescue partners throughout Florida--even more than we already are. Expanding our clinic will allow more pets to receive veterinary care that may not prior to our existence.

We will once again be asking for this community to support us as they have so wholeheartedly from the very beginning. Our donors, volunteers, and supporters continue to amaze us as they help us thrive in so many ways. We have a wonderful “village”, and we would not be where we are today or able to look toward the future without the unwavering support of this community. We are truly grateful.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Cape Coral Animal Shelter Corporation

Board of directors
as of 08/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

JoAnn Elardo

Wicked Dolphin Distillery

Gloria Tate

Pamela Aubuchon

Alvaro Sanchez

Nancy Monteith

Tami Cindrich

Susan Thrasher

JoAnn Elardo

Elyzabeth Spires

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/8/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/08/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.