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Adoption Information

Dog and Cat Adoption

Thank you for considering adoption!

Adoptions for dogs are done by appointment only. Adoptions for cats are only done by appointment if the cat is “currently fostered”.

View our “Frequently Asked Questions” section below for more information on our adoption process.

Cape Coral Animal Shelter is a haven for unwanted animals who have come to us from various situations through no fault of their own.  Every animal that passes through our doors is getting a second chance for a happy, forever home.  It is our goal to help these lost souls find the right family and to help families find the right pet to fit their lifestyle.  We take this responsibility very seriously, and our experienced animal care specialists look forward to helping you make the perfect connection to your new furry family member.

Falling in love with a pet is easy.  Taking a pet into your home, however, is a big decision.  Cats and dogs require a lot of time, money, and commitment from every member of the family.  This decision should not be made lightly, and each member of the family should be involved in the process.  We look forward to helping you decide which pet is right for you!

Adoption Hours

Saturday: 12pm to 4pm

Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 12pm to 5pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 12pm to 6pm

Friday: 12pm to 4pm 

**Meet and Greets stop one half hour prior to closing.

OUR LOCATION

Our shelter is located at:

 325 SW 2nd Avenue

Cape Coral, Florida 33991

Fees and pricing

DOGS

Puppies
(Up to 6 months):  $225

 

Adult Dogs
(7 months to 7 years):  $175

 

Senior Dogs
(8 years +):  $75

 

Senior Dogs to Senior People
(8 years +, 60 years +):  $50

 

Dogs with Seniority
(In our care longer than 6 months):  $50

CATS

Kittens
(Up to 6 months):  $75

 

Adult Cats
(7 months to 7 years):  $50

 

Senior Cats
(8 years +):  $25

 

Senior Cats to Senior People
(8 years +, 60 years +):  $15

 

Cats with Seniority
(In our care longer than 6 months):  $15

 

Frequently asked questions

  • All available animals are listed on our website. View Adoptable Dogs | View Adoptable Cats.  The website is updated daily, and animals are NOT available for adoption until they appear on our website.
  • Adoptions for dogs are done by appointment only. If you see a dog on our website you would like to meet, click here to schedule an appointment.  You are welcome to tell us which dog you are interested in, however we cannot guarantee that animal will be available when you arrive at the shelter. 
  • Adoptions for cats are only done by appointment if the cat is “currently fostered”.
  • If an animal is marked “currently fostered”, it is NOT at the shelter.  Please allow at least 24 hours notice to schedule a meet and greet.
  • All potential adopters are required to fill out an adoption application prior to meeting our residents. To save time, you may download and complete our application here, and email to adoptions@capecoralanimalshelter.com. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your appointment in order to have your application approved.
  • The adoption application will help our staff understand what you are looking for in a forever pet. They know our residents well are very skilled at suggesting animals that are likely to be a good fit for your home and lifestyle.  Our Animal Care Specialists will guide you through our facility to see the pets on site and discuss pets currently residing in foster homes that may be a good match.
  • The shelter has special “meet and greet” spaces where you can interact with the animal. You can take as much time as you need to decide if you would like to adopt.  Once you have made your decision, your Animal Care Specialist will process the paperwork and transfer custody of the pet to you. In most cases, you can take your pet home that day. 
  • We are unable to “hold” pets and CCAS has the right to deny an application.
  • CCAS does not allow potential adopters to take an animal home on a trial basis. Only CCAS volunteers who have attended Volunteer Orientation and Dog Walking Classes are permitted to take animals out of the shelter for fostering, staycations, and excursions.
  • You will receive an email with your pet’s medical history and a copy of the adoption contract, plus other helpful information. Please review these items when you get home and make sure to add any follow-up appointments, including your free first exam at the Cape Coral Animal Shelter Veterinary Clinic to your calendar.
  • Plan to spend at least an hour at CCAS to complete the adoption process. Adopting a pet is a huge commitment.  “Meet and Greets” must begin at least one-half hour before closing.
  • Adopters must have a current and valid photo ID.

 

  • Adopters must be at least 21 years old.

 

  • All current pets in your household must be up to date on vaccines, including the following: 
    • Dogs: Rabies and DVPP2 (Canine distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus).
    • Bordetella is recommended.
    • Cats: Rabies and FVRCP (Feline distemper, calicivirus, and rhinotracheitis). 
    • Ferrets: Rabies

 

  • The animal must reside with the person(s) listed on the adoption contract. Adoptions on another’s behalf are not permitted. All adoptions must be completed in person.

 

  • We highly recommend that all family members or roommates meet the animal. CCAS may require that all members of the household come to the shelter for a meet.

 

  • Home checks of potential adopters may be required at the discretion of CCAS.

 

  • If you rent a house or apartment, we ask that you provide paperwork that states you are permitted to have a pet. Be aware of any breed or size restrictions your housing association or landlord may have in place.

 

  • If you are interested in adopting a dog and you already have a dog(s) at home, we recommend you bring them with you for a meet and greet with your new potential pet. CCAS may REQUIRE meet and greets with other dogs in the household.  If you bring your dog for a meet and greet, they are required to be up to date on all vaccines.  Please bring copies with you when you visit.

 

  • Please bring someone with you to hold your dog while you look at our adoptable animals. Please DO NOT bring cats in for meet and greets.  Animal Care Specialists will give you excellent advice on introducing cats to new family members.

 

  • Bring a non-retractable leash if you plan to adopt a dog or puppy. Martingale collars will be provided.  By law, dogs may not leave our property unless they have a leash and collar.  CCAS DOES NOT condone the use of prong collars, choke collars, shock collars, chains, or retractable leashes.  If you do not bring a leash with you, one can be purchased from our boutique.

 

  • Cats and kittens must leave our property in a carrier. If you do not bring your own, one will be provided for a nominal fee. 

 

  • These items, as well as other supplies needed to care for your new family member, will be available for sale in our retail boutique for a reasonable price.
  • CCAS will keep approved applications on file for 90-Days. After 90-Days, all applicants must reapply. 
  • You are welcome to browse our available animals during open hours.
  • Prior to a meet and greet with a dog, you will be required to have an approved adoption application. If an appointment is available, you may be able to meet the dog immediately.  If no appointments are available, one will be scheduled for you.  We cannot guarantee that animal will be available at that time and we do not hold animals.
  • Often there are animals in our shelter that are not yet available for adoption. Meetings with those animals cannot be scheduled until they are available on our website.
  • Please keep in mind that CCAS is always looking for volunteers to walk, socialize and love up on our canine and feline residents. If you’d like to come do that, please sign up for one of our Volunteer Orientations.  We would LOVE to have you!
  • We hope you will all live happily ever after! However, there is always an adjustment period with a new family member, especially if you have other pets in the home. We can help you and your forever friend adjust to your new situation.

 

  • If you have any questions or concerns about your pet once you get home, please contact us immediately. Your Animal Care Specialist will share resources, advice, and assist you in making a smooth transition.

 

  • Make sure to schedule any follow-up appointments, including your complimentary first exam at the Cape Coral Animal Shelter Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic.
  • If an adopted animal turns out to not be a good fit, the animal must be returned to CCAS within 30 days of adoption. There is no fee to return, but the original adoption fee will not be refunded.

 

  • After 30 days, returned animals must go through the owner surrender process at CCAS. Acceptance is not guaranteed. Learn more about our owner surrender process here.

 

  • All returns and surrenders MUST BE MADE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.