Who are We? We are a group of volunteers from Citrus County Animal Shelter who share a deep commitment and concern for animals, especially those who innocently find themselves in county shelters. We came together in October 2012 when we decided to form a non-profit group in the interest of the Citrus County Animal Shelter animals. CCAS had many more animals admitted than adoptions creating a concern regarding high euthanasia rates. Recognizing that all of these surrendered or "stray" animals could become someone's beloved pets again, our focus was on more adoptions and keeping them healthy while living the hardships of "impounded" life in a shelter. We applied for a 501(c)3 non-profit status and received it in March 2013.
What do we do for our Community? - Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP) is a community leader in the areas of rescue, adoption, and welfare of animals. We work primarily with shelter animals but we also work to end animal abuse and neglect in the community. When you donate to CCFAP you become part of an organization that works tirelessly to improve the lives of companion animals.
Our group initiated and worked towards a county ordinance to end the suffering of dogs chained outside. This was accepted and the “No Unattended Tethering” ordinance became law in September of 2016. We work with all levels of government to fight for stronger laws to protect animals.
We provide shelter animals with life-saving medical care and medical rehabilitation. We pay for surgeries, evaluations, and follow-up visits to local veterinarians and out of county specialists. We sponsor all heartworm positive dogs with a one year supply of Heartgard for the slow-kill treatment given to the adopter free of charge.
We help promote adoptions through promotional discounts, adoption events, transfers to no-kill shelters or rescue partners, and assist animals to go into foster homes. We sponsor social media sites and pay for advertisements of adoptable animals.
We purchase items for the animal shelter beyond what the county provides. Examples of this has been a dental machine, washers, dryers, dishwasher, freezer, play yards, Kurunda beds, and shade structures for the play yards.
We help dogs become more adoptable by making their stay at the shelter more tolerable. We sponsor a kennel enrichment program that includes the provision of treat filled Kongs, Nylabones, Calming Collars, and a behavioral trainer assessment, when needed.
Every day, we fight to give animals a second chance. Your donations ensure that money is available when it’s needed to save lives or reduce suffering.