Joyce's Courtside Pub recently had a fundraising event to benefit the animals of Citrus County Animal Shelter. Today they presented CCFAP with a check for $1,926! We love the support of our local businesses who want a better community for people and their pets. The next event is scheduled for December 3rd and will be a 1980's prom theme! Join us!  Thanks Joyce's,  John Koch, and Janet Torcello!

A BIG thank you to John Koch,  Janet Torcello, and Joyce's Courtside Pub for all their hard work, to the overwhelming community support, and a special thank you to the
Rick Dahlinger Trio!!!
for donating their time to provide us with wonderful entertainment at last night's special event benefiting the animals of Citrus County Animal Shelter


This is a wonderful example of how a community comes together to make a difference! We are thankful to John Koch, Janet Torcello, & Joyce's Courtside Pub who held a fundraiser on June 18th to benefit the shelter animals! What a wonderful event with live music by Eric T, food, and donations from local businesses! The event generated $680 which was donated to Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection ( to assist in the care of the shelter animals. THANK YOU to all involved!


2016 Hope's Legacy Golf Tournament

Another awesome event supported by the community and by the animal lovers who care about homeless animals.  We appreciate you and so do the homeless animals!!

Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection wishes to thank all the golfers, volunteers and sponsors for their support for our 3rd Annual Hope's Legacy Golf Tournament at Royal Oaks Golf Club.
The proceeds of the tournament will be used to benefit the animals at the Citrus County Animal Shelter.

Special thanks to the following businesses and individuals who sponsored our tournament: B&F Stucco, TLC Rehab, Red’s Restaurant, Value Pet Supplies, Pinch A Penny, Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters, Tropic Shores Realty, Thomas H. Williford, Architect, The Red Brick Place, Homosassa Animal & Bird Hospital, Jenkins Acura, Edward Jones Investments-Scott Lee, Dream Kitchens & Baths of Citrus County, Inc., Dirk’s Auto Clinic, Waverley Florist, Capital City Bank, Michael’s Floor Covering, Van Allen Insurance, A.J. Hendrix Builders, Cracker’s Bar & Grill, Donna & Bob Sprague, George & Sue Froehlich, Jeremy & Johanne Moyes, Alan & Linda Berg, Scott Barkow, Lois Filby, Edward Eble, Patricia McCoy, Dr. Dennis Walker & Dr. Joseph Bennett, Dr. Tammy Baron-Plantation Animal Hospital, Jack & Shirley Phillips

Our gratitude also goes out to Marti Little, Lori Wilkes and the staff of Royal Oaks Golf Club for hosting this fundraiser and for the extraordinary work coordinating this tournament.

A BIG thank you to Inverness Business Leaders for their continued support of Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection in their efforts to help the homeless pets at the Citrus County Animal Shelter as they wait for another chance to find a happy and loving forever home. This donation was made from proceeds from the K9-Karnival Event in November. Roger M Carlson (center), IBL President, presenting the donation check for $1500.00. Accepting on behalf of CCFAP were Board Members Randy Moak and Anne Mangano.

Thank You for the donations of Kuranda beds and Amazon Wishlist items that have been sent to the Citrus County Animal Shelter so far. This is just a small appreciation from the shelter pets on how much they are enjoying the items. 

Again, we appreciate the communities support and the shelter pets will always be forever grateful while they temporarily stay at the shelter, waiting for their furever homes!

They LOVE the ball, Nylabones, and Kongs that they received!  Watch Ridley playing with one of the balls!

 We've reached our goal!  Thank you to all that donated!

Give the Gift of Comfort

Donate a Kuranda Bed

We are looking for people who can help the animals at our local shelter. Presently, most of the dogs lay on the concrete floors. The shelter will now use donated Karunda beds so the dogs can be off the hard, cold cement. If you can help, please order a large or medium Karunda bed from this site and it will be delivered to the shelter. We will make sure that they are put into use right away and the pups will be so grateful for this gift of comfort! Any style or color from this list will work well. Thanks in advance if you can help! If you can't afford to order a bed but still want to help, donate any amount at and in the comment section write "Karunda Bed" and we will group donations together to make purchases.


      4th of July Adoption Event         

         It was a Great Day at the Shelter Today!        

   43 animals found new homes and a few more will be picked up next week!

Everyone worked so hard today.  We appreciate all of our volunteers and staff!  A special thank you to

 our sponsor Village Cadillac Toyota and to

Snippet Citrus for joining our volunters and lending us a hand.



Our 4th of July office staff!


The Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP) would like to
express their deep appreciation to the Citrus Pet Resort in Homosassa and Stay
and Play in Hernando.  These boarding facilities graciously extended their
hospitality to board several of our dogs during the recent renovations to the
shelter.  We would also like to thank all the people who donated money for the
care of these dogs and those who provided transport. Your kindness in helping
 these shelter dogs showed your love and compassion for these homeless animals.
A very sincere thank you to you all.



We did it! 

We won the Grant! 

 Thank You EVERYONE for your votes, shares

and support!

Thanks to the generosity of the Old Florida Bank of Crystal River, the Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection is pleased to announce they have recently received a $2500 grant in an online contest.  The check was gratefully accepted by members of CCFAP.  From left to right, Cary Berman EVP, Chief Retail Banking Officer, Marti Little Secretary, Anne Mangano Vice President, Sue Froehlich Board Member, Rebecca Johnson Board Member, George Froehlich Member, Michelle Hendrix President, Pat Fitzpatrick SVP-In Market Lender, Mike Reed SVP-In Market Lender, and Paula Sherlock Assistant Branch Manager for Crystal River.  The grant money is very appreciated and will be used for medical and other needs of the homeless dogs and cats at the Citrus County Animal Shelter.  A very sincere thank you to the Old Florida Bank of Crystal River and to all who voted in the contest for their kindness towards these animals. 



 Your donations make this possible. Thank you!

This transport vehicle helps save the lives of shelter animals. 




Dogtoberfest was a huge success!

The day was enjoyed by both 2 legged and 4 legged friends!!

18 of our Shelter Residents went to their new homes!

Volunteer Jessica Reckner plays ball with Demby and Dylan in one of the new exercise yards during the Dogtoberfest on Saturday at the Citrus County Animal Services Shelter in Inverness.

Dogtoberfest was held to thank the citizens who contributed funds to make the play yards possible.  According to volunteers Michelle Hendrix and Cheryl Ward, one 10,000-square-foot yard and two 2,500-square-foot yards were enclosed with the funds raised.   Additionally, the yards were supplied with toys, benches and an obstacle course.  The new yards are to be used to exercise dogs who, until now, were penned up in the kennels with little if any exercise.





The Citrus County Animal Shelter has recently taken steps to provide warm bedding for the shelter dogs. The extremely cold weather has been very hard on the animals.  The County Shelter (located on Airport Rd at the far end of Inverness) is an aging facility with some kennels still outdoors. The dogs in the Upper Kennels lie on concrete floors 24/7. This is especially hard on older dogs suffering from arthritis and the many undernourished dogs who end up in the shelter. Many dogs are shivering from the bone-chilling cold in the morning.

 Even younger dogs suffer through this, not only physically but emotionally and psychologically. With many having come from warm homes with nice comfortable beds, it is quite a shock to find themselves without human companionship and a comfortable place to cuddle.  

Although the administration, staff and volunteers try their best to keep the animals healthy while giving extended time for adoptions, the comfort needs of the dogs and cats are harder to meet. 

With the help of the non-profit group CCFAP (Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection) that hardship is about to change.  The group has purchased a high-capacity washer and dryer (and hopes soon to purchase another) to meet the laundry needs involved in providing individual bedding to over 100 dogs. CCFAP also plans to purchase larger soft mats with rubber backing (for some insulation from the concrete). 

A very generous and talented man has handmade over 100 very soft beds with donated fabric from Winders Fabric Store in Homosassa.  These can be placed on top of the bathmats to keep the moisture from “wicking” up from the concrete. 

This week “trial” mats were placed in each kennel. Within an hour the whole atmosphere of the kennels changed. The barking stopped and big dogs cuddled up next to each other. It brought tears to staff and volunteers to see how the “luxury” of a soft mat could create such calmness.

 Bedding with stuffing or fringe can be dangerous because of the dogs ingesting the material.  If you would like to donate to this cause and to the continued CCFAP mission to increase shelter animal well being, please call Michelle at 352- 302-2664 for more information or send a check to CCFAP, PO BOX 1164, Inverness FL 34451, or click on the Bedding Donate button at the top of this page. Thank you for your always generous response to the needs of the shelter animals.  No donation is too small.




May 15, 2013

Who let the dogs out? YOU! YOU!


See the story of how your donation is helping "let the dogs out" at Citrus County Animal Services.

Please let me out. Could ya just let me out?

puggle behind fence

Who could say no to a face like this?

CCFAP sure couldn't! So we began to dream of a way to let out the dogs of Citrus County Animal Services, but there was limited space.


We got permission to use this open, fence-less field!

open field

We were thrilled to envision all the dogs running full speed under a bright blue sky. However, in order to make that possible, this field needed fencing and lots of it. Since our group was brand new, there was a deficit of cash but certainly no shortage of hope.

Then, Judy McBriar wrote a heartfelt letter which appeared in the Citrus County Chronicle and explained the plight of these beautiful dogs. Suddenly the dream began to take flight.

Members of the community heard the whimpers, whines and yips and joined the dream. Letters of support, encouragement and monetary gifts began arriving daily.

And then...

We were able to buy fencing!

new fencing

And, thanks to the generosity and ingenuity of the Brian Williams Fence Company in Lecanto, Florida, the fence started taking shape, post by post.

post by post

Until it looked like....


fence taking shape

It's not quite finished but we are so excited to show you two new giant exercise yards. Each yard has two entrances so it can be accessed from all sorts of places at the shelter. They also have 4 ft. stockade panels along the dividing lines so multiple dogs can be turned out in adjoining yards without the added stimuli of seeing a 'strange' dog next door.

Soon there will be a shade station with water spigots for pup pool parties!

And look who finally got out!

cheryl holding puggle

With deep appreciation for your contribution in making all of this possible, the members of CCFAP and all the pups at CCAS want to howl out a huge...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

howling pup

But wait, there's more!

Chris, one of the fence installers, fell in love with a special needs dog (horse?) and became his new owner!

chris and his new greatdane

So much to celebrate!

Speaking of celebrating, sometime in the next few months we'll be hosting a 'dedication/grand opening' of the new exercise yards and would love to have you there.

Stay tuned for more photos and videos of grateful dogs enjoying their time outdoors.

Donations still needed

There's still more fencing to buy and things like benches, and pooper scoopers to make these play yards complete. Your donations directly affect the day-to-day well being of these very special dogs.

If you're in the area please visit the shelter to see your donation in action by the giant smile you put on a dogs face!

- Cheryl Ward