We meet medical needs


Medical Care for Shelter Pets

We pay for surgeries and medical care beyond what animal services can provide.  This may mean fostering a dog for surgery and rehabilitation, paying for extensive dental procedures, x-rays, or other medical care not provided at the animal shelter.   We pay for lifesaving Heartworm treatment for shelter animals.  The treatment may be the fast-kill method or slow-kill depending upon the recommendation of the veterinarian.     

We purchase medical equipment for the surgical suite at animal services.  Included in our purchases are anesthesia machines, Bair Hugger patient warming system, surgical instruments and autoclave.

We bring the animals to the community


Adoption Events & Promotions

We work closely with animal services to transport adoptable animals to offsite adoption events.  We sponsor the adoption fees, advertise the events, and assist with finding homeless animals new homes.  We advertise the adoptable animals extensively and run several Facebook pages as well as networking accounts.  We also transport animals to rescues or assist with out of state transports.

We promote low cost spay & neuter


Preventing unwanted animals before they are born

We partner with Humanitarians of Florida to bring low cost spay and neuter services to Citrus County residents without regard to income.  Since 2017 we have helped citizens obtain spay and neuter surgeries for their pets preventing many unwanted litters and lessening the burden of open intake animal shelters.   

we Support senior pets


Seniors are overlooked in shelters

We sponsor an ongoing adoption promotion "Save a Senior Saturday" where we pay the adoption fees of senior cats and dogs every Saturday.  We purchased a dental machine for animal services veterinary staff to use to clean the teeth of older animals and we have paid for seniors to have procedures at off-site veterinarians.  

We provide kennel enrichment


Kennel Enrichment saves minds and souls

We support the kennel enrichment programs of animal services to keep dogs and cats mentally and physically healthy while they are waiting for adoption.  This comes in the form of supporting the Playing for Life program with collars and leashes for group play as well as equipment for play yards and kennels.   We provide Kongs and toys for the animals while confined to keep their minds active and occupied.  We even build play yards so dogs can be free and not always on a leash while out.  We've purchased cat portals to extend their living areas and support the TNVR program by purchasing equipment for the successful implementation of the program.  

Equipment for health and safety


Equipment & Supplies

 Whether it's a commercial washer and dryer so the animals have clean bedding, anesthesia machines and other medical equipment, freezers for Kongs,  fences for play yards, or any other item for the betterment of the animals -- CCFAP will try to meet the needs.   

A Few of Our Success Stories



 At just six months  old Petey was found with a severely broken leg.  Not  just broke but turned in the wrong direction. It was broken in the growth plate and required a tricky surgery but the orthopedic fixed it and saved his leg. He was adopted and moved to Orlando to be with his new mom.  Because of your generous donations, Petey (now Sir Michael Peter the Great), is living a great life. His mom makes wigs for cancer patients. He gets to help her deliver them to hospitals. This picture is of him wearing a couple himself.  



Nellie was a tethered and attacked by another dog.  Her foot was broken in four places.  She did not receive medical care timely and was left to suffer.  She was so flea infested that when she was given a Capstar her fawn colored coat turned black with all the fleas exiting her skin.  The surgeon saved her foot and she is adopted and living with her new family. 

Suzy Sweet Pea


 Suzy Sweet Pea arrived at the shelter with broken bones after being hit by a car.  Without organizations like CCFAP to take care of her medical needs, Suzy may have been put to sleep because her needs were more than animal services can provide.  Thanks to donations of a caring community we were able to help her.  She is living her happily ever after with a wonderful family and a canine sister.   



 Zander was a precious little puppy that was beaten by his owner.  Thankfully, someone who knew of it brought Zander to the vet and the owner was later arrested.  Zander was placed in a foster home and CCFAP ensured he had the medical care he needed.  Zander was later adopted by one of the vet techs that cared for him at the vet office.  


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 Tyson arrived at the shelter with the largest tumor we've ever seen!  CCFAP provided his medical care to remove it and we helped him get to a no-kill rescue where he was later adopted.  The tumor was so heavy we were amazed at how well he coped with it and what an amazing, happy attitude he had.  



 The sad eyes are gone and caster is all smiles now.  Caster was at the shelter for awhile until we discovered how badly he needed emergency oral surgery.  CCFAP took care of his medical expenses so he could have 8 impacted teeth and part of a necrotic jaw bone removed.  He was probably in pain for many years.  Caster is now living his happily ever after with a wonderful new family who loves him dearly.   

We Were There For Them When They Had No One Else


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Codi is a 2 year old Australian Shepherd who was hit by a car and has a broken femur and pelvis. She was wearing tags which led back to a previous owner who states she gave Codi to someone else several months ago but could not provide contact info for that person. So CCFAP was her only option for help.  She had her surgery and rehab and will be adopted into a wonderful home. 


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Luke is a young Hound/Lab that was hit by a car and left at the side of the road.  When found he was very weak but still licked the hands of the animal control officer trying to help him.  He had two broken hips.  This was a first for us but and we did not know if surgery could help him but it did!  He healed and rehabbed very nicely and by watching him run, jump, and play you would never know that he ever had an injury.    


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A bystander saw Chloe hit by a passing car and brought her to the Humanitarians.  She was impounded by animal services and CCFAP was called in when it was discovered that  this 9 month old puppy had a dislocated hip on one side and a broken pelvis and broken hip on the other side. She is so small and vulnerable at only six pounds.  Her surgery went well and she was eventually adopted by the founder of the Humanitarians of FL and is a mascot for their organization.  


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 Scout was hit by car and left on side of road. The shelter staff called one of our officers to ask her to take Scout in as a Hospice patient because they thought she wasn't going to make it due to kidney failure and she had injuries from car. We brought her to vet and they said she was okay, but her leg was severely injured and nerves were severed. She just dragged the leg so they said amputation would be best. Our board member has had since 2017 she was 9 at the time she was injured!  She was microchipped but the info wasn't current.  Our board member who was fostering her ended up adopting her!  


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 Cole arrived at Animal Services as a stray with a fractured Tibia that needed surgical repair.  He was estimated to be between 1 and 2 years old and was fully grown at only 38 pounds. We don't know his past and how he got a fractured leg but we knew we could set him up to have a great future. He is such a loving little guy and after his surgery and rehab he found a wonderful family with parents, kids, and a canine sister.  They stay in touch and let us know what a great life he is having.   


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 Holly was just a baby at 8 weeks old. She arrived at the animal shelter with a severely fractured and displaced elbow. She's had her surgery and was placed in foster care for her surgery and rehabilitation. Holly is just about the sweetest puppy we've ever met and we saw her through to a better future.  She was adopted and is being well loved by her new family.    

We Repair broken bones & Broken Hearts


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Rhonda came into the shelter as an injured stray and there is no telling how long she has been on her own or how long she had been injured.  The X-ray revealed an old fracture, that didn't heal properly.  So this precious girl has been in serious pain for some time.   We helped her through surgery and rehab and she was adopted into her forever home.  


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 Missy is an adult Retriever mix that came to the shelter with an old injury. Missy had suffered a trauma at some point in her life that left her with a broken leg that healed improperly causing it to be much shorter than the other. We have no idea how long she has lived this way. She was found in a ditch with a litter of puppies. Missy was a great mom and all of her puppies have been adopted. She was very loving and patient even in her condition.  Missy needed surgery to reconstruct the Tibia to lengthen it so she can walk normally. 


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Tally is a real trooper! She came into the shelter with a long, vertical fracture of the femur. You could see in the x-ray that the length of the bone was split in two.  Tally was only six months old when she came to us and had suffered incredible pain in her short life. 

After this pint-sized bit of sweetness went through terrible surgery and no telling what before that, she maintained her love for people.  She is a precious girl.  She healed well from her fractures and was adopted by a couple of very nice ladies and is now living her happily ever after.   


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 Hodge was found as a stray with blunt force trauma to the chest.  X-rays revealed an abnormality with the heart.  The cardiac workup was positive for Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). It's a congenital heart defect which will result in an early death and considerable suffering if not corrected. It was time sensitive and he needed surgery to correct it.  With surgery the prognosis is good and Hodges should live a normal life.  When found, he was only 10 pounds at around 10 weeks old.  


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Rocky had his share of sorrows.  He lost his lifetime canine companion and then his owner took him to the animal shelter and walked away.  Rocky was suffering from grief and depression.  Because he was anxious he would jump at his kennel gate every time someone passed.  After months of doing this on the concrete floor his knee gave out.  He had to have surgery to repair his knee and one of our volunteers took him home to recover.  We discovered that in the home he was calm and at peace.  Rocky was adopted by a wonderful mom and is living a happily ever after story.


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  At 3 months old, Noley has been injured long enough to have muscle wasting. Our best guess is that she was dropped or stepped on.  Her dislocated hip was left for so long that she had a luxated knee because of compensating for the hip. She was found wandering the streets in Inverness where she was likely put out to fend for herself. Despite her injuries she is extremely happy, wiggly, and wagging.  She did well after surgery and found her forever home with loving parents and canine siblings.    

~ Love to the Rescue ~



 FAIRY TALE ENDINGS CAN COME TRUE! We want to honor Bones by telling his story from start to finish then we will close this fundraiser. Someone said that they saw Bones desperately chasing the car when he was left behind by his family. We believe that his family left him to fend for himself on the streets. He frantically darted around the streets for a few weeks with several near misses of being hit. His fear must have been off the charts with no family, no shelter, no food or water. Everyone was running him off and he was at risk of being harmed by other animals or cruel people. He was finally struck by a car after running right out in front of it. The folks that accidentally hit him stayed with him and made sure he was taken away safely to get help. He was still trying to run when he crumpled to the ground due to two bad fractures in his leg. He was taken to Countryside vet for X-rays and triage, then taken to the shelter. The passenger of the car notified CCFAP and we began working on his situation as soon as he entered the shelter. The shelter vet worked over the weekend on her days off to ensure he was cared for. Dr. Hay of Veterinary Surgical Specialist was responding to text messages even on a Sunday and arranged to see him on Monday. We worried we might lose him due to Pneumothorax caused by trauma of the car accident. We worried that his fractures were too bad to repair. But God had other plans for this boy we called Bones. The surgical outcome was amazing. Beyond amazing. Much better than we ever thought possible. While at Dr. Hay's office the office manager began to fall in love. She asked to take him home. His new name is "Carl". Carl fell in love with her too. He left the building with her wagging his tail looking happier than he has ever been before. She's fostering him through his recovery and she's able to take him to work with her most days and he will be right there for follow up appointments. That's our fairy tail ending for this special boy that touched so many hearts. He went from not being wanted or cared for (he even had marks around his neck from a tight tether or embedded collar) to being loved by an entire community. Thank you all so much for the support you gave him. Without your donations, CCFAP could not help these babies. This is a community success story all the way around. Thank you ~ thank you ~ thank you! Tonight he has his own bed -- in a house -- with someone who loves him. There you have it. It simply doesn't get better than that. 

A look into these faces tell you why we do what we do



 Zeek is an exceptionally sweet boy that had a Cruciate ligament injury to the knee.  He had a slight limp when he entered the shelter but while in a foster home it became worse to the point his leg was unusable.  His leg became very inflamed and was painful to the touch.  He could not bear weight and we knew we needed to take him to the orthopedic specialist for surgery.  He had the surgery and is much improved.  His luck changed and he hit the jackpot with a loving family who adores him.  We were happy to help Zeek on his journey.   



 This is Julius the cat who CCFAP will sponsor for his FHO surgery. Everyone who has met Julius comments about what an unusual and spectacular cat he is. He’s definitely pretty special and we are happy to help him. 

Help the sick and injured

Your support and contributions will enable us to help on a moments notice when the sick or injured arrive at the shelter.  Your generous donations will ensure the funds are there when the emergency cases come in.  Nobody should have to wait in pain while we try to gather funds to treat them. 

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