Our Mission

MISSION STATEMENT
Cape Ann Animal Aid is a non-profit, no kill organization dedicated to facilitating appropriate placement of adoptable animals and enhancing the lives of all companion animals by promoting respect and well-being through education and outreach.

NON-PROFIT STATUS
We are a 501 (c) 3 private, non-profit organization, governed by a Board of Directors, composed of volunteers from the community. As a nonprofit, we rely entirely upon the support of individuals, businesses, corporations, and foundations to provide funding and/or in-kind donations.

 

About Us

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OUR HISTORY
In 1964, the late Ruth Spoor and a group of animal lovers created the CAAA as a rescue group for the many cats and dogs often abandoned by summer residents. Over the years our organization grew from a few donated cages in an empty garage to occupying a 1,200 sq foot building at 260 Main Street to our present 7,500 sq foot facility at 4 Paws Lane, the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE CHRISTOPHER CUTLER RICH ANIMAL SHELTER

WE REACH OUT TO ANIMALS IN NEED
Today we continue to make the rescue of local cats and dogs our first priority. Many of our animals arrive via owner surrender or from local overburdened animal control agencies, humane societies, and rescue groups. Due to effective spay and neuter in New England, we are also able to take in and find homes for dogs and puppies from other areas of the country that are struggling with dog overpopulation issues.

OUR ANIMALS RECEIVE INDIVIDUAL CARE AND ATTENTION
Specially trained staff and volunteers spend time handling, grooming, socializing, training and interacting with each animal in our care. Our animals are provided with a variety of interactive toys and receive lots of affection. Our dogs are walked regularly and our cats get time to roam outside of cages where they can investigate, play, and interact with other cats.

WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS
Some animals arrive at our shelter with health issues. We work closely with area vets to ensure that they receive the treatment needed to maintain a good quality of life. In addition, we work to rehabilitate animals with behavior issues to the best of our ability. Patron animal lovers like yourselves allow us to provide the extra care our 'Special Needs' pets require. No adoptable animals in our care are ever euthanized for age, space, or length of stay.

WE'RE HERE TO HELP EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!
We hope we can assist you in finding a wonderful animal companion for you and your family. Please visit our facility or CLICK HERE to learn about our adoptable animals and adoption process. We update our web site daily and look forward to helping you make a love connection today.

Organization Stats: 2015 | 2016

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers: Cindy Dunn, President; Melanie Lovell, Vice President; Ron Hadley, Treasurer; Kelly Galante, Secretary
Members: Brandi Bonds; Patty Bonfanti; Joan Chabot; Theresa Chabot; Linzee Coolidge; Pamela Dante; Deborah Eliason; Shirlee Farina; Carrie Fryklund; Kristie Nicastro; Karin O'Donnell; Laura O'Neill; Camilla Rich; Deb Upton
PROGRAMS

FOOD FOR PETS PROGRAM
Cape Ann Animal Aid donates surplus cat and dog food and pet supplies to partner organizations that distribute the items to families in need within the community, helping to ensure that they are able to keep their animal companions. For information about receiving food/supplies, please contact The Open Door.

SPAY MAMA PROGRAM
Through this program, our shelter will cover the cost of a spay surgery for cats and dogs that have recently given birth. The mother and her offspring are fixed and the mother is returned to the owner while the offspring is adopted out through the shelter. Please call 978-283-6055 x11 or email sbuck@capeannanimalaid.org for more information.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS
We are dedicated to providing opportunities for the public to learn more about shelter animals and the work of the CAAA. We periodically host school groups, Scout troops, and other community groups at the shelter to educate and strengthen the human-animal bond at every age. For more information, please contact us at 978-283-6055 or email info@capeannanimalaid.org.

 

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Cape Ann Animal Aid • Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter • 4 Paws Lane • Gloucester, MA • 01930 • 978.283.6055