An Introduction to CAPS
If you could take a diverse group of people, ranging in age from teenage to 'golden' age, living in towns and villages throughout the Annapolis Valley and ask what we had in common, would you know the answer? The answer would be our love and compassion for abandoned and stray companion animals in Annapolis County. It is this group of dedicated volunteers that forms the heart and soul of Companion Animal Protection Society of Annapolis County, or CAPS, as it is known.
Companion Animal Protection Society of Annapolis County, Nova Scotia is a diverse group but the one thing we all have in common is our love and appreciation for the animals that touch our lives. CAPS is run entirely through the efforts of volunteers. A registered not-for-profit society, CAPS is a registered charity which is able to issue income tax receipts for all donations over $15.00.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have regarding this site and our operations. We hope you enjoy your time here, learning about what we're doing to improve the prospects of Annapolis County's homeless animals!
Please note: while CAPS answers telephone calls from all over Nova Scotia from pet owners looking for advice, support and comfort on many matters, including re-homing of their companion animals, CAPS does not accept surrenders. All animals in CAPS care come from the municipal pound in Annapolis County.
Want to make a real difference to ALL the CAPS animals in care? You can become a MEMBER OF CAPS!
Why be a member of the CAPS Team? MEMBERS HELP MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN!
CAPS relies on the generosity of our members and supporters to make our life-saving work with the animals of Annapolis County possible.CAPS members are an important part of our team.
you will receive Paws for Thought, a member newsletter with adoption numbers, animals in care, special animal stories, news of our volunteers, what's new in the foster homes and other news items
you will be notified of all upcoming events, fundraisers, adoption events, etc.
you be notified of all monthly meetings and the Annual General Meeting with our hope that you will attend and offer your input. Member input is very important, your ideas and suggestions are appreciated
as a member you will have voting privileges in the selection of the Board of Directors and you may offer to become a Board Director at the AGM
you will also be notified when supplies are becoming dangerously low (all food and supply donations are tax deductibile with submitted receipts)
Most of all, you will know how much your support means to the homeless Companion Animals of Annapolis County.
Thank you from all your furry friends at CAPS!
Join our team of CAPS PEOPLE today! All our foster animals will be glad you did.
There is a single fee of $25.00 per Household. Click below for the membership form.
Our Mission Statement
The Companion Animal Protection Society of Annapolis County was formed in December 2004.
An all-volunteer group, its goal is to improve and supplement the work of the County of Annapolis in the humane treatment of abandoned or stray companion animals. This will be achieved by:
-vigorously promoting responsible pet ownership and the spaying and neutering of all companion animals.
-cultivating awareness, respect, and appreciation for all animals whose world we share.
-managing our resources and contributions in a responsible manner.
- caring for animals in our care in loving, stress-free, "cage-free", homelike settings to the best of our ability as long as it is necessary to find them permanent homes.
Please note, as per the Municipality of the County of Annapolis A1 Dog Bylaw and A4 Cat Bylaw all animals are held in the pound for a minimum of 72 hours. After 72 hours the animal becomes the property of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis and may be given away, sold or destroyed and, if sold, the proceeds shall belong to the Municipality.
CAPS receives animals (cats or dogs) into care from the Municipality of the County of Annapolis ONLY. CAPS does not take surrenders. Once animals owned by the Municipality are released into CAPS care, they become the property of Companion Animal Protection Society ABSOLUTELY. Previous owners of these animals have no claim on these animals once they become the property of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis and are legally released into CAPS care. No adult animal in CAPS possession will leave care, under any circumstances whatsoever, without first being altered, health checked and up to date on innoculations. Applications must be submitted to adopt animals. Applicants must be 19 years of age or older. By submitting an application to adopt, the applicant agrees to allow us to check the references provided. CAPS reserved the right to refuse any application amnd will contact only those whose applications are approved.
Animals being released into the care of CAPS are immediately taken to the vet for a complete physical assessment. This first checkup for cats includes a combo test for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. All who test negative may come into our care. First vaccines, fecal tests, deworming and flea treatment all come with first vaccinations and microchipping. CAPS vaccinates against distemper, calici virus, rhinotracheitis and feline leukemia. Tiny kittens or expectant and nursing mothers are treated accordingly.
After a 10 -14 day quarantine period in their foster home, if all is well health-wise, the animal is spayed or neutered. Two weeks after surgery, back they go to the vet for the spay or neuter recheck and booster vaccines. At that point the foster animal should be ready to be adopted to their forever home.
CAPS is a "cage-free", open space concept. Either in private foster homes or at our largest foster home, foster animals are separated in cages only during their quarantine period or in time of illness. This philosophy of animal care demands a high standard of animal management. However, the benefits to all our foster animals are well worth all the pains taken. At CAPS they have the pleasure of living freely, sharing friendships and passing time in the company of their their own kind. Their lives are happy, stimulating, full of activity, excercise and peace.
With the introduction of this fostering/adoption program, which sees the Municipal Pound routinely emptied, CAPS helps save the lives of animals that would otherwise have been euthanized.
The minimum donation requested at the adoption of one of our beautiful animals is $80 for cats over 6 months of age, $100 for kittens up to 6 months of age and $125 for dog adoptions. These adoption donations allow us to care for the many other pets that come into our care on a regular basis.
It is the desire of the Society that cats or kittens adopted from our foster homes live their lives happily and safely as indoor companions. Adopters are asked to agree to this request on the adoption contract. For more information about adoption of the beautiful companion animals in CAPS' care visit our Animals in Care page.