Liz McCauley, a native of Pennsylvania, became the first Executive Director of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter in June of 2019. With over 30 years of experience and a master’s degree in Business with a specific concentration in Non-profit Leadership and Management, Liz was instrumental in setting up all aspects of the shelter prior to opening in March of 2020.
In 2007, while adopting her first dog from a local shelter, a staff member told her he was most likely a “puppy mill breeder dog”. From that moment, Liz’s life was forever changed, and she has spent the last 14 years fighting to strengthen the animal cruelty laws nationwide through tougher legislation and educating people about animal neglect and abuse.
In 2015, Liz became the Executive Director of one of the largest open admission animal shelters in Eastern Pennsylvania where she had previously served on the fundraising committee, the board of directors, and as a foster. During her tenure, she led the organization in expanding the foster program, developed relationships with other rescues, implemented new programs and procedures, and substantially increasing live release rates for both dogs and cats—an extremely difficult task for a shelter that is responsible for county-wide animal control. Liz became a Pennsylvania Humane Police Officer in 2016 and assisted with animal cruelty investigations throughout the region.
In March of 2018, Liz took the job as Shelter Manager for the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Striving to ease the burden placed on animal control facilities throughout Florida, Liz developed relationships with rescue partners and worked tirelessly to save unwanted, abandoned, and abused animals.
Her passion for animals, experience in rescue, and education in the non-profit sector will help guide CCAS as we fulfil our mission to save and protect the animals of our region and find them forever homes. Liz resides on Pine Island with her husband, Bobby Mierzejewski and three misfit rescues—Rat Terrier/Australian Cattle Dog, Buckey, Chihuahua/Schnauzer, Oliver, and Chihuahua Mix, Lucy.