The Cape Coral Animal Shelter announced that a very generous donor has commissioned and donated a custom bench to CCAS in memory of his wife.

Sharon Bodenhafer was a lifelong animal lover and supporter of rescued creatures. Since her death, her husband Chuck has embarked on a mission to honor her memory with donations to local rescue organizations including the Cape Coral Animal Shelter and Veterinary Clinic.

In the spring of 2020, Mr. Bodenhafer made a very generous donation to the Cape Coral Animal Shelter in honor of Sharon, purchasing a digital dental x-ray machine, x-ray machines and various other items that greatly supported our low cost animal clinic when we opened to the public.

“Chuck’s donation in memory of Sharon couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Executive Director Liz McCauley. “Although we are low cost, we strive for state of the art equipment to provide the best care for our animals and Chuck has helped us with that. We are very thankful.”

Recently, Mr. Bodenhafer teamed up with local artist Vicky Firestone to commission a custom bench featuring two of Sharon’s beloved pets – Scarface and LT-4. This whimsical addition to the adoption area provides families with the perfect spot to snap photos with their new furry friends and allows the shelter to highlight adoptable puppies.

Saving animals was Sharon’s passion and she has saved many. Scarface was a beat up stray cat that Sharon and Chuck fed and sheltered until he felt safe and comfortable enough to come inside. LT-4 (named after a Corvette Chuck that has been raced) was also a rescue pup who quickly won the hearts of the Bodenhafers. You will be remembered forever in this unique way that is sure to make you smile when you visit CCAS.

“We are very grateful to Chuck for his generosity and continued support of our mission,” said JoAnn Elardo, Founder and President of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter. “We know Sharon would be very proud to have her memory honored as she helps rescue animals.”

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