Ogier and the Cayman Islands Humane Society have partnered to launch the Animal Welfare Assistance Fund.
The funding has been started as part of the legal and fiduciary services company’s monthly dress down day programme and it is hoped to spark other private contributions.
The new fund will provide resources to assist the Humane Society’s Shelter with the medical costs to care for the many mistreated animals it receives annually.
Sheila Bissett, spokesman for the Humane Society explained, ‘The Welfare Assistance Fund will provide us with specific funding to help with the care and medical needs of abused and neglected pets. Medical costs are expensive and the Shelter desperately needs assistance in order to provide medical care’.
Over the past six months, the Cayman Islands Humane Society has received eight cases of severely abused and neglected dogs. Because of the severity of some of these cases the dogs have had to be euthanized.
However, many of the abused and neglected animals can be saved with proper medical care.
For those animals that can be saved, the cost of nursing them back to health ranges between $200 to $500 or more as they will usually require X-rays, hospitalization and a course of treatments.
With this in mind, the Cayman Islands Humane Society, along with the newly appointed Government Animal Welfare Officer, is working hard to raise awareness and prevention of animal abuse and is grateful to Ogier launching the Animal Welfare Assistance Fund. It is hoped that the animal welfare and educational programmes that the fund is designed to support will lead to an overall decrease in the instances of animal abuse and better responsible pet ownership.
Giuseppe Gatta, president of the Humane Society stated ‘An important role the shelter has is to provide medical care to the homeless animals at the Shelter. I am pleased to see Ogier is showing its support of mistreated animals and I hope other companies will follow suit.’
Denise Gower, of Ogier explained ‘The Ogier Welfare Fund is part of an ongoing commitment to the Humane Society that will benefit not only from annual financial contributions but also from donations and voluntary assistance from the staff at Ogier’.
The monthly Ogier Dress-down Day programme assists many of Cayman’s charities, including the National Recovery Foundation, the Red Cross and the NCVO among others.
It is made up of monthly staff contributions which are then matched by the firm.
The Humane Society would like to note that it is grateful to receive any donations that the public may wish to give and this is not limited to financial contributions. They are grateful for volunteer assistance with the care of the animals and also donations of household goods, books and clothing which all go on sale at the Humane Society Thrift shop, Paws and Claws and Book Loft.
They would also like to highlight that with the start of the 2006 hurricane season, there is an urgent need for foster homes in the event of a hurricane.
In order to help the Humane Society, the public is asked to report animal abuse to the Cayman Islands Humane Society on 949 1461 or to the Government Animal Welfare Department on 925-2830.