The Cayman Islands Humane Society is celebrating the New Year by opening its new Spay and Neuter Clinic to the entire Cayman Islands community.
‘With a never-ending stream of homeless and abandoned animals coming through the shelter doors, the Cayman Islands Humane Society had always dreamt of a dedicated spay and neuter facility, offering the procedure to everyone whose pets need to be fixed, alongside their own shelter animals,’ stated a press release from the Society.
‘Those dreams came true. Thanks to a generous donation from the USA Friends of the Cayman Islands Humane Society medical equipment was purchased and with some imaginative reshuffling of rooms at the shelter, a dedicated clinic was born.’
The clinic became operational in August 2006 and now, with the backlog of shelter animals needing surgical procedures complete, the Society can focus its attentions on serving the pets of the public.
An anonymous donation enabled the CIHS to employ their first ever veterinary assistant to aid the vets with surgery and to perform regular shelter duties such as administering medication to the shelter animals.
‘The Spay Neuter Clinic is financially assisted,’ explained Shelter Manager Sugar Evans. ‘We are proud to be able to offer this procedure to all members of the community including those who perhaps could not afford to get their pets altered otherwise. We do ask for a donation to cover our ongoing costs and to help keep the clinic open.’
Spaying or neutering is the only positive way to prevent pet overpopulation, a predicament the Cayman Islands has always suffered – not enough homes for the number of dogs and cats born.
Spaying or neutering a pet is a procedure which removes the sex-hormone producing apparatus from the male or female; owners bring their pets to the clinic in the morning and pick them up later that day after surgery is complete.
Along with preventing unwanted pregnancies, spay or neuter has a number of other benefits including eliminating the possibility of certain cancers. Pets are also less likely to stray from home and becoming victims of road accidents, or become involved in fights with other animals. Pets live longer, healthier lives and vet bills are reduced, the release noted.
Ms Evans pointed out that the procedure in no way alters the pet’s personality. ‘This procedure does not make a dog less protective over his home and family, and the myth that your pet will become fat and lazy afterwards is simply untrue.
‘The more animals we can get fixed now will mean less homeless animals coming to the shelter competing for new homes in the future,’ she said. ‘We hope in time the problem of stray cats and dogs will be a thing of the past.’
Costs are ongoing to keep the clinic open but with fundraisers and donations from the public CIHS foresee the continued success of the clinic.
‘The Society urges every member of the community to act responsibly towards pet overpopulation, to save lives, to spay or neuter their pets,’ the release said.
For further information about spaying and neutering your pet visit the animal shelter on North Sound Road or call 949-1461. Appointments to spay or neuter your cat or dog can be made by calling the Cayman Islands Humane Society on 949-1461.