The Cayman Islands Humane Society recently celebrated its 1,000th spay/neuter surgery performed at its financially assisted clinic.
Although spaying and neutering has essential health benefits for pets, the Society also recognises that the procedures cuts down on the numbers of unwanted, homeless animals which have to compete for the few homes available to them on the island.
‘Imagine if each of those 1,000 pets had a litter of six that would be 6,000 extra animals searching for good, loving homes in a small country, which is already at saturation point with unwanted cats and dogs,’ CIHS Director Clare Hasart explained in a press release.
‘In essence each time an animal is spayed or neutered it represents lives saved.’
The 1,000 animals spayed or neutered since the clinic opened in August 2006 consist of both shelter animals and pets brought in by the public. ‘Our clinic is open to everyone, every single person on the island is welcome to bring their pet to us and we will spay or neuter that animal. It’s a one-day procedure whereby the cat or dog is brought to the shelter in the morning and can be taken home the same day after surgery and a period of recovery,’ stated Shelter Manager Sugar Evans.
‘We can even provide transportation for the pet if this is a problem for the owner – all we ask in return is a donation to cover our costs to help us keep the clinic running.’
The CIHS is celebrating the milestone by launching a competition at the Taste of Cayman Event on 27-28 October.
The first prize, donated by Cayman Airways, is a round-trip flight to any CAL destination with runner-up prizes of a free spay/neuter voucher. Entrants will be asked to name five reasons why it is good to spay or neuter pets. The winning entry will be announced at the end of November.
Meanwhile, the Society looks forward to when its efforts result in less homeless animals in Cayman. It is anticipated that such progress will tie in with an education programme aimed at allaying the public’s fears about the procedure and more of the public signing pets up for the surgery, spaying and neutering pets.
‘We are optimistic that within a few years we will see a dramatic drop in the numbers of unwanted animals, we may even reach the day when we have empty kennels at the shelter,’ said Ms Hasart.
For further information about spaying and neutering and to make an appointment, call the Humane Society Shelter on 949-1461