Humane Society sheds light on operation

In an effort to inform and communicate, the Cayman Islands Humane Society has provided the Caymanian Compass with documentation outlining what it does, and what it requires.

One of the many things people are not aware of is what goes into running and maintaining the Humane Society at a cost of $30,000 a month.

Volunteer Trina Legge said: ‘With what it costs, it is a wonder the organisation manages to function at such a high level of efficiency.’

She credited this to the leadership at the Humane Society.

Of the amount used to maintain the organisations each month $12,000 to $15,000 is used for vet care and insurance, which she said was a huge expense.

This year the Humane Society covered expenses through several events including kickball 2009; Galla Dinner 2009; Petapalooza 2009 and Fashion Show 2009; and Yappy Hour.

These events raised roughly $150,000 for the shelter, along with proceeds from merchandise, donation cards, Christmas cards, calendars and cook books, donation boxes and the Book Loft and Thrift Shop.

One of the programmes the Humane Society is able to offer by keeping their doors open are its spay/neutering services, through their clinic, which opened in August 2006.

Education is another area where the CIHS has made their worth to the community known; working with the government and private schools to instil care and compassion toward animals in students, as well as promoting responsible pet ownership.

Visits to the schools are attended by an ambassador shelter dog.

During sessions students are encouraged to visit the shelter and volunteer.

The shelter also regularly conducts tours of the facility.

Anyone who adopts a dog from the Humane Society can participate in an obedience course with their new pet at the Seven Mile Public Beach.

Dog walking is one way in which the Humane Society keeps both volunteers and dogs healthy, in addition to organising foster care for puppies, kittens and animals recovering from illness or surgery.

Members of the public can assist by volunteering time; dog walking or bathing; foster care; playtime with cats and puppies; working in the Book Loft; assisting with events and making adoption home inspections.

Some upcoming events for the Humane Society are the Christmas Craft Sale at the Grand Harbour on 12 December 2-6pm; gift wrapping at Kirk Home Centre on 12 and 19 December; Christmas carolling at Rackams; Taste of Cayman January 2010; Kickball 2010, Love Stinks Goes to the Dogs on 13 February 2010; the Annual Dog Show at Camana Bay on 20 February 2010 and the Annual Gala Dinner on 20 March 2010.

The shelter is always thankful for donations. Some of the items on the shelter’s wish list this year include cat food; dog food; toys; bath mats; bleach, paper towel, dryer sheets; candles; laundry detergent 13- and 55-gallon garbage bags; collars and leashes.

The shelter van is also badly in need of repair or replacement.

Miss Legge appealed to all civic-minded entities interested in assisting the Humane Society’s endeavours.

Those wishing to donate items to or to assist the Human Society can contact the organisation at [email protected].