Pet dogs without adequate shelter
in East End are benefiting from new kennels as part of the Home to Call My Own
project, spearheaded by Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts and funded by Ogier’s
Animal Welfare Fund.
Lesley Agostinelli of CARE said
that the dogs in the district had been specifically targeted by the non-profit
over the past few months. Mrs. Agostinelli, who works in East End, has been
actively promoting a spay and neuter programme in the community.
During her lunch break, she
delivers lunches throughout the district as part of the Community Meals on
“This has given me a great
opportunity to get to know the people of East End and also discuss the issues
of pet over-population and how we can solve the problem by spaying and
neutering”, she said.
“The residents have been very
receptive as the main issues for not previously spaying and neutering their
pets was due to lack of transportation to the veterinary clinic and the cost of
the surgery”, she said.
Through CARE’s fund-raising efforts
and with the help of its volunteers and the assistance of the Island Veterinary
clinic, more than 15 dogs in East End have been neutered.
Tracey Goldie, a member of Ogier’s
Animal Welfare Fund and a member of CARE, came up with the idea of the Home to
Call My Own project after realising that several of the puppies that had been
‘fixed’ had no shelter in their yards.
With financial assistance from
Ogier’s Animal Welfare Fund. Ms Goldie contacted Ransdale Rankine at Northward
Prison’s woodwork shop and placed an order for four kennels. The custom-built
shelters offer ventilation as well as protection from the elements. Another six
kennels have been ordered. Owners who receive the kennels are encouraged to
provide a donation to the project.
Transporting the kennels from the
prison woodwork shop to East End and delivering them to each yard was the next
hurdle. Fortunately for CARE, Androgroup offered to donate not only the use of
one of their large pick-up trucks for the day, but also two Androgroup
employees, David Goffe and Roger Hines, who spent a Saturday morning doing the
bulk of the heavy work alongside CARE volunteers Ms Goldie, Mrs. Agostinelli
and Alana Julie.
“It was a fantastic morning and
despite the hard work involved, it was not only extremely rewarding, it was a
lot of fun,” Ms Julie said.
CARE, with the financial Support of
Ogier’s Animal Welfare Fund, plans to roll out the Home to Call My Own project
throughout Grand Cayman and is waiting for more kennels to collect.
According to the Department of
Agriculture, a section of the Animal Law dealing with the protection of animals
requires that owners provide adequate shelter for their dogs from the elements.