Humane Society takes its show on the road

Come and check out adorable dogs,
all ready for adoption, on their ‘tour’ of Cayman, starting this weekend.

The Cayman Islands Humane Society
is taking its show on the road to various locations, starting with Animal House
on Saturday, 28 August between 10am and 2pm.

The society plans to show up at a
different venue every week, including shopping plazas, supermarkets, beaches
and bars.

Twila Escalante, spokesperson and
shelter liaison, said that while recent Open House events at the shelter have
been very successful, the shelter staff thought it would be good to get the
dogs out for a few hours a give people the chance to meet them elsewhere.

“At present we have approximately
90 dogs available for adoption and the shelter is almost at capacity,” she
said. “We have so many wonderful adult dogs that often get overlooked in favour
of puppies. Many people don’t appreciate that most adult dogs are not given up
here because of any problem the dog has. In 99 per cent of the cases we see,
the owner’s circumstances have changed — they may have become ill, moved to
rented accommodation where pets are not allowed, or even had to leave the
island.

“Adult dogs make wonderful pets;
they are often house trained, they have passed the chewing stage and there is
no question about what size they will be. And of course they will be forever
adoring and grateful to their rescuer!”

The Humane Society is also looking
for people to foster dogs either on a long-term or short term-basis to see them
through treatment for heartworm, prevalent on the island, but also just to give
them a break from shelter life and get used to being in a home again.

The shelter has also recently
introduced a Who’s Ready for a Sleepover Programme? If you are not sure whether
dog ownership is for you, you can take a dog for a sleepover. Dogs come
complete with their own overnight bag.

There will be information on all
this and more, including volunteer opportunities, available at Animal House on
Saturday. The Humane Society hopes island residents will take the time to stop
by and give their support.

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Human Society ani-mals are taking a road trip.
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