Dog jog a vital cog

The third annual K9/5k Dog Jog takes place at Camana Bay on Sunday, 4 March, starting at 7.30am.

The event, presented by Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts and BritCay, encourages awareness for the growing obesity problem in pets and CARE requests that walkers and runners bring their dogs along. Water, we’re told, will be provided along the route for both humans and pets. All proceeds from the event are donated to CARE to help aid in its mission to end Cayman’s animal over-population problem and also to improve the welfare of the territory’s animals.

“Come join us for this great event, have some fun, and help support the cause,” urges the charity, which does great work for Cayman.

Since its incorporation in August 2009, Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts has made its presence known throughout the communities of Cayman – spaying and neutering more than 550 dogs and cats as well as arranging for pick up and delivery of these pets to and from veterinary appointments.

“Partnering with Ogier’s Animal Welfare Fund, we have been busy delivering doghouses to dogs that have no shelter of their own from the elements,” says Lesley Agostinelli, spokesman for the charity. “The Home to Call Their Own programme was rolled out in East End and we have successfully arranged for 42 dog houses to be donated in other communities in Cayman.

“In addition, CARE has arranged for the transfer of 182 puppies to a state of the art No Kill shelter in the United States,” she said. “CARE has also arranged for the adoption of over 40 dogs and five cats on island and in the New York tri-state area.”

Mission contribution

All of these activities contribute toward CARE’s mission to end Cayman’s animal over-population problem and prevent the ill treatment, cruelty and suffering of all domestic animals.

“We are understandably very proud of all that we have achieved so far, which has been undertaken solely through volunteers and funded by our fundraising events,” Ms Agostinelli said. “We have no staff and no physical facility, however our average vet bill is $3,000 each month. If we are to continue to make a difference and end the suffering and over population problem that exists we need to always be raising funds and awareness by engaging the hearts and minds of the community to make a difference – it takes a village.”

The route takes a double loop through the Camana Bay Town Centre, starting and ending at Market Street/Paseo junction.

Pre-race day registration is encouraged, but race day registration will be accepted.

There are prizes for top three overall male and female runners plus fastest male and female with dog, sponsored by Cayman Animal Hospital.

A $20 entry fee to the race covers an entry into the walk/run event, a T-shirt donated by BritCay and entry into many random raffle prizes, which take place after the race’s completion. Email [email protected] for more information.