Get hypnotised for a four-legged cause

The Cayman Islands Humane Society is holding a comedy and hypnosis fundraiser on Thursday, 14 June, with funds going toward ensuring the shelter is properly equipped for this year’s hurricane season.

Comedian and hypnotist Derek Marshall will provide the entertainment, with the theme of the show tailored toward the four legged critters at the humane society.

The event, at Margaritaville, kicks off at 7pm with two for one drinks and appetisers. The one-hour show is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Derek is a seasoned performer and a regular on stage in Cayman. He performs at Morritt’s in East End and at the Great House at the Strand, where his hypnosis shows have proved a popular hit.

“Derek Marshall very kindly approached us in March and offered to do this fundraiser as he is an animal lover,” said Lesley Walker, director and volunteer at the CIHS. “He is also a pet owner himself; I think having adopted from CIHS. This is the first event of this kind that we have held in recent memory so we are really looking forward to it.”

She added: “It costs us $50,000 per month just to keep the shelter open and running, so donations are always needed and always very welcome. Fortunately we have a very successful book store and thrift shop which provide a regular income, but more is always needed.”

The charity was badly flooded on Discovery Day, 21 May, due to torrential rains, with all 204 shelter animals having to find alternative temporary homes. The flooding highlighted to shelter staff the importance of having necessary procedures and equipment in place to deal with a similar scenario.

“We have taken this opportunity to look at our procedures and equipment for the hurricane season so the funds will be helpful for that,” Lesley said.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased via Cayman Activity Centre in The Strand on West Bay Road. For more information, call 946-6800.

Want to get involved with the humane society? Volunteers are always needed at the CIHS, from marketing and fund raising, to photography, graphic design or just helping to walk the dogs to give them a much needed break from the shelter.

For more information, call 949-1461.