Loyal, friendly and unconditionally lovable. A dog really is a man’s best friend.
On Saturday, August 25, prepare to meet your new best friend – the Cayman Islands Humane Society is getting its show on the road and holding a series of roadshows on The Paseo at Camana Bay in Grand Cayman.
Visitors will get the chance to meet and greet the shelter’s adorable and friendly residents.
“The idea is to raise awareness and hopefully find homes for our shelter buddies. Shelter volunteers take puppies and adult dogs out to the road show for a doggy day out in the hopes that they will find their forever homes,” says Twila Escalante, shelter liaison. “The dogs enjoy the social interaction with the public as they always get lots of hugs and walks.”
As well as getting to meet the animals, there will be information available on volunteering, fostering and adopting and the “Who’s Ready for a Sleepover” programme. This is for people who aren’t sure whether dog ownership is for them; you can take a dog home for a night to see how you get on, dogs even come complete with their own overnight bag.
“Adopting a shelter pet gives you a friend for life.
You are giving a dog or cat a second chance to live,” Twila says.
“Please make room in your home and heart today for a needy shelter buddy.
It is a wonderful way to help the shelter and a great way to enjoy the many benefits of having a pet in your life.”
The roadshow begins at 2pm and ends at 5pm, so stop by and show your support and maybe even take home a new best friend.
As well as the roadshow, join the humane society for their canine friendly “Walk and Wag” event, also scheduled to be held at Camana Bay.
On Sunday, August 26, walk, jog or run 5K in an effort to raise money for the shelter and its friendly residents.
Dogs are welcome at the event and if you don’t have one of your own, give a dog from the shelter a treat by borrowing him as your running buddy.
“The proceeds will be used for the operation of the shelter. To pay vet bills, medications, dog and cat food, electricity, water, salaries for staff and other much needed supplies,” Twila says.
Participants can choose from two route options.
The walk or run takes place from 6.30 to 7.30am and the registration fee is $25. All participants will receive a water bottle and be entered into a random prize draw.
What’s more, the first 100 participants will receive a free event T-shirt.
“Get ready, get fit and help CIHS raise much needed funds,” Twila says.
“Make arrangements to take your favourite shelter buddy on a sleepover the day before and then head to the race together, or you can also collect your new friend at 6am from the shelter on the day of the race.”
“We hope you will leave this race inspired and motivated to do everything you can do to help raise funds for animals in need.”
For more information on either of these events, contact the humane society at 949-1461.