The Cayman Islands Humane Society’s first Walk and Wag event was a runaway success, raising substantial funding for the animals housed at the society’s shelter on North Sound Road in Grand Cayman.
More than 160 people participated in the event, which took place at Camana Bay on Sunday, 26 August, and participants were invited to bring their dogs along for the run, with some 75 four-legged participants taking to the route.
“We are very pleased to add that 18 dogs from the shelter were brought to event by participants, and needless to say they enjoyed the outing,” said Laura Butz, one of the organisers of the event.
Through sponsorships, donations and registration fees the event managed to raise more than $6,000 for the humane society, with all funding going to help the animals in need of adoption.
“The funds go directly toward the society’s efforts in providing a home, basic necessities and medical treatment for these loving animals. It costs the Society approximately $50,000 a month to operate the shelter. The overwhelming support from the public and sponsors has indeed made a positive impact in lives of the over 200 animals in our care,” Ms Butz said.
Although there was a competitive element to the event, with Dominic Corbin taking the win over Kevin Connolly and Henry Streather, the main aim was to create a fun atmosphere. This was exemplified by the special prize for the last place finisher, Jennifer Goldman and her dog, Rooney, who received two tickets to Little Cayman, courtesy of Z99.
The event was just one of many opportunities for volunteers to get involved with the humane society, whether through volunteering their services as dog walkers or helping out in the Book Loft or Thrift Shop.
For more information on volunteering at the Humane Society, contact [email protected]