Knick-knack paddywhack, find a dog a home

Nothing to do on a Thursday evening? Put your thinking cap on, look smart and make your way to Fidel Murphy’s. It’s pub quiz time. The next quiz takes place on the third Thursday in April – 18 April – starting at 7pm. 

As always, all proceeds from the quiz will be helping fund the transfer of dogs from the Humane Society to new homes in the US. More on this later.  

 

First, the quiz   

It’s $10 per person to enter and you can have a maximum of six people per team. Ann Ghezzi will be the quiz master and your knowledge of a variety of subjects will be tested – there may or may not be rounds on music, general knowledge, movies, and even fun trivia – which helps even out the scores sometimes, so everyone has an equal chance of winning. 

The cleverest – or luckiest – teams will even win prizes. There’s a dinner for six at Fidel’s for the first prize, lunch for six at Fidel’s for the team in second place and a bottle or two of something or other (or other merchandise) from Jacques Scott for the team with the third highest score. “We also do a great raffle where we sell tickets on the night for $2 each or a strip of six for $10,” says Justine Riseley, one of the organisers of the quiz and a dedicated Humane Society volunteer.  

“We have great prizes for this, mainly from Jacques Scott who give us booze, and random prizes that we have donated from local companies like Island Companies Ltd. and Books & Books.” 

 

How you will help  

It’s not about the prizes though – it’s about having fun and helping the Humane Society dogs at the same time.  

“The quiz is a great laugh and most people just do it for the fun. Winning is a bonus,” says Justine. “Fidel’s is a great place to hook up with friends, get some great food and have some drinks.” 

Ultimately though, you’ll also be making a huge difference in the lives of some of the dogs at the Humane Society. Your participation will help fund the trips that volunteers make to the US to take dogs to Pets Alive, a no-kill animal shelter there. 

“We have been doing these quizzes for nearly a year now and have raised nearly $15,000 since then to fund the transfers,” Justine says.  

Cayman Airways flies to dogs for free, but they must be accompanied by passengers on the flight from Grand Cayman to JFK.  

“We can send 10 crates of dogs in any one go, which would be 10 adult dogs or up to 20 puppies or a mix of them,” she adds. “The last batch went up three weeks ago and we sent seven adults and six puppies.” 

Pets Alive has taken 85 dogs from the Humane Society in the past year and half and most of them are adopted into loving homes within a few weeks of arriving. All dogs sent to the US are in good health, fully vaccinated and have great characters. That “Cayman mutt” quality is unusual in the US and makes these dogs stand out – which also helps them find forever homes faster. 

The Humane Society is always in need of people who are flying to JFK with Cayman Airways to take dogs for them. 

“This saves us huge money paying for flights. It is easy and we will guide them all the way,” Justine says.  

 

People flying to JFK at any time of year can contact Justine by email [email protected]

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The next quiz takes place on the third Thursday in April, 18 April, starting at 7pm. – Photo: File
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