Reason to ‘paws’ in Bodden Town


A new secondhand store has opened in Bodden Town to help raise funds to protect animals. 

The Protection of Animal Welfare Society for the Eastern District, known as PAWS Cayman, opened its thrift shop Saturday across from the post office in central Bodden Town. 

“It was a successful day and great response from the local people,” said one of the founders of PAWS, Susan Gatta. “The people came in with smiles on their faces and said it was so good to see something like this started in the area, which offers loads of bargains at reasonable prices.”  

Donors made sure the store did not run out of bargains. All day long, people passed by to drop off donations and to say they would revisit the shop. 

The money collected will go toward paying for spaying and neutering animals, as well as tick and flea treatments and assisting animals in the community, explained Mrs. Gatta. 

Giuseppe Gatta, another founder of the organization, feels the community of Bodden Town will benefit greatly from a secondhand shop. “We accept everything from donations, appliances, books, cloths, toys, pots, pans. etc. … We don’t refuse anything,” he said.  

“I think this will suit the community nicely and the revenue collected from the thrift shop will help Paws to take care of such things as food and veterinary bills, provide shelter for the animals and assist with other welfare needs in the community. 

The thrift ship opens Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 8.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The hours are still sketchy because the shop is new to the area. At the moment, it is very difficult to pinpoint the hours but, of course, down the road, we will be able to establish a more flexible time,” explained Mr. Gatta. 

PAWS was established in 2010 by the Gattas, Marleine Gagno and Alex Stewart, who all live in the area.  

“We decided to create the animal welfare society because the eastern district does not have many volunteers and not many people are involved in animal welfare. We live on this side of the island and thought a separate animal society would do well in the area,” said Mr. Gatta. 


From left, Giuseppe Gatta, Susan Gatta, and store manager Sharon Watler receive donations from Michele Hayes.